Hamas Proclaims Victory, Promises to Destroy Israel 20:51 Aug 21, '05 / 16 Av 5765
The Hamas terror organization is claiming victory over Israel's withdrawal. The group promises to terrorize Haifa and Tel Aviv until Israel is defeated and Palestine restored to the Arabs.
The terror group has launched a public relations campaign in the Palestinian Authority, taking credit for the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and vowing to bring terror to "Haifa and Tel Aviv" until Israel is defeated and all of Palestine is returned to the Arabs.
Excerpts from the Hamas victory campaign, which appear below, were translated by the Intelligence and Information Center at the Center for Special Studies (C.S.S.)
·Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip, in an interview broadcast by Al-Arabiyya TV on August 17, again stated that Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip defeated by the "resistance," not as the result of "useless negotiations." He said that if [the Gaza Strip's] sea, land and air sovereignty were not handed over to the Palestinians, "the resistance" would continue [in the Strip as well].
·Musa Abu Marzuq, deputy chief of Hamas' political bureau, reiterated Hamas' determination not to be disarmed, stating that the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip was not the final step. He boasted of Hamas' close relations with Egypt and said that the movement was waiting for Egypt's answer to Hamas' request to open an office in Cairo (A-Sharq Il-Awsat, August 18, 2005).
·Radio Al-Aqsa, Hamas' radio station, continued broadcasting crude hate-mongering songs inciting terrorism and violence against Israel, and songs praising and encouraging members of the Izzadine al-Qassam Battalions, the terrorist-operative wing of the organization. On August 18, with the sounds of explosions in the background, an announcer stated: "We will be victorious over Sharon, and you will realize that tomorrow with the help of Allah. The Izzadine al-Qassam Battalions will make you tremble in Haifa, in Tel Aviv. They will strike you in Safed, in Acre.
"Wait for us in Jaffa, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Ashkelon. The knights of Gaza are coming. Our beloved sons of Palestine, we make no distinction between [Israeli-controlled] Palestine and [the West Bank and Gaza Strip] Palestine. There is no difference between Jaffa and Gaza, between the Galilee and Hebron. Hamas will leave Gaza and break out throughout Palestine to show the way of jihad, which will bring our nation to its summit. Oh sons of Zion, the defeat you suffered in Gaza is just the beginning…"
While the PA was announcing a campaign to clean the city of Gaza , dozens of Hamas operatives led by spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri spread through Palestine Square in the Gaza City center and hung up large, colored Hamas posters. One of them showed a masked Izzadine al-Qassam Battalions terrorist carrying an assault rifle and trampling on Israeli settlements, while next to him Israeli soldiers were depicted as sobbing and leaving the Gaza Strip.
Hamas' Internet site presents the disengagement as a Hamas victory, stressing the importance Izzadine al-Qassam. The site offers many posters, including some which are anti-Semitic in nature, praising Hamas as a victor, portraying the IDF as humiliated and touting the continuation of the "struggle" to destroy the State of Israel.
The following are examples of such posters:
"Our Qur'an was right and your Talmud lied."
"You will never return. We will drive you out [by force] of the belly of the earth and you will [also] disappear from the surface of the earth." [I.e., We will force you to disappear entirely.]
Upper inscription: Surah 54, verse 45 of the Qur'an: " Soon will their multitude be put to flight, and they will show their backs." Lower inscription: "Oh, Sharon , we are victorious."
"You refused to leave [the Gaza Strip] while you were still alive…we drove you out as corpses."