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Hamas Leader Challenging Abbas: “Whoever Wants to Really Liberate Palestine Should Pick Up a Gun”

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Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Hamas Leader Mahmoud al-Zahar isn’t known for his passive statements. The Middle East Media research Institute published this interview of Zahar, which aired on Al-Mayadeen TV on November 26, 2012 making more incendiary remarks. During the interview Zahar challenged Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas saying, “Anyone who wants to liberate Palestine should pick up a gun.”

Full transcript (courtesy of MEMRI):

Zahar: “The [U.N. Palestinian status resolution] constitutes a great danger to the Palestinian resistance enterprise. [‘Abbas] wants to bring about a ‘disgraceful’ state. It will not be a real state. It will have no influence. A state on paper only. But its danger lies in the following: A man who claims to represent the Palestinians acknowledges that 80% or more of this land is not part of Palestine, but rather, Israeli land. This is the two-state solution: There would be a Palestinian state on an insignificant portion of the land, while the overwhelming rest of the land, including Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, would belong to the Israeli side. What could be more dangerous?

“The practical implication of this is that Abu Mazen [‘Abbas] has declared that he is against the resistance, against throwing stones, that he would not return to Safed, thus relinquishing the Right of Return – even though this is not only his own right, but the right of his children, his grandchildren, and his great grandchildren.

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“He wants to substantiate this internationally. He wants to thwart any attempt by the resistance to liberate all of Palestine.


Anyone who wants to liberate Palestine by complaining [to the ICC] – I will send him handkerchiefs to wipe his tears. Whoever wants to really liberate Palestine should pick up a gun.”

Watch the video here.

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