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December 26, 2012 9:59 am

Hamas Leader Calls for Suicide Bus Bombings in Israel, Third Intifada

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A Hamas video showcasing the terrorist group's core mission of killing Israelis. Photo: Palestinian Media Watch.

A senior Hamas leader has called to renew the Intifada against Israel and to resume suicide bombings in the Jewish state in response to Israeli construction beyond Israel’s pre-1967 borders (the “Green Line”), particularly in eastern Jerusalem.

Ahmed Halabiyeh, director of the Hamas’s Jerusalem Department, said Palestinians should resume “martyrdom operations in the heart of Israel” and “ignite a third intifada to save the Aksa Mosque and Jerusalem.” In a denial of Jerusalem’s Jewish roots, he added that Israel is “waging a fierce onslaught on Jerusalem and accelerating plans to Judaize the city geographically and demographically,” according to the Jerusalem Post.

While the Palestinian Authority has said that Israeli plans to build new housing projects in Jerusalem will impede the reaching of a two-state solution to the conflict, Hamas’s statements went further. Halabiyeh urged Arabs and Muslims to declare a state of full mobilization to “liberate Jerusalem, the Aksa Mosque and Palestine.”

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