Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Friday, 17 April 2020

"Gearing Up for the Battle of Liberation and Return"

The 17th of  April is "Palestinian Prisoners' Day", and to mark the occasion the Islamic Jihad Movement has issued a characteristically sabre-rattling statement declaring that the "resistance" is “exercising its role in defending the Palestinian people and gearing up for the battle of liberation and return.”

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Forum in Britain has declared, inter alia,
"On the 17th of April of each year; the Palestinians and the liberals of the world  celebrate Palestinian prisoners day, in solidarity with prisoners held by the Israeli occupation.
The Forum ... calls on the British government to pressure the occupation government to release the prisoners; taking into account Britain's role in the tragedy of the Palestinian people through the Balfour Declaration.
The Forum calls on human rights and humanitarian institutions to do their part to seek the release of Palestinian prisoners, persecuted and oppressed in prisons around the Arab world as well, and in other countries around the world.
The Forum calls on the free people of the world, and people from Arab and Muslim countries to support the prisoners and their families and to show solidarity with them by all means, including electronic demonstrations to keep their cause going in the media in the world....
On this occasion, the Palestinian Forum and the members of the Palestinian community in Britain salute and appreciate our courageous prisoners in the occupation prisons who sacrifice their youth behind bars for the freedom of their people and their land, and they hold onto lawful resistance to the occupation until they gain their rights, and to live on the land of Palestine with pride and dignity.
Speaking on Al-Hiwar TV (U.K.) in August last year, Hamas official Maher Salah makes his movement's attitude to peace with the Zionist entity crystal clear.

To quote the translator and uploader,, Maher Salah, he proclaimed that
Israel is the root of all evil in the Middle East. He said that there is a large revolution coming that will require great sacrifices and that will change the region. He harshly criticized anybody who recognizes Israel, who sees it as an ally, and who normalizes relations with it, and he said that such people should be excommunicated because they are committing treason and "falsifying" the will of the nation and the "true feelings of contemporary Arabs and Muslims." Salah also explained that Hamas has a good relationship with Iran because of Iran's financial and material support for the Palestinian cause and because of its continued hostility to Israel.

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