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Thousands join Islamic Jihad rally in Gaza
Published Thursday 04/10/2012 (updated) 06/10/2012 16:37
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An Islamic Jihad militant stands guard during a rally marking the 25th
anniversary of the movement's foundation in Gaza City, Oct. 4, 2012.
(Reuters/Suhaib Salem)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Tens of thousands of Islamic Jihad supporters gathered in al-Kateba square in Gaza City on Thursday to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the movement's founding.

The event also marked the 17th anniversary of the assassination of Islamic Jihad's founder Fathi al-Shiqaqi.

Islamic Jihad secretary-general Ramadan Shallah addressed the crowds and called for a new national strategy.

"The Palestinian project of establishing a state on the 1967 borders through negotiations has obviously failed," Shallah said.

Nineteen years of failed negotiations have created a crisis which cannot be resolved by insisting on more negotiations, or through non-violent resistance, he added.

Shallah said Islamic Jihad supported all methods of resistance, and would not rule out armed struggle from the Palestinian agenda.

He said regional revolutions were "a double-edged sword": they gave hope to Palestinians, but Arab countries were too embroiled in domestic concerns to help the Palestinian cause.

"We are not calling on anyone to get into a war with Israel but at least we can make a political war to protect Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

Shallah said the Gaza Strip was no better off under Egypt's post-revolutionary government than it had been when Hosni Mubarak held the Egyptian presidency.

Regarding Syria, he urged a political rather than a military solution, and said the country's unity must be guaranteed.
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1 ) southparkbear / usa
04/10/2012 21:29
i wish we could watch it online or on TV. while the hell don't we have cable channels dedicated to palestinians? we need at least 50 to cover all major groups

2 ) Revolution / Evolution
04/10/2012 21:52
Why did they abandon their “resistance”? Too scared? They learnt their lesson during last Gaza war? If yes they should stop encouraging somebody else to “resist’. They should do what they preach.

3 ) Islamic Jihad IS THE / FUTURE
04/10/2012 22:44
of humanity long live JIHAD!!

4 ) Robby / USA
05/10/2012 01:33
"Regarding Syria, he urged a political rather than a military solution, and said the country's unity must be guaranteed." Sounds nice, but just when will some Palestinian leader criticize the 400-500 Palestinians killed in Syria?

5 ) Tobias / USA
05/10/2012 03:02
Sallah is RIGHT that "revolution is "a double-edged sword", BUT: - if the residents of Gaza and Areas A/B quit both "negotiations and non-violent resistance”, then - Israel's other "sword edge" may be to expell massive numbers of Palestinians to Jordan and Egypt !!

6 ) shirley / australia
05/10/2012 05:49
us has strategic alliance with Isreal anyone attacks Isreal US will attack themthings are better than under mubarak but not close to what pals expected and mosi should have taken back soverignty Sinai armed reistence is important last satnd when all else fail but PLO must go UNGA if PA reneg on promise uprising now may destroy achance at state as pals have to prove live in peace with neighbors pals must even playing field can not stay like it isandtalks will not achieve thisnow is last chance

7 ) shirley / australia
05/10/2012 06:00
arab league suspported pa UNSC bid last yr and UNESCO upgrade against US / Isreal the AL supports this UNGA bid and never wavered support and morsi defied US /Isreal to again open Rafah Isreal wanted closed and US to weaken hamas and pal situationand pakistan syria all keeping door open for un moveand lock in pal state butas old saying goes can lead horse to water but cannot make it drinkand PA are the horse pals must broaden PLO not afraid US incase PA pull the plugand go for votetime very shor

8 ) hey shirley / what you think of
05/10/2012 10:02
the debgate? rumours are that some Palestinians are packing but Israel is ECSTATIC!

9 ) southparkbear / usa
05/10/2012 17:57
#8 don't rush to conclusion. beside nobody hurt the palestinians cause more than arab leaders. in that sense I feel that not only obama is muslim he is an arab

10 ) Injured Jihadist / Syria
06/10/2012 08:15
#1 there are two hundred factions alone in Syria fighting.
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