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Haniyeh: We have no homeland except Palestine
Published Tuesday 11/12/2012 (updated) 12/12/2012 14:51
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Ismail Haniyeh (MaanImages/Wissam Nassar, File)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian people have one homeland, Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday.

"The blood of Hamas leader Ahmed al-Jaabari and other martyrs were the gate to victory despite the fact that we lost a great resistance and Jihad figure," Haniyeh said, addressing a delegation representing Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Palestinian refugees must be able to return to Palestine in order to end decades of suffering in exile, the Hamas prime minister added.

Head of the Lebanese delegation, Minister of Foreign Affairs Adnan Mansour, congratulated the Palestinian people on their resistance.

Over 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled their homes in 1948 during a war that led to Israel's independence.

On May 15, Palestinians commemorate the Nakba, or catastrophe, of Israel's founding in 1948, when over 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from or fled their homes.

There are now roughly seven million Palestinian refugees worldwide, the descendents of the 1948 Nakba, or catastrophe, according to Badil resource center.
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1 ) The Watcher / ME
11/12/2012 16:38
"Over 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled their homes in 1948 during a war that led to Israel's independence."

Give them the homes of the 800,000 Jews who were expelled from Arab lands that same time. Problem solved !!!


2 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
11/12/2012 17:08
WELL-SAID, HANIYEH, WELL-SAID !!! All the speeches, screaming, hollering, demanding and false hopes of Palestinians returning in glory to all of Palestine and the extinction of Israel won't end. After 65 years, there are still 7 million Palestinian refugees WORLDWIDE ??? ... Does anyone need any more damn reason to understand why they must all go to their nation, Jordan/Palestine, and be united there for any real hope for their future ??? ... Will the cedars of Lebanon turn to stone ??? ...

3 ) mohamed / somalia
11/12/2012 18:06
yes you right mr haniyeh. but try to build in gaza first where there is a poverty and misery with1.7 million people.

4 ) Arnold / Canada
11/12/2012 18:29
Both Palestine and Israel received their UN statehood on Nov 30 1947. Palestine , Egypt, Jordon, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq did not accept the mandate and all attacked Israel . Yet after WW 1 and the fall of the Ottomon Empire Trans Jordon, the Republic of Syria , Iraq and Lebanon were formed under the mandate of the British and French. How quickly they forgot when it came to the Jews getting back a morsel of the homeland.

5 ) The Edomite / East Bank
11/12/2012 18:35
"We have no homeland except Palestine"

Plenty of room for you over here folks !

6 ) Debs / UK
11/12/2012 23:06
@1 I am sick and tied of hearing this Zionist propaganda about how Jews were expelled from Arabs lands. It was Ben Gurion's plan to have Jewish Arabs emigrate to the new state of Israel to supply cheap labour. BTW these Arabs were treated like 2nd class citizens even though they were Jewish because Israel has always had a cast system.

7 ) Anna / Canada
12/12/2012 00:15
European Jews did not enter an empty land as goes the Zionist myth. Palestinians are the original inhabitants of Palestine; the land theft and ethnic cleansing of these European settlers can never be justified, not even with the Holocaust. After Auschwitz there should never be a besieged Gaza or the Bantustans in the West Bank. Use boycott, divestment and sanctions against Apartheid Israel to end the injustice.

8 ) barbara gray / u.k.
12/12/2012 15:27
I weep for the people of Palestine,but always remember the old saying that what goes around comes around,Israel Government are fools,who will weep when it all comes back on them.

9 ) ABE / USA
13/12/2012 05:17
To #8 This will NOT happen in your lifetime!!
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