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Presidency: Palestinians have right to defend themselves
Published Tuesday 08/07/2014 (updated) 09/07/2014 20:09
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Palestinians inspect a damaged building after an Israeli military
strike in Gaza City, on July 8, 2014.(AFP/Mahmud Hams)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Presidential spokesman on Tuesday condemned Israel's escalation of airstrikes on Gaza, saying Palestinians have the right to defend themselves.

Israel's new operation is a "declaration of war on Palestinians and the Israeli authority alone will bear the consequences," Nabil Abu Rudeineh said in a statement.

"Palestinians have the right to defend themselves by all legitimate means," Abu Rudeineh said, calling the new assault on Gaza an "open massacre" against children, women, and the elderly.

He said silence from the international community regarding the attacks was unacceptable.

"Israel's decision destroys all chances of ceasefire or peace," Abu Rudeineh said.

Palestinian officials will make "fateful decisions" to defend their people, he added.

The presidential statement came as Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip left four dead and dozens injured.

Israel has dubbed the offensive "Operation Protective Edge," with the military saying it comes in response to heavy rocket fire from Gaza.
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1 ) Defense / Offense
08/07/2014 20:12
I agree: Palestinians have the right to defend themselves. However, Israelis also have right to defend themselves. Let see now who's defense is better.

2 ) ben Zalman / USA
08/07/2014 20:43
ben Zalman and Jews around the world say: Jews also have a right to defend themselves now. We are no longer the Ghetto Jews of Morocco, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Poland. You Arabs and Europeans can no longer run your pogroms on us. We have a right to defend ourselves and will do it. The sooner you get used to it, the sooner you will realize its better to live together than to attempt to destroy one of us.

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
08/07/2014 21:03
Abbas is a bigger fool than we thought. With all his talk of "peace" he proves that he prefers to get into bed with Hamas war criminals who shoot rockets at Israeli population centers. Then he has the stupidity to claim that Palestinians have some "right" to defend the people who shoot rockets at civilians. The Palestinians biggest problem is that they seem to believe the lies they tell themselves.

4 ) Dan webber / USA
08/07/2014 22:05
That is exactly the problem...the Palestinians are so weak that they refuse to use the light weapons they have...can't really blame them...instead they use their people all of them..to commit terrorist acts and the children to confront Israeli security...and the rockets and mortars from gaza..this does gain them some propaganda victories,but at a terrible price..the price is the stagnation and charity case their economy finds itself..truly a catch 22..they do need to call a truce,on all fronts,

5 ) RAMI / RAMALLAH
09/07/2014 21:50
THEN.STOP.CONFISCATING.THE.PALESTINIAN.PEOPLES WEAPONS

6 ) BRIAN GOLDSTONE / TEL AVIV
09/07/2014 21:53
PALESTINIANS ARE THE ONE BEING OCCUPIED. OVER 60 YEARS OF SOUTH AFRICA STYLE APARTHIED. UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW. PALESTINIANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO ATTACK OCCUPATION FORCES ANYWHERE

7 ) Tom / USA
09/07/2014 22:42
The serial Israeli war crimes must stop. Boycott everything that comes out of that murderous state. Its long past time to put a price on zionist insanity.

8 ) Carlos / USA
10/07/2014 16:19
Palestinians have the right to protect themselves! My heart goes out to the Palestinians suffering under israeli tyranny. For years and years Palestinian have tried reason with israelis. For years and years israel has betrayed thier willingness to compromise and stabbed the Palestinian leadership in the back who tried to compromise with israel. Best luck to Palestinians! israel is terror lies and murder. Boycott Divest and Sanction.

9 ) Melodi / U.S.
12/07/2014 05:05
When the three young men disappeared, the IDF came into Gaza and kidnapped and killed Palestinians. With no evidence that Hamas or any other group was responsible and before they even knew the boys were dead. The Palestinians fought back as anyone would if they were being attacked. All we ever hear is Israel is bombing Gaza because they are firing rockets. They leave out the death and destruction the IDF caused before any rockets were fired. Palestinians have the right to protect themselves.
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