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Hamas: Attempts to demilitarize Gaza 'worthless'
Published Saturday 30/08/2014 (updated) 31/08/2014 20:22
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Militants from the Islamic Jihad group in Jabalia in the northern
Gaza Strip on April 8, 2013 (AFP/File Mahmud Hams)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas movement said Saturday that any attempts to disarm Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza are "worthless."

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement that the demilitarization of Palestinian militant factions was "inconsistent with international law and our people will not allow it."

"It is not required to disarm the Palestinian people, but rather to disarm the (Israeli) occupation and to ban the American administration from providing it with the weapons that are used to kill children and women," Abu Zuhri said.

Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip ended over seven weeks of fighting on Tuesday with a long-term ceasefire agreement in which Israel agreed to ease its siege on the coastal enclave. Further negotiations regarding unresolved issues such as an airport and seaport in Gaza and the demilitarization of factions in the Strip were to take place in Egypt a month later.

Israel's main demand towards the end of its offensive was that Palestinian militant groups disarm, a demand many Palestinians have scoffed at.

The Israeli assault left over 2,100 Palestinians dead, most of them civilians, in addition to some 70 Israelis, most of them soldiers.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
31/08/2014 03:00
Israel and Egypt always have the alternative of sealing the borders, cutting the electricity, and seeing how many weeks and how starved-to-death Gazans it takes for Hamas to agree to disarm.

2 ) inbound39 / New Zealand
31/08/2014 03:45
Israel wants Palestinians to disarm solely for the purpose of making the Occupation a permanent fixture so it is that much easier for Israel to take all the land illegally. France has been conned to buy into disarming Palestinians. Ask them if they would throw their right to self defense away so they had no means of stopping their country being taken. I doubt they would and Israel most certainly would not. Palestinians have a right to oppose with use of arms.

3 ) Altamash / India
31/08/2014 03:59
The occupier zionist regime is doing the well planned systematically massacre of innocent palestine women&children.It has occupied the palestine land&is inflicting so many suffering to the palestine people for so many of years.It does not care for world opinion&international law.History shows that whenever power has gone to wrong hands ,it has been used against humanity.This is what the case with the occupier israel.The occupier israel must be allowed to use its power against humanity.So,the oc

4 ) MOR / USA
31/08/2014 07:46
Disarming the Palestinians in Gaza is the demand of the Zionists of Israel, Zionists of the Arab leaders, and Imperialist USA. How can we say yes to our enemies unjust and humiliating demands? We have not come so far after all the killing and the destruction by our enemies to say yes to them. In fact we need to work harder to arm the West Bank and fight the Zionists out. Disarming the resistance means giving up our rights in Palestine and the end of the struggle to liberate all of Palestine.

5 ) Mel / USA
31/08/2014 09:13
POWERFUL,wealthy, EQUALLY have the human right,too,and to DEFEND THEMSELVES,& be "secure" from ATTACKS byLebanon&Syria,since PRE-magna carta !An existential,VASTLY bigger, ACTUALITY,daily! ORWELLIAN OBAMA! "OBAMA,U PAID FOR THIS DESTRUCTION".Obama is visiting'pretty'compliant sites,Obama! GO to the blood-stained ground to see how'good' our 'US-WEPS-Inc' business is!Pro Syria & lebanon,&anti-DEMOCRATIC BRAVO!Palestinians-ROUTINELY always uses experimental chem/nerve agents/gas on Lockshon eaters.

6 ) Freddi Fartz / Germany
31/08/2014 09:45
Fatah is already issuing strong condemnation blaming Hamas for stealing humanitarian aid. And that Fatah members in Gaza were imprisoned by Hamas and used as hostages. Who would have believed that an Arab would do this to another Arab?

7 ) mike / usa
31/08/2014 15:56
the hamas put Palestinian civilians in danger by placing assault weapons in civilian areas. and continue launching attacks upon Israel. Israel is not the aggressor, but has the right to return fire. hamas is the aggressor. despite your claims that Israel is to fault you need to know that the entire civilized world knows that it's hamas who attack and violate the peaceful solution. you can babel on, but all of us know the truth.

8 ) Dimi / GermanyI
31/08/2014 17:39
If Hamas remains armed, earlier or later it will get access to nuclear/biological weapons and then good buy Israel.

9 ) Tibi / Tubas
31/08/2014 17:41
Hamas will never agree to "demilitarize Gaza", and thus Hamas' attempts to rebuild Gaza, open it's border, and have sea & airports will be equally "worthless'".

10 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
31/08/2014 19:28
Hey #2 - saying "Palestinians have a right to oppose with use of arms" is like saying Maori have the right to blow up buses with white occupation colonists like you in them. Or even better, anybody who opposes your illegal occupation of New Zealand has the right to blow up Auckland and Christchurch with rockets and shoot you in the street. Get your sorry kiester out of occupied New Zealand and go back to England where you came from. You're just an illegal settler.

11 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
31/08/2014 19:34
In other words, any attempts to build a seaport or airport are "worthless". The only reason Hamas wants them is to re-arm, and there is no way that is going to happen. Odds are none of the Hamas demands will be met, and Hamas will have no choice but to start shooting at Israeli civilians again while its fat leaders (yikes, did you see how fat Haniyeh is now?) will hide in bunkers and fire from behind women and children again. Hamas is illegal. It's goals are death and destruction for Gaza.

12 ) Yakub Halal / Palestine Gaza
31/08/2014 21:43
The t far greater. It makes sense to believe that the deaths of Placing of Rocket launchers in KinderGartens and schools hospitals and every type of public utility In all the cities of Gaza By Hamas is highly irresponsible, Causing the death of civilians. This is besides using women and children as shields for rocket launchers, we are lucky that the deaths were not worse. I believe that the amount of Shahidin were greater than that of the civilians. We do not have to be ashamed of our Shahidin.

13 ) Joe / US
01/09/2014 00:31
@12, nobody offered proof that Hamas has intentionally used civilians as human shields. In fact, even Israel has admitted they have bombed an UNRWA school without any reason whatsoever, although first they said it was used by Hamas. You'd think they'd be able to offer proof with all those drones flying about. More so, there was at least one documented case of a Palestinian teenager being used as a human shield by IDF troops (ie. sent in houses to trigger booby traps). Google is your friend.

14 ) Mimi / Kabul
01/09/2014 14:37
The world is starting to understand Hamas, now it has finally been given a voice. The lies about Hamas using human shields come from Israel. I too have read that Israel uses Palestinians as human shields, in addition to targets for practice. My advice to Hmas would be stay strong, have faith & do NOT demilitarise. You have the same rights under international law as everyone else. Your resistance is legitimate, as is your cause.

15 ) inbound39 / New Zealand
01/09/2014 20:32
IDF HQ in Tel Aviv is slap bang in the middle of civilian area surrounded by hospital and other civic and residential buildings. Netanyahu et al live among civilians as do off duty IDF personnel. Iron Dome Batteries are positioned amid civilian areas.
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