27th Anniversary: Hamas is from the Palestinian people, and for Palestine
by Julie Webb-Pullman
“Hamas leaders come from the people,” senior official Dr Salah Al Bardawil told a huge crowd who took to the streets Friday in Nuseirat camp, Gaza, to celebrate 27 years since the birth of the Hamas movement.
“Hamas does not seek power or government, just Palestine’s liberation,” he said.
Enumerating the many achievements of Hamas over the last 27 years, Bardawil paid special attention to the prisoners’ release, the winning of the 2006 democratic elections, and their refusal to give up on the Palestinian constants, especially the Right of Return to all of Palestine.
“From the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, Palestine will be free,” he told the crowd.
Outlining the Hamas strategy for the future, Bardawil stressed that the only choice is resistance, citing its enormous achievements in the recent Israeli offensive.
“Our soldiers have hearts full of belief and the Qu’ran, so they will win,” he said, a message that was much appreciated by the huge contingent from the Ezzedine Al Qassam Brigades.
He said the second priority is to end division between the various Palestinian factions, while the third is to secure Arabic countries’ support to end the siege of Gaza and accomplish the reconstruction of all damaged and destroyed houses.
Bardawil also called on Palestinians in the West Bank to rise up.
“Sooner or later there will be a third intifada in the West Bank,” he predicted.
Israeli leadership and soldiers came in for a mention, being described as cowards who are frustrated by Palestinians’ commitment and strength despite the immense hardships they face.
Renewing Hamas’ pledge to the martyrs to continue resisting, he concluded,
“On this anniversary of Hamas we ask all Palestinians to remain steadfast – victory is coming!”
Translation by Ola Al Rantisi