Hamas statement, April 14, 2023

April 14, 2023

“The Hamas movement believes that this day is a chance to unify the efforts of the Ummah and the free peoples of the world that are aimed to support of the Palestinian people’s rights and freedom struggle against the Israeli occupation.

“First: Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are the core of the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation, which occupies our Palestinian homeland, kills and displaces our Palestinian people and Judaizes their holy sites. They will remain at the heart of Palestine and the Muslim world, which has a collective responsibility to liberate them from the fascist occupation.

“Second: We call on the Arab and Muslim nations to mobilise all efforts at the political, diplomatic, media, and humanitarian levels in order to rally more support for our Palestinian people, who are standing steadfast on their historical homeland, and back Palestinian worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“Third: We hail our Palestinian people at home and in refugee camps abroad who have embraced the option of comprehensive resistance to defend their homeland, Jerusalem, Palestinian detainees, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We will continue endorsing such an approach until our Palestinian people restore their legitimate rights and achieve their aspirations for freedom and a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.” “Press release on International Quds Day,” Hamas, April 14, 2023, https://hamas.ps/en/post/4675/Press-release-on-International-Quds-Day.

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