Hamas statement, December 8, 2022

Dec. 8, 2022

Statement commemorating the anniversary of the first Palestinian intifada:

“On this occasion, hamas states the following:

“First: The circumstances that led the Palestinian people to revolt against the Israeli occupation 35 years ago are still ongoing and continue to escalate in light of the Israeli occupation’s crimes in the West Bank and Jerusalem, attempts to Judaize the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip.

“Second: We confirm that Hamas adheres to comprehensive resistance against the Israeli occupation in defence of our land and holy places. We reiterate our rejection of making compromises, security collaboration, and normalisation of ties with the Israeli occupation, which is a threat to the Palestinian people and the Arabs’ security and stability.

“Third: We salute the Palestinian people in the West Bank and across Palestine who revolt against the Israeli occupation.

“Fourth: We hail the steadfastness of the Palestinian people across Palestine who continue their freedom struggle against the Israeli occupation and those in the diaspora who uphold their right to return to their hometowns and villages from which they were expelled in 1948 by Zionist gangs.

“Fifth: We call on the Arab and Muslim Ummah, along with the free people of the world, to continue their solidarity with and support of the Palestinian people and their just cause. We also urge the international community and all human rights organisations to expose Israeli occupation's crimes and hold Israeli leaders accountable for their violations against the Palestinian people. They should also support the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including the right to self-determination, resistance, and liberation.”“Remembering First Intifada, Hamas calls for supporting Palestinians’ right to self-determination,” Hamas, December 8, 2022, https://hamas.ps/en/post/4436/Remembering-First-Intifada-Hamas-calls-for-supporting-Palestinians-right-to-self-determination.

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