“The Yemeni armed forces continue to prevent Israeli ships from navigating the Red Sea (and Gulf of Aden) until the Israeli aggression against our steadfast brothers in the Gaza Strip stops. The Yemeni armed forces renew their warning to all Israeli ships or those associated with Israelis that they will become a legitimate target if they violate what is stated in this statement.”Jon Gambrell, “3 commercial ships hit by missiles in Houthi attack in Red Sea, US warship downs 3 drones,” Associated Press, last updated December 4, 2023, https://apnews.com/article/red-sea-houthi-yemen-ships-attack-israel-hamas-war-gaza-strip-716770f0a780160e9abed98d3c48fbde; “Houthi Attacks on Commercial Shipping in International Water Continue,” U.S. Central Command, December 3, 2023, https://www.centcom.mil/MEDIA/PRESS-RELEASES/Press-Release-View/Article/3605010/houthi-attacks-on-commercial-shipping-in-international-water-continue/.
Following the end of a week-long ceasefire:
“The Zionist occupation bears accountability for reigniting the genocidal war and Nazi aggression against the Gaza Strip, persistently rejecting offers throughout the night for the release of detainees.
“Throughout the night, indirect negotiations unfolded to extend the truce, within which we proposed exchanges involving prisoners and elderly people, as well as the handover of bodies of Israeli detainees who lost their lives due to Zionist bombings. Hamas also offered to transfer the Bibas family’s bodies and release their father for their burial, along with two Zionist detainees. However, the occupation, driven by a predetermined decision to resume criminal aggression, remained unresponsive.
“The Biden administration and President Biden in person shoulder full responsibility for the continuation of Zionist war crimes in the Gaza Strip with their unwavering support and the green light they gave to the occupation thanks to the Secretary of State Blinken’s recent visit to the Zionist entity. The American approval of the occupation’s new plans to resume aggression has already resulted in the killing of dozens of innocent civilians and children.
“We assert that our steadfast Palestinian people, firmly rooted in their homeland and supported by the valiant Al-Qassam Brigades actively countering aggression on all fronts while resuming heroic operations, will certainly thwart this criminal aggression.
“Our steadfast people, facing the US-backed Zionist terror army, will prevail, asserting their indomitable will against the defeated occupation army.”Hamas statement, Hamas Online Telegram Channel, December 1, 2023.
Following a shooting attack in Jerusalem that killed at least three people:
The attack is “a direct response to the unprecedented crimes committed by the occupying forces, including brutal massacres in the Gaza Strip, the killing of children in Jenin, and widespread violations against Palestinian prisoners. Moreover, the continued violations in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the prevention of worshippers’ access to it.”Ibrahim Dahman and Eyad Kourdi, “Hamas says its militants killed three people at Jerusalem bus stop,” CNN, November 30, 2023, https://www.cnn.com/2023/11/30/middleeast/hamas-jerusalem-bus-stop-shooting-intl/index.html; Emanuel Fabian, “Four killed, 5 injured in Hamas-claimed terror shooting at Jerusalem bus stop,” Times of Israel, November 30, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/three-killed-6-injured-in-terror-shooting-at-jerusalem-entrance-bus-stop/.
“Worldwide call to mobilize in support of Gaza this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
“As the Zionist aggression and genocidal war continues against our people in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and Jerusalem, and amid systematic violations perpetrated against our prisoners in Israeli jails, we call on the masses of our Arab and Islamic nation and free people across the world to continue their rallies in solidarity with our Palestinian people and our just cause. We call on them to mobilize all their popular means to reject and denounce the crimes and massacres committed by the Nazi occupation, to call for an end to its barbaric aggression and decades-long occupation.
“We call on the free masses and those who bear a living conscience, who responded to the call of Gaza, Jerusalem, and the rest of Palestine, to continue their marches in all cities, capitals, and squares of the world on the coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, to make their voice heard. We urge them to be emboldened by the strength of Palestinian rights and the justice and legitimacy of our struggle. We also appeal to them to maintain all forms of solidarity and support, until the aggression and heinous massacres against our children and defenseless civilians stop.”Hamas Press Statement, Hamas Online Telegram channel, November 30, 2023.
“5-The Yemeni Armed Forces confirms that their military operations will only stop as soon as the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in the #Gaza Strip stops.” (Tweet)Yahya Sarea, Twitter post, November 30, 2023, 3:45 p.m., https://twitter.com/Yahya_Saree/status/1730327318336258133.
“3-The Yemeni Armed Forces: We will not hesitate to expand our military operations against the Israeli entity and to include targets that it may not be expected on land or at sea.” (Tweet)Yahya Sarea, Twitter post, November 30, 2023, 3:45 p.m., https://twitter.com/Yahya_Saree/status/1730327169061077348.
“As we announce the striking of a truce agreement, we affirm that our fingers remain on the trigger, and our victorious fighters will remain on the look-out to defend our people and defeat the occupation.”“Israel-Hamas war: Four-day truce agreed, 50 hostages to go free,” Reuters, November 22, 2023, https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/israeli-government-debates-deal-release-gaza-hostages-truce-2023-11-21/.
“The Nazi Israeli occupation army persists in disseminating deceptive and false narratives surrounding Zionist prisoners, such as the claim that a female soldier was killed within the said hospital premises, and her body was later discovered. It is imperative to underscore the following points:
“The Al-Qassam Brigades have unequivocally verified that the well-being of injured Zionist prisoners was meticulously monitored, and requisite medical attention was administered in hospitals before their subsequent return to their places of detention. Therefore, the Zionist military spokesperson’s contributions contribute nothing new but rather serve as a veiled attempt to mask their deceit, particularly their unfounded claim that the Hamas movement has used Al-Shifa Hospital as the command and control center.
“The same occupation army, which, as per the Zionist police investigation disclosed in the Haaretz newspaper and Hebrew media, inflicted casualties upon its citizen through aerial bombardments on October 7, is now implicated in the killing of some of its own prisoners during Zionist raids, a detailed disclosure by the Al-Qassam Brigades.
“We assert that the occupation force lacks the aptitude to conduct investigations and pass judgments, being the very aggressor responsible for committing egregious war crimes against hospitals, among others. We have repeatedly called for the establishment of an international committee to scrutinize the Israeli Nazi occupation’s fabrications regarding hospitals, now transformed into Israeli military outposts after coercively evacuating patients and medical staff at gunpoint and under duress.”Hamas Press Statement, Hamas Online Telegram Channel, November 21, 2023.
Statement after the Houthis seize an Israel-linked ship in the Red Sea:
“The Yemeni armed forces renew their warning to all ships belonging to the Israeli enemy or dealing with it that they will become a legitimate target for the armed forces.
“The Yemeni armed forces confirm that they will continue to carry out military operations against the Israeli enemy until the aggression against the Gaza Strip stops and the heinous crimes that continue until this moment against our Palestinian brothers in Gaza and the West Bank stop.
“They also confirm that whoever threatens the security and stability of the region and international corridors is the Zionist entity, and society. If the international community is concerned about the security and stability of the region and not expanding the conflict, it should stop the Israeli aggression against Gaza.” (Tweet)Yahya Sarea, Twitter post, November 19, 2023, 11:34 a.m., https://twitter.com/army21ye/status/1726277654544785788.
Address on the fate of Israeli hostages in Gaza:
“All the plans of the enemy will fail, and it will not achieve its goals and will not return its captives, except for the price that the resistance will set.”“Israeli captives to be released on Hamas conditions: Haniyeh,” Al Mayadeen, November 16, 2023, https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/israeli-captives-to-be-released-on-hamas-conditions--haniyeh.
Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.
On October 27, 2018, domestic terrorist Robert D. Bowers carried out an anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. He fired on congregants as they gathered for worship, killing 11 people and wounding six others.
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