Skip to comments.10's of thousands gather in Gaza for Hamas rally and Meshaal speech
Posted on 12/08/2012 8:13:52 AM PST by ExxonPatrolUs
Tens of thousands of people have gathered to attend a rally in the Gaza Strip to mark the 25th anniversary of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.
Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal gave a fiery speech during his first ever visit to the territory.
He said he would never recognise Israel, and insisted Palestinians would never cede any part of their land.
Hamas removed Fatah from Gaza by force in 2007 after winning elections there. Fatah governs parts of the West Bank.
'Made in Gaza'
The BBC's Yolande Knell in Gaza City says the event is intended to send a message that, after 25 years, Hamas is a force to be reckoned with.
It enjoys support in Gaza and feels it is gaining regional political influence after the Arab uprisings brought new Islamist governments to power, she adds.
Tens of thousands of Gazans have made their way to the rally at the al-Qatiba complex west of Gaza City to hear the speech by Mr Meshaal.
Ahead of that, a masked spokesman for Hamas's military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, told the crowd: "We will cut the hand that extends in aggression against our people and leaders."
As long as Palestine is ours and Palestine is the land of Arabism and Islam, we can never recognise the legitimacy of Israel's occupation of it," he told supporters.
"There is no legitimacy for occupation. Hence, there is no legitimacy for Israel, however long time lasts."
The centrepiece of Saturday's rally in Gaza City is a huge replica of a type of rocket Hamas militants fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in the conflict with Israel last month. It has Made in Gaza written on it.
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Just what I was thinking.
The civilized world will sooner or later have to confront the Satanic Prophet and the horse (named “Barack”) he rode in on and as many worship death we should do our best to make them all devoutly dead.
what a terrible, terrible, and so very dangerous mistake Israel made to give the Arabs the Sinai and Gaza.
i was going with CBUs but MOAB works.