Hamas resistance leadership has announced that the protests on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel will continue, after visiting the various protest locations.
Head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, was east of Gaza City. Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, was in the southern Gaza Strip and Gaza Interior Minister Fathi Hamad was in the north of the region. They were seen among the crowd, encouraging the people and showing their support.
â€śThis march demonstrates that there are no alternatives to Palestine and the right of return (for the Palestinian people),â€ť Haniyeh told exuberant gatherers, praising their decision to leave their home and attend the protest to â€śwrite the future.â€ť
Haniyeh then brought to attention the goal of the march, telling attendees it constitutes â€śthe beginning of a return (of the Palestinian people) to the entirety of the land of Palestine.â€ť
â€śWe will not give up and we will not bargain with the Zionist entity over even a small piece of the land of Palestine,â€ť Haniyeh continued, according to the PNN, stressing they will reject any deal proposed by the Donald Trump administration, who he blamed for trampling Palestinian right by â€śTrumpâ€™s decision to grant Jerusalem to Israel.â€ť
â€śIsraelâ€™s threats do not scare us. Our people went out today to make it clear that we will not give up Jerusalem and that there is no alternative to Palestine and the right of return.
“We will not accept the right of return staying only a slogan,â€ť he concluded, telling the crowd, â€śwalk in the path of Godâ€”you are the victors.â€ť
Sinwar, meanwhile, said the protests are a signal to Israel and the world that â€śour people will not accept the continuation of the siege.â€ť
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum praised the turnout. â€śThe large crowds â€¦ reflect the Palestinian peopleâ€™s determination to achieve the right of return and break the siege and no force can stop this right,â€ť he said.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.