Palestine

Resistance our legitimate right

hammas_newsThe Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has announced that resistance is the legitimate right of the Palestinian people.

Hamas made the remark in a statement, which commemorates the 75th martyrdom anniversary of Ezzedin al-Qassam on Saturday.

According to the Shiite News Correspondent,The group praised resistance, saying that it should be practiced for as  long as Israel occupies Palestinian land.

It also commented on the Israeli settlement issue, which stopped direct talks between Tel Aviv and the Palestinian Authority, saying that any settlement projects that concede rights and bargain over constants would not bind the Palestinian people.

Meanwhile, Hamas spokesman Abu Obaida said earlier on Friday that the Palestinians would continue along the path of Qassam until final victory.

He described those who believe in peace with the Israelis and hope to achieve independence through begging “oppressive nations” as “living an illusion.”

Qassam lost his life along with 14 Palestinians near the village of Yaabad in 1936.

Israeli soldiers demoted over crimes

Two Israeli soldiers have received suspended sentences and demotions because they used a Palestinian child as a human shield during the Gaza War.

The soldiers were given suspended sentences of three months and were demoted from the rank of staff sergeant to sergeant, Israeli army radio announced on Sunday.

The soldiers had forced a nine-year-old Palestinian boy to open several bags suspected of containing explosives in the Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip.

During the trial, the boy, identified as Majid R, said he feared for his life.

“I thought they would kill me. I became very scared and wet my pants,” he was quoted by AFP as saying.

The incident was brought to public attention by the United Nations in a report which slammed Israel for committing war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

More than 1,400 Palestinians lost their lives during the Gaza war at the turn of 2009.

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