Thursday, August 7, 2014

Islamic Jihad: Halting war and ending Gaza siege are not demands but rights

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/13310-islamic-jihad-halting-war-and-ending-gaza-siege-are-not-demands-but-rights
Palestinians collect their remains from the rubble of their destroyed houses during the 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Shujaya neighborhood, Gaza on August 06, 2014
Senior leader of Islamic Jihad Khader Habib said on Wednesday that the Palestinian conditions for the Cairo talks are: halting Israel's aggressions and ending the siege of the Gaza Strip.

"These are not demands," he told Palestinian news agency Quds. "They are rights," he explained.
He also ruled out any discussion over demilitarising the Palestinian resistance in return for reconstructing the Gaza Strip. "The issue of arms is connected to the existence of the occupation," he said, adding that, "this right is guaranteed by the laws of heaven and earth."
Regarding Islamic Jihad's position towards the possibility of international peacekeepers in Gaza, Habib said: "We will have a say when this is posed for discussion. However, initially, we refuse the existence of international forces in Gaza because previous experiences have proven that they protect the enemy."
Commenting on the absolute destruction resulting from Israel's massive attacks on several parts of Gaza, Habib said: "When the Israeli occupation felt it had failed to face the resistance, it put all of its power in destroying homes and infrastructure in order to break the will of the fighters."
He added: "Our nation will continue fighting until achieving all the goals set by the resistance."