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Terrorists’ blood “ignites the struggle,” “outlines the map of the homeland” – including Israeli cities “ Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, Lod, and Ramle”

Fatah Tubas Branch Secretary Mahmoud Sawafta: ”The Martyrs’ blood is what is igniting the revolution and the intifada, it is igniting the Palestinian national struggle. The Martyrs’ blood is the lighthouse of unity guiding us all, the compass we are following. They are outlining the map of the homeland with their blood, the precious homeland, the map of Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, Lod,and Ramle (i.e., all Israeli cities), the map of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank,and the eternal capital of Palestine, Jerusalem.With their blood the revolution will continue, and the struggle will continue.”

[Official PA TV, Jan. 3, 2024]

Sawafta responded to Israel assassinating Hamas terror leader Saleh Al-Arouri in Lebanon on Jan. 2, 2024, during the 2023 Gaza war

Hamas war on Israel October 2023 - At least 1,200 Israelis, including over 1,000 civilians, were murdered and over 4,800 wounded, in addition to approximately 244 who were abducted into the Gaza Strip (including 110 later released or liberated and at least 26 later killed), in a Hamas terror war that began when approximately 3,000 Hamas terrorists broke through Israel's security fence at the Gaza Strip border and launched a surprise attack, taking control of several Israeli towns and attacking a music festival on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, which fell on the Sabbath, Oct. 7, 2023. During the massacre, the terrorists tortured, raped, shot, beheaded, and burned their victims alive, murdering entire families and leaving at least 21 children without parents. Hamas terrorists also fired at least 5,000 rockets at Israeli population centers. In response, Israel launched the Swords of Iron War to counter the Hamas terror threat. Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon joined Hamas' terror war starting from the following day, attacking Israel from the north. Occasional rocket launches and shootings continued from Lebanon throughout the war. A ceasefire and prisoner exchange deal began on Nov. 24, 2023, in which Israel agreed to release 150 terrorist prisoners, pause drone surveillance in the Gaza Strip, and allow movement between the northern and southern Gaza Strip, in return for 50 Israeli female and child hostages held by Hamas. The deal was subsequently extended with additional releases, until Hamas violated the agreement and resumed attacking on Dec. 1, 2023.

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