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Hamas official: Through Shahada (Martyrdom) we will achieve "Palestine, from its [Jordan] River to its [Mediterranean] Sea"

Al-Aqsa TV, Hamas  |
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) broadcast a speech by Hamas leader and Palestinian Parliament member Sheikh Hassan Yousef

Hamas leader and Palestinian Parliament member Sheikh Hassan Yousef:
“Yes, we say: The path of Martyrdom (Shahada) and the enterprise of Martyrdom-seeking (Istish'had) are the shortest way to [achieving] rights, and to achieving victory over the occupier. Taking [our] rights is the shortest path to Jerusalem and to all Palestine, from its [Jordan] River to its [Mediterranean] Sea. Yes, this path is the shortest path to defeating the settlement enterprise and the Judaization of Jerusalem and the holy sites. We say to the occupation: the blood of these two Martyrs (Shahids) [Imad and Adel Awadallah] and the two other Martyrs [Izz Al-Din Al-Masri and Tawfiq Mahamid] – all of you know the hero Izz Al-Din Al-Masri (i.e., suicide terrorist who killed 15 in Sbarro pizza shop) [cheers from the audience]… and the Martyr Mahamid, and those who preceded them and those Martyrs who will come after them – we will not forget them, and their blood will remain a debt for us [to pay], for the Hamas youth and the youths of all the Palestinian forces.” …

Sheikh Hassan Yousef Hamas leader and member of Palestinian Parliament. He was in prison several times and was released most recently in January 2014. PMW has been unable to verify the circumstances surrounding his crimes and imprisonment.

Imad and Adel Awadallah
– senior Hamas officials killed in a confrontation with the Israeli army in September 1998. They were responsible for the kidnapping and murder of soldier Sharon Edri on Sept. 9, 1996 and for the Apropo Café suicide bombing in Tel Aviv on March 21, 1997, which killed 3 and wounded 48.

Izz Al-Din Al-Masri – The terrorist who carried out the Sbarro pizza shop suicide bombing in Jerusalem (15 killed, 130 wounded, Aug. 9, 2001). His body was returned to the PA on April 29, 2014.

Tawfiq Mahamid – planned a double suicide attack in Israel with Jalal Mahamid on Feb. 8, 2002. They entered Israel, but their vehicle exploded too soon and both were killed without harming anyone else. Israel transferred Mahamid’s body to the PA on Feb. 4, 2014.