Islamic Jihad fighter

Shallah: Ceasefire deal must end Gaza siege

While Hamas typically gets all the press, other militias exist in Palestine as well, Islamic Jihad is one. While also portrayed with infighting and utter ineffectiveness, when it comes to Palestine and the freedom of Palestinian people in the face of Jewish military state aggression, differences are put aside and unity means collaboration, cooperation and greater fighting front. The Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, spoke to Al Jazeera and made some things perfectly clear.

14 July, 2014 PIC
The Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, said on Sunday evening that Israeli occupation is unable to achieve any of its goals of its aggression on Gaza.

In an interview with al-Jazeera TV, Shallah said that the current Israeli aggression exposed its intelligence and strategic failure.

Israel is trying to export its internal crisis through its aggression on Gaza, he said.

The calm for calm is no longer on our agenda, he said. The current battle would not end without Israel’s acquiescence to lifting the siege, opening border crossings, and acknowledging Palestinian right to respond to any future aggression, Shallah affirmed.

He stressed the Palestinian resistance’s steadfastness, coherence, and unity in defending the Palestinian people and Arab and Islamic nation as a whole.

Unfortunately, there is no serious mediation up to this moment, the Jihad leader said, adding that the only mediator who can bridle the occupation (the USA) is itself involved in this aggression.

Shallah stressed the importance of the Egyptian role that was the mediator of previous truce agreements.

Shallah called on the Egyptian leadership to intervene and put an end to Palestinian people’s suffering.

He urged PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to stop security coordination with the occupier who carries out homicide in Gaza. He also called on Fatah leadership to trigger a third intifada (uprising) in the West Bank.

The senior Jihad leader said that there is a high-level military coordination between his movement and Hamas to confront the occupation and its aggression.

Shallah stressed the importance of reconciliation agreement and national unity in order to foil Israeli schemes that aim to deepen the internal division.

For his part, member of Hamas’ political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk said that Israeli aggression aims to impose a status quo on the Palestinian people and force them to raise the white flag.

“They want us to put down our arms and leave the resistance,” he said in reference to the ongoing truce efforts.

They started the battle, and we will stay on our land and fight to protect our future.”

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