Ismail Haniyeh says at Islamabad solidarity rally, Hamas shatters ‘dream of great Israel’

Ismail Haniyeh, the top leader of the Palestinian group Hamas, speaks during a protest to express solidarity with the Palestinian people amid an outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence in Doha, Qatar, May 15, 2021.  - Reuters
Ismail Haniyeh, the top leader of the Palestinian group Hamas, speaks during a protest to express solidarity with the Palestinian people amid an flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence in Doha, Qatar, on May 15, 2021. – Reuters
  • Hamas chief virtually addressed TLP solidarity rally in Islamabad.
  • We are fighting a war against Israel for the Islamic world: Haniyeh.
  • It is said that Pakistan’s position is important in global conflicts.

ISLAMABAD: Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Palestinian group Hamas, has said that the resistance movement has shattered Tel Aviv’s dream of a “Great Israel”.

He made the remarks while virtually addressing a Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) rally organized in Islamabad on Sunday to express solidarity with Palestinians facing continuous Israeli bombardment in the besieged area.

He said that Hamas is fighting the battle of the Islamic world and has sacrificed thousands of people against Israel.

He commented, “The Muslims of the subcontinent resisted British rule and achieved independence.”

According to the health ministry in the Gaza Strip, at least 9,770 people, including 4,800 children, were killed in the Palestinian territory since the war with Israel began on October 7. Israeli officials claimed that more than 1,400 people, mostly civilians, were killed. Hamas has been carrying out attacks since the beginning of the conflict.

The Hamas chief also said that Pakistan’s position in global conflicts is important and thanked Pakistan for expressing solidarity with the Palestinians. “Palestinians and Kashmiris are still fighting for freedom.”

Earlier today, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman met Ismail Haniyeh and former Hamas chief Khaled Mashal in Qatar.

The JUI-F chief is in the Gulf country, where he is expected to approach the Arab world leadership to find a way to provide aid to Gaza, which is facing a serious humanitarian crisis due to the ongoing Israeli bombardment of the strip. Sources said the October 7 attack by Hamas geo news,

Highlighting the meeting between the veteran politician and the Hamas leadership, JUI-F spokesperson Aslam Ghauri said, “Both sides held detailed discussions on the Palestine issue.”

,[The JUI-F chief] The statement on Fazal’s

During the meeting, Haniyeh called on Muslims to unite in the face of Israeli aggression. “It is the responsibility of the Muslim Ummah to unite against Israeli atrocities.”

Meanwhile, Mashal highlighted that the atrocities prevalent in Kashmir and Palestine are a slap on the face of so-called human rights advocates.

The JUI-F chief echoed the views of the Hamas leadership, saying that developed countries have the blood of innocent children and women on their hands.

Mashal lauded Fazal’s efforts for Palestine, saying the JUI-F chief was playing the role of Palestine’s ambassador to Pakistan.

Israel’s attack continues

Israel’s continued bombing of the Gaza Strip worsened the humanitarian crisis in the besieged territory.

Occupation forces led by Benjamin Netanyahu have stepped up their ground campaign and bombardment of Gaza in recent weeks, killing thousands of Palestinians, including children.

For its frequent attacks, Israel accuses Hamas of hiding among civilians and when it faces criticism for targeting besieged civilians, it uses this explanation as an excuse.

Several countries, including Turkey, recalled their envoys to Israel, and several countries also broke diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, whose forces have besieged Gaza for 17 years.

Global powers, including the United States and the United Nations, have called on Israel to ensure that civilian casualties are avoided in its continued effort to eliminate Hamas, but to no avail.

The United Nations is also calling for an immediate ceasefire to allow the smooth flow of aid into the war-torn strip and to allow hostage exchanges.

However, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has refused to stop his military offensive on Gaza and has insisted they will continue to attack the Hamas-run territory.

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