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Hamas on anniversary of Deir Yassin massacre: Our people will never forget Israeli crimes

The file photo by Palestinian media shows an image of the massacre of the Palestinians by Israelis in Deir Yassin, on April 9, 1948.

The resistance movement Hamas has reiterated that the Palestinians will never forget the Deir Yassin massacre and other countless Israeli crimes over the past decades.

Commemorating the massacre, which was carried out west of the occupied al-Quds on April 9, 1948, Hamas has vowed to keep up the struggle for the liberation of Palestinian land and the return of refugees to the occupied territories. 

“The occupation’s crimes and massacres against our land and people are imprescriptible … and we will remain loyal to the martyrs’ blood and sacrifices and uphold their path until the occupation is ousted and removed from our land,” the statement read.

Seventy-four years ago, the Zionist gangs committed the heinous massacre against Palestinian people and murdered at least 360 men, women, and infants in the area. 

Hamas said the Israeli crimes against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip and elsewhere across the occupied land exposed the criminal nature of the regime.   

“The Israeli plans targeting al-Quds, the West Bank, Gaza and the al-Aqsa Mosque are a continuation of the criminal approach and behavior upon which this criminal entity was founded, but all of this will neither break our people’s will nor prevent them from upholding the path of comprehensive resistance until their legitimate rights are fully wrested.”

Rights groups say Israel has pursued a policy of establishing and then maintaining a Jewish demographic majority, and maximizing control over land and resources to benefit extremist Israeli settlers since its establishment in 1948.

Uncovered documents in December 2021 brought to light the details of the killings of Palestinians during the day of ‘Nakba’ (Catastrophe), when the ethnic cleansing of more than 700,000 Palestinians took place along with the destruction of more than 500 villages in 1948.

Israel occupied the West Bank and East al-Quds during the Six-Day War in 1967. It later annexed East al-Quds in a move not recognized by the international community.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state, with East al-Quds as its capital.

But Israel’s aggressive settlement expansion and annexation plans have dealt a serious blow to any prospects of peace.

The Gaza Strip has also been under an inhumane Israeli land, air and sea siege since 2007 and witnessed three wars since 2008.

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