'No time to negotiate.' Nasrallah
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Nasrallah organizing mass rallies against Gaza siege
(Video) Hizbullah chief urges 'brothers in Egypt' to open Rafah crossing and end 'great Islamic humanitarian disaster' in Strip

VIDEO - "America and Israel are attempting to obliterate the Palestinian issue in all of its parts," Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said during a televised interview with the organization's Al-Manar network on Monday.




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He said the Palestinian refugee issue was not receiving a hearing in the US, Israel, and the Arab states, and called on the "brothers in Egypt" to open the Rafah crossing indefinitely.


"For several weeks now our people in Gaza have been living under a comprehensive siege," Nasrallah said, "according to Israel's recent statements, there is no chance this blockade will be lifted anytime soon."


The Hizbullah leader said that beginning Friday the Shiite group will hold a series of rallies in support of the Palestinians and to call for bringing an end to the Israeli siege on the Hamas-controlled territory by opening the Egypt-Gaza border.


"Adhering to the border crossings agreement has no moral, religious or legal basis and it is resulting in a great Islamic humanitarian disaster," he said. "To Egypt's senior officials I say: This is not the time to negotiate; hundreds of sick Gazans are dying, dying of hunger. You must take this historic stance.


"I ask all those who are proud to be Arabs, where is your Arab sentiment now, as a million-and-a-half Arabs in Gaza are under siege? I call on you to take part in the rallies and join me in this call," Nasrallah said.


The Shiite group's leader said the main rally will be held in Dahiya, a Hizbullah stronghold in Beirut, and urged the residents of south Lebanon to organize similar protests of their own.


"Had the Arab leaders acted responsibly 60 years ago, Palestine would not have been conquered," Nasrallah continued to say. "All those who remained silent and did nothing to prevent the conquest of Palestine will be held accountable at the end of the days."  


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