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Beit Hanoun atack aftermath
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Fatah, Hamas: Avenge Palestinian deaths
Palestinian organizations unite in call to attack Israeli targets; ‘I call on all the armed groups everywhere to avenge the blood of the dead with suicide bombings against Israeli civilians,’ Fatah’s Gaza leader says
The various Palestinian Authority organizations have united in their call to carry out attacks against Israel: A senior Fatah official Wednesday urged the organizations to carry out suicide bombings against Israeli civilian targets to avenge the deaths of the 18 Palestinians killed in the Beit Hanoun incident.


Jamal Abed, who heads Fatah in northern Gaza called on the party's military wing, the al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigades, called for "cross-border attacks against Israel" to revenge the incident in Beit Hanoun with attacks against Israeli civilians.


"I call on all the armed groups everywhere to avenge the blood of the dead with suicide bombings against Israeli civilians, as Israel murders Palestinians," said Abed.


Abed added that Israel has forced a new system of relations on the Palestinians, “and we must respond to it in the same rationale and style. All the options must be open to the organizations, and attacks should be carried out with no bounds or geographical limitation, and anywhere the mujahadeen can hit Israelis they should do so.”


Dahlan: Israel using 'ethnic cleansing' policy

Another senior Fatah official, member of Palestinian Legislative Council and Fatah member Muhammad Dahlan defined the events in Beit Hanoun as a massacre of ethnic cleansing.


“The slaughter in Beit Hanoun, with dozens dead and dozens wounded, all innocent civilians and most of them children, testifies to the fact that this is a policy of ethnic cleansing," Dahlan said. 


“This ethnic cleansing operation proves that Israel is continuing its policy of killing and destruction of Palestinian society,” he added.


He called on the international community to act immediately and demanded the United Nations Security Council convene immediately to make Israel halt its offensive against the Palestinians.


He also called on the Palestinian organizations to hurry and assemble the unity government “as a response to the Israeli crimes.”


Sheikh Nafez Azzam, a leader of the Islamic Jihad, said “The massacre in Beit Hanoun is an intentional act aimed at bringing the members of the town to emigrate from it.”


Azzam called on the Palestinian organizations to respond to the Israeli offensive. His called joined those by top Hamas leaders, including Khaled Mashaal, who called for the resumption of suicide bombings in Israel.


Palestinian Authority spokesperson Dr. Ghazi Hamad declared that Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth. Hamad, considered a relatively moderate Hamas leaders, added: “This is not a country of humans. These are animals and a bunch of gangs, and this nation must be wiped off the face of the earth.”


The al-Quds Brigades, armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, threatened “earth-shattering reveng attacks. We will avenge the death of the Beit Hanoun victims.”


The Palestinian Authority declared an official three-day mourning period in protest of the IDF attack. The Palestinian government assembled for an emergency meeting following the strike.


Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called on the United Nations Security Council to convene an emergency meeting.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the IDF strike, referring to it as "a horrible massacre." Abbas joined Haniyeh's call to convene an emergency meeting at the Security Council.


First published: 08.11.06, 16:41
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