"We the Palestinians do not believe in the international community or in any court, but if this results in some sort of punishment for these criminals – then why not," the brother of Salah Shehadeh said Thursday in response to the Spanish court's decision to bring charges against several Israeli security officials who were involved in the assassination of the senior Hamas figure in 2002, which also left 14 Palestinian civilians dead.
Muhammad Shehadeh, a shepherd who resides just a few hundred meters from the Erez crossing at the Gaza-Israel border, said the lawsuit will "at best ease the Palestinians' minds.
"(The suit) is merely an anesthetic aimed at reducing the Palestinian people's rage, but nothing will come out of it," he told Ynet.
The brother of the founder of Hamas' armed wing claimed that the international community was unified in its support for Israel. "The whole world was against us in this war (Israeli offensive in Gaza), and this is why the Spanish court does not give us much hope. We can count only on Allah."
Shehadeh said the strengthening of Hamas was the answer to those who believed that his brother's assassination would hurt the Islamist group. "The assassination did nothing, and the situation on the ground speaks for itself. My brother was no better than the thousands of other shahids who were killed in this war," he said.