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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Gazans Rally Around Call for Continued Resistance

From Naharnet (h/t Weaselzippers):
Hundreds of Palestinians poured onto the streets of Gaza City on Thursday to attend a Hamas victory rally, chanting support for resistance against Israel, an AFP reporter said. 
Loudspeakers mounted by the roadside blared out Hamas victory songs as the crowd -- most of them men but with some children dressed in combat fatigues and carrying toy guns -- gathered in the square outside the parliament building. 
A huge Palestinian flag hung behind a podium where speakers whipped up the crowd with chants of victory on the eve of the scheduled expiry of a 72-hour truce with Israel.
"We have won the military battle and with the permission of God we'll win the political battle," Hamas MP Mushir al-Masri told the crowd.
 
"Resistance, resistance, resistance!" chanted the demonstrators. 
Four weeks of fighting between the armed Islamist faction and Israel killed 67 people on the Israeli side, including 64 soldiers, and more than 1,880 Palestinians, of whom the U.N. says more than 1,300 were civilians.
 Many may view this as false bravado. However, to me, it illustrates that Israel failed to break the will of the people of Gaza to fight. As soon as they can rebuild their supply of munitions, there will another "conflict." Fortunately for Israel, current demographics favor it over the Palestinians.

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