Masri: Blood of Naksa Day protesters marks beginning of new stage for Palestine

[ 08/06/2011 – 07:00 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Mushir al-Masri, who heads the Hamas bloc on the Palestinian Legislative Council, has said that the spilled blood of those killed by the Israeli occupation forces on borders with Lebanon and Syria during Naksa Day marks the beginning of a new phase in ending the Israeli occupation.

The statement came Tuesday during a rally honoring the some 25 Arabs and Palestinian refugees shot dead by the IOF at Golan Heights when trying to permeate the border created by the Israeli occupation state.

”[The incident] demonstrates that the [Muslims] have entered a new stage and the people are armed with the truth that is never forgotten,” Masri said, speaking at the rally in Gaza.

”The young don’t forget,” Masri said, referring to the new generation of activists who have succeeded their predecessors who first came under Israeli occupation.

”They remember their land and homes and the stories of their fathers and grandfathers,” he said, adding: ”The right of return is legal and sacred and the right of every generation until they return to their homes from which they have been expelled.”

Some five million Palestinian refugees have sought asylum abroad after the Israeli occupation of 1948.

On Naksa Day, hundreds of refugees and supporters made a symbolic attempt to cross borders and reclaim the property they lost in the Israeli occupation. Syria put the number of those killed in the Israeli onslaught against them at 25, with hundreds of injuries.

Meanwhile, Israeli Knesset member Lia Shemtov (from the Yisrael Beitenu) has officially urged the IOF to use diarrhea-causing gas instead of tear gas to stop refugees that try and get past borders in future protests.

She reasoned that Arab demonstrators have become accustomed to the scent of tear gas and have managed to live with it, a situation that requires additional measures to disperse them.

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