Human Animals: Hamas Marks 24th Anniversary, Says It Has Killed 1,365 Israelis


hamas2Hamas marked 24 years since its founding as an Islamic movement dedicated to fighting for Palestinian independence, while the group’s armed wing said it killed 1,365 Israelis in that period.

More than 100,000 Hamas supporters gathered today in Gaza City’s al-Katiba park, where they celebrated the anniversary with balloons and flags in green, the group’s color, as bands performed tributes to the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. The movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, is considered a terrorist group by Israel, the U.S. and the European Union.

“The armed resistance and the armed struggle are our only choice to liberate the land, to liberate all of Palestine from the sea to the river and expel the invaders,” Ismail Haniyeh, the top Hamas leader in Gaza, told the crowd. He was referring to the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

Hamas refuses to recognize Israel and calls for the Jewish state’s destruction in its charter. The movement ousted forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction from Gaza in 2007 to gain full control of the seaside enclave after winning parliamentary elections the year before. A three-week operation that Israel began in December 2008 to halt rocket fire from Gaza left more than 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead.

The armed wing of Hamas, known as the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, issued a statement in which it said 1,848 of its fighters have been killed by Israel and its members have killed 1,365 Israelis since the group’s founding on Dec. 14, 1987.

Hamas militants have carried out 1,117 attacks against Israel, including 87 suicide bombings, and have launched 11,093 rockets at Israeli targets, according to the e-mailed statement.

Israel condemned Hamas for celebrating the violence, without confirming the number of attacks and victims.

“The fact that Hamas is an unrepentant, murderous terror organization should come as a surprise to no one,” Mark Regev, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said in a telephone interview.

{San Francisco Chronicle/ Newscenter}


  1. Based on the trade of about 1000 to 1 for Gilad Shalit (their number, not ours), 1.3 million (almost all of Gaza) should be Chayav Misa.