SIDON, (PIC)– Hamas representative in Lebanon Ali Baraka stated Monday that the Movement’s 27th anniversary establishes “a new era of Jihad and resistance against the occupation and provides more sacrifices for the liberation of land and holy sites.”
Baraka’s statements came during a festival in commemoration of the Movement’s 27th inception anniversary in presence of Lebanese factions and parties’ representatives and Palestinian national and Islamic factions.
He stressed his Movement’s adherence to national constants and rights, saying that Hamas will continue defending Palestinian land and holy sites despite Israel’s crimes and conspiracies and growing incitement against resistance.
Baraka hailed the ongoing sacrifices made by the Movement’s fighters and leaders, greeting the Palestinian prisoners and resistance members’ steadfastness.
“We are determined to liberate the entire land of Palestine from the river to the sea and from the Galilee to the Negev with Jerusalem as its capital,” he vowed, stressing Hamas’s adherence to the right of return and total rejection of all proposals for an alternative homeland.
He underlined that “Israeli ongoing crimes and violations against Palestinian people and holy places will never succeed in breaking our strong will or imposing a status quo in the region.”
Concerning the negotiations file, Baraka renewed his Movement’s refusal of the ongoing talks led by US Secretary of State John Kerry in the region.
He called on the PA to immediately stop security coordination with the occupation and to endorse a new Palestinian strategy based on resistance and steadfastness.
Hamas’s representative stressed the need for uniting Palestinian national efforts in face of Israeli schemes and crimes.
Regarding the prisoners’ issue, he said that Palestinian detainees and prisoners’ freedom is on the top priorities of his Movement.
“We are ready to make new swap deals for the release of our prisoners in Israeli jails as we have achieved Wafa al-Ahrar deal in 2011”, he added.
He also called on the Arab League and the United Nations to intervene immediately for the remove of Israel’s unjust siege on the Gaza Strip and to accelerate its reconstruction.
Baraka confirmed Hamas’s keenness to reinforce its ties with Lebanon, stressing its backing for the Lebanese unity, security, and stability.
Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon should not be used as an arena to settle accounts, he said and denounced, in this respect, the unprecedented media campaign against the Palestinian presence in Lebanon.
Hamas’s representative in Lebanon urged the Lebanese officials and government to intervene and curb such incitement that aims to drag Palestinians into side battles.
Baraka also called on UNRWA and Lebanese government to accelerate the reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared refugee camp and to facilitate the entry of Palestinian refugees fleeing from the bloody events in Syria.