Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Al-Qassam Brigades : we will be on the Road of Rantisi till victory or martyrdom


On 17 April 2004, Dr Abd el Aziz Al – Rantisi, Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip and one of its founding members, murdered by the occupation army. At about 6 p.m. two helicopters fired rockets at the car in which were Dr. Abd el Aziz Al – Rantisi and two bodyguards were traveling. The bodyguards were killed on the spot, while Dr Rantisi (57 years) died half an hour later at the hospital. Dr. Rantisi was murdered less than 4 weeks after the murder of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin.

Abdel Aziz El-Rantisi’s life of 57 years can be simply described as the art of overcoming one obstacle after another, culminating with the only fitting end for a true Muslim mujahid. Born a few months before the uprooting of Palestinians and usurpation of their land in 1948, Abu Mohammad lived through the most difficult period of contemporary Palestinian history. Through determination and sheer resolve, he and a handful group of companions, steered the Palestinian people out of the depths of subjugation and helplessness towards empowerment and on the doorsteps of liberation.

His enemies could not contain his words, actions, or thoughts. They were victimized yet again by their criminal behavior and resorted to murder to confront Abu Mohammad’s ideology and dreams. Yet again, this immoral folly proved futile. Abu Mohammad’s ideology lives on stronger after his passing away. His followers are more resolved and better prepared to make the final push to achieve their ultimate dream.

On 22 March 2004, occupation forces murdered Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, the founder of the Islamic movement and Hamas in Palestine. Instead of accepting Sheikh Yassin’s offer for peace that he made a few weeks earlier, the occupation forces replied with murder. The intention was to paralyze Hamas and put an end to resistance.

Two days later, Dr. Abdel Aziz El-Rantisi was elected the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. He held a large rally to accept the nomination and vowed to continue to road of resistance. And contrary to the estimates of the occupation, Dr. El-Rantisi gathered Hamas around him and took steps towards increasing Hamas strength and dedication to resistance.

On 17 April 2004, the occupation forces murdered Dr. El-Rantisi. And again, they failed in stopping the flow of Hamas in Palestinian veins. The Islamic Resistance Movement gained strength; and resistance became the common denominator for every patriotic Palestinian. The dream of ending Hamas was buried with Dr. El-Rantisi.

Dr. El-Rantisi left behind another story of heroism and dedication. He left behind Um Mohammad and 2 sons and 4 daughters.

Abu Obaida , the spokesman of the Qassam Brigades declared that we are on the road of Rantisi which is the road of resistance. Rantisi taught us not to surrender to any enemy who usurped our land and rights.



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