The Office for Refugees' Affairs of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has reaffirmed the organisation's belief that the principles of the Palestinian people are a "single, linked unit" which does not lend itself to being split-up. The Palestinian people, said Hamas, are united behind them, particularly in respect of the right to return to their land and properties which were taken from them by Zionist gangs during the occupation of Palestine in 1948.
A statement issued on Monday said that the Palestinian situation is always witnessing a popular and international dynamic which never stops: "At the moment, we are witnessing the uprising of Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli prisons as they struggle to 'live with dignity'; before that we saw the million-man marches in support of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque."
All of this, claims Hamas, is an affirmation that the people of Palestine have not forgotten their rights or their land and they are willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to get them back from the occupiers. "It is also a message to the host countries [of the refugees], especially Lebanon, that the Palestinian refugees do not accept an alternative homeland for Palestine and that the adoption of refugees' civil and social rights does not mean a project for resettlement as some claim."
The refugees' office called on Palestinians at home and abroad to unite, show solidarity with the issue of prisoners, stick to the national principles and support the resistance to the occupation's project in every legitimate way. The latter includes armed resistance as a strategic option for the restoration in full of Palestinian rights.