Abu Obayda, the spokesman for Hamas' armed wing the Ezzedine al–Qassam Brigades, yesterday delivered a televised address to mark the occasion of Eid al Fitr.
After extending best wishes to people Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem and the whole of Palestine, he appraised the ongoing confrontation with Israel.
"This battle has come to affirm that Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem and Palestine that was occupied in 1948 are all one body, one people, one destiny and one resistance."
As for our message "to the criminal and cowardly enemy," Abu Obayda said: "The entire world has seen your failure and your shame. What an alleged state that claims to be the primary power in the region while it directs its rage and rockets of malice toward safe apartments, civilian residential towers and public institutions and targets children, women and civilian facilities to take pride in the amount of destruction and fire power."
With regard to the Ezzedine al–Qassam Brigades, the spokesman said, "When it comes to responding to your aggression and rising in support of our holy places and our folks, there are no red lines and no sacred engagement rules and no complex calculations."
He assured the Palestinian masses and their supporters everywhere that:
"This weak entity can be defeated. It will surely be defeated and certainly be buried. Because it is an entity based on cheating, on falsehood, on injustice and on aggression. All you need do is rally around your cause and your resistance and rise to rescue the Mosque to which your Prophet, peace be upon him, was taken on a night journey."
A translation of the full address is as follows:
Praise be to Allah who provides the Mujahideen with victory; who humiliates the tyrants; and peace and prayers be upon the Prophet, the Mujahid and the Witness, upon his kin and companions, and upon those who hoist his flag until the Day of Judgement.
Happy Eid to our people and our Islamic Ummah, may it come again every year while we enjoy good life, victory and empowerment.
On the occasion of the blessed Eid Al-Fitr, an Eid that comes back to the land of Palestine when it has drawn its map with the noble blood of martyrs and the offerings of the resistance that knows no limits, we wish the best for our people in Gaza that performs jihad, in the valiant West Bank, in the blessed Jerusalem and in the whole of Palestine. We wish the families of our martyrs the best, we wish them honour and loftiness. We wish our wounded and our captives and their families the best, we wish them pride and dignity. We wish our lofty resistance the best, we wish it victory and glory.
O masses of our great people everywhere. O our Arab and Islamic Ummah, our people's battle with the foul enemy has been going on since it set foot on this land. Jerusalem has always been the focal point of the conflict and the icon of uprisings and the trigger of revolutions.
Today we are waging one of these battles, the Sword of Jerusalem Battle, which came in order to complement our people's uprising in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa and in support of Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, which is threatened with eviction and Judaization, and in response to the cries of our people in the arenas and squares of the Holy City. Any price we pay, and will pay, is a sacrifice for Al-Aqsa and Jerusalem. For our existence has no meaning if we do not mobilise for Al-Aqsa rush in support for Jerusalem.
Our weapons and our accumulation of power, and our preparations over many years has only been for our land and for defending our people and our holy places.
This battle has come to affirm that Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem and Palestine that was occupied in 1948 are all one body, one people, one destiny and one resistance. Therefore, it is not strange that a group of Al-Qassam heroes and pious men are martyred, foremost among them the great commander Bassim Eissa (Abu Imad), who spent his life as a solid tenacious mujahid in these blessed brigades until he met his Lord as a martyr yesterday morning with a group of great Al-Qassam engineers and heroes of military industry who have a clear thumb print and present hand in everything Al-Qassam Brigades possess and what it is offering today in the fields of Jihad and resistance. Congratulations to them for gaining martyrdom in the most honourable of battles and locations and in the best of times and in the holiest of lands and dearest of places.
Our pain over losing these honourable men is equal to our pride in paying every price and offering everything, expensive or otherwise, for the sake of our Jerusalem, our Aqsa, and the dignity of our people. The battle is worth the sacrifices and the objective is dear and the dowry is huge.
Greetings to the martyrs of The Sword of Jerusalem operation, of commanders and soldiers and of all the sons of our heroic people, who rallied around their Al-Aqsa and their resistance and they knew that the price would be paid in blood, souls, wealth, children and buildings.
Our people … our folks
What distinguishes this battle is the unity of our people in all arenas and their engagement with the occupation at different levels depending on the circumstances in the field. For our people do not agree on anything as they do on the Jewel of the Crown, their sacred capital, and do not rally around something as they do around the option of resistance in dealing with this arrogant enemy. Greetings to our revolting people in Jerusalem, the West Bank and in Palestine that was occupied in 1948 who are the first line of defence for Al-Aqsa and the holy places and are at the immediate frontline with this enemy. So, proceed O our people the Bank of the Free (West Bank), in the holy city and in the cities and villages of the 1948. Leap over your enemy from where he does not expect. Rise to battle in every field. Know that you'll find Al-Qassam Brigades and resistance as you best expect, and in the field ahead of you and as a support right behind you. Our weapon is your weapon, our blood is you blood and our fate is your fate.
O sons of our steadfast and patient people! You have seen during the past few days some of what we have prepared and accumulated over many years during which we never ceased, not for an hour, to prepare for blitzing the castles and quarters of the enemy. Behind every one of your cheers of Allah-o-Akbar, in jubilation over our flying rocket in the skies of Palestine, there were hours, days and months of mighty efforts and constant work, as well as martyrs, casualties and sacrifices.
We would like to reassure you that we have more and in our pouch; there is plenty that will delight you and make you raise you heads high and make you proud in front of the world of your resistance and its men, its martyrs and its heroes.
As for our message to the criminal and cowardly enemy, we give you the glad tidings. The entire world has seen your failure and your shame. What an alleged state that claims to be the primary power in the region while it directs its rage and rockets of malice toward safe apartments, civilian residential towers and public institutions and targets children, women and civilian facilities to take pride in the amount of destruction and fire power. Such cowardly exhibition did not conceal from the world's view the truth about your brittle entity as it ached under our rocket strikes that are unprecedented in the history of the conflict with you since you stole our land in 1948. Despite the huge disparity in power between us and you in terms of military capabilities, we have, with Allah's help, directed huge rocket strikes, which no state has dared, since the Nakba, direct toward you.
The decision to strike Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Dimona, Ashkelon, Ashdod and Beersheba, and what's before them and after them of our occupied cities, is easier for us than a drink of water if our Al-Aqsa is desecrated and our dignity is violated.
When it comes to responding to your aggression and rising in support of our holy places and our folks, there are no red lines and no sacred engagement rules and no complex calculations.
Our strikes will be ready whenever you resume aggression or go further in it. You, stupid ones, have possessed the technology, the missiles and the planes. But you have not been able to decipher (the mystery about) this great people and this valiant resistance. Have [your] assassinations ever frightened us? Or have you ever seen a Palestinian child fearing your tyranny? And have you ever been able to stop our resistance through siege or destruction? Deploy as much as you wish of forces and mobilise all your mounting troops and infantry, from the sea, from the air and from the ground. We have prepared for you types of death that will make you curse yourselves. You will not see from us weakness or fear or retreat. You'll get nothing from us but the sword and the fire. History and the present are best witnesses. The future will be the decisive moment and the proof, with the help of Allah the Almighty.
O masses of our people and sons of our Ummah!
This weak entity can be defeated. It will surely be defeated and certainly be buried. Because it is an entity based on cheating, on falsehood, on injustice and on aggression. All you need do is rally around your cause and your resistance and rise to rescue the [Al Aqsa] Mosque to which your Prophet, peace be upon him, was taken on a night journey. And to rise in unison to lay siege on this enemy in all arenas and strike it with all means and resist with all available methods and tools.
In conclusion, greetings to the noble martyrs of The Sword of Jerusalem Operation. We pledge to them that we shall continue along the path they started. Greetings to the wounded, to the casualties and to those who hurt. The biggest greeting goes to our proud people in Gaza who are not content with other than glory, honour and coming first in defence of the land the Al-Aqsa, and who always lead with the flag in hand in all the battles and pay the cost on behalf of an entire Ummah.
Freedom for those who are in captivity whose predicament will soon come to an end, God willing.
Greetings to our people in exile and in the diaspora who will, God willing, return once the entity of injustice is destroyed.
Greetings to all the free and honourable people around the world who support our cause and aid our resistance.
Victory is only given by Allah the Almighty.
It is a jihad that leads to either victory or martyrdom.
And peace be upon you and the mercy of Allah and His blessings.