Hamas threatens suicide bombings in response to Israeli construction

Click photo to download. Caption: A street in the neighborhood of Gilo, where a Jerusalem building committee approved 1,200 new apartments on Dec. 24. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) A senior Hamas leader has called on followers to renew the Intifada against Israel and to resume suicide bombings in the Jewish state in response to Israeli construction beyond Israel’s pre-1967 borders (the “Green Line”), particularly in eastern Jerusalem.

The Israeli Interior Ministry’s Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee on Dec. 24 approved the construction of about 1,200 apartments in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, which is located over the Green Line.

Ahmed Halabiyeh, director of the Hamas’s Jerusalem Department, said Palestinians should resume “martyrdom operations in the heart of Israel” and “ignite a third intifada to save the Aksa Mosque and Jerusalem.” In a denial of Jerusalem’s Jewish roots, he added that Israel is “waging a fierce onslaught on Jerusalem and accelerating plans to Judaize the city geographically and demographically,” according to the Jerusalem Post. 

Posted on December 26, 2012 .