Palestinian activist Basel Mansour said at a May 20 rally aired on Palestine TV that Palestinians will only regain their rights through force.

According to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Mansour said: “Freeing prisoners is done on a ‘one for one’ basis, by kidnapping [Israeli] soldiers. That is how our prisoners should be freed. And yes, our revolution and our people are capable of doing that!”

“We will regain our rights only through force,” he said. “There are multiple types of force. The battleground is wide.”

He added that “great possibilities are available. No one prevents any resistance fighter from assuming a patriotic role in the struggle.”

“The patriotic factions will not abandon their prisoners. On the contrary, we have a responsibility towards them,” continued Mansour, according to MEMRI.

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