Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad Slams Egypt over Fuel Shortage in Gaza Strip, and Says: "Half of the Palestinians Are Egyptians and the Other Half Are Saudis" (MEMRI.ORG) 04/23/12)
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Following are excerpts from an address by Hamas Minister of the
Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad, aired by Al-Hekma TV
on March 23, 2012.
Fathi Hammad : Is Egypt incapable of supplying fuel for 1.5 to 2
million people in the Gaza Strip?
If you do not point your compass toward Palestine, Al-Aqsa, and
Jerusalem, in order to uproot the Zionist enemy, the US will trample
you underfoot. It will besiege you with its conspiracies and will
finish you off.
Therefore, you must hoist the banner of Jihad, the banner of "there
is no god but Allah."
Brothers, there are 1.8 million of us in Gaza. In Egypt, there are
about 90 million people. We equal merely two percent of the Egyptian
population. [Supplying us with fuel] would not burden you at all.
At Al-Aqsa and on the land of Palestine, all the conspiracies,
throughout history, have been shattered - the conspiracies of the
Crusaders, and the conspiracies of the Tatars. At Al-Aqsa and on the
land of Palestine, the Battle of Hattin was waged. The [West] does
not want this noble history to repeat itself, because the Jews and
their allies would be annihilated - the Zionists, the Americans, and
Thus, the conspiracy is very clear. Al-Aqsa and the land of Palestine
represent the spearhead for Islam and for the Muslims. Therefore,
when we seek the help of our Arab brothers, we are not seeking their
help in order to eat, to live, to drink, to dress, or to live a life
of luxury. No. When we seek their help, it is in order to continue to
Allah be praised, we all have Arab roots, and every Palestinian, in
Gaza and throughout Palestine, can prove his Arab roots - whether
from Saudi Arabia, from Yemen, or anywhere. We have blood ties. So
where is your affection and mercy?
Personally, half my family is Egyptian. We are all like that. More
than 30 families in the Gaza Strip are called Al-Masri ["Egyptian"].
Brothers, half of the Palestinians are Egyptians and the other half
Who are the Palestinians? We have many families called Al-Masri,
whose roots are Egyptian. Egyptian! They may be from Alexandria, from
Cairo, from Dumietta, from the North, from Aswan, from Upper Egypt.
We are Egyptians. We are Arabs. We are Muslims. We are a part of you.
Allah Akbar. All praise to Allah. Allah Akbar. How can you keep
silent, oh Muslims, when the people of Gaza are dying? You watch from
the sidelines without providing them with the simplest thing, which
you give to the West for the most meager price.
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