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Islamic Jihad will not renounce armed resistance

Nov. 27, 2011 2:44 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 29, 2011 10:42 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The Islamic Jihad movement said Sunday that it would support a Palestinian consensus on strategies to resist the occupation, but on condition that popular actions do not become a substitute for armed resistance.

“The Islamic Jihad movement, though not convinced that peaceful rallies are efficient against occupation, will not 'sing differently from the flock', but on condition that popular resistance does not nullify our right to practice armed resistance or replace it,” senior leader Sheikh Khalid al-Batsh told Ma'an.

“Popular resistance is acceptable despite the fact that our enemy must be faced with painful ways as peaceful rallies do not inflict casualties or cause pain to an enemy who mercilessly kills children,” he added.

The Sheikh said that factions had tried peaceful resistance to the occupation, but everyone saw how Israel had "killed children in Rafah."

Despite being convinced of armed resistance, the leader said that Islamic Jihad would discuss any new strategies with Fatah and Hamas.

Al-Batsh confirmed that Islamic Jihad would be interested in joining the PLO, but only on condition that it is restructured and its new agenda does not include any recognition of Israel.

The senior Islamic Jihad leader stressed that the group would never accept a Palestinian state on 1967 borders and said the "conflict will continue over the whole Palestine, and not over a portion."
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