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March 23, 2014 Clip No. 4207

Hamas PM Haniya Extols Martyrdom, Says: We Shall Rock Tel Aviv

At a rally held on March 23, 2014 in Gaza to mark the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Sheik Ahmad Yassin, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya said: "We yearn for martyrdom for the same goal for which our leaders died, just as the others love their seats of power." Haniya cried: "Out of the ruins, we shall rock Tel Aviv," and the crowds responded with chants of "Strike, strike Tel Aviv."


Following are excerpts from the speech, which was broadcast on Al-Aqsa TV.


Ismail Haniya: From paralysis, Hamas will set out on its path. From weakness, the giant Al-Qassam [Brigades] will arise. Out of hunger, we shall create steadfastness, perseverance, and defiance. Out of pain, we shall weave the fabric of hope.


Out of deprivation, we shall establish the balance of terror. Out of the ruins, we shall rock Tel Aviv.


We our bare hands, we shall dig into the rock and do the impossible.


Man: Allah Akbar. All praise to Allah.


Crowds: Allah Akbar. All praise to Allah.


Man: March on, oh Hamas.


Crowds: March on, oh Hamas.


Man: March on, oh Hamas.


Crowds: March on, oh Hamas.


Man: You are the cannon, and we the cannonballs.


Crowds: You are the cannon, and we the cannonballs.


Man: Oh beloved Qassam fighter...


Crowds: Oh beloved Qassam fighter...


Man: Strike, strike Tel Aviv.


Crowds: Strike, strike Tel Aviv.


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Ismail Haniya: All the decision-makers within Palestine and abroad must understand the message conveyed by this rally: Yes, we are a people that yearn for death, just as our enemies yearn for life. We yearn for martyrdom for the same goal for which our leaders died, just as the others love their seats of power.


We do not seek jobs or positions. I say to them: Take your jobs and seats of power, and leave us the homeland. Leave us the homeland.


Man: Allah Akbar. All praise to Allah.


Crowds: Allah Akbar. All praise to Allah.


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