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    Post Israeli Airstrike Kills Hamas Founder

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    Israeli Airstrike Kills Hamas Founder

    Mar 21, 11:47 PM (ET)

    By IBRAHIM BARZAK

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the founder and leader of the Hamas militant group that targeted Israelis in suicide bombings, was killed by missiles fired from Israeli helicopters as he left a mosque at daybreak Monday, witnesses said.

    Hamas confirmed the death in an announcement broadcast over mosque loudspeakers and vowed revenge against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

    Witnesses said Israeli helicopters fired three missiles at the wheelchair-bound Yassin and two bodyguards as they left the mosque, killing them instantly.

    A total of four people were killed and 12 were wounded in the attack, witnesses said.

    Yussef Haddad, 35, a taxi driver, said he saw the missiles hit Yassin and the bodyguards.

    "Their bodies were shattered," he said.

    Yassin was by far the most senior Palestinian militant killed in more than three years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. Since September 2000, 474 people - the majority of them Israelis - have been killed in 112 Palestinian suicide bombings.

    Sharon's government has gone after militant leaders using Israeli helicopter gunships in a controversial policy that has resulted in a number of civilian casualties in addition to the deaths of senior figures in Hamas and other groups.

    Yassin was viewed as an inspirational figure by his followers in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. His death could spur violent protests not only in the Palestinian areas but in the wider Arab and Islamic world, where he was well-regarded as a symbol of the Palestinian battle for independence.

    Thousands of angry Palestinians gathered minutes after the attack, calling for revenge against Israel.

    In announcing Yassin's death, Hamas said, "(Israeli Prime Minister Ariel) Sharon has opened the gates of hell and nothing will stop us from cutting off his head."

    Ambulances and fire trucks raced to the scene with sirens wailing, and rescue workers gathered up the shattered bodies.

    Outside the morgue at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Hamas official Ismail Haniyeh, a close associate of Yassin, had tears in his eyes as he confirmed Yassin's death and pledged revenge.

    "This is the moment Sheik Yassin dreamed about," Haniyeh said. "Sheik Yassin lived and died and offered his life to Palestine. Sheik Yassin was a hero and a fighter and the leader of a nation, and (he) is in heaven now."

    Yassin founded Hamas at the start of the first Palestinian intefadeh, or uprising, in 1987. It is an offshoot of the Islamic fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, which is based in Egypt.

    The Bush administration, as well as Israel, lists Hamas as a terrorist group.

    Yassin was held in Israeli prisons for several years before being released in 1994.

    Yassin lived in a modest house in the rundown Sabra neighborhood in Gaza City. Israel, which blamed him for inspiring Hamas bombers and attackers who killed hundreds of Israelis, tried unsuccessfully to kill him in a September missile strike that injured 16 people.

    Past Israeli governments were reluctant to target Yassin, fearing a firestorm of revenge attacks.

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    Post Re: Israeli Airstrike Kills Hamas Founder

    Only Jews would kill a blind old grandpa in a wheelchair.


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    Thumbs Down The 6th Commandment

    Let's see, what's the sixth commandment?: "not you-shall-murder" (Exodus 20:13). Hmmm, how interesting that a 'select' group of so-called 'special people' had NO CLUE about this rule/ethic on the twenty-second instance of March in the year of our Lord, Jesus Christ, two-thousand-four.

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    Thumbs Up Re: Israeli Airstrike Kills Hamas Founder

    If this can spread somehow through the Jewish networks, it will spark more hatred for the Jews. Some events just can't be ignored. I support the Palestinians in liberating "Israel" all the way.

    Thanks Njord

    Finally some positive news. Jews just love to let out "breaking news" which is always negative on their News Networks.

    People are beginning to know that the World is Israel's b!tch pretty much, and that's why anti-semitism is rising again, they already wield so much, and want more control.

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    Post Re: Israeli Airstrike Kills Hamas Founder

    Foxnews said that the only remains found of him was his head. :osama

    I wish I could feel some strong feelings about such acts, but I don't really care what the Israelis and Palestinians do to each other. I feel no kinship to neither group. Seeing a beautiful white girl/woman falling victim to jew promoted multiculturalism is much more of a crime to me than the evaporization of a few Palestinians.

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    Post Re: Israeli Airstrike Kills Hamas Founder

    Quote Originally Posted by Tryggvi
    Sounds proportional, democratic, presumption of innocence, fair trail, &c. &c.

    I only wish Njord's comment could get a much wider audience.

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    Post Re: Israeli Airstrike Kills Hamas Founder

    What were they (Jews) thinking? Nothing they do can be taken at face value, for instance the Ariel Sharon's armed invasion of the Dome of the Rock a couple of years ago which sparked the latest Palelstinian uprising and brought Sharon to power.

    I think this last assasination was intended to raise Pal efforts to stage more suicide bombings which will give the Jews of Israel justification for severe retaliation. The Jews will also point to the Pal response to the assassination as justification for building their wall.

    The Jews know full well that their actions increase the probability of terror attacks against the US and welcome them. As they said after 9/11, we're in the same war now. I hate them. It's appropriate to hate them.

    What the Pals need are some RPGs to take down some helicopters!
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    Hamas vows defiance, as it picks new leader

    By Ilene R. Prusher | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

    GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP – Abdel Aziz Rantissi, a hardliner who rejects all compromise with Israel, was chosen as the new Hamas leader Tuesday, following the assassination of the group's founder by Israel.
    Mr. Rantissi told the Associated Press that he emerged from secret elections as the overall chief of Hamas and was chosen to head the group's political bureau, the main decisionmaking body.


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    Until now, the political bureau was led by Khaled Mashaal, a Hamas operative based in Syria.

    The announcement of Rantissi's election was made over loudspeaker during a gathering of tens of thousands of Hamas supporters at a soccer stadium in Gaza City, a day after Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin was assassinated by Israel.

    Rantissi said that Hamas would press for more attacks against Israel. "We will be unified in the trenches of resistance," he said. "We will not surrender, we will never surrender to Israeli terror."

    Followers of Sheikh Yassin and his Muslim militant group the swift transition shows that Hamas is not a cult of personality which will wither away now that its charismatic leader is dead. The wheelchair-bound cleric carved out a persona that blurred the lines between the bloody politics of suicide bombings and Islamic piety.

    Israel has killed more than 20 Hamas operatives since last September. And Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz declared Tuesday that the Israeli military would try to eradicate the entire leadership of Hamas, whose suicide bombing have killed about 400 Israelis over the past three and a half years.

    "Our leader is a system. It's a leadership by group, and anyone can represent the desires of the group," says Mahmoud Zahar, a senior official in Hamas and one of its founders, as he received a stream of visitors at a massive mourning in a tent here Tuesday. Nearby, official posters of Yassin offer sympathies from the Palestinian Authority of Yasser Arafat, whose peace deals with Israel in the 1990s put him at odds with Hamas's rejection of all negotiations.

    "There will be no vacuum in our organization," quips Mr. Zahar, a short, bearded man who maintains a medical practice and had been considered a strong candidate for ascendancy in Hamas. Israel, he suggests, overestimated the tactical damage they could do to Hamas by assassinating its chief leader. "Sheikh Yassin was absent for many years while he was in jail, and Hamas was able to continue in its activities," he says.

    Israel has made it clear that the gloves are off. All Hamas leaders are targets for assassination, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government has deemed. "Everyone is in our sights," Internal Security Minister Tsahi Hanegbi told reporters Tuesday. "There is no immunity for anyone."

    But the death of Yassin, many analysts believe, will only serve to increase the lure of Hamas and serve as a de facto recruitment call for young Palestinians.

    "I would say that Sharon, by sponsoring this targeted assassination of Yassin, has strengthened Hamas. It has certainly not damaged its ability to operate," says Henry Siegman, a Middle East expert on the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

    "I don't believe that Hamas depended on the charisma and character of Yassin for its ability to attract people to kill themselves," says Mr. Siegman. "There is no bureaucracy, there is no structure there. It has more to do with the occupation and the rage against it, and those conditions haven't changed."

    Zahar, who survived an assassination attempt by Israel last year in which his son was killed, acknowledges he is a marked man. The only man who is higher on the list is Abdel Aziz Rantissi, one of the co-founders of the organization and one who was closely associated with Yassin.

    While Zahar is more in tune with political developments and has shown more willingness to work with the Palestinian Authority, Mr. Rantissi's reputation is of a hard-liner who is more closely tied to Hamas's military wing.

    Rantissi was chosen Tuesday by a meeting of the 12-member leadership council, or shura, which Hamas leaders say does not coordinate with the "military wing" of the organization, the Qassem Brigades, which plan attacks - primarily in the form of suicide bombings against Israeli civilians.

    Ghazi Hamad, a former member of Hamas who remains closely linked to Islamic political groups, says that Yassin's word was not the be-all, end-all of activity in Hamas. Sometimes, Mr. Hamad says, others in Hamas would disagree with the sheikh. Though the organization is now missing a unifying personality, he says, it will hardly be paralyzed from acting against Israel exactly as it did before.

    "I don't expect there will an essential change inside Hamas," says Hamad, at the offices of Al Risale, an Islamist newspaper where he serves as editor.

    But to insiders, Yassin had the ability to coax people toward more moderate positions: He was responsible for encouraging Hamas militants to obey the temporary hudna, or cease-fire, last summer. In a recent interview, Yassin said he was willing to stop attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip if Mr. Sharon made a full withdrawal from the territory. Going forward, in a Hamas without Yassin it could be much harder to get all supporters of the organization on board with a certain policy.

    "They believe that if they destroy the leaders of Hamas, they can destroy the resistance," says Hamad. "But this will not break the hand of Hamas."

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    Exclamation Indeed!

    Quote Originally Posted by AngryPotato
    ...I wish I could feel some strong feelings about such acts, but I don't really care what the Israelis and Palestinians do to each other. I feel no kinship to neither group. Seeing a beautiful white girl/woman falling victim to jew promoted multiculturalism is much more of a crime to me than the evaporization of a few Palestinians.
    I personally hate murder, but besided that I generally share you sentiments. I don't care about what's going on over there either, nor do I feel any kinship with them either. To me, they're all a bunch of wicked ppl. who I believe are ultimately going to drag this world into the flames of hell. And, yes, the kind of 'uprising' I want to be a member of is an UPRISING! against the ongoing potential DESPOILING of ALL DECENT White women, whether beautiful or 'ugly.' Let me know when those RIOTS break out, I want to be in the THICK of 'em.

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    Post Re: Israeli Airstrike Kills Hamas Founder

    jeez, the wheels are really coming off the peace process...

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