Mahmoud al-Zahar, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, said people are loyal to the cause of Palestine and will let nobody give up any of the Palestinian land.
“We will not allow anyone to surrender an iota of Palestinian soil and the entire land that has been occupied by the Zionists since 1948,” he said, adding that the Palestinian people will make any sacrifice necessary on this path.
“Palestine does not belong to a government or a country,” he said. “It belongs to all Muslims and we are its loyal guardians.”
His remarks came as weeks after the US decision to recognize Quds (Jerusalem) as the Israeli regime’s capital, protests and clashes between Palestinians and the occupying Israeli forces continue in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
The move by the US president in December sparked violent protests in the world and was condemned by majority of the UN member states.
Israel has occupied East Quds since the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the area in 1980 and sees it as its exclusive domain. Under international law, the area is considered to be occupied territory.