"Jews! We have already dug your graves," declared Hamas official Mushir al-Masri at a half-million strong rally of support for Hamas in Gaza’s central square Saturday.
Al-Masri said that Hamas was eager to combat the IDF in any upcoming conflict. “The enemy’s exit from Gaza will be nothing like its entrance,” he said. “Gaza will become a graveyard for its soldiers.”
"This is the real referendum on the popularity of resistance, the people converging behind Hamas," 28-year-old Gaza businessman Zayed Herzallah told the Associated Press. "Hamas today, after 20 years and after thousands of martyrs, is graduating the fourth generation [of supporters]."
Another AP interviewee, Layali al-Kher, 27, expressed grassroots support for the terror group and even a forgiving tone toward the hardship of sanctions Hamas’s takeover had brought. “This siege was not imposed by Hamas but on them, so why should we criticize them?” she asked. “They’ve put Hamas in a bottle and they are trying to suffocate it. But they [Hamas] have achieved a lot: the streets are safe, the traffic is controlled. They have adapted quickly and have a strong will.”
Jordanian Islamist Group Calls for Renewed Attacks
The Islamic Action Front Party, a branch of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood, held a protest in Amman Friday, calling on Hamas to renew terror attacks on Israeli civilians in population centers across the Jewish state.
The demonstration took place at the Al-Husseini Mosque following prayers.