Mortar Attacks on Israel; PA: Expulsion a 'Jihad'

Terrorists fired three shells on Israel Saturday night. Abu Mazen said expulsion is "due to the martyrs" and vowed a "larger Jihad." Hamas challenged PA authority and tried to attack Kfar Darom.<BR><br/>

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, | updated: 01:18

No one was hurt in the attacks on Kibbutz Nahal Oz in the Negev, on N'vei Dekalim in Gush Katif and on Kibbutz Netiv Ha’Asarah. The attacks came on the heels of occasional shelling of Gush Katif communities during the expulsion, which Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said would not take place under fire.

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) told Arabs in Gaza City that the expulsion was a "small Jihad" [holy war against Israel] and that further expulsions, a "larger Jihad," would lead to an Arab state with Jerusalem as its capital.

He also announced legislative elections will be held January 25 after having postponed them this summer out of fear that Hamas terrorists would win a substantial number of seats.

The terrorist organization held rallies at the same time in Gaza and challenged the authority of the PA, promising they would not stop attacks on Israel. Two terrorists were injured Friday when an explosive device they were carrying accidentally blew up before they could plant it near IDF soldiers guarding the Kfar Darom community, whose residents have been expelled.

Dozens of masked and armed Hamas terrorists closed off Gaza City's central square across from PA parliament offices on Saturday while PA police look on without interfering. "This retreat does not mean the end of our battle, but it is the beginning," said Hamas spokesman Abu Obaideh.

Incitement against Israel heightened despite the February Sharm el-Sheikh accord that called on the PA to halt terrorism and incitement against Israel in exchange for winning the release of jailed terrorists and control of major Arab centers.

The Hamas radio station Radio Al-Aqsa praised terrorists who "will make you [Israel] tremble in Haifa [and] Tel Aviv. They will strike you in Safed…Wait for us in Jaffa, Haifa, Tel Aviv [and] Ashkelon

Posters in the central square showed a masked terrorist carrying a rifle while IDF soldiers were crying and leaving Jewish evacuated Jewish communities. Other posters proclaimed, "Israel will no longer exist" and "We drove you out as corpses."




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