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Saturday, April 17, 2004

NEWS ALERT:
ISRAELI AIR STRIKE KILLS RANTISI, SHADOWY HAMAS LEADER

He should rot in hell.
It's all over the news; you'll find it. Also killed were his son and two bodyguards.
LGF has the "extravagant" car swarm.

MEDIA ALERT: REUTERS LIES

Reading the coverage, I came across this from al Reuters:
"Israel tried to kill Rantissi, public face of a militant group that normally stays in the shadows, last June."


























"a militant group that normally stays in the shadows"? Reuters lies.

WHO WAS ABDEL AZIZ RANTISI?

"We will all die one day. . . If by Apache or by cardiac arrest, I prefer Apache"
JPost: Abdel Aziz Rantisi was one of the six founding members of the Hamas movement, which was established in 1987.

Born in Yibneh, Rantisi moved with his family to the Gaza Strip in 1948. He studied medicine in Alexandria, Egypt and in 1972, after completing his studies, he began working at a local hospital in Gaza and teaching at the local Islamic University.

In 1992, Rantisi was deported along with 416 Hamas and Islamic Jihad members to Lebanon. After returning to Israel in 1993, he was incarcerated until 1997.

Following the arrival of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in Israel 1997, Rantisi, together with Yassin, reestablished the Hamas leadership.

Rantissi was arrested numerous times by the Palestinian Authority due to his fierce opposition of Chairman Yasser Arafat and the Oslo Accords.

In 1999 Rantisi was released from a Palestinian prison and became Yassin's right hand man.

With the demise of Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin last month in an Israeli targeted attack, Rantisi declared that he was the new leader of Hamas.

His leadership was contested by Khaled Masha'al, Hamas leader residing in Damascus, and it was decided that Rantisi would become the Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip.

Recent quotes from Rantisi


"We knew that Bush is the enemy of God, the enemy of Islam and Muslims. America declared war against God. Sharon declared war against God and God declared war against America, Bush and Sharon. ... The war of God continues against them, and I can see the victory coming up from the land of Palestine by the hand of Hamas." - Last month, after the United States vetoed an UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel for assassinating Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin.

"We will be unified in the trenches of resistance. We will not surrender, we will never surrender to Israeli terror." - Last month, after being selected Hamas leader in Gaza after Yassin was killed.

"Yassin is a man in a nation, and a nation in a man. And the retaliation of this nation will be of the size of this man. ... You will see deeds not words." - Last month, after Yassin's assassination.

"We will all die one day. Nothing will change. If by Apache or by cardiac arrest, I prefer Apache." - Last month, after Yassin's assassination.

"This operation, whoever is behind it, is a natural reaction for the bloody aggression against our people." - Last September, after deadly suicide bombings at a bus stop crowded with Israeli soldiers near Rishon Letzion and five hours later at a Jerusalem nightspot.

"They think that targeting leaders will stop Jihad (holy war). They are mistaken. ... All of us in Hamas from top to bottom are looking to become like Abu Shanab." - Last August, after Israel killed Yassin aide Ismail Abu Shanab.

"The word cease-fire is not in our dictionary. ... Resistance will continue until we uproot them from our homeland." - Last June, as Egypt tried to work out a truce.

"The Zionists will pay an expensive price for all of their crimes." - Last June, from his hospital bed after a deadly bus bombing in Jerusalem that followed Israel's attempt to kill him.