PNN Reporter Investigates into the Issue of Legality of Palestinian Weapons

The Palestinian cause is neither economic nor social in the first place. It is first and foremost a political cause, and connected with the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, and what the Palestinian parties have taken up in resistance against these continuous blackmail and threats against Palestinians.
And so, tackling the issue of the legality of the Palestinian weapons in Gaza is a critical case. Along with the surreal scene of the charged atmosphere between the parties recently; because of the situation and the ideology and the political factors, it has become impossible for anyone to set moral standards against which the legality of the weapons could be measured.
Following in the footsteps of professionals in the field of the legality of the Palestinian weapons, Ihab Al-Ghsein, the spokesman of the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Gaza confirmed that, “the weapons in the Palestinian streets are the weapons of the security forces and are pointed towards the enemy. The resistance is a legal right. When used in any other way, the weapon would be confiscated and the case would go to court. And when these weapons are present at night and claimed to be used in resistance, there would be identification cards to facilitate their movement. This is an agreement between all parties.
“The difference between this weapon that the resistance weapon used against the occupation, which does not cause any disputes in the Palestinian arena, and the weapon pointed by Palestinians towards Palestinians, such as tribal weapons and so on, the time of which had been, long since, gone.
He continued, “We have plans in the next years. We’re still on those social plans, and continuous campaigns to control and protect the resistance weapon since it is a legal right.”
The definition of Resistance
On the subject of the legality of the resistance weapons, the spokesman of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades Abu Tha’er says, “We use all weapons that are available to us; we use all that we have in Gaza, without going into details.”
He added, “Certainly, nobody can take away the legality of the Palestinian resistance and its weapons. But what happened was the exact opposite. And so, our weapons were taken away as a resistance in Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, but not confiscated in 2007. Later on, these weapons were hidden by the ruling party in Gaza. Recently, it’s clear that there’s a lot of resilience in using these weapons under the name of resistance, as some may claim. Those weapons should be confiscated and not the resistance weapons. As Palestinians, we should act as one unit and have the right outlook upon things in order for the social unity that has been torn by the separation to come back to the families.”
Strategic Plans
The spokesman of Al-Quds Brigades Abu Ahmad said, “The resistance is neither organized nor systematic when it comes to how we use the weapons, even if they were light; such as AK, local missiles, and personal weapons that we have. We hope in the next stage that the resistance could work according to strategic plans and advanced security reasons, and that the weapons could be used against the occupation. I’m speaking on behalf of Al-Quds Brigades and all resistance parties, the weapons should not be used to sort problems; like what happened before in the internal conflict.”
“As Al-Quds Brigades, we have not been disarmed. In particular, at the time of the internal conflict, the resistance weapon got into the streets and we didn’t have any other options. There were martyrs everywhere. We always work cautiously. I hope all resistance fighters in all parties could work on these beliefs and not use the weapons in the narrow areas in Gaza strip since there are no empty and spacious areas there anyway.”
Fighting the Occupation
The Media spokesman of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Abu Jamal, said that the weapon of resistance is legal. For many years they tried to possess advanced technology weapons, and they had no problem taking risks just to have them, whether dangerous or not. The most important thing is to fight the occupation.
“Since the establishment of PFLP 43 years ago, we used the weapon of resistance in a right way. If we ever face a problem between families or an internal confrontation; we would just separate them without using the weapons, as weapons are only here to fight the enemy.”
“We refuse to fight in the residential areas, as we aim to keep the citizens and fighters safe. We hold ourselves responsible for their safety.”
“We condemn anyone who uses the weapons of resistance towards civilians. The resistance is a right for every citizen, not only fighters or specific parties. Despite the circumstances, there is no one who could force us to change our path.”
Scenes and Scenarios
There are many scenarios but not as many theatres. The scene needs to be rearranged, and the internal Palestinian house needs to be reassessed; for the resistance operations to work. Eventually, the goal that we all seek is to free the land, guarantee the right to return on the 1967 borders, and resisting the occupation mainly, as obvious in the national rights. But the problem lies in the fact that new generations lack perspective.”
On the other hand, Jamil Majdalawi, a member of the PFLP claimed that the legality of using the weapons, which are in the hands of the resistance parties, falls under the restrictions that preserve the sacredness of those weapons, and using them in an organized and systematic way.
He continues, “The resistance was not disarmed. What happened was narrowing down the armed operations, especially the resistance on the borders.”
In the middle of the efforts to achieve a Palestinian reconciliation, Abu Tha’er continues to say, “If we continued this way, Israel would destroy us. This weapon is just pointed towards the Zionist enemies’ chests in invasions, assassinations and bombing. In this case, it shows that the weapon of resistance is to protect our nation from danger.”
“I agree with the PLO. It is important that the internal unity is to be applied on reality, under one government and within one legal, organized framework which is the Palestinian Liberation Organization. All the Palestinian parties should call for resistance against Israel. Then all the walls would fall, and only the weapon of resistance would remain in the front lines; facing the occupation. Palestine is the most valuable thing that Palestinians own: we must defend it and protect it from the Israeli aggression.”
The political analyst Hani Habib said, “The resistance is a legal right. It is not that important to unite the Palestinian parties as much as uniting the political vision, so as to use the right to possess weapons in order to achieve a national, political policy that is agreed upon. Any breach in the internal balance would lead to the talk about the resistance as a right without any restrictions. Therefore, the nations have the right to determine their own future, including Palestinians; as they have the right to expel the Israeli occupation.”
As long as Palestine is not free, it is evident that the resistance remains a cause for all Palestinian generations that should be followed up regardless of the party that the fighter belongs to.

( / 25.01.2012)

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