Ismail Haniyeh, chairman of Hamas Political Bureau said that Palestinians are defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque and waging an Intifada against the "occupier and settlers" from within Israel's 1948 borders. He made his remarks in a speech he delivered at a rally in Doha, which was aired on Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar) on May 15, 2021. Haniyeh said that the theory of coexistence between Arabs and Israelis within the 1948 borders is being trampled underfoot, in Lod, Ramla, Umm Al-Fahm, Nazareth, Baqa Al-Gharbiyye, the Galilee, the Negev, Rahat, Beersheba, and Safed. He stated: "Safed is ours!"
Ismail Haniyeh: "Indeed, Jerusalem unites us. Today, the geographical barriers within historic Palestine have been removed. The geographical barriers within historic Palestine have been removed. Today, Palestine is waging an Intifada from Rosh HaNikra to Umm Al-Rashrash [Eilat], and from Rafah to the farthest points to the North, East, and West of Palestine. Yes, they have thought that 70 years or more could kill the spirit of belonging of our people within the land occupied in 1948.
"They thought that [our people] there would lose their identity, and would assimilate in the Zionist entity. They thought that they would forget their identity and their sense of belonging, but today, our people within the 1948 borders are the ones defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They are the ones waging an Intifada against the occupier and the settlers.
"Today, brothers and sisters, some theories collapse and some are being rebuilt. The theory of coexistence between the two people within the 1948 borders – a theory they have been cultivating for 70 years – is being trampled underfoot today by our sons and brothers in Lod, in Ramla, in Umm Al-Fahm, in Nazareth, in Baqa Al-Gharbiyye, in the Galilee, in the Negev, in Rahat, in Beersheba, and in Safed... Let me reiterate: In Safed! In Safed! Safed is ours! Safed is ours! Safed belongs to us and to nobody else!"