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Aug 10, 2022
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On Al-Jazeera, Children Of Recently Killed Gaza Islamic Jihad Commander Khaled Mansour Brandish Rifles, Pledge To Follow In His Footsteps: Our Father's Martyrdom Makes Us Happy And Proud

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Source: Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar)

On August 10, 2022, Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar) aired a report featuring the family of Khaled Mansour, a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) commander who was killed in the recent confrontation in the Gaza Strip between Israel and the PIJ. Mansour's family sat together, and several of his sons wore camouflage fatigues and brandished loaded Kalashnikov and M-16-style rifles. One of Mansour's sons said that while he is sad that he has been separated from his father, he is happy and proud that his father became a martyr. Another one of his sons said that he and his brothers will follow in their fathers footsteps. Mansour's brother, Professor Muhammad Mansour, said that children brandishing weapons is "pure self-defense," and he criticized the unjust views of Jewish and Christian "infidels".

Son of Khaled Mansour 1: "When we first heard of his martyrdom, we were both sad and happy. We were sad for being separated from him and for not being bale to see him again, but we were happy that [he became] a martyr which lets us hold our heads high."


Interviewer: "Some people might see this image of three of the martyr's sons brandishing weapons and say that this is unjustifiable and children shouldn't carry weapons, even though a large number of children were killed in this war. How do you justify this picture of children brandishing weapons after their father [was killed] — a picture that every Palestinian sees as honorable?"

Muhammad Mansour, Khaled Mansour's brother: "There are views by the infidels — the extremist Jews and Christians — that are not based on justice and fairness. Their views are based purely on their interests and our dispute with them. What these children are doing constitutes pure self-defense."


Son of Khaled Mansour 2: "I would like to deliver a message to the Zionist entity: My father was martyred, but we are following on path. You think that the mastermind is gone, but that's not true. The mastermind is in our hearts. Inshallah, we will continue in the footsteps of our father."

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