Following are excerpts from a public address delivered by Khodhr Habib, a member of the Islamic Jihad leadership in Gaza, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on October 25, 2011:
Khodhr Habib: We in the Islamic Jihad movement would like to convey several massages. The first message is to our enemies, to the entity that has been implanted in our midst, in our hearts, in the apple of our eye – Palestine. We say to them: Palestine in its entirety belongs to us. We will not forsake even a grain of its pure soil.
Palestine is like a verse in the Book of Allah. Palestine is a part of our faith. We will never forsake or give to you a single grain of its pure soil. We will give you nothing but the sword. We will give you nothing but bombs. We will give you nothing but spears and swords, which will slit your throats, Allah willing.
By Allah, my brothers, we will be victorious over the Israelites, no matter what [weapons] they possess and even if the entire world is on their side. We will be victorious over them, Allah willing, because that is what Allah promised us, and that is what our beloved Prophet Muhammad said to us in the reliable hadith: "Judgment Day will not come until you fight the Jews – you to the east of the [Jordan] River, and they to the west of it – until the stones and the trees say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him – all except for the Gharqad tree, which is the tree of the Jews." The victory of Allah is approaching, brothers. You must remain more steadfast and more persistent, in order to continue this pure line of action – that of resistance and Jihad.
This is the greatest response to what our enemies wanted. Today, our prisoners don military fatigues. Indeed, they are fully prepared to continue the journey of Jihad and resistance, until together we humiliate the Israelites, Allah willing, and we annihilate this entity, Allah willing. Brothers, we salute our prisoners, our martyrs, and our people.
We will not forget our fearless prisoners, who remain in the Zionist prisons and bastilles, and who are paying the price for their affiliation and loyalty to the place of the nocturnal journey of the Prophet Muhammad, to Palestine, and to the Arab and the Islamic nation. We say to them: Have perseverance, oh free men. Soon, Allah willing, you will gain freedom. The resistance will not forget you, Allah willing. There will be new Zionist prisoners with whom to gain your freedom, brothers.
We are familiar with the miserable nature of this enemy and occupation. We cannot take anything from this occupying entity unless we have a sword placed against its neck.