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November 11, 2017
Clip No.
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Palestinian Security Forces Spokesman Adnan Dumairi: Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Other Military Wings in Gaza Are Our Blood Brothers, Not Rivals

Palestinian Security Forces spokesman Gen. Adnan Dumairi said that he harbors no hostility toward the fighters of Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, and the other military wings operating in Gaza. "They are our blood brothers. We are brothers who share the same history, the same weapons. Brothers in everything," he said. The interview with Dumairi aired on the Palestinian Authority's Maan TV channel on November 11.

 

Host: "What do you say to the fighters, the free people and rebels of the various military wings in Gaza – the Popular Resistance Committees, PFLP, DFLP, the Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Al-Qassam Brigades, Al-Quds Brigades, Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades, the National Resistance Brigades...? You are the spokesman of the Palestinian security services. Are you their rival or their brother?"

 

Gen. Adnan Dumairi: "I am not their rival, and neither are the Palestinian security services. They never have been and never will be. But... And they are our blood brothers. We are brothers who share the same history, the same weapons. Brothers in everything. But at the same time, this brotherhood is based on honoring the law and the country, more than political parties. If they are soldiers in the service of the country, rather than in the service of a political party – I welcome them as brothers."

 

Host: "They have not followed the security services, but they have dedicated their lives to Palestine. These are two different things. They don't want to enroll in the security services or the Rafah police. They want to be martyred for the sake of Palestine. What's wrong with that?"

 

Dumairi: "The decision whether to wage war and to be martyred is now a political one."

 

Host: "Right, but I'm asking about your relation to these people."

 

Dumairi: "It is a relation of love."

 

Host: "It is not one of hostility? They are not wanted people?"

 

Dumairi: "Absolutely not. They are not wanted. We are not hostile to them. They are Palestinians, man. They are pure Palestinians."

 

Host: "They haven't come from the moon."

 

Dumairi: "They are the salt of the earth. This is a small country, and everybody is related. Palestine in its entirety..."

 

Host: "I have run out of time. So you say to them that they are your blood brothers, not your rivals?"

 

Dumairi: "The Palestinian security services are not your rivals, and we love you as Palestinians."