Friday, January 29, 2010

HAMAS Statement Accuses Israel's Mossad for Killing in Dubai of a Founder of its Military Wing, the 'Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades

"The Martyr-Leader: Mahmoud 'Abd al-Ra'uf (Raouf) al-Mabhouh"

The largest, most powerful Palestinian Islamist (Muslim political) party, HAMAS [Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyyah; "Islamic Resistance Movement") has accused the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, of assassinating one of its senior leaders, Mahmoud 'Abd al-Ra'uf al-Mabhouh, on January 20 while he was on a trip to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The group issued a statement which made this claim and it was reiterated by Musa Abu Marzuq, a senior HAMAS political leader in Syria. The cause of death has not officially been established but the deceased's brother says that al-Mabhouh was killed by an electric shock from an electrical appliance on which his head was held. The Israeli government has not yet responded to HAMAS' accusations.

Al-Mabhouh, born in February 1960, was "one of the founders" of HAMAS' military wing, the Brigades of the Martyr 'Izz al-Din al-Qassam, an Arab resistance fighter killed fighting the British in 1935, according to the official HAMAS statement about al-Mabhouh's death. Known as "Abu 'Abed," his family came from the village of Bayt Tima, which was occupied by Israeli military and paramilitary forces in 1948. He was born and grew up in the Jabalya (Jabalia) Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip, where they fled after being forced to flee Bayt Tima. According to his official HAMAS biography (in Arabic, which is the source I have used), in 1982 he moved to Tal al-Za'tar. He married in 1983 and has four children, a son 'Abd al-Ra'uf (21, who is said to be studying in a Yemeni university), Mona (20), Majida (11), and Ranim (8).

"Victorious Resistance," Qassam Brigades cyber mural with its logo in the right-hand side background

Arrested "several times" by Israeli security forces in the occupied Palestinian Territories, al-Mabhouh decided to pursue a path of "struggle" and resistance against the "Zionists," the Israelis. He earned a diploma in mechanics and opened up his own car repair shop in Salah al-Din in Gaza. After moving to Syria in 1990, al-Mabhouh studied computers and "many foreign languages." Beginning in 1983, he became involved with Palestinian religious-nationalist politics at the Islamic University in Gaza.

He was imprisoned in 1986 for weapons possession, where he first met HAMAS founders Shaykh Ahmad Yassin, the spiritual guide of the movement, and Salah Shehadah , the founder of the 'Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades (hereafter referred to as the "Qassam Brigades"). He continued his work with them after his release from prison a year later, which coincided with the founding of HAMAS. Al-Mabhouh, together with Muhammad al-Sharathah, formed "the first military group," presumably within the Qassam Brigades.

Shaykh Ahmad Yassin, HAMAS co-founder and spiritual leader assassinated by Israel in March 2004. The poster in the lower left-hand corner says that he is the "Nation's Martyr" and the "Shaykh-Founder."

In 1989, he was involved in the planning of the abduction and subsequent killing of two Israeli soldiers, Avi Sasportas and Ilan Sa'adon, during the First Intifada ["shaking off", uprising] against continued Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. In 1990, he fled to Libya and from there to Syria in order to escape an Israeli government warrant for his arrest for the killings of the two Israeli soldiers. Al-Mabhouh remained in Syria from that year on, where he was allegedly involved in the procurement of weapons for the Qassam Brigades.

Salah Shehadah, founder of the Qassam Brigades, assassinated by Israel in July 2002 in an attack that also killed his wife and nine children.

In its official statement on his death ("martyrdom"), HAMAS refers to al-Mabhouh as "the great Mujahid [one who struggles]." It also notes his involvement in the planned capture and killing of the two Israeli soldiers. The statement ends, saying (my approximate translation): "We ask [the One] God to accept him in martyrdom and that his soul is in eternal peace, and grant his family patience and solace, and, by His will, keep all of the martyrs on the (correct) path until God grants us one of two (desired) goals: And in struggle (against occupation), victory or martyrdom." In another statement, the Qassam Brigades said, "[We have] confirmed that the Zionist enemy will not go unpunished."

The full martyrdom statement is reproduced below.

{مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ رِجَالٌ صَدَقُوا مَا عَاهَدُوا اللَّهَ عَلَيْهِ فَمِنْهُم مَّن قَضَى نَحْبَهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّن يَنتَظِرُ وَمَا بَدَّلُوا تَبْدِيلاً }

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بكل آيات الإيمان بقضاء الله وقدره، وبعزة المؤمنين الواثقين بنصر الله، وبشموخ المجاهدين القابضين على جمرتي الدين والوطن المرابطين على ثغور الوطن الحبيب محتسبين عملهم وجهادهم وحياتهم ومماتهم لله رب العالمين ...

تزف كتائب الشهيد عز الدين القسام إلى أبناء شعبنا الفلسطيني وأمتنا العربية والإسلامية فارساً من فرسانها الميامين:

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والذي ارتقى إلى العلا شهيداً – بإذن الله تعالى- خارج أرض فلسطين، على إثر عارض صحي مفاجئ نجري تحقيقاً في أسبابه، حيث أبعد مجاهدنا عن أرضه عام 1989م بعد مشوار جهادي مشرّف وعظيم، فقد كان من مؤسسي كتائب الشهيد عز الدين القسام، وهو المسئول عن أسر الجنديين "آفي سبورتس و إيلان سعدون" في بداية الانتفاضة الأولى، وقد خطط للعديد من العمليات البطولية الموجهة للاحتلال، وهو أوّل من أقدم العدو الصهيوني على هدم بيته إبان الانتفاضة الفلسطينية الأولى، وظلّت فلسطين حاضرة في كل أفعاله رغم إبعاده عنها، نحسبه شهيداً ولا نزكي على الله أحداً ..

نسأل الله تعالى أن يتقبله في الشهداء وأن يسكنه فسيح جناته وأن يلهم ذويه الصبر والسلوان، ونعاهده وكل الشهداء أن نبقى على طريق ذات الشوكة حتى يأذن الله لنا بإحدى الحسنيين .

وإنه لجهاد نصر أو استشهاد،،،

كتائب الشهيد عز الدين القسام- فلسطين

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