[Marxism] Breaking news: Sheik Yassin murdered by Israel!!!

David Quarter davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Sun Mar 21 22:33:19 MST 2004

[At this point, the only motivation I can see for this assasination is 
the hope that  it will provoke a massive retaliation on the part of 
Palestianian "militants" that would then provide Sharon with the 
ultimate excuse to carry out his final solution of the Palestinian 


Israeli Airstrike Kills Hamas Founder    
21 minutes ago  

By IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press Writer 

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the founder and 
leader of the Hamas militant group that targeted Israelis in suicide 
bombings, was killed by missiles fired from Israeli helicopters as 
he left a mosque at daybreak Monday, witnesses said. 

Hamas confirmed the death in an announcement broadcast over 
mosque loudspeakers and vowed revenge against Israeli Prime 
Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites). 

Witnesses said Israeli helicopters fired three missiles at the 
wheelchair-bound Yassin and two bodyguards as they left the 
mosque, killing them instantly. 

A total of four people were killed and 12 were wounded in the 
attack, witnesses said. 

Yussef Haddad, 35, a taxi driver, said he saw the missiles hit 
Yassin and the bodyguards. 

"Their bodies were shattered," he said. 

Yassin was by far the most senior Palestinian militant killed in 
more than three years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. Since 
September 2000, 474 people — the majority of them Israelis — 
have been killed in 112 Palestinian suicide bombings. 

Sharon's government has gone after militant leaders using Israeli 
helicopter gunships in a controversial policy that has resulted in a 
number of civilian casualties in addition to the deaths of senior 
figures in Hamas and other groups. 

Yassin was viewed as an inspirational figure by his followers in the 
Gaza Strip (news - web sites) and West Bank. His death could 
spur violent protests not only in the Palestinian areas but in the 
wider Arab and Islamic world, where he was well-regarded as a 
symbol of the Palestinian battle for independence. 

Thousands of angry Palestinians gathered minutes after the attack, 
calling for revenge against Israel. 

In announcing Yassin's death, Hamas said, "(Israeli Prime Minister 
Ariel) Sharon has opened the gates of hell and nothing will stop us 
from cutting off his head." 

Ambulances and fire trucks raced to the scene with sirens wailing, 
and rescue workers gathered up the shattered bodies. 

Outside the morgue at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Hamas official 
Ismail Haniyeh, a close associate of Yassin, had tears in his eyes 
as he confirmed Yassin's death and pledged revenge. 

"This is the moment Sheik Yassin dreamed about," Haniyeh said. 
"Sheik Yassin lived and died and offered his life to Palestine. Sheik 
Yassin was a hero and a fighter and the leader of a nation, and (he) 
is in heaven now." 

Yassin founded Hamas at the start of the first Palestinian 
intefadeh, or uprising, in 1987. It is an offshoot of the Islamic 
fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, which is based in Egypt. 

The Bush administration, as well as Israel, lists Hamas as a 
terrorist group. 

Yassin was held in Israeli prisons for several years before being 
released in 1994. 


Yassin lived in a modest house in the rundown Sabra neighborhood 
in Gaza City. Israel, which blamed him for inspiring Hamas 
bombers and attackers who killed hundreds of Israelis, tried 
unsuccessfully to kill him in a September missile strike that injured 
16 people. 

Past Israeli governments were reluctant to target Yassin, fearing a 
firestorm of revenge attacks. 

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