UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 17, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 17, 2014

UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 17, 2014
By United Press International

Assassination fears not influencing Hamas

GAZA, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Several Hamas officials have said they are not concerned with the possibility their organization's top leaders in Gaza could be assassinated by Israel.

Protest calls for more suicide bombers

WEST BANK, West Bank, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Hundreds of students attended a rally Monday organized by Hamas at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank, calling for more suicide attacks against Israel.

2 Palestinians sentenced to death

GAZA, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Two Palestinians, father and son, were convicted of collaborating with Israeli intelligence and sentenced to death Monday by a Palestinian court.

Israeli strike kills top Hamas leader

GAZA, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A senior commander of Hamas, who was an expert in bomb making, was killed along with his bodyguard Thursday by Israeli air strikes in Gaza, CNN reports.

Hamas carries out Beersheba bombings

GAZA, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The armed win of Hamas claimed responsibility for Tuesday's twin suicide bombings in southern Israel, which killed at least 15 Israelis.

Hamas: attacks on Israel 'natural'

GAZA, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A Hamas spokesman said the bombing attacks in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba Tuesday "are a natural reaction" to Israeli policy.

Hamas says it hasn't change strategy

GAZA, July 13 (UPI) -- Hamas figure Ismail Haneya Tuesday denied media reports the Palestinian militant group has altered its resistance strategy.

Israeli helicopters strike on Gaza

GAZA, May 15 (UPI) -- Israeli Apache helicopters fired rockets on two buildings in western and northern Gaza City at predawn Saturday, Palestinian witnesses said.

Hamas vows 'shaking attacks' on Israel

GAZA, May 8 (UPI) -- Islamic Hamas leaders Saturday vowed to initiate a response that will shake the Middle East to avenge the assassination of its top leaders.

Syrian president warns Israel

JERUSALEM, May 2 (UPI) -- The Syrian president has said an Israeli attempt to assassinate Palestinian leaders in his country would be an act of aggression drawing a response in kind.

Militants kill 5 Israelis in Gaza

GAZA, May 2 (UPI) -- Palestinian militants killed on Sunday five Israelis and wounded four others in an armed ambush at their car that drove in central Gaza Strip, witnesses said.

Hamas leader is a group, not a person

GAZA, May 1 (UPI) -- Islamic Hamas movement officials in Gaza announced on Saturday that a team of leaders was assigned to lead the movement instead of having one individual leader.

PA warns Hamas on targeting collaborators

GAZA, April 28 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Authority Wednesday called on Hamas not to act unilaterally against Palestinians collaborating with Israel.

Hamas denies naming new leader

GAZA, April 28 (UPI) -- The Islamic movement Hamas denied reports Wednesday Mahmoud Al-Zahar had been named the new Hamas leader in Gaza, succeeding Abdel Aziz Rantisi.
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Abdel Aziz Rantisi
Palestinians searsh in the car of Hamas leader in Gaza Dr. Abdel Aziz Rantisi following an Israeli missle strike in Gaza City, Saturday, April 17, 2004. Rantisi died later of his wounds, according to hospital officials.(UPI PHoto/Ismael Mohamad)

Dr. Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi (Arabic: عبدالعزيز الرنتيسي‎) (October 23, 1947 – April 17, 2004) was the co-founder of the militant Palestinian Islamist organization Hamas with Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

Rantissi was Hamas's political leader and spokesman in the Gaza Strip following the Israeli assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin in March 2004. Like most Hamas members, Rantissi opposed any compromise with Israel and called for the creation of a state of Palestine (including the whole of the State of Israel) through military exertion against the Jewish state. In addition, Rantissi was the most vocal of Hamas leaders to deny the Holocaust, claiming that the Holocaust never occurred as described by Western historians and that Zionists at one time supported and funded Nazi activities.

He was considered a terrorist by the United States, the European Union, and Israel for advocating suicide bombings of civilians. Rantissi was quoted by the Chicago Tribune as saying, "We will kill Jews everywhere. There will be no security for any Jews, those who came from America, Russia or anywhere."

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