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Shortly after the Palestinian Islamic Jihad named Ziyad al-Nakhalah to be its new secretary-general and elected member of the political bureau, Nakhalah threatened Israel and launched an intra-Palestinian initiative in his first political discourse.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Ziyad al-Nakhalah, the new secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), gave Oct. 5 his first political discourse. He threatened to respond to the Israeli army killing of peaceful protesters along the border with the Gaza Strip.

Speaking in front of protesters in eastern Gaza, Nakhalah said, “The courageous Palestinian resistance has the capacity and capabilities to make the Gaza envelope and the surrounding settlements uninhabitable. … Al-Quds Brigades and [Izz ad-Din] al-Qassam Brigades will not keep mum and will act in the right moment to halt any disdain for the blood of our people.”

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