On Thursday, November 11, 2004, in a statement posted on its Website, ?Al-Qassam Info?, the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas announced the death of the ?Leader and Great Symbol, President Arafat.?
In addition to offering condolences to Arafat?s family and comrades, the group promised to ?pursue its resistance against the Zionist enemy until victory and liberation are achieved.?
Following is a complete translation of the statement:
?Each soul shall taste death; but you shall be rewarded for your deeds on Resurrection Day.?
It is with deep sorrow and regret that the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS) announces to the Palestinian people and the people of our Arab and Islamic Nation the death of the leader and great symbol, President Yasser Arafat, president of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization [PLO].
[The President] passed away on the morning of Thursday 11/11/2004, at the age of 75. He spent most of his years serving the Palestinian cause, fighting for it and defending it on regional and international platforms, and he endured a lot of harm, hardship, pursuit, and suffering for it.
May God rest the soul of Abu Ammar, place him in his Heavens and inspire patience and consolation in his family, his comrades in FATAH movement and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and in the entire Palestinian people.
Our people?s loss of this great leader will only increase our resistance, steadfastness, and continuation of the path of the Jihad and resistance in confronting the Zionist enemy, until God willing, victory and liberation are achieved.
We belong to God, and we will return to Him.
Thursday, 28 Ramadan, 1425
November 11, 2004