(Distributed by IDF Spokespersons' Office on 22 March 2004)
of Hamas terrorist organization, Ahmed Yassin, responsible for murderous
attacks, killed today in Gaza
founder and leader of the Hamas terrorist organization, Ahmed Yassin,
was killed today in the northern Gaza Strip.
was the leader and mentor of Hamas in the territories, and the authorizing
and initiating authority for all Hamas terrorist attacks emanating
from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Although he was not a
religious authority, many named him "Sheikh Yassin," for
his status as leader of Hamas.
perception that Yassin was the "political" leader and
left the management of terrorist activities to others is incorrect.
In fact, there is no differentiation between the "political"
and "military" wings of Hamas. Yassin, himself,
often authorized and encouraged attacks and strongly preached against
was arrested twice by Israel: While under arrest by the ISA in 1984,
Yassin stated during interrogation that he founded an organization
of religious activists, an organization with the goal of fighting
non-religious factions in the territories, and carrying out "Jihad"
operations against Israel. This organization used monies
from Islamic activists in Jordan in order to acquire large quantities
this interrogation, Yassin was imprisoned. In May 1985, he was released
within the framework of a prisoner release agreement.
1989, Yassin ordered Hamas to kidnap Israeli soldiers
inside Israel, to murder them and bury their bodies in a manner
which would allow Hamas to negotiate the exchange of bodies for
Hamas prisoners, who would be released from jails in Israel.
was arrested after the abduction and murder of IDF soldier Ilan
Sa'adon, and the discovery of the body of IDF soldier Avi Sasports,
who was also abducted and murdered. Yassin was tried in Israel and
received two life sentences for his involvement in these attacks.
1989, during an interrogation, by the ISA, Saleh
Shade, appointed by Yassin, admitted to the establishment
of a terrorist element within Hamas. Yassin was also arrested
and confirmed in interrogation, that he himself ordered the establishment
of a military element within the organization, and approved
the drafting of terrorists as well as the carrying out of terrorist
his release from prison in October 1997, Yassin
again became involved in Hamas terrorist operations. His involvement
included directing terrorist attacks in the field and providing
financial assistance to terrorists.
tried many times to present himself simply as a political leader
not involved terrorist activities.
of Yassin's interviews in the media serve as evidence that the exact
opposite is true, and that he supported and directed terror.
the suicide bombing on Jan. 14, 2004, at the Erez crossing
in which Reem Raiyshi detonated herself, interviews of Yassin were
aired on many media, and displayed his satisfaction with the execution
of the attack. Yassin especially justified the use of a
woman in order to carry out the attack and said, "Hamas
views women as the reserve force. when the military wing of the
Hamas saw it necessary to use a woman to carry out an attack, it
was the senior authority in the decision making process for carrying
out terrorist attacks, and was the main address in all
matters concerning the determining the policy for terrorism and
was viewed as a highly admired and charismatic persona serving as
a main factor in attacks against Israel.