Al-Qassam Website - It has been ten years since the assassination of al-Qassam Brigades' commander-in-chief, Ahmed al-Jabari, on November 14, 2012, in an Israeli airstrike that led to the outbreak of the eight-day "Hijaret al-Sijjil" battle, in which the Palestinian resistance proved that assassinating Palestinian figures would only make the Palestinians more determined to continue resisting the occupation.
Al-Jabari, a member of the Hamas political bureau, was at the top of the "most wanted" list of the Israeli occupation, which called him the Hamas chief of staff.
Al-Jabari was born in 1960 in the Shujai'iya neighborhood east of Gaza to a family from the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil. After passing his general secondary school examinations, he got his MA in History from the Islamic University of Gaza.
Having an intuitive belief in the resistance option against the Israeli occupation, al-Jabrai was detained by Israeli occupation forces when only 18.
An Israeli occupation court sentenced him to 13 years in jail. During his detainment, al-Jabari was strongly influenced by former commander-in-chief of al-Qassam Bridges, Salah Shehada, who was assassinated by the Israeli occupation forces in 2002.
During the first nine years of his detainment, al-Jabari dedicated his time to serving his fellow detainees and led many strikes by which they had achieved several demands. He had frequently represented his fellow detainees in talks with the Israeli jail administration.
In early 1994, al-Jabari rejected pledging to abandon the option of armed resistance in the face of the Israeli occupation in return for early release.
Commanding Military Action
Al-Jabari played a significant role in restructuring and leading the military action against the Israeli occupation before and during the 2000 Second Intifada (uprising). He moved up the command structure and played a significant logistical role, particularly after the assassination of Salah Shehada. Al-Jabari significantly contributed to enhancing the military capabilities and training of al-Qassam Brigades.
Al-Jabari survived several assassination attempts by the Israeli occupation, the most prominent of which was on August 2004 when Israeli occupation warplanes bombed his house in the al-Shujai'iya neighborhood in eastern Gaza, killing his son, Mohammed, 23, brother, Fathi, 38, and his son-in-law, along with a number of relatives and his companion, Alaa al-Sharif, 27.
Wafa al-Ahrar Prisoner Swap Deal
Al-Jabari made headlines during the indirect negotiations he led on behalf of al-Qassam Brigades with Arab and international mediators to release the Israeli occupation soldier, Gilad Shalit, captured by the Hamas' military wing in 2006.
In October 2011, al-Jabari managed to release 1,050 Palestinian detainees from Israeli jails, most of whom were serving long sentences, in a prisoner swap agreement known as the "Wafa al-Ahrar (True promise of free men) deal.
Al-Jabari was assassinated with his bodyguard Mohammed al-Hems in an Israeli airstrike on his car in Gaza on November 14, 2012.
"Al-Qassam Brigades will never abandon any possible option to activate resistance, release Palestinian detainees, and break the will of the usurping Israeli occupation."
"As long as the Zionists are occupying our land, they have no choice but to face death or leave it."