- January 1, 2009
Ten Palestinians, including prominent Hamas leader, killed in latest massacre
Israeli occupation airforce, Thursday evening, bombed the house of Dr. Nizar al-Rayyan, killing him and ten of his family and wounding scores of Palestinians.
The house targeted by the occupation airforce is in the crowded Jabalya refugee camp causing a lot of damage to neighbouring houses and many casualties. Initial reports talk of ten martyrs, and the number is expected to rise.
Dr. Rayyan is a lecturer at the Islamic university and enjoys widespread respect at the Jbalya refugee camp, especially that he was always at the forefront of demonstration against the occupation, not only that, but he never hesitated to don his military suite and join the Qassam Brigades in defending the camp during IOF incursions.
It was Dr. Rayyan, who took the initiative, two years ago, to protect homes against Israeli occupation air strikes by forming human shields which succeeded in stopping this practice by the Israeli occupation, where they used to phone the occupier of the home and warn him to evacuate it in ten minutes because the home is going to be bombed.
During the ongoing onslaught against the Gaza Strip, Dr. Rayyan refused to leave his home and go into hiding.
Dr. Rayyan is a refugee from the village of Na”leyya near Askalan (Ashkelon). He is a lecturer of Hadith at the Islamic University in Gaza. He graduated in 1982 from Imam Muhammad Ben Saud. He got his Masters degree from the Jordanian university in Amman1990 and his PhD from the University of Quran in Sudan in 1994.
He spent various periods in Israeli occupation jails and PA jails for his anti-occupation activities.