- Amman, Ramallah, Damascus June 26, 2002
- In an open statement published in several Arab papers
today, dozens of Palestinian and Arab notables called for the continuation
of the Palestinian resistance while denouncing calls to put an end to human
bomb attacks against "Israel". The signatories of the statement
titled "With the Resistance in ALL its Forms" said that any
people whose land is occupied has no other choice but to resist in every
possible way. What follows is the text of the statement:
- WITH THE RESISTANCE IN ALL ITS FORMS
- The belligerent Zionist occupation raping Palestine is
the reason for the suffering of our people, and is what threatens our
Arab nation today.
- Having always rejected international resolutions, most
recently the one to investigate the massacre in Jenin Camp, and having
relentlessly pursued its policies of occupation and death in our camps,
towns, and villages, the Zionist entity bears full responsibility for
all that has passed. Therefore, it is the culprit pushing our young men
and women to stand up to such brutal practices with their very blood and
- Moreover, the Oslo Agreement has brought upon our people
more pain and did not save the land from the devilish policies exercised
by the successive governments of the Likud, Labor, and Likud/Labor combined.
Since the Madrid Conference in 1991, and the Oslo Agreement signed in
the lap of the White House in 1993, our land has been plundered and the
aggression on our people has not ceased. What former Prime Minister Shamir
had said after Madrid about dizzying Palestinians in negotiations for
ten years until the land has been all confiscated was actually accomplished
by the governments of Rabin, Peres, Netanyahu, Barak, and Sharon (with
his ally who happens to be holding the Nobel Peace Prize).
- Thus, the task ahead for our Palestinian Arab people
of all stripes, wherever they may be, indeed, the task ahead for the Arab
people, is to resist the occupation and sweep it off our land by all available
means. Foremost among those means is the armed struggle, with the benefit
of any weapon within reach. Such is the response to the Zionist military
machine that is armed to the teeth with American armor and a blatant American
bias against our people and its cause, indeed, an American bias against
all the causes of the Arab people.
- Yet right after European Foreign Ministers classified
Palestinian organizations fighting the Zionist occupation, such as the
Al Aqsa Brigades, the PFLP, and the PFLP-General Command, as terrorist
- just like Hamas and the Islamic Jihad were classified before them as
terrorist - we find the European Union involved in a media campaign in
the local Palestinian press. But now it is the very voices that came
up recently with the "call" in the local Palestinian press to
desist human bombs, in the campaign being financed fully by the European
Union, who espouse a line which has repudiated the right of return of Palestinians
to their cities and villages. Let it be known then that the right of
return is what Palestinians have been sacrificing for one generation after
another, and it is that right which the Palestine Liberation Organization
and all the organizations of the Palestinian resistance were established
- It is those who helped promote Oslo and Madrid, those
who helped prepare this poisoned dish, and those who have been receiving
funds from European, Canadian, and American donors under the bracket of
non-governmental organizations (NGO's) whose names have shown up under
this 'call'. They have re-surfaced today to imply that there is some
Palestinian controversy about the HEROIC human bombs. In fact, many parties
in this world have proclaimed their understanding of these human bombs,
even though these parties are not necessarily friends of the Palestinian
people or supporters of its cause. But with their "call",
the signatories are effectively obscuring the urgent demands of our people
to fight corruption and to build a FIGHTING patriotic Palestinian movement
that is the antithesis of what the U.S. administration and the rapist
Zionist enemy are working for.
- With their 'call', the group of the fully-paid advertisement
are effectively exonerating Sharon, Peres, Mofaz, and the rest of them
Zionist murderers from their crimes that they have been committing daily
against our people.
- The signatories of the fully-paid "call" renounce
the resistance in all its forms even in the West Bank, Gaza, and East
Jerusalem. That"s why they have not taken part in any militant
act against the occupation even after its assaults on Palestinian cities,
villages, and camps there. Hence, the signatories, albeit an isolated
minority within our people, merely seek to suggest that there are divisions
within the ranks in order to cover up more concessions to be extended
to the U.S. and the Sharon governments by those in cahoots with them.
- By bestowing upon this clique titles and augmented characters
as intellectuals, leaders, and what have you, this charade only serves
to mystify their real characters as OPPORTUNISTS growing in the shadow
of the mirage of peace that is yet to show after fifty years. The U.S.
administration has escalated its efforts to liquidate the Palestinian
cause in a campaign targeting the Palestinian armed struggle, including
the human bombs tactic. Palestinian officials, as well as some Arab ones,
have caved in before these U.S. government efforts. Hence projects renouncing
the essence of the Palestinian cause: the right of return and liberation,
reared their ugly head. Implementation on the ground began with drying
up financial resources and popular donations so as to starve and deprive
the Palestinian Arab people of material support in an attempt to bring
it down to its knees. In conjunction with that, grass-roots movements,
demonstrations, sit-ins, and campaigns in support of the Intifada in the
Arab street were oppressed by the regimes. [It is only within this political
context that the call to halt human bombs can be understood].
- Any people whose land is occupied has no choice but to
resist with all the means imaginable. That's what our Palestinian Arab
people have been doing for the last one hundred years in the face of the
settler-invader campaign that has sought to occupy our land and destroy
our existence. THOSE WHO WERE BROUGHT IN FROM THE FAR CORNERS OF THE EARTH
TO INVADE OUR LAND CANNOT POSSIBLY LOVE PEACE AND WILL NOT UNDERSTAND THE
RHETORIC OF TRUTH AND JUSTICE WITHOUT RESISTANCE. And our people refuses
to COEXIST with the plunderers of the land and the killers of the children.
- Such we were taught by Ezz Eddin Al Qassam, Abdul Qader
al Husseini, and Saied Alass.
- None of our contemporary heroes and heroines of the
human bomb martyrs seek to kill or be killed. They only seek to secure
a better future for the coming generations.
- For the defense of national rights should take precedence
over the interests of an impotent and disintegrating Authority which merely
links itself in an unholy alliance with the "Israeli" right when
it adopts the latter's description of legitimate resistance operations
- 150 signatories.