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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Tawfik Tirawi: 'Jerusalem cannot be regained without thousands of martyrs'

Following are excerpts from an address delivered by Tawfiq Tirawi, security advisor to PA President Abu Mazen, which aired on Al-Filistiniya TV on July 23, 2009.

Let's go to the videotape. A transcript will follow.

Tawfiq Tirawi: I am saying these things so that we understand that words are ineffective. Action is effective. Today, you have chosen to call [your course] “The Return [of the Refugees] and Jerusalem.” Believe me, brothers, whoever thinks that Israel will give us anything is deluding himself. And why would they give us anything? The Palestinians are divided, and the Arabs are weak. Any negotiations that are not based on a position of strength will not get you anything from the enemy. Indeed, why would they give us our rights as long as we are weak, divided, and dispersed?

Therefore, action [is what we need]. We do not have a position of strength on which negotiations can be based. However, as [former Israeli PM] Shamir said in 1993, if we want negotiations for the sake of negotiations, it can go on for decades.

But let me tell you, Jerusalem needs thousands of martyrs. If we live to see the day, and you become the leaders of the future, mark my words: It is impossible for Jerusalem to be restored to us without thousands of martyrs. Anyone who thinks that America will restore Jerusalem to us is mistaken. It will never restore Jerusalem to us. And if it does not give us Jerusalem, how can it possibly give us the Right of Return?

These are the two symbols that you have chosen as the title of this course. These two symbols require blood, action, efforts, resistance, and Palestinian unity.
Peace is at hand?


At 7:23 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Hardly. Israel is being asked to assent to her own destruction. If Fatah's terms are the return of millions of Arabs to Israel and Israel ceding sovereignty over Jerusalem, peace is far away. And that sounds like a threat.

At 11:47 PM, Blogger cybermonk said...

It is a fact that that while Jerusalem was in Jordanian hands before 1967 not one "palestinian" claimed Jerusalem as their capital. and besides, what people give their country a name they can't pronounce in their language? Arabs can't pronounce Palestine, the best they can do is filistin,

At 11:50 PM, Blogger cybermonk said...

If Jerusalem is the capital of a fictitious Palestine, why didn't they claim Jerusalem when it was in Jordanian hands prior to 1967?
and besides, why would any people give their country a name they can't pronounce in their language?
The best Arabs can do is Filistin.

At 11:58 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


More likely Billistine.


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