MEMRI: October 17, 2015 Clip No. 5116
Jibril Rajoub: We Are Proud of Heroic Palestinian Attackers; We Won't Pay
the Price for the Holocaust
Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary Jibril Rajoub recently lauded the
Palestinian attackers, saying: "These are individual acts of heroism, of
which I am proud." In the interview, which aired on the official TV channel
of the Palestinian Authority on October 17, 2015, Rajoub further said: "We
refuse to pay the bill for the Holocaust. What is being done to us is
exactly the same as what was done to the Jews in Europe."
Following are excerpts:
Jibril Rajoub: These are clearly individual operations, but they require
heroism, courage, and a value system, which forces the Palestinian elite and
the Palestinian national forces to see in the final words of one of those
heroes, written in a blog, a document that could be taught in schools in a
lesson about the meaning of martyrdom…
Interviewer: You are referring to Fadi Alwan…
Jibril Rajoub: ..and about the meaning of patriotism. This is not about
factions or about personal agendas. Today, we are at a crossroads. The
Palestinian conduct on the ground, which is characterized by a readiness for
self-sacrifice… You see a soldier with his gun fleeing a guy with a knife,
or even someone empty-handed. You see a soldier terrified by a Palestinian,
merely because he is a Palestinian… The self-confidence of this racist
soldier has clearly been shaken. We should rise to the level of that
understanding, and translate it into a strategy with goals. I believe that
the confrontation between the Palestinian people and the occupation has
reached the point where coexistence is impossible.
I am telling you that these are individual acts of heroism, of which I am
proud. I am proud of these [attacks] and I salute all the people who carried
them out. We are proud of them. We must view this in an objective and
accurate way. The various factions have greater capabilities. They are
capable of carrying out huge military operations, which would shake the
whatchamcallit… But I think that politically speaking, we do not want these
operations, because our goal is liberation and independence. We fight the
occupation, but we want the international community to be on our side.
For the international community, it is unacceptable for a bus to explode in
Tel Aviv, but it does not care what happens to a settler or a soldier who
finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time in the occupied land.
Therefore, we must fight in a manner that keeps the world on our side. I
believe that there is a consensus about this.
We are 4.5 million Palestinians who have been living under this racist
occupation since 1967. We refuse to pay the bill for the Holocaust. What is
being done to us is exactly the same as what was done to the Jews in Europe.
We will not pay the price. We will not be a scapegoat. But our conduct must
also rise to the occasion.
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