Ma'ariv: Arafat: "All Palestinians are martyrs"
18 December 2001[Hebrew item translated by IMRA]
+ [Palestinian] Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat spoke today in Ramallah
"every Palestinian is a martyr, we are all Muhammad al-Dura"
+ The public responded: "millions of martyrs are on their way to Jerusalem"
Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat said today in a speech he delivered in
Ramallah that all the Palestinians are martyrs ("shahids") and are all
Muhammad al-Dura, the boy who was killed by IDF fire as his father tried to
protect him, ion the first days of the Al Aqsa Intifada [IMRA: it is not
clear that IDF fire actually did].
"I tell everyone who should hear me, for good or for bad, this brave People
will continue to protect and defend our holy land with its blood and soul,
and all its property.
This is consecrated land, our land of ours, now and forever, from the cradle
to the grave. . .we with the help of God will meet next time in Jerusalem,
because we are fighting in order to bring the victory to our prophets, every
baby, every child, every man, every women, and every older person, and all
the youngsters, we will sacrifice ourselves for our holy places, and we will
establish the guard on them, and are prepared to give 70 of our martyrs for
every martyr of theirs in this campaign, because this is our holy land. We
will continue to fight on this blessed land, and I call to you, remain
steadfast, no one will succeed in dividing us, to remove us from this holy
The crowd responded to Arafat that millions of martyrs are already making
their way to Jerusalem.
Arafat said this only two days after he called in a televised speech in
Arabic for a halt to attacks against Israelis [IMRA: not correct - it was a
call to stop activities similar to those the PA has condemned in the past as
well as not to carry out mortar attacks]
Along with this Arafat said at reception for Arabs from East Jerusalem who
came to support him that no one can remove the Palestinians from their holy
land and that soon "we will raise the flag of Palestine on the mosques and
churches". Arafat called for the residents of East Jerusalem to continue
and remain steadfast against Israeli measures being carried out in the
eastern part of the city. "The Palestinian People will continue to defend
the land of Palestine with its blood, its soul, and all the resources they
possess, in order to foil all plans Israel makes in the neighborhoods in