150 Arab And Palestinian Intellectuals
Urge Total Resistance
From Ibrahim Alloush]

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:
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 souls.
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 for.
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 as "terrorism".
150 signatories.


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