(Palestinian Quote Sheet #51) 18 September 2005
On the desecration of synagogues in Gaza:
“We are Muslims and our religion and traditions don’t allow us to desecrate or destroy places of worship.”
— Under-Secretary of the PA Foreign Ministry Abdullah Abudllah.
(Al-Jazeerah.info and the Palestine Media Center, 7 September 2005, before the destruction took place.)
“There are no synagogues here.”
— Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority. (The Jerusalem Post, 12 September 2005.)
“We won’t allow any Wailing Walls [that the Jews might return to] on our blessed land.”
— Ismail Haniyeh, a senior Hamas official in Gaza. (The Jerusalem Post, 12 September 2005.)
“The people have the right to do what they are doing.”
— A Palestinian police officer who watched crowds set fire to the Netzarim synagogue. (Ha’artz, 13 September, 2005.)
“These last 48 hours [during which the desecrations began] were a test and I think we passed.”
— Palestinian cabinet minister Ghassan al-Khatib.
(Reuters, 13 September, 2005.)
On Peace with Israel After the Disengagement:
“We will continue our martyrdom operations [terrorist attacks] inside Israel until all our lands are liberated, by God’s will.”
— Muhamemd Hijazi, commander of one of the Fatah-affiliated militias in Gaza. Fatah is the PLO faction under the control of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
(The Jerusalem Post, 12 September, 2005.)
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