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April 18, 2003

Arab media article

U.S.Presses Syria To Kill Anti-Israel Resistance


A view from The Palestine Chronicle
CAIRO - The current American and Zionist pressures on Syria are aimed at bringing to a cessation all forms of support rendered by Syria to Arab movements resisting the Israeli occupation, particularly Hezbollah, said Nayeef Hawatma.

Speaking to IslamOnline.net over the phone from Syria, Hawatma, the Secretary General of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, condemned the latest series of U.S. and Israeli accusations against Syria of harboring Palestinian "terrorist organizations."

"Palestinian organizations and powers (in Syria) are located in refugee camps that house four million Palestinian refugees," he said.

"All over the past years, the Palestinian democratic and national factions have got used to cope with different environments and developments, since their first and foremost goal is to liberate the (Palestinian) land and establish the Palestinian state. They will never give up this goal no matter how strong pressures are."

Hawatma recalled that Syria has been shouldering the burden of Palestinian refugees, who should come back to the occupied Palestinian territories in conformity with U.N. Security Council resolution 194 of 1948.

"The blame, in effect, should be heaped over this country (Israel) which rebuffs all relevant UNSC resolutions and the return of those refugees, who were coerced into leaving their motherland more than 50 years ago," he said.

"Israel is fully aware that they (Syrians) are the ones who have been supporting the Palestinian resistance for 40 years and wants to strip them of their weapons and morale to put an end to their uphill struggle against it," the Palestinian official said.Hawatma also expected that the U.S.-led war on Iraq would have its dramatic changes on the Palestinian cause, especially on the struggle of the Palestinian people to gain independence and freedom.

"The U.S. pressures will push for killing this struggle once and for all and entrenching other alternatives that suit fine (U.S. President George W.) Bush and (Israeli Prime Minister Ariel) [more]