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June 04, 2003

Arafat's Nakba Day Speech

In my posts beneath this one, I have suggested a number of articles that favor Bush and his Map. However, this is not of course the view held by many others. Here, for example, is what Israel Commentary has to say about Arafat and the Palestinians
As usual, Arafat turns around all the facts simply replacing the word Jew and Israeli by Arab and the new term “Palestinian” to construct his fairy tale of the events that occurred. He is a long way from stupid. This reconstruct fairy tale has been dreamed up to cleverly suit his own politician ambitions. Make no mistake and don’t ever be deceived into thinking Abu Mazen is any different. He is simply the latest ploy in the “Phased Plan” to destroy Israel – currently re-named the Roadmap.

Arafat is the man and the newly invented “Palestinian” Arabs are the people to whom the United States, Israel’s supposed friend, expects Israel to give up territory essential to its very existence. That is not the demand of a friend. This is the demand of a very obtuse, naïve or deceitful enemy.

May the Almighty continue to protect Israel and continue to be its life force and guiding light.

Jerome S. Kaufman

June 3, 2003

Arafat's Nakba Day Speech From IMRA, Aaron Lerner

The following is the full text of a speech marking Nakba Day delivered by Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat. (1)

'To Those Who Believe in Returning' (3-4 Million!)

"'We desired to show favor to those considered weak in the land, and to make them leaders and make them inheritors of our bounties, and to establish them on the earth...'" (2)

"Our heroic Palestinian people, in the homeland and in the diaspora, our beloved brothers in the noble Arab homeland, our friends, the free and honorable men in the world, our residents standing fast in the refugee camps
[who believe in] steadfastness and return, our sons and the fruit of our loins in the prisons and houses of detention, our generations that increase in courage and honor."

'The Accursed Day of May 15, 1948, On Which the State of Israel Was Established'

"The great imperialistic Zionist conspiracy against our Arab nation and our homeland Palestine, which began with the Zionist Congress in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland, reached its accursed peak on May 15, 1948. On this accursed
day, the state of Israel was established by force of arms, as [the result of] imperialistic conspiracy, on the ruins of our homeland Palestine. Ourpeople [were] strewn from our homeland, in exile, in the diaspora, and in the refugee camps by massacres. Has the world forgotten, and [have] our people forgotten, the massacre of Deir Yassin and Qibiya and Nahalin and the other massacres in 1947, 1948, and since?"[more]