Abbas on anniversary of Fatah's first terror attack: “This land is ours, and we have political rights”
Official PA TV News, speech by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas about the Jewish Nation-State Law, given at a conference hall in Ramallah for the anniversary of Fatah's "Launch" (Intilaqa), commemorated on the anniversary of Fatah's first attempted terror attack
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "Those who said that this state is for the Jews, while the others – in other words, you (i.e., Palestinians) – have civil and religious rights (referring to the Jewish Nation-State Law; see note below –Ed.), have failed and not achieved what they wanted. This land is ours, and we have political rights and we have national rights, and we will not relinquish them."
Jewish Nation-State Law – law passed by the Israeli Parliament on July 19, 2018, which codifies in Israel's Basic Law that Israel is the home of the Jewish nation with Jerusalem its capital, and the Hebrew calendar its official calendar. It establishes Hebrew as the sole official language and grants Arabic a special status, and it recognizes Jewish and Israeli holidays, memorial days, and the Jewish Sabbath as national holidays and days of rest - while guaranteeing the right of all Israeli citizens and residents to celebrate their holidays and days of rest. The law, which passed with 62 in favor, 55 against, and 2 abstentions, has sparked controversy within Israeli society.
Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.