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PA official: "There is no more Jewish state, not within the 1948 [lands], not within the 1967 [lands], and not elsewhere"

Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, hosting Chairman of the PA Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall Walid Assaf

Chairman of the PA Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall Walid Assaf: “Those Palestinians who stood firm – 148,000 Palestinians in 1948 who stood firm in historical Palestine (i.e., the Arabs who remained in Israel when the state was established) – are the ones who will be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back and the occupation’s back and ends this occupation. The second message that was sent [on Land Day] (see note below –Ed.) from that place, from Araba, Sakhnin, Kafr Kanna, Nazareth, and others – the second message is that the Palestinian people is united around its goals in their entirety, because our people – whether in Nablus, Jerusalem, Hebron, Gaza, and all the Palestinian diasporas – rose up with them (i.e., with the Israeli Arabs). This eternal day will not only be a day for the Palestinians in the Galilee, the Negev, the Triangle (i.e., a concentration of Israeli-Arab towns and villages in northern Israel), Jaffa, and Haifa, but rather it is a day of all of the Palestinians within Palestine. They will not be separated by imaginary borders or maps. The Palestinian people is united. The message of unity that emerged on that day has continued for 42 years and says that the Palestinian people exists…

Today we are 50,000 more than the Jews. Therefore this equation that is going in favor of the Palestinian people is the product of this Palestinian perseverance and the rejection of expulsion and the rejection of willing or forced emigration. Despite all the limitations we are firm on the land, and the central equation upon which our strategic plan is currently built is to strengthen the resolve of the Palestinian civilians on their land, to thwart the plan to cause emigration, and to thwart the plan for the Jewish state. There is no more Jewish state, not within the 1948 [lands] (i.e., Israel), not within the 1967 [lands] (i.e., the West Bank and Gaza Strip), and not elsewhere. We are now a majority in historical Palestine (i.e., Israel and the PA areas; the claim depends on PA figures that have been disputed as inaccurate -Ed), and therefore these pink dreams that the Zionists wanted to plant in the world’s consciousness that there is a land without a people for a people without a land – even though there are seven million Palestinians who are refugees abroad, we here in the Interior (i.e., Israel and the PA areas) are more than the Jews in the Interior. The Palestinian people is an established fact.”

Land Day – annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and building purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.

 

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