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PA: "Israeli settlement is the worst kind of terror" which Palestinians should "resist by all means"

Excerpt of an op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “The settlement is Israel”



“Since [Zionist leader] Theodor Herzl succeeded in holding the [First] Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland in 1897, this congress has adopted the supreme aggressive uniqueness of the old colonialism’s actions in the European style – colonies, but it invented a new and original name for them: ‘settlement.’ This was out of an outlook that settlement is the deep realization of the idea of Israel’s existence and its penetration like a dagger in the heart of the Arab nation in order to split its north from its south and its east from its west, and to eliminate the idea of the strong Arab state.

From the first moment the settlement behavior illustrated all the details of the Zionist thought in one blow, as when they reached a territory to establish a settlement they fenced it, raised a laundry line in its middle, and hung the settlers’ clothes on it. This was to strengthen the lie that they had been here for a long time and that the laundry line is proof of this, and that the presence of the new immigrants is not strange at all and they are not foreigners at all, but rather returnees to their homeland that God promised them…

In the Israeli Basic Law terror groups in the Israeli society are terror groups. But when their activity is directed against the original people (i.e., the Palestinians), the owners of Palestine who have lived in it consecutively for more than 6,000 years (sic., the Palestinians have no history prior to the modern period), these Jewish terror groups become non-terrorist and their acts are considered legal in the eyes of all the Israeli political parties and all the courts.

I applaud the decision to speak daily about settlement, which is the worst kind of terror, alongside the top priority that should be connected to it, and that is the resistance to it by all means (i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror). However, relying on the decisions of the international bodies and international law alone is not enough, because we are at a stage in which we stand before a world that has not yet decided how the future will look, and after the Arabs have fallen to normalization to such a degree (refers to Israeli peace agreements with Arab states; see note below -Ed.) the Palestinians alone must carry out that which is impossible.”



The terms “all means,” “all means of resistance,” “all forms,” are ‎used by PA leaders to include using all types of violence, including deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as stabbings and shootings, as well as throwing rocks and Molotov Cocktails.

Israeli peace agreements with the UAE and Bahrain