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PLO Official: Loyalty to Arafat means intifada

Headline: “Nasser: Loyalty to Martyr Yasser Arafat is [expressed] by walking on the path of resistance and intifada until achieving our people’s goals”


“On the 18th anniversary of the death of [former PLO Chairman and PA President] commander and Martyr symbol Yasser Arafat, Head of the [Palestinian] National Council’s (i.e., the legislative branch of the PLO) Political Committee and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Political Bureau member Saleh Nasser said: …‘Loyalty to Martyr Yasser Arafat and all the Martyrs is [expressed] by walking on the path of resistance and intifada until achieving our people’s goals of returning to the homes and property from which it was expelled in 1948 according to UN Resolution No. 194 (see note below -Ed.), [establishing] an independent Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem in the June 4, 1967 borders, and [achieving] its right to self-determination.’”


Yasser Arafat – Founder of Fatah and former chairman of the PLO and PA. During the 1960s, 70s and 80s Arafat was behind numerous terror attacks against Israelis. Although he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 together with then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and then Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East" after signing the Oslo Accords peace agreement, Arafat launched a 5-year terror campaign - the second Intifada (2000-2005) – in which more than 1,000 Israelis were murdered. Arafat died of an illness in 2004.


UN Resolution 194 (Chapter 11, Dec. 11, 1948) states that "the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return." Palestinian leaders argue this means that all Arabs who left Israel during the war (hundreds of thousands) and their descendants (a few million) have a "right of return" to Israel. Israel argues that the resolution only calls for a limited return and only under certain conditions, especially focusing on the words "wishing to return... and live at peace with their neighbors."