PLO official anticipates "end of the Zionist occupation... in the 1948 [territories]"
Op-ed by Khaled Mismar, member of the PLO's Palestinian National Council
"Forty-nine years have passed since Fatah fired its first bullet announcing the Palestinians’ revolt against their bitter reality, on the first of January 1965…
Forty-nine years have passed, and the Palestinian people is still giving all it has towards the realization of its just national rights, its right to a state whose capital is Jerusalem, its right to return and to self-determination, and its right to freedom, independence and the end of the Zionist occupation. This great nation in the 1948 [territories] (i.e., Israel), in Jerusalem, the capital of our hearts and souls, in the southern districts in Gaza, and the northern districts in the [West] Bank, is still on its way, the way of self-sacrifice, supported by our people in the diaspora, by the masses of our Arab nation in all the Arab countries, the masses of our Islamic nation, and by the free and respected people of the world.
There is no doubt that the day will come when all these will move forward toward the liberation of Jerusalem, the Islamic and Christian [holy] sites, and the liberation of the holy Palestinian land.
Our great Palestinian people is always in the vanguard to protect its Arab and Islamic nation, and the free people of the world, against the attack of Zionist and international colonialism. Our people will be liberated, Allah willing, and our land and our holy places will be liberated from the occupiers’ filth, so long as our women give birth to men the likes of our symbols Yasser Arafat, Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, Ahmed Yassin, George Habash, [Omar] Al-Qassam, the heroic stars of the Fatah Central Committee… as well as men the likes of the prisoners in the Zionist jails.
Stand firm, our people in the 1948 [territories] (i.e., Israel);
Stand firm, our people in Jerusalem;
Stand firm, our people in the southern districts in Gaza;
Stand firm, our people in the northern districts in the [West] Bank;
Stand firm, our heroic prisoners in the Zionist jails.
Persevere, be patient and perform Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) – those who carry out Ribat in Jerusalem and its surroundings;
For the occupation is doomed to perdition. And you, on your pure and holy land – you are the ones who will remain.
And this is revolution until victory.”
Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) - A founder of Fatah and head of the terror organization Black September. Attacks he planned include the murder of two American diplomats (March 1, 1973), as well as the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972).
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin - Founder and former head of the terrorist organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous terror attacks and the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians.
George Habash - Founder of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP has planned and carried out numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians since its founding in 1967 and throughout the Palestinian terror campaign between 2000- 2005 (the Intifada).
Omar Al-Qassem led a terror squad that crossed the Jordan River into Israel to carry out a terror attack in 1968. The squad was caught by Israeli soldiers, and killed two soldiers.