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The Palestinians In Their Own Words

Palestinian Quote Sheet #51
18 September 2005

On the desecration of synagogues in Gaza:

"We are Muslims and our religion and traditions don't allow us to desecrate or destroy places of worship."

--- Under-Secretary of the PA Foreign Ministry Abdullah Abudllah
( and the Palestine Media Center, 7 September 2005, before the destruction took place.)

"There are no synagogues here."

--- Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority.
(The Jerusalem Post, 12 September 2005.)

"We won't allow any Wailing Walls [that the Jews might return to] on our blessed land."

--- Ismail Haniyeh, a senior Hamas official in Gaza.
(The Jerusalem Post, 12 September 2005.)

"The people have the right to do what they are doing."

--- A Palestinian police officer who watched crowds set fire to the Netzarim synagogue.
(Ha'artz, 13 September, 2005.)

"These last 48 hours [during which the desecrations began] were a test and I think we passed."

--- Palestinian cabinet minister Ghassan al-Khatib.
(Reuters, 13 September, 2005.)

On making peace with Israel after the Disengagement:

"We will continue our martyrdom operations [terrorist attacks] inside Israel until all our lands are liberated, by God's will."

--- Muhamemd Hijazi, commander of one of the Fatah-affiliated militias in Gaza. Fatah is the PLO faction under the control of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
(The Jerusalem Post, 12 September, 2005.)

This is the 51st in a series of quote sheets prepared by

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