“Rush toward death and life will be given to you” - Fatah leader to university students
Posted text: "Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] brother Abbas Zaki's speech during the reception for the new students, the Yasser Arafat class, in the Nablus branch of Al-Quds Open University."
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: "Jerusalem is the jewel in the crown. Yasser Arafat knew the value of Jerusalem and repeatedly said: 'Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) are marching toward Jerusalem."
Abbas Zaki chants and the audience repeats: "Millions of Martyrs are marching toward Jerusalem."
Abbas Zaki: "Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Cursed is anyone who doesn't sacrifice for Jerusalem! This is Yasser Arafat - that Jerusalem will be the jewel in the crown. And when Yasser Arafat was in Lebanon... What did [Arafat] say? He said: 'Rise! The gates of Paradise have opened.' He who asks for death - life will be given to him. Those who die [naturally] are the cowards. But real men approach death with a smile. Do not be afraid - death is in the hands of Allah. Rush toward death and life will be given to you! Today I wish to tell the Israelis who compete with each other in order to slaughter us... the following message: If you [think that you] have bypassed the [Palestinian] leadership - no! This great people will bring about the victory and the miracle will occur! Who is Israel? Who is Israel when we are united? There can be no agents or sellers of land [to Jews/Israelis] among us."
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Yasser Arafat - Founder of Fatah, former chairman of the 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.
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