Palestinian Official: Soak the Land with Blood to ‘Liberate’ Jerusalem


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Even at the height of the peace negotiations with Israel, in December 2013, Fatah official Tawfiq Tirawi said that Palestinians were not committed to non-violence. Rather, he said that negotiations are just one option, and do not preclude use of the “rifle,” which the Palestinians have never abandoned.

Last week, Palestinian Media Watch reported that Tirawi had essentially proclaimed the end of the peace process, saying that “the two-state solution does not exist.” He further called for Israel’s destruction, asserting that “Palestine is Gaza… the West Bank… and Haifa, Jaffa, Acre,” meaning all of Israel is “Palestine.”

In his earlier statement, Tirawi made it clear that violence, killing and Martyrdom are the keys to Palestinian future success. “Not a centimeter of Jerusalem will be liberated unless every grain of Palestinian soil is soaked in the blood of its brave people,” Tirawi stated at an event marking World Teachers’ Day in December 2013. “Negotiations will not bring Jerusalem back to us,” he continued, explaining that Palestinians before “have conducted negotiations, while not laying down the rifle”:

“I say, from a position of responsibility, not a centimeter of Jerusalem will be liberated unless every grain of Palestinian soil is soaked in the blood of its brave people. For Jerusalem doesn’t need negotiations, because negotiations will not bring Jerusalem back to us. What will bring back Jerusalem are the struggle and the resolve… We have conducted negotiations, while not laying down the rifle. It [the rifle] may be resting but we will not neglect our principles. We will rest the fighter’s rest, but each period has its method of struggle.”

[Official PA TV Live, Dec. 19, 2013]

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PMW has documented the PA and Fatah’s principle of alternating violence with diplomacyas a means to achieve political results. Tirawi’s statement that Palestinians “will rest the fighter’s rest, but each period has its method of struggle,” reflects this policy.

The official PA daily similarly reported that Tirawi has stated that

“the [Fatah] movement has not, and will not, lay down its weapons until the national goals of the Palestinians are achieved… [Fatah] has used a variety of means, including military struggle, popular struggle, diplomatic activity at the UN and negotiations, to achieve these goals.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 2, 2014]

In August 2013, right after the negotiations with Israel began, Tirawi likewise stated on Lebanese TV that armed struggle is as valid an option as negotiations:

“There are many options we could turn to, beginning with resistance by political confrontation, [resistance] by stones, and ending with armed struggle and everything in between.” [Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon), Aug. 13, 2013]

He added that “the principle of armed struggle should not be abandoned,” and addressed those who have criticized Fatah for doing so:

“I would also like to say to all who say that the Fatah Movement has cast away the rifle: This is not true.”

Then, at the outset of the peace negotiations, Tirawi also reiterated the principle of alternating between the use of violence and diplomacy:

“[At] the sixth Fatah Conference [August 2009] the Fatah Movement approved all the resistance options, including the armed struggle. Nonetheless, sometimes there are circumstances, factors and situations when the time is perhaps not right for this type of struggle. Maybe in other months a different type of struggle will be suitable.”

The following are longer excerpts of Tirawi and Sahwil’s statements:

Official PA TV Live broadcast the main event marking World Teachers’ Day in Bethlehem. Several PA officials attended the event: PA Minister of Education Ali Zaidan (Abu Zuhri), Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi, Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and Member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, District Governor of Bethlehem Abd Al-Fattah Hamayel and Director of the Bethlehem Education Administration Nisreen Yasser Amr.


Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi:

“I say, from a position of responsibility, not a centimeter of Jerusalem will be liberated unless every grain of Palestinian soil is soaked in the blood of its brave people. For Jerusalem doesn’t need negotiations, because negotiations will not bring Jerusalem back to us. What will bring back Jerusalem are the struggle and the resolve… We have conducted negotiations, while not laying down the rifle. It [the rifle] may be resting but we will not neglect our principles. We will rest the fighter’s rest, but each period has its method of struggle. From fighting to Intifada, to popular resistance, to negotiations – but we will not abandon [our principles] – not in negotiations and not in any other way. I say, from a position of responsibility, the negotiations resulted in nothing except for the [release of the] prisoners.”
[Official PA TV Live, Dec. 19, 2013]

Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV host: “Tawfiq Al-Tirawi, the truth is, we’re talking today about the July Victory (i.e., the Second Lebanon War). You said that you’re opposed to the current negotiations. What other option do the Palestinian people or Palestinian leaders have apart from negotiating? Do they have other options?”

Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Al-Tirawi: “Of course. Look, brother, despite all the circumstances, someone who wants to lead a nation under occupation must always create options, and make all the existing calculations. There are many options we could turn to, beginning with resistance by political confrontation, [resistance] by stones, and ending with armed struggle and everything in between. I wish to say that given the current balance of power and the current factors, the principle of armed struggle should not be abandoned, nor should the principle of resistance [be abandoned]. I would also like to say to all who say that the Fatah Movement has cast away the rifle: This is not true.

In the political guidelines [determined] in the sixth Fatah Conference [August 2009] held in Bethlehem, the Fatah Movement approved all the resistance options, including the armed struggle. Nonetheless, sometimes there are circumstances, factors and situations when the time is perhaps not right for this type of struggle. Maybe in other months a different type of struggle will be suitable. The important thing is for the struggle to remain, and for us to be engaged in constant activity against this occupation, until it ends… The other point I would like to say is that the Israelis say that Beit El and Ma’ale Adumim are Israeli areas, but we also haven’t forgotten that Haifa, Jaffa, Acre and Nazareth are Palestinian and will remain Palestinian forever… The last war in 2008 (i.e., Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip from December 2008-January 2009 with the aim of stopping Hamas’ launching of rockets into Israel.) and the bombing of Tel Aviv (i.e., reference to Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s rockets hitting near Tel Aviv in 2012), I salute the Islamic Jihad, because the Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa [Martyrs'] Brigades and all the Palestinian resistance brigades, their role was more central than the Hamas Movement’s role…

[Hamas leader] Khaled Mashaal said in an official statement: ‘We authorize Mahmud Abbas to negotiate for a period of one year,’ while I, your humble servant sitting before you, named Tawfiq Tirawi, oppose negotiations and I am from the Fatah Movement and am proud to be from the Fatah Movement. Don’t come and say ‘They [Fatah] sold the [Palestinian] cause and gave it away, etc.’ I’m telling you,there is not a single Palestinian who could sell or barter one grain of Palestine’s soil, all of historic Palestine. We are under occupation and we will resist.

By resisting, the resistance forces were victorious in Lebanon and in several countries, and we say here: We will win, Allah willing, with different forms of resistance – popular resistance, resisting the occupation through political confrontation, resisting it on the international level, as well as armed resistance at any time. We can act in this positive manner for our cause and for our land, Allah willing.” (emphasis added.)

[Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon), Aug. 13, 2013]

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  • herb benty

    “Historic Palestine” is Israel, especially since the Jews still exist and Israel exists.Everything from the Jordan River to the sea is Israel.

  • Christoper Logan

    This is Islam. As Mohammad said he was going to drive all Jews out of the Arabian Peninsula. (Sahih Muslim)

    • ahad_ha_amoratsim

      Exactly. And Arafat y”Sh alonmg with his successor Abu Mazen y”sh have repeatedly said that all Jews will be driven from the state that the supposed Palestinians supposedly want. And the US State Deparment under three US Presidents have said “Fine, no problem.” But somehow current US Sec. State Random Happenstance (alt. translation, Unclean Accident) has somehow decided that we need to worry about Israel going apartheid.

  • Dyer’s Eve

    Well, at least he’s being honest and open about it. Something that is very rare in Islam. As Mohammad said; “War is deceit”.

  • Justified Assassin of Mu’mu’

    Israel is from the Euphrates to the Nile.

    The muzzzzzzz are fertilizer.

    • ahad_ha_amoratsim

      Israel is looking to live its life, survive and thrive in a very tough part of the world. But Israel does not seek to extend from the Euphrates to the Nile, does not refer to Muslims as the muzzz, and does not view them as fertilizer.

  • bigjulie

    It is idiotic that “peace negotiations” go on for over 20 YEARS with no progress! An intelligent person would have concluded long ago that at least one side does not want to “negotiate” anything! Certain “Western Powers” have been trying to mollify the Arabs in order to ease access to Arab oil, but that is no longer a pressing need, given the oil that has been loosed here, due to fracking. Still, when we have an Administration that is Islamophilic, making fools of themselves in pressing Israel to “negotiate” themselves into oblivion, despite Israel’s existence as a result of actions by one of their “hero” organizations (the UN) it is time to tell them to “take a hike” and go for the Glick “One-State” solution, with bloody retaliation for any further infringements. The Islamists DO understand massive, brutal retaliation, as they always seem to be willing to inflict it where it suits their interests.
    America is currently being run by fools. Hopefully, there will be some sanity visited upon them in November, but attempting to negotiate, at the behest of people who have critical control over your spare parts supply, with people who have absolutely no intention of giving up anything in their negotiations, and have huge amounts of money to continue their tactical intransigence is a total waste of time and resources and will ultimately bleed Israel dry.

  • mozart1216

    The miracle of 1948 with NO tanks and ONE Piper as the “air force” Israel survived the combined attack of the aggregate Arab States. B’H the miracle will continue… The Arabs will do “takiya” all day long, so we must educate the naive westerners to its scope. The Romans invented “Palestina” exactly to deprive the Israelites of Israel, let no Jew act agaist the people! Remember there is no letter “P” in Arabic, thus it never was nor will it ever be an Arab Country…22 is enough!

  • T800

    Israel keeps dealing with Gaza in HALF measures. They should buy or build MOABs and drop one every time there’s a rocket or mortar attack from Gaza. MOAB is designed to destroy bunkers and tunnels like HAMAS uses to store their missiles and munitions. The shock and awe from the massive blast would also chill HAMAS and the Gazan people.HAMAS would do everything to keep its sects from launching attacks. I believe it would only take one or two MOABs to stop the attacks from Gaza permanently.Plus,use of MOAB doesn’t risk any Israeli soldiers or costly armored vehicles.
    It’s time Israel did the job right.

    BOTH sides keep on doing the same thing,over and over,expecting different results each time.
    The muzzies make attacks,Israel retaliates HALFway,doesn’t finish the job,and the muzzies lick their wounds,rest and rearm until the next time. A stupid cycle.

    When peace treaties were signed with Egypt and Jordan,Israel offered to return the West Bank and Gaza,but both Arab nations REFUSED. They wanted them to be a thorn in Israel’s side,to have their own people live in misery,and for those lands to be USED as bases to launch attacks upon Israel.
    Even so,Israel restrained itself(with a lot of “persuasion from the US and West),never truly defeating those territories. that has cost Israel dearly. That has to change. Israel must eliminate Gaza as a missile base and set an example of how war will be conducted from now on.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Israel must always keep the land.

      Send the so called “palestinians” packing back to Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan.

      • Nabukuduriuzhur

        Seeing as they and their ancestors originally came from other lands, that would be reasonable. By refusing to become Israeli citizens they have forfeited any right to stay there.

    • kikorikid

      “HAMAS would do everything to keep its sects
      from launching attacks.” ABSURD!

  • Habbgun

    Has anyone ever seen Tawfiq Tirawi and Tom Friedman in a room together? He looks like Tom Friedman only Tom Friedman says that if the Israelis don’t negotiate and give the land away the Palestinians will soak the land in blood. Tirawi says if the Palestinians negotiate they still will soak the land in blood. On the face of it they’re saying the exact same thing. Same mustache, similar positions…..gotta be the same guy.

  • Gee

    The Arabs will not like the results if they are stupid enough to try