Quotation from Mustafa Barghouti “To react with weapons. This would be a major mistake. But Arafat will go to the guerrillas” — Oct. 31 2000
Palestinian leader of al-Mubadara, in an interview with French journalist Sylvain Cypel.
- Barghouti, Mustafa (1954-) ( 1 quotation )
" By shooting at us so strongly, the Israeli army pushes us to react with weapons. This would be a major mistake. But Arafat will go to the guerrillas. What prevents him from launching an appeal to the people: next Friday, general strike, everyone on the roads, not a weapon, not a stone in hand, all in Jerusalem? What would the Israelis do: shoot peaceful crowds? But Arafat will not. He is incapable of thinking in terms of popular mobilization. He knows only "armed struggle" or secret diplomacy. And if the Palestinians demonstrated today, there would be thousands of "Down with the Occupation" banners, but also a few "Down with Arafat." That's why he will go to armed struggle.
Translated from French "
Sylvain Cypel. Les emmurés , La Découverte, 2005. Interview, Oct. 31 2000.
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