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PLO leader: There is no Palestinian nation; it is an invention to destroy Israel!

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Submitted by Michael Green (United States), Nov 9, 2004 at 11:28

The quote below, from a PLO Exec. Cttee. Member clearly
admits that:
"THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE.
IT IS JUST AN ARAB TACTIC FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL!"

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"The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a
Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle
against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality
today there is no difference between Jordanians,
Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and
tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of
a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand
that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian
people' to oppose Zionism.

"For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state
with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa.
While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa,
Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we
reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even
a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan."

(PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, in a 1977
interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.)

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This fact is also clearly expressed in the covenant of Fatah,
the ruling faction of the PLO:
http://www.fateh.net/e_public/constitution.htm#Goals

The Movement's Essential Principles:
Article (1) Palestine is part of the Arab World, and the
Palestinian people are part of the Arab Nation, and their
struggle is part of its struggle.

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