The destruction of a national symbol
Al-Ayyam, August 28, an article by Colonel Mohammed Al-Masri: "The crime of killing Abu Ali Mustafa, the general secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, once against demonstrated the truth to the world, and that is that the State of Israel has chosen the option of suppressing the Intifada by destroying our national symbols - our commanders and leaders.
Our Palestinian nation has lost a political leader and one of the finest people and leaders that we have known during the various stages of the fighting and the struggle of the Palestinian revolution. We have lost people who were a beacon in the eyes of all warriors. In dying a martyr's death, these people gave our nation a gift - freedom and independence.
"We knew the Shahid Abu Ali Mustafa as a tough fighter who believed in the right of our nation to life. He gave many years of his life to the war and struggle, and history will record his views in letters of light. ... We part from the martyr, who will join the other martyrs of the Palestinian people at all stages of its struggle. He will join the martyrs of the Fatah movement, the PLO and the martyrs who were the heroes of the stones. Indeed, the assassination of the martyr Abu Ali Mustafa will never stop the intifada and will never lead our people to surrender ... On the contrary, the intifada will grow stronger and the resolution of our people to oppose the occupier will prevail..."
Killing only leads to more killing
Al-Hayat al-Jadida, August 28: To those tackling peace, a commentary written by the political editor: "We must not give in to fury. A commander, a fighter in a class together with the greatest people, has died a martyr's death. May his martyr's death urge us to profoundly examine our situation, that is the situation of the Palestinians and Israelis, who, whether they want it or not, have been fated to live together as neighbors on one piece of land in two independent states. What point is there in killing and retaliatory killing? And does it lead to results or determine anything if one side does not completely destroy the other side? The question is a matter of principle, and sets before us the need to go back to the point of return, which begins with the fact that peace is a final decision and the only one. ... The killing only leads to more killing and to a cycle of violence and terror, from which no one will be saved. ... We must rise above this difficult situation with every required effort, above the deep wounds. ... We must urge Sharon to renew the peace process, not under his conditions but under the conditions of the process itself, which imposes its [own] logic and ways to implement the delicate coexistence, and which promises the Palestinians and Israel equally peace, stability and strong security.
The Palestinians are not afraid of assassinations
Wafa (Official Palestinian News Agency), August, 28: On the way to a comprehensive explosion, editorial: "The shameful crime Israel carried out yesterday by assassinating martyr Abu Ali Mustafa, one of the symbols of the Palestinian and Arab struggle, confirms that Sharon and his government are continuing with their aggressive program against the Palestinian people and its leadership. In doing so, they are pushing the region into a comprehensive explosion, with the dangerous escalation carried out by Israel, which has made the Palestinian leadership, nation and land its target. Just as it has made the most important Palestinian issues, rights and holy matters its target ... the mass processions yesterday in all the cities, villages and refugee camps of our people in Palestine and the diaspora, the emphasis of all the Palestinian forces that adhere to the permanent rights of our people and the continued struggle to implement them, and the overall condemnation against the shameful crime - all these are a clear message to Sharon and the military command, to its war logic, that the Palestinian people and its leadership are not afraid of the assassinations or of the many different types of violence and destruction. Our people will continue on its path, closing ranks behind our leadership and national unity. Abu Ali Mustafa was one of the most prominent among those who defended the realization and deepening of national unity for the liberation from occupation, which Sharon and his allies seek to perpetuate. ... For our nation, which is feeling the pain of the loss of a great and unique leader, a tough fighter for our permanent national rights, and one of the most prominent historical leaders on the Palestinian map, we must underscore today that this cowardly assassination does not frighten us. The people will lick their wounds and continue on the great path, on which the martyr Abu Ali Mustafa fell, and before him squadrons of martyrs, wounded, handicapped and prisoners.
Bush cannot wipe our body parts from his conscience
Al-Quds, August 28, The White House's fault, an article by Hassan Al-Khashef:
"... The White House cannot clean our blood from their predator wolf's teeth. And Bush cannot wipe our body parts and remains from his conscience, that is, if he has a conscience to begin with. Our nation will not hide or surrender. ... Parting from a son of Arabia, the cradle of revolutionaries, our people are standing in one line, committed to the firm stand and the realization of unity in the struggle in the field facing a barbaric American-Israeli campaign. Oh, Abu Ali, Arabia weeps for you, and the Arab dignitaries and revolutionaries weep for you."
Al-Ayyam: Founded in 1995, published in Ramallah; supports the Palestinian Authority. Editor-in-chief: Akhram Hanya, who is closely associated with the Palestinian Authority senior negotiating team.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida: Founded in 1995 by Palestinian cabinet member Nabil Amro, who is part of Arafat's inner circle. Published in Ramallah and considered the Palestinian Authority's official newspaper. Editor-in-chief: Hafez al-Barghuthi.
Wafa: The official Palestinian news agency.
Al-Quds: Founded in 1951, published in East Jerusalem. Independent paper that supports the Palestinian Authority and the peace process with Israel. Considered to be the most widely read. Editor-in-chief: Mahmoud Abu Zalaf.
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