Intifada - The Peace FAQ
to happen. The simplest way to describe myself is that I was one of
those whom one would view onCN N throwing rocks and molotov
cocktails in the days of the Intifada or 'The Uprising', I was one of
these whoJe w s would call at e r r o r i st , the interesting thing is that I
was not onlyt e r r o r i zi n g but I wast e r r o r i ze d by my beliefs, since I
had to gain enough merit and good deeds to go toh e a v e n but never
was sure if my good deeds would outweigh my bad deeds in the
scale when I get judged by God, of course to die fighting the Jews
will easeAl l a h's anger towards my sin and I will bese cu r e d in a good
spot inh e a v e n with beautiful wide eyedw o m en to fulfill my most
intimate desires, either way I will win, andt er r o r was the only way.
-W a l i d , a Palestinian Arab defector, quoted from "Answering Islam "
"TheI sr a e l i s are mistaken if they think we do not have an alternative
to negotiations. ByAl l a h I swear they are wrong. The Palestinian
people are prepared to sacrifice the last boy and the last girl so that
the Palestinian flag will be flown over the walls, the churches and the
mosques ofJe r u sa l e m ."
-A r a f a t (Ha'aretz, September 6, 1995)
Didn't the Israeli soldiers over-react to this confrontation?
Many say theI sr a e l i restraint itself was excessive. In fact, many
I sraeli soldiers died in those confrontations because of this policy of
restraint. The restraint prevented them from taking the kind of action
which most, if not all, countries in the world would take under similar
conditions. Perhaps it is this apparent weakness on the part of the
I sraelis which fueled the continuation of the intifada, and prolonged
world sympathy with the 'weaker' side in the conflict. Perhaps the
world would have respectedI sr a e l more if they saw the soldiers
standing up for themselves and their nation's right to exist, instead
of acting on orders to show restraint to the mobs. But then, who
really cares what the UN thinks anyway?
-The Society for Rational Peace
Wasn't the intifada a justified response to Israel's occupation of
Read Walid's testimony above to see that the motivation for the
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