Arafat Says Resistance to Continue until Palestinian Flags over Jerusalem

Published March 5th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat said Monday the Palestinians would continue their struggle against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip until Palestinian flags were raised over Jerusalem, reports said. 

"We will continue despite the starvation, the military closure and the extremely dangerous military escalation until we raise a Palestinian flag over the walls of Jerusalem, the mosques of Jerusalem and the churches of Jerusalem," Arafat said after morning prayers in Gaza City for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. 

Meanwhile, Israel’s incoming foreign minister, Shimon Peres, said Monday that ideas for unilateral separation by Israel from Palestinian areas are impractical, urging Israeli leaders to make a serious effort to renew Israeli and Palestinian Authority security apparatus cooperation, according to The Jerusalem Post newspaper.  

Peres said Israel needed to aid the Palestinians in extricating themselves from their present economic hardships and to begin rehabilitating the badly damaged state of relations between the two sides.  

Arafat and Peres’s remarks came a day after a Palestinian suicide bomber killed three Israeli and injured at least 90 in Netanya, north of Tel Aviv. 

Sharon accused the Palestinian Authority Sunday of taking part in anti-Israeli attacks. 

"Some of Mr. Arafat's most trusted forces are participating in these attacks. This is very serious in our eyes," Sharon told reporters in Tel Aviv. 

"The government which I hope will be formed in a very short time will be able to find appropriate answers that will return security to the citizens of Israel," he said. 

But the Palestinian Authority rejected the Israeli allegations that it was responsible. 

The powerful blast, which threw bodies and smashed windows in a busy downtown area, triggered a furious reaction from local residents, who attacked a Palestinian laborer with iron bars, critically injuring him. 

In another incident, a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with Israel was killed at his home in the West Bank town of Jenin, said the Post. 

Another Palestinian was in serious condition in the Gaza Strip after being shot by Israeli soldiers near the Jewish settlement of Netzarim, AFP reported. 

The Netanya blast came just three days after a bomber apparently triggered explosives in a taxi during a police check near the northern Israeli town of Umm el-Fahm, killing one person and wounding nine, including himself – Albawaba.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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