The Palestinians In Their Own Words
Palestinian Quote Sheet #50
On 13 October 2000, the official Palestinian Authority television
station broadcast live a Friday sermon in the Zayed bin Sultan
Aal Nahyan mosque in Gaza. Below are excerpts from the sermon, as
transcribed by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), <http://www.memri.org>.
16 October 2000
The speaker is Dr. Ahmad Abu Halabiya, Member of the Palestinian
Authority-appointed "Fatwa Council" and former acting Rector of
the Islamic University in Gaza.
On killing Jews and Americans:
"O brother believers, the criminals, the terrorists - are the
Jews, who have butchered our children, orphaned them, widowed our
women and desecrated our holy places and sacred sites. They are
the terrorists. They are the ones who must be butchered and
killed, as Allah the Almighty said: 'Fight them: Allah will
torture them at your hands, and will humiliate them and will help
you to overcome them, and will relieve the minds of the
"Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any
country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them,
kill them. Wherever you are, kill those Jews and those Americans
who are like them - and those who stand by them - they are all in
one trench, against the Arabs and the Muslims because they
established Israel here, in the beating heart of the Arab world,
in Palestine. They created it to be the outpost of their
civilization and the vanguard of their army, and to be the sword
of the West and the crusaders, hanging over the necks of the
monotheists, the Muslims in these lands. They wanted the Jews to
be their spearhead..."
On making peace with Israel:
"Even if an agreement of Gaza is signed - we shall not forget
Haifa, and Acre, and the Galilee, and Jaffa, and the Triangle and
the Negev, and the rest of our cities and villages. It is only a
matter of time. The weak will not remain forever weak, and the
strong will not remain forever strong... If we are weak today...
and we are not able to regain our rights, then at least we have
to pass on the banner - waving high - to our children and
"...We will not give up a single grain of soil of Palestine,
from Haifa, and Jaffa, and Acre, and Mulabbas [Petah Tikva] and
Salamah, and Majdal [Ashkelon], and all the land, and Gaza, and
the West Bank..."
"...Let us put our trust in Allah, close ranks, and unite our
words, and the slogan of us all should be, 'Jihad! Jihad! For the
sake of Palestine, and for the sake of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa!'"
On divine rewards for warfare:
"O brothers in belief, the beautiful bride has a costly price
and dowry... Our bride is paradise, O brothers in belief... The
cost and the dowry of this bride, the dowry of this paradise, is
that we fight in the path of Allah, and kill and be killed."
"Allah has purchased from the believers their persons and
their property in return for the promise that they shall have
paradise, for they fight in the cause of Allah, and they slay the
enemy and are slain."