The following are excerpts from an interview with Fatah leader Farouq Qaddumi:
Interviewer: Abu Mazen said that he opposes the militarization of the Intifada. What is your opinion on this issue?
Farouq Qadoumi: It is a mistake to say "militarization of the Intifada." Intifada means armed resistance against the occupation. We want to clarify this matter. Do you support the Intifada as it is now - a popular Intifada - or the resistance of the Palestinian factions as they would want?
The popular war is the war of the masses, a war of self-conviction, a war of morale, a war of the masses in its widest scope. It is not a frontal war. We fight for an hour a day and we incite the masses for 23 hours. We fight when we think fighting is worthwhile, and we stop fighting when it isn't. We may refrain from fighting for even a month, and then resume the resistance. We are not a regular army. We are not an army of (regular) head-on clashes. We seize opportunities. We hit and run. We run! This is the way we minimize our losses.
I will not return to the Palestine territories as long as they are occupied. I am not prepared to live under occupation, or to be besieged by Sharon – Allah's curse upon him the day of he was born and the day of he will die and dogs eat his flesh.