Former PFLP Plane Hijacker Leila Khaled in Germany: The Palestinian People Proved That Negotiations with It Will Be Held Only with Knives and Weapons
Speaking in Wuppertal, Germany, on the 40th anniversary of Land Day, Palestinian politician Leila Khaled, former PFLP plane hijacker, said that the Palestinian people has proven "that negotiations will be held only with knives and weapons." She further said that "at the liberation stage, we must sacrifice blood for the sake of our national identity." Khaled's speech was posted on April 11, 2016 on a YouTube account focusing on the Palestinian community in Germany.
Khaled: "Every generation passes the banner to the next generation. This banner has not been lowered to half-mast, regardless of our sacrifices. Those who wage a heroic intifada of a new kind... Some Palestinian officials hate it. To them we say, at the top of our lungs: The shoe of any child whose blood is shed on the land of Palestine is more honorable than the head of your leader.
"The Palestinian, wherever he may be, adheres to his basic principles. The (PA leaders) are the ones who encouraged our youth to emigrate. They are the ones who forced them to leave Palestine to all corners of the world. Why? Because they have accepted that there is no way other than negotiations. One of them even said: 'Life is negotiations.' Nevertheless, our people has proven, day in and day out, that it is much greater than those (leaders), and that negotiations will be held only with knives and weapons. That is what the Palestinian people is like.
"We should be proud and say that we belong to a people for which this is not the first Intifada. This is the tenth intifada. There were Intifadas in 1922 and 1929. Then came the armed revolution in 1936. We must never forget our history, because this history is full of acts of heroism on the part of our people. Who can ever forget Al-Hijazi, Al-Zeer, and others who were hanged (in 1930 by the British Mandate) in Acre? Who can ever forget Hilwah Zaidan, who took her brother's weapon, fought, and was martyred (in Deir Yassin, 1948)? Who can ever forget (PFLP member) Shadia Abu Ghazaleh or Dalal Al-Mughrabi (who participated in the 1978 Coastal Road massacre in Israel)? We shall never forget them. They are our martyrs. We must be loyal to them."
"Yesterday, I met a foreign journalist. He asked me: 'What did you accomplish with your armed struggle, other than blood and suffering?' I said to him: Mark my words. We have accomplished our national identity! Indeed, at the liberation stage, we must sacrifice blood for the sake of our national identity, because we are facing a decades-long attempt to erase our people."