Following are excerpts from an address by Elias Hazineh, former president of Palestine House, on Al-Quds Day, in Toronto. The address was posted on the Internet on August 3, 2013.
Elias Hazineh: Imam Khomeini reminded us that Jerusalem is ours and will remain forever ours.
Member of the crowd: Free, free Palestine.
Elias Hazineh: Free, free Palestine.
Crowd: Free, free Palestine.
Elias Hazineh: I want to also thank the organizers, who are coming on a hot day in the holy month of Ramadhan to remind the world that Jerusalem is under occupation.
We have to give them an ultimatum: You have to leave Jerusalem, you have to leave Palestine. The people of Palestine, who have been waiting in refugee camps in Lebanon, in Syria, in Egypt, and in Jordan, must have the right to return to their homes.
We cannot bring people from Russia and from Europe to live in the home that my grandfather built. It's unacceptable. It is not justice, and we will restore justice.
I want to remind you of how police work. When somebody tries to rob a bank, the police gets in. They don't negotiate, and we've been negotiating with them for 65 years. We say: Get out, or you're dead. We give them two minutes, and then we start shooting.
That's the only way that they will understand.
Member of the crowd: That's right.