Following are excerpts from an interview with Murad Al-Sudani, secretary-general of the Palestinian Writers' Union, which aired on Palestinian Authority TV on September 21, 2011.
Murad Al-Sudani: When the Palestinian leadership became convinced that negotiations were futile, it acted the same way as [Iraqi journalist] Muntazer Al-Zaidi, the fighter who threw gloves and a shoe at the face of that enemy [Bush], who insists on being an enemy.
Some Palestinian politicians and intellectuals are polishing the ugly face of the occupation. We say to them: This is the true face of America, which occupied Iraq, and which continues to fire NATO rockets at Arab countries, shattering them to pieces, and considering them to be fair game.
Yet it continues to ignore the justice of the Palestinian cause, the Palestinian people, the Palestinian rights, the right of our refugees to return to their lands, just like birds return to their nests.
The Palestinian fighters and politicians have hurled their shoes at this face, which must understand that our Palestinian people will never accept partial solutions.