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Nov 14, 2004
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New Fatah Leader Faruq Al-Qaddumi: Arafat was Poisoned by Israel;Hamas and Islamic Jihad are Our Brothers

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Source: Al-Arabiya Network (Dubai/Saudi Arabia)
The following are excerpts from an interview with the new leader of the Fatah movement, Faruq Al-Qaddumi:

Faruq Al-Qaddumi: To the best of my knowledge, many French doctors of all specialties met, but did not manage to attain results. I believe that it was premeditated. In my opinion, it was poison. We should have got the antidote, but did not get it. My brother, Abu Ammar, passed away as a result of a vile Israeli conspiracy.

Based on our experience with the American administrations, since Rogers until today, and as Abd Al-Nasser has said, what was taken by force will be restored only by force. Nevertheless, we are ready for any just political settelment in accordance with the initiative accepted by the PA – the road map, without Israel's 14 reservations and without [considering] Sharon's claims that he does not recognize any Palestinian partner and that he wants to withdraw from Gaza. Let him go to hell if he wants to. This does not commit us to anything.

I say wholeheartedly: The Hamas movement is our friend. It is a national movement, a movement of heroes. It is part of the national Palestinian movement. No Palestinian or any loyal Fatah member could possibly harm Hamas. God forbid if Abu Mazen plays this dangerous game - never! Hamas and the Islamic Jihad are our brothers, their blood is our blood, they must not be hurt…

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