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Jan 11, 2006
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Palestinian Authority National Security Advisor Jibril Rajoub: Marwan Barghuthi Founded and Commanded the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades upon Arafat's Orders

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Source: Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar)

Following are excerpts from an interview given by the Palestinian Authority's National Security Advisor Jibril Rajoub, which was aired on Al-Jazeera TV on January 11, 2006.

Jibril Rajoub: We were the ones who fought and kept up the resistance, sir. We never removed the resistance from our platform, and we never will.

As you know, it was Marwan Al-Barghouthi who founded the the Al-Aqsa Brigades, according to a decision by Yasser Arafat. Marwan was the chief of staff of the Al-Aqsa Brigades. Marwan and Abu Ali Yatta head the Fatah list of candidates, and this serves as a message that has to do with the resistance and the struggle.

We have never had a dispute with Hamas or anyone else regarding the principle of resistance. In all our agreements our brothers in Hamas and the other factions, we always insist that resistance is our legitimate right.

We believe that certain fighting tactics should have been stopped, especially following 9/11.

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