On October 16, 2022, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh visited the families of Palestinian terrorists from the Jenin refugee camp who were recently killed in clashes with Israeli forces. Addressing the crowd, he said that the Israeli "occupation" does not want peace and that it uses Palestinian blood to "fund" its current election campaign. He said that Palestinian blood is not cheap, but that Palestinian lives are a small price to pay for the Palestinian homeland.
He also invoked the Biblical story of Samson, the Israelite hero who set fire to the Philistines' wheat fields, and said: "Samson is gone, but Palestine's wheat [and] our land [are] still here." In addition, he promised to remain loyal to the Palestinian martyrs and to Yasser Arafat's promise to liberate Palestine "whether [the Israelis] like it or not". The event at which Shtayye spoke was aired on Palestine TV and had also been attended by Jenin Governor Akram Al-Rajoub, by masked Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades fighters, and by Fathi Hazem, the father of Raad Hazem, a Palestinian terrorist who killed three people in a terror shooting in Tel Aviv, Israel (for more about Fathi Hazem, see MEMRI TV Clip No. 9489.
Mohammad Shtayyeh: "We know full well that this occupation does not want peace. Every day, this occupation uses Palestinian blood to fund its election campaign. Palestinian blood is not cheap, and should not be used to fund the occupation's election campaign. Nevertheless, our lives become a cheap price to pay when our homeland is at stake. We know full well that having a homeland cannot come without paying a price.
"We say to my brothers, the relatives of the martyrs, and the brothers present here: We will remain true to our pledge. This is the pledge of Palestine. It is the pledge to end the occupation. It is the pledge to establish an independent Palestinian state. It is the pledge of the prisoners. It is the pledge through which we will exercise the Right of Return - if not tomorrow, then after tomorrow. The compass of the Palestinian struggle will always point in one direction only: Jerusalem, the capital of our Palestinian state. As our martyr Abu Ammar [Yasser Arafat] used to say: 'Whether they like it or not.' We remain true to the pledge of the martyrs.
" [Biblical] Samson set fire to the tails of wolves [sic] and released them in the Canaanites' fields, in order to burn our wheat. Samson is gone, but Palestine's wheat is still here. Samson is gone, but our land is still here. The occupation will also go away, and our land will remain. The occupation will come to an end, and our holy places will remain. We will ululate for the martyrs' mothers, just like they ululated for the martyrs."