[News] Palestine - This is Our Land and This is Our Blood

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This is Our Land and This is Our Blood

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They came from everywhere; from Yafa, from Haifa, 
from Acca, from Nazareth, from Um-Il-Fahim. They 
came from everywhere to tell the martyrs: We will 
never forget, we will continue the struggle. They 
came in thousands to tell the Zionist entity: We 
will never forget, we are here to stay. They 
marched in thousands to the graves of the 
martyrs. They marched in thousands to tell their 
children: This is our land and this is our blood. 
On this day, October 1st, ten years ago, 
Palestinian struggle for freedom was united, yet 
again, across occupied Palestine. On this day, 
October 1st, ten years ago, Palestinian blood 
across occupied Palestine met and mingled, yet 
again, with the land that is one undivided. On 
this day, October 1st, ten years ago, Palestinian 
steadfastness across occupied Palestinian 
reminded the Zionist entity, yet again, that 
there is one Palestinian people and there is one 
Palestine from the River to the Sea. On the 1st 
of October 2000, and as Palestinians across 
occupied West Bank, occupied Jerusalem and 
occupied Gaza stood up as one to the Israeli 
killing machine, stood up as one to fight for 
their rights and for their freedom, their 
brothers and sisters in the rest of occupied 
Palestine stood up with them in the face of Zionist terrorism.

In 2000, and after 7 years of futile negotiations 
with the Zionist entity, the Palestinians had had 
enough: Palestinians were being murdered by the 
Zionists on a daily basis, occupied Palestine was 
being ethnically cleansed of its people to make 
place for Zionist colonists from the US and the 
EU, occupied Jerusalem was being Judaized to 
delete any trace of the indigenous people who 
lived and owned the land, Zionist settlements on 
usurped Palestinian land were expanding and 
killing the land, Palestinian fields were 
destroyed to make “Jewish-only” roads for the 
Zionists who had no right to the land. In 2000, 
the situation in occupied Palestine – not much 
different from what is happening today – was on 
the verge of an explosion, Palestinian anger was 
boiling and Palestinian patience had reached its 
limit. And when Palestinians reach the point when 
enough is enough, they revolt. It was the time 
for a 2nd Intifada: Al-Aqsa Intifada. It is true 
that the visit of the war criminal Sharon to the 
Noble Sanctuary and his desecration of this holy 
place and the massacre that followed were the 
spark that started the Intifada, but it was the 
rage, the humiliation, the oppression that led to 
that spark and turned it into a fire that will 
not be extinguished. With every passing day of 
the Intifada, Israel brutally murdered more and 
more Palestinians whose only crime was the thirst 
for freedom. And as the terror entity intensified 
its brutality against an unarmed people in 
Palestinian areas occupied in 1967, their 
brothers and sisters in the Palestinian areas 
occupied in 1948 called for marches and 
demonstrations in their towns and villages in 
support of their flesh and blood and to protest 
the Israeli crimes. And so it was: on that 
October day in 2000, very similar to what 
happened during the 1st Intifada, Palestinians 
across all of occupied Palestine, from the River 
to the Sea, in Jerusalem, in Yafa, in Haifa, in 
Bethlehem, in Gaza, in Nazareth, in Jenin, in 
Acca, in Hebron and elsewhere went out to the 
street. They went out to the streets in the 
towns, in the villages and in the refugee camps 
across Palestine standing as one, marching as 
one, chanting as one: with our souls, with our 
blood, we will sacrifice ourselves for you, oh 
Palestine. And as demonstrations spread across 
occupied Palestine like fire, the Zionist entity 
sent thousands over thousands of its fully-armed 
soldiers and border police to confront an unarmed 
people eager for freedom, eager for a life 
without occupation. The Zionist entity sent its 
killing machine to murder unarmed Palestinians 
who went out to the street to tell the world: enough is enough.

During the first 10 days of this “October 
Uprising” tens of Palestinians were murdered 
across Palestine by the Israeli occupation army, 
the occupation border police and Zionist 
colonists. They were murdered in front of their 
homes, in their streets, in their towns, villages 
and refugee camps. They were murdered because 
they are Palestinians who refused to be subdued 
and treated like animals in their own land, 
because they rejected oppression and tyranny, 
because they said “No” to the occupation. And as 
Palestinians in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, 
Hebron and Jenin and elswehere went out to the 
streets to confront the Zionist occupier, Um 
Il-Fahim, Nazareth, Acca, Haifa, Sakhnin, Kufr 
Kanna and elsewhere joined the struggle. During 
this “October Uprising”, Um IL-Fahim, Nazareth, 
Jit, Sakhnin, Arrabah, Kufr Manda and Kufr Kanna 
hugged Il-Bireh, Nablus, Talfit, Rafah, Ramallah, 
Gaza, Al-Am’ari, Balatah, Tal, Jenin, Khan 
Younis, Al-Bureij, ‘Aqbat Jabir, Deir Al-Balah, 
Tulkarim, Halhul, Al-Maghazi, Nuseirat, Faqqu’a, 
Jenin, Jabalia, ‘Askar, As-Sawahreh, ‘Aboud, 
Hebron, Deir Al-Ghosoun, Beitunia, Bethlehem, 
Beit Hanina, Salim, Deir Al-Hatab, Bidia, 
Al-Mazra’a Ash-Sharqiyyah. During this “October 
Uprising” no less than 70 Palestinians from all 
over occupied Palestine were massacred by the 
Zionist entity, their blood uniting Palestine, 
their blood drawing the map of Palestine as it 
was and as it should always be: from the River to 
the Sea. During the “October Uprising” 13 
Palestinian from Palestinian lands occupied in 
1948 hugged 57 Palestinians from Palestinians 
lands occupied in 1967, telling the Zionist 
entity that Zionist terror will only bring 
Palestinians closer. 70 Palestinians martyrs 
became one as Palestine was and forever will be.

In 2000, the butcher Sharon desecrated the Noble 
Sanctuary, his aim to send a message to the 
Palestinians that the Zionists own the land. But 
the Palestinian reply came quick: It is the 
Palestinians who are the legitimate owners of the 
land, and they won’t keep silent while Jerusalem 
is being usurped. During the “October Uprising”, 
the Palestinians came out to the streets as one 
to defend Al-Aqsa, to defend Jerusalem, to defend 
Palestine. They came out as one to tell the 
Zionist entity: We are one people and we are here 
to stay. They came out as one to tell the whole 
world: Palestine was and forever will be from the 
River to the Sea. And when Jerusalem called in 
2000, it was the Palestinians who answered and 
who rushed to defend the heart of Palestine. And 
let it be a reminder to all those who claim to 
represent us and who are selling our rights that 
when Jerusalem calls, all of Palestine will 
answer. And to those who keep cursing the 
Intifada, to those who keep claiming it destroyed 
the Palestinian people, I say: the Intifada cost 
us dearly. There was much pain, much suffering 
and much loss. But life under occupation and 
oppression is no life and freedom is dear and a 
people that seek freedom must pay the price. And 
to those who keep cursing the Intifada, to those 
who keep claiming it destroyed “previous 
achievements”, I say: the only “achievements” you 
were able to present to your people after so many 
years of futile “negotiations” with the occupier 
were more massacres, more land theft, more ethnic 
cleansing. As with the 1st intifada, the 2nd 
intifada did not come out of nothing, it came as 
a reply to the “achievements” of the 
“negotiations”, i.e. the continuation of the 
Zionist occupation and oppression. To all those 
who complain of the “Intifadas” and want to 
continue the charade of “negotiations”, ie 
selling out our blood and our rights, I say: When 
we revolt, it is because we think of Palestine, 
it is because we think of the future generations 
of Palestinians who deserve a better life, who 
deserve to live in freedom and deserve a just peace.

Today, on the 1st of October, ten year s after 
the “October Uprising”, the Zionist entity wants 
to complete its ethnic cleansing of Palestine. 
Zionist leaders who realize the strength of the 
bond between Palestinians across Palestine want 
to break that bond. Zionist leaders know that 
their terror will never succeed in deleting the 
Palestinian identity of those whom they call “the 
Arabs of Israel” because these aren’t the “Arabs 
of Israel”; they are the Palestinians of 
Palestine. Zionist leaders know that no matter 
how powerful their army is, no matter how 
powerful their media is, they can never delete 
the collective memory of the indigenous people of 
Palestine. Zionist leaders know that as long as 
there is one Palestinian living in Palestine from 
the River to the Sea, Palestine will forever be 
alive, and so they call for the transfer of what 
is left of the indigenous Palestinians to 
neighboring countries.  The recent call of the 
Zionist leaders to transfer Palestinians of the 
areas occupied in 1948 is only one step towards a 
complete ethnical cleansing of all Palestine. But 
the Zionist leaders and the whole world should 
keep in mind that Palestinian blood runs through 
our veins, blood of this land. They should keep 
in mind that 62 years of Zionist terror couldn’t 
delete the memory and the identity of a whole 
people. They should keep in mind the words of the 
martyrs of the “October Uprising”: this is our land and this is our blood.

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