an old world order is crumbling before our eyes

these quotations are extracts from a speech that Yasser Arafat made to the United Nations in November 1974… make of them what you will.

“The General Assembly partitioned what it had no right to divide — an indivisible homeland.”

“They will not permit their land to become a launching pad for aggression or a racist camp predicated on the destruction of civilization, cultures, progress and peace”

“The difference between the revolutionary and the terrorist lies in the reason for which each fights. For whoever stands by a just cause and fights for the freedom and liberation of his land from the invaders, the settlers and the colonialists cannot possibly be called terrorist… …  those who fight against the just causes, those who wage war to occupy, colonize and oppress other people, those are the terrorists.”

“As we defend a vision of the future, our enemy upholds the myths of the past.”

“It is therefore not surprising that under its sky the three religions were born and that under that sky these three religions shine in order to enlighten mankind so that it might express the tribulations and hopes of humanity, and that it might mark out the road of the future with its hopes.”

“For many years now our people has been exposed to the ravages of war, destruction and dispersion. It has paid in the blood of its sons that which cannot ever be compensated.”

“You once had to convert dreams into reality by your struggle.”

“Today I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter’s gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand. I repeat: do not let the olive branch fall from my hand. War flares up in Palestine, and yet it is in Palestine that peace will be born.”

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