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Ex-US official admits that
resisting occupation is not terrorism
AL-KHALIL Nov 3 (NNI):
For the first time, a prominent former American official has recognized
that armed Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation troops in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip was legitimate and didn't constitute terrorism.
Edward Walker, the former Assistant-Secretary of State, said in an
interview with the Palestinian daily, al Ayyam, published Saturday, that
"we don't oppose resisting a military occupation, we are not against
resistance against occupation forces, this, if you want, is a legitimate
right in the international community."
Asked if he would make a distinction between resisting the Israelis inside
1948-occupied Palestine and in the territories occupied in 1967, Walker
said "resistance must target soldiers not civilians."
"It seems to me that if you want to be a fighter and be ready to give your
life, you will have to be ready to fight soldiers. This is what Hizbullah
did. Hizbullah didn't achieve victory by killing civilians, but forced the
Israelis to leave by hitting Israeli troops constantly."
Walker pointed out that "although Jewish settlers shouldn't be where they
are, targeting them is not adequate."
Nevertheless, Walker ignored the fact that Israeli occupation soldiers and
para-military Jewish terrorists murdered ten times as many Palestinian
civilians as Palestinian guerillas killed Jewish civilians. He refused to
call Zionist murder of Palestinian civilians "terrorism."
Walker's statements coincided with vitriolic anti-Palestinian statements
by a Bush administration official (David Southerfield) in which he
reportedly described the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation
and apartheid as "campaign of terror." Palestinian official Ahmed Abdul
Rahman condemned Southerfield's remarks.
"How could he call a stone or a bullet against the occupation army terror
while ignoring the real terror by the tanks and the apache helicopter
gunships" asked Rahman.ŚNNI
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