The editorial of the main Egyptian government daily Al-Akhbar of August 17, 2001,
titled ‘A Message to the People of Palestine’ calls on Palestinians to kill Israelis
wherever they can be found.
Following are excerpts from the text, translated by MEMRI, Middle East
Media Research Institute, an independent, non-profit organization that translates
and analyzes the media of the Middle East.
The American clear bias [in favor of Israel] should not come as a surprise,
because the US has been laboring on this bias for a long while. However, what
does come as a real surprise is the unfortunate position of the American
President, George Bush, who demands, almost routinely, the Palestinian
President, Yasser Arafat, arrest the heroic people of the Palestinian struggle,
who sacrifice their souls and their blood for freedom and dignity, facing
terrorists whose hearts know neither compassion nor mercy.
In view of this disgraceful situation, Israel continues its endless arrogance and
provocation against a nation who has nothing but the will power and the
confidence in its cause.
A great disaster occurred when the forces of oppression and aggression
conquered the Palestinian Orient House in occupied Jerusalem and placed their
flag on it, in order to stab the Palestinians painfully in their hearts and take
control over one of the symbols of the Palestinian presence in the imprisoned
The cruel occupation forces conduct a psychological war against the
Palestinians throughout the occupied land, in an attempt to sow fear in their
souls and create in them the illusion that their struggle and their heroic
operations of Martyrdom [referring to suicide bombings] will bring catastrophe
In view of this international betrayal of the Palestinian problem, there is no
escaping from an Islamic and Arab initiative for solidarity with the heroic
Intifada and from supporting it with deeds rather than words, in order to force
Israel to end its occupation of the Arab lands, without the smallest [Arab]
concession on any right whatsoever.
All that we have left to say to the sons of Palestine is that although everybody
has abandoned you, do not be sad and do not wait for anybody’s help. Protect
your land to the very end and do not accept humiliation. Do not leave your
Kill your enemies wherever you may find them. This is a life and
death conflict between you and them and it will not be over through calming
attempts. The only thing that will force your enemy to surrender and to accept
your demands is force, whatever the sacrifices may be.