Islamic leader: Israeli holocaust of Arabs to fail

Sheikh Kamal Khatib at Nakba rally: We are 1,300,000 thorns in their sides, rocks on their chests.

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"If the Germans could not succeed in eliminating the Jewish people in the Holocaust, then neither will the campaign that the Israelis are now perpetrating against millions of Palestinians and billions of Arabs and Muslims succeed," Sheikh Kamal Khatib, deputy head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, said in Kafr Kanna in the Galilee Friday. "Sixty years have passed since the 'Nakba' [the Catastrophe of Israel's founding], during which time our nation has been exposed to various types of attack. Today, as we mark 60 years since the Nakba, they are threatening us with a holocaust in Gaza, in Lebanon, in Iran and in all of our lands," Khatib said, speaking at a Nakba rally. "In the beginning, in 1948, we were 150,000 Palestinians, and today we are 1,300,000 thorns in their sides, and rocks on their chests. We vow to be Palestinian Arabs - Muslims and Christians," he said. "We are here to stay, like the [olive] oil of the Galilee, the grapes of the Galilee, and the Jaffa orange," he continued, directing his words toward Israel. "You speak of expulsion and transfer. You can murder and imprison us - there will not be a second Nakba," Khatib said. "There will not be tents, there will not be refugees. This is our decision - this land is our land whether we live on it with honor or we die on it as martyrs," he said.