These popular marches were the largest that ever took place since the occupation of Palestine, all of Palestine. The marches that set out from the north, south, east, and west were true realizations of the right of return. I have never seen the Israelis as frightened and horrified as they were yesterday because the people marching towards the border were peaceful demonstrators who carried only the flags of beloved Palestine…
Perhaps this was a dress rehearsal for what is to come. For what will the Israeli soldiers do if tens of millions of Arabs and Muslims march on the borders of historical Palestine? Will they open fire and kill them all? Will they drop an atomic bomb?
The popular Arab revolutions that overthrew the corrupt and oppressive regimes herald the greatest revolution of all, which will end the Israeli oppression, liberate the holy places, and put an end to all the forms of Israeli arrogance. The flames of the blessed Arab revolution are licking at the hem of Israel’s cloak, thus shifting the attention back to the source of the problems, terrorism and instability – not only in our region but also in the entire world. As long as Israel’s oppression continues, it will know no stability, and neither will the Western world that is supporting it, defending it and justifying its crimes and its wars.
I say with my heart full of pride: Thank you to the martyrs of Maroun Al-Rass, of the Golan Heights, of the West Bank, and of Gaza. Thank you to all the martyrs of the Arab revolution, without exception, for restoring meaning to our lives, along with a scent of honour, power and the hope of imminent victory.
‘Abd Al-Bari ‘Atwan, Editor
Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), May 16, 2011.