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the November 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL. 48,
Palestine Report Online (independent
weekly Internet publication of the Jerusalem Media and Communications
Center), Israel, Sept. 12, 2001.
Report Online interviewed Palestinian Authority cabinet secretary
Ahmad Abdel Rahman on the recent attacks on the United States:
PR: Can you describe the Palestinian
reaction to the recent events?
AR: We are completely denouncing this operation of
terrorism. This terrorism [was committed] against everybody
in the world, against human beings. It is a barbaric act.
We denounce it completely. We are ready to help the American
people, the American administration, to find the killers who
launched these terrorism operations against civilians, against
everybody in this world. And I give my condolences to the
American people, the American administration. We completely
denounce these terrorist groups and these operations.
PR: Do you think that this could
have been a Palestinian group?
AR: That is impossible. We are civilized people. We
are not blind. We are not against the American people. We
look at the American people as our friends. No Palestinian
could think in this way. It is not the Palestinian way to
do anything this way. It is too crazy, too stupid, too blind.
PR: Not even a small radical group?
AR: Not at all. From my experience in Palestinian political
life, no group would think this way.
PR: How do you explain the scenes
on Israeli television yesterday of some Palestinians celebrating?
AR: These are marginal, isolated people. I can tell
yourest assuredthat 99 percent and more of the
Palestinian people are horrified by this terrorism. What does
it mean? What does it mean to destroy the trade center and
hit the American Pentagon and kill American passengers in
this way? We are against it. We are a civilized people. We
are ready to help the American administration to find these
killers. I say this to you as a matter of principle. The people
who do this are animals, in fact.
PR: There have been reports of the
American press and people blaming Palestinians. Are you fearful
of this having negative effects for the future, even if the
charges are completely false?
AR: No one has mentioned the Palestinian people, and
I think that no one will mention it because this is a disaster
for the Palestinians, as it is for all civilized people. It
would be a disaster if anyone mentions our name like that.
We are ready to cooperate with the American administration,
with the American people, to find these people and to bring
them to justice. In any place in the world, we are ready.
We are against these operations, and we are horrified by them.
They are against civilization, in fact. This is not a question
of politics; this is a barbaric act.