- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 14, 2002

Excerpts from a statement issued yesterday by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat condemning terrorism and a suicide bombing in Jerusalem that killed six persons on Friday:

The Palestinian leadership and His Excellency President Arafat express their deep condemnation for all terrorist activities, whether it is state terrorism, terrorism by a group or individual terrorism. This position comes from our steady principle that rejects using violence and terror against civilians as a way to achieve political goals.
We declared this position beginning in 1980 and also when we signed the Oslo accords at the White House and we have repeated it several times before, including our declaration on Dec. 16 last year. After that, we did not find any Israeli response but more Israeli escalation, a tighter siege, further occupation of our people, refugee camps, cities, villages, and more destruction of our infrastructure.
We strongly condemn all the attacks targeting civilians from both sides, and especially the attack that took place against Israeli citizens yesterday in Jerusalem.
We also condemn very strongly the massacre that was committed by the Israeli occupation troops against our refugees in Jenin and against our people in Ramallah, Nablus and Tulkarm and also the brutal aggression against the church in Bethlehem during the last two weeks.



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