Don't you see that the lion is silent and yet feared, while the dog barks constantly and is despised?

We have one authority and one law and everyone has the responsibility to follow that law and that authority.

I do not feel remorse. Everybody makes mistakes in war.

We cannot build foundations of a state without rule of law.

The tormenting dilemma of the Middle East is this: either we have one people too many, or one state too few.

I have been unable to live an uncommitted or suspended life.

I have not hesitated to declare my affiliation with an extremely unpopular cause.

 image quote by Imam Shafi'i

Don't you see that the lion is silent and yet feared, while the dog barks constantly and is despised?

Since the time of Homer every European, in what he could say about the Orient, was a racist, an imperialist, and almost totally ethnocentric.

Until the June 1967 war I was completely caught up in the life of a young professor of English. Beginning in 1968, I started to think, write, and travel as someone who felt himself to be directly involved in the renaissance of Palestinian life and politics.

We never had planned to hijack a ship.

We never thought of any war plans outside the Palestinian lands. We wished that the program had not failed and then the warriors could have achieved their goals.

We need international support so that our people live a life of normality, of dignity, of liberty and freedom. I hope that our cry for freedom may be heard.

We have accepted the principle of democracy and we are committed to respect the popular verdict and the result of that national consultation.

We expect President Bush to implement his own vision of a two-state solution, the birth of the Palestinian State and the ending of the occupation that started in 1967.

We cannot build a viable state with a country that is disintegrating into small pieces.

We always have hoped that American diplomacy deploys itself in dialogue and persuasion rather than by ultimatums. That is the path we want in international relations.

No state on earth can afford to allow several authorities to co-exist next to one another.

I can certainly put myself in Israel's shoes.

They are humans just like we are. They want peace and security inside their borders.

If the Palestinian Olympic Committee or Palestinian Federation provide good facilities to the athletes then maybe I can become better than these Bahraini or Qatari athletes.

I practice on the roads of Gaza as we don't have good stadiums and tracks so I gave my best.

I am very optimistic, and I wish that God almighty grants me success to get a qualifying time. Only then can I go to the Olympics. If this happens I will be the first Palestinian athlete to gain a qualifying time. This will be a big achievement.

I have a coach but there's nobody at my level in Gaza.

I have to do most of my training sessions on my own.

If there's an incursion I don't go out of the house.

I don't have proper places to run.

I feel a freedom when I start running.

If I don't train, I feel like everyone else in the Gaza Strip.

I say: The time has come for my courageous and proud people, after decades of displacement and colonial occupation and ceaseless suffering, to live like other peoples of the earth, free in a sovereign and independent homeland.

The time has come to end the suffering and the plight of millions of Palestine refugees in the homeland and the Diaspora, to end their displacement and to realize their rights, some of them forced to take refuge more than once in different places of the world.

Our efforts are not aimed at isolating Israel or de-legitimizing it;

rather we want to gain legitimacy for the cause of the people of Palestine. We only aim to de-legitimize the settlement activities and the occupation and apartheid and the logic of ruthless force, and we believe that all the countries of the world stand with us in this regard.

Here, I declare that the Palestine Liberation Organization is ready to return immediately to the negotiating table on the basis of the adopted terms of reference based on international legitimacy and a complete cessation of settlement activities.

The PLO and the Palestinian people adhere to the renouncement of violence and rejection and condemning of terrorism in all its forms, especially State terrorism, and adhere to all agreements signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel.

Israel reoccupied the cities of the West Bank by a unilateral action, and reestablished the civil and military occupation by a unilateral action, and it is the one that determines whether or not a Palestinian citizen has the right to reside in any part of the Palestinian Territory.

The core issue here is that the Israeli government refuses to commit to terms of reference for the negotiations that are based on international law and United Nations resolutions, and that it frantically continues to intensify building of settlements on the territory of the State of Palestine.

And also I assert our interest in respecting all our obligations and implementing all our commitments. And will save no effort whatever to protect this newborn opportunity of peace, that is provided through what we have already declared here today.

Let us all pledge to protect this opportunity in order to see that the wish of peace becomes a true and daily fact in this region.

It is high time that the Palestinian people restore their freedom and independence. It is high time that the decades, the long decades of suffering and pain would stop.

We differ on several issues. And this may include settlement, the release of prisoners, the wall closing institutions in Jerusalem.

We have agreed with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to cease all acts of violence against the Israelis and against the Palestinians wherever they are. Tranquility and quiet that will be witnessed and in our land, starting today, is the beginning for a new era.

We came to say, the Quran is our constitution, we are committed to God and his holy book. God willing, should they try to carry out their crime against the Quran, God will tear their state apart and they will become God's lesson to anyone who tries to desecrate the holy book.

We want the Israelis to leave. They want to leave - so let us let them leave.

There is a requirement to ensure the withdrawal takes place in a civilized manner. We will be able to show the world we deserve independence and freedom.

Since the 1960s, we have seen the failure of the melting pot ideology.

This ideology suggested that different historical, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds could be subordinated to a larger ideology or social amalgam which is America. This concept obviously did not work, because paradoxically America encourages a politics of contestation.