Yasser Arafat speaking at the World Economic Forum in 2001
|1st President of the Palestinian National Authority|
5 July 1994 â€“ 11 November 2004
|Succeeded by||Rawhi Fattouh (interim)|
|3rd Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization|
4 February 1969 â€“ 29 October 2004
|Preceded by||Yahya Hammuda|
|Succeeded by||Mahmoud Abbas|
|Born||Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa
(1929-08-24)24 August 1929
|Died||11 November 2004(2004-11-11) (aged 75)
Clamart, Hauts-de-Seine, France
|Spouse(s)||Suha Arafat (1990â€“2004)|
|Children||Zahwa Arafat (born 1995)|
The Palestinian Rifle is ready and we will aim it if they try to prevent us from praying in Jerusalem.
Palestine is the cement that holds the Arab world together, or it is the explosive that blows it apart.
Whoever thinks of stopping the uprising before it achieves its goals, I will give him ten bullets in the chest.
Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations.
It’s always convenient for certain people to heap accusations on Israel.
In order to obtain the goal of returning to Palestine, all of us sometimes have to grit our teeth.
We plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem.
I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter’s gun in the other. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.
The victory march will continue until the Palestinian flag flies in Jerusalem and in all of Palestine.
Our law is a Jordanian law that we inherited, which applies to both the West Bank and Gaza, and sets the death penalty for those who sell land to Israelis.