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Palestinian Official Calls for More Iraq Resistance

A senior Palestinian official, in an interview this month, called for increased resistance to the U.S. occupation of Iraq, saying Washington only launched its war to seize Iraq’s oil and control the region. “I believe that Arabs must now wake up and rise, and the Iraqi resistance to the American occupation must be increased,” Jibril al-Rajoub, President Yasser Arafat’s national security adviser, said in the interview published on November 4. Rajoub told Saudi newspaper al-Jazirah that ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was a “fascist,” but that the real U.S. motive in invading Iraq was to rob Iraq’s oil and protect Israel by getting rid of one of its staunchest enemies. Contacted by Reuters on Monday, Rajoub said he had given an interview to a Saudi newspaper about 20 days ago in which he said: “Resisting any occupation is a legitimate right provided by international law and the Americans are an occupation force in Iraq and not liberation forces.” Full Story

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