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article imageVideo: Harry Fear interviews Leila Khaled of the PFLP in Gaza

By Anne Sewell     May 20, 2013 in World
Gaza - Harry Fear holds in an exclusive interview with Palestinian resistance icon Leila Khaled, a former aircraft hijacker and member of Palestine’s PFLP faction in Gaza. They discuss the issue of Palestinians' armed struggle with Israel.
In this candid interview Khaled discusses the ‘why’ of Palestinian armed resistance:
“Resistance is always strategic… Resistance is something human… When there is occupation there is always resistance… The eighth item of the United Nations Charter says: people under oppression and under occupation have the right to resist, including [with] armed struggle… We are proud of the resistance…”
Khaled was involved in several aircraft hijacking missions and part of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). An icon of armed resistance for the Palestinians, Khaled is plainly a terrorist in the eyes of Israelis:
“[A] two-state solution means that in the West Bank we [would] have 12% of the land. This is not Palestine! Palestine is the historical Palestine. I’m from Haifa!”
The main questions asked in the interview are:
Is resistance strategically useful? What does the resistance have to do with Islam? What about the two-state solution to the conflict? What is the PFLP movement's position on a one-state solution?
After the interview concludes, a more personal conversation is recorded where Khaled asks Fear if he is from Britain.
She asks him, "When you go there, ask them if anybody attacks their homes. Would they smile in front of their occupants? I don't think so."
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