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Arafat Calls for Another Million Martyrs

While CNN was repeatedly broadcasting Yasser Arafat yesterday saying that he wants peace with his Jewish \"cousins\" in Israel, at the same time he was calling for “one million martyrs” to march to Jerusalem. Arafat was speaking to a crowd while visiting PLO-controlled Shechem during his first foray outside of Ramallah in almost six months.
First Publish: 5/14/2002, 12:34 PM

While CNN was repeatedly broadcasting Yasser Arafat yesterday saying that he wants peace with his Jewish \"cousins\" in Israel, at the same time he was calling for “one million martyrs” to march to Jerusalem. Arafat was speaking to a crowd while visiting PLO-controlled Shechem during his first foray outside of Ramallah in almost six months. Israel had confined Arafat to the city following a wave of PLO terrorism. During his Shechem visit Arafat also vowed to continue his battle towards the “liberation” of Jerusalem from Israeli control.

Arafat also visited Bethlehem and Jenin yesterday, but cancelled a planned visit to the crowded Jenin neighborhood in which the fiercest battles took place during Operation Defensive Shield. Analysts say the visit was cancelled out of security concerns, as many Islamic Jihad terrorists in Jenin have strong criticism of Arafat’s leadership.