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"Israeli intelligence raided our house and demanded that we hand Eyad over to them. I told them, 'I will die before I hand my son over to you."
"Israeli intelligence raided our house and demanded that we hand Eyad over to them. I told them, 'I will die before I hand my son over to you."

Failing to apprehend Eyad again, the Israeli army arrested Ma'eda and her daughters instead. Days later, Eyad's mother stood afar as army bulldozers demolished her home. She remembered those days, saying, "The intelligence officer told me, 'you will never live in peace as long as Eyad is alive. We will kill him because he is a terrorist.' I replied, 'you are the terrorists. Palestinians have the right to defend themselves and their land, and neither Eyad nor our people will rest until you leave us alone."

Sawalha's mother defended the Intifada, saying, "The Intifada must go on, no matter how dear the sacrifices are to us. The Israelis have destroyed our homes, demolished our mosques, uprooted our trees and assassinated our heroes. What else can they do? Those of us who did not surrender under all of this, neither tanks, nor warplanes can intimidate us. Every Palestinian is willing to sacrifice for the sake of dignity and freedom. This is the difference between us and our enemy. Eyad's dream shall be realized, and victory shall be ours."

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