RAMALLAH, West Bank – Yasser Arafat (search) emerged from his office for a second straight night Friday, telling hundreds of supporters they will go to Jerusalem as martyrs.
Arafat spoke one day after Israeli leaders announced they had decided to "remove" Arafat whenever they choose. The vague wording left room for several options: deporting Arafat, capturing him or killing him.
"To Jerusalem we are going as martyrs in the millions," Arafat told the crowd.
He also recited a passage from the Quran (search).
The crowd of hundreds held photos of Arafat and chanted: "With our blood and souls we will redeem you."
Arafat answered: "With our blood and souls, we will redeem you Palestine."
The Israeli decision prompted widespread international condemnation, and the Palestinians urged the U.N. Security Council (search) on Friday to demand that Israel not expel him and halt any threats to his safety.
On Thursday night, Arafat emerged at the same spot and declared before thousands of supporters that no one will "kick me out."