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Tawfiq Tirawi has been a member of the Fatah Central Committee since the General Fatah Conference on Aug. 4-6, 2009 and is the former head of the PA's General Intelligence in the West Bank.
Fatah official, on his Facebook page, glorifies killers of Israeli mother and her 2 children as "Martyrs" who "provided a model of struggle" 
Source: Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee, Feb. 23, 2016
Text and picture posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi


Posted text: “On June 23, 1974 (sic., the terror attack actually took place on June 25), a unit of Palestinian self-sacrificing (Fida’i) fighters attacked the city of Nahariya in occupied Palestine in a battle that lasted five hours, during which the commanders of the operation died as Martyrs (Shahids), and provided a model of struggle that the years and days are unable to erase.”

The picture shows the terrorists responsible for the lethal attack.

1974 Nahariya attack – On June 25, 1974, three Palestinian terrorists – Abd Al-Rahim Nasif, Ahmad Abd Al-‘Al, and Muhammad Hanafi - who had reached Israel by boat from Lebanon broke into an apartment building in Nahariya, where they murdered 30-year-old Irena Zarankin, her 10-year-old daughter Ronit, and her 5-year-old son Gilad. Zarankin’s husband Mordechai had made a rope out of sheets for them to escape out the window and blockaded the door, but one of the terrorists was waiting below and shot Irena Zarankin and the children as they climbed down. Mordechai Zarankin survived the attack. Israeli soldiers who arrived at the scene killed all three terrorists, but in the exchange of fire 21-year-old soldier Danny Senesh was also murdered.
Senior Fatah official:‎ "Hitler wasn't morally corrupt, he was daring" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 19, 2016

 

Fatah Central Committee Member Tawfiq Tirawi: "There is a difference between an ‎officer's discipline and loyalty to a leader. The leader could be morally corrupt."‎
Ma'an host: "And how would you know?"‎
Fatah Central Committee Member Tawfiq Tirawi: "You have to know. Is there ‎anyone who does not know his leader?"‎
Ma'an host: "The German people did not know that Hitler was morally corrupt."‎
Fatah Central Committee Member Tawfiq Tirawi: "He was not morally corrupt."‎
Ma'an host: "The French think that de Gaulle was half prophet ‎. Churchill, I don’t ‎know what his story was, but people see him as one of the most important statesmen."‎
Fatah Central Committee Member Tawfiq Tirawi: "Let us talk logically. Hitler was not ‎morally corrupt ‎. He was daring‎."‎
Ma'an host: "Is that the way to talk? I say: Let's drink some tea and take a break. It ‎would be a pity to be put in jail because of this interview. We will drink tea and take a ‎break. Let's leave Hitler."‎
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Collection of items honoring Samir Kuntar, "heroic" murderer of 4  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2015
Samir Kuntar was a Lebanese terrorist who in 1969 infiltrated Israel and murdered four Israelis. Kuntar murdered his youngest victim, four-year-old Einat Haran, by repeatedly smashing her head with his rifle butt. After being released from Israeli prison in 2006, Kuntar joined Hezbollah and was planning terror attacks against Israel when he was killed in an explosion in Syria on Dec. 19, 2015. He was glorified by various PA and Fatah and media outlets as "heroic", a "Martyr" (Shahid), and a "great fighter." 
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Click "full article" for 16 statements by PA and Fatah officials and media outlets glorifying Kuntar and his "heroic" act of murder
Fatah official: Jesus was the “first Palestinian Martyr” 
Source: Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee, Dec. 22, 2015
Text posted on Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi’s Facebook page on Dec. 22, 2015
Posted text: “This year in Jerusalem, the spirit of Muhammad, the true Arab Prophet, sent to all mankind, and the spirit of Jesus, the first Palestinian Martyr (Shahid) and carrier of the message of peace, between the [Church of the] Nativity and the place of Muhammad’s Ascent to Heaven [the Al-Aqsa Mosque], in order to spread on the day of their birth, which falls on the same day this year, a message of light, good, and love for humanity, alongside a message of freedom and getting rid of the occupation, for our people and for all the world.”
Fatah official: Fatah found “the appropriate method of struggle for each stage” and “turned to armed struggle at the appropriate time” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2015
Headline: “Tirawi: Fatah continues to invent new methods to restore our people’s rights”
     “Fatah Central Committee member [and former head of the PA General Intelligence] Tawfiq Tirawi, said that Fatah has used all methods of struggle to restore our people’s rights. In an interview with Radio Mawtini, Tirawi stated yesterday [Dec. 31, 2015]: ‘The Fatah movement has set out to put the Palestinian people back on the political map through a variety of means.’
Tirawi added that ‘the Fatah movement has succeeded, thanks to its flexibility, in finding the appropriate method of struggle for each stage.’ He clarified that the movement turned to armed struggle at the appropriate time, and when conditions enabled it, and that it also took the path of popular uprising, in addition to political and diplomatic struggle, and appealing to UN institutions. He also said that the popular uprising is one of the methods of the struggle to restore Palestinian rights.”
Fatah official: Palestinians support Martyrdom-death and wish to kill “Zionists”‎ ‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 27, 2015

Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: “The Palestinian by nature and ‎education feels a sense of belonging to the land and the homeland. Listen, my son is ‎two years and ten months old. Yesterday, he sang to his mother: ‘Escort the Martyr to ‎his wedding.’ He doesn’t know the meaning of this song (i.e., the Islamic belief that ‎Martyrs marry 72 Virgins in Paradise). Today his mother told me that he sang: ‘Daddy, ‎buy me a machine gun and a rifle, so that I will defeat Israel and the Zionists.’ A boy who ‎is not yet three! A Palestinian grows up with a feeling of belonging to the land, the ‎homeland, and the people.‎"
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Fatah member calls for a fund to support rock throwers in Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 21, 2015
Headline: “Tirawi: ‘We must come out against the Israeli plan in Jerusalem and support its residents’ resolve’”
       “Fatah Central Committee member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Al-Istiqlal University Tawfiq Tirawi, stated that the occupation government is trying to establish facts on the ground in Jerusalem and at its holy places, and emphasized that it is necessary to take action against this matter and thwart it.
In an interview with Mawtini Radio yesterday [Sept. 20, 2015], Tirawi called to take measures … and added: ‘It is necessary to make every effort to help the city of Jerusalem, to dedicate all material means to support the resolve of our people in Jerusalem, and to establish institutions.’ He warned of the potential dangers if the occupation succeeds in its attempts to put financial pressure on the [Palestinian] residents of Jerusalem and to impose fines on rock throwers. [He called to solve this issue] through establishing a fund that would cover these fines.”
PA Prime Minister to students: "Israel's plan to divide Al-Aqsa will not pass" 
Source: Al-Quds, Sept. 20, 2015
Headline: "Hamdallah: 'Israel's plan to divide the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] will not pass, and we will not concede one speck of land in Jerusalem'"
       "PA Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah stated: 'In the name of the Palestinian leadership, led by Mahmoud Abbas, I emphasize that we will not concede one speck of land in Jerusalem, and Israel's plan to divide Al-Aqsa will not pass, and Israel does not scare our people with its racist resolutions.'
These things were said during his speech yesterday [Sept. 19, 2015] at the graduation ceremony of the third class of first degree students, the 'belonging class,' at the Al-Istiqlal University in Jericho, in the presence of the president of the university, Dr. Al-Nasser Al-Qaddumi, and head of the board of trustees [and Fatah Central Committee member] Tawfiq Tirawi."
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In the image can be seen Hamdallah and Tirawi holding a certificate with a map that includes the PA areas and all of Israel, with the Palestinian flag next to it.

"Division according to areas and times" and “division of the Al-Aqsa Mosque” refer to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.

 
Fatah official: We have right to fight Israel “through all means,” but “for each method of resistance there is a right time” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 11, 2015
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Fatah Central Committee Member Tawfiq Tirawi: “In the Fatah political program of the Sixth Conference [in 2009]… it says liberation of the lands and resisting the occupation through all means of resistance. We haven’t omitted any type of resistance. However, we know that for each method of resistance there is a right time and circumstances, which are not right for another method. Since we are interested in a [political] achievement, in a state, freedom, and independence for the Palestinian people, we know what the interests and basic principles of the Palestinian people are. Hence, we want to realize its interests, and not to concede our basic principles. These might be temporary interests or achievements until conditions are ripe to end all other issues...”
Ma’an TV host: “How come that Israel feels secure next to Hamas, places it in the West Bank, accepts its presence and [lets it] control the West Bank like it controlled the Gaza Strip. Like a man placing a snake in his surroundings. Do you think Israel is involved in this?”
Fatah Central Committee Member Tawfiq Tirawi: “For your information, there are snakes without teeth. If Israel didn’t accept the revolution that took place in Gaza, it wouldn’t have taken place… Who among us thought that the Muslim Brotherhood would make a pact with the Americans, as happened in Egypt?…
Who created Al-Qaeda, was it not the CIA? Who established the Islamic State (ISIS)? Who invented [Jabhat] Al-Nusra? Where is Al-Nusra? Al-Nusra is in the Golan. Show me one bullet fired at Israel. They [the Americans] wanted to liberate Afghanistan before liberating Palestine.”

Note: Jabhat Al-Nusra is a branch of Al-Qaeda operating in Syria and Lebanon.
Fatah official: “Jesus, the first Palestinian”‎ 
Source: Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee, Dec. 24, 2014
Text posted on the Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central ‎Committee. ‎
     ‎"We wish our united Palestinian people a new Christmas that will herald liberty, as did ‎Jesus, the first Palestinian, peace be upon him." ‎
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Fatah official implies that Fatah’s real goal is for all of Israel to become “Palestine” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 11, 2014
     “Name me one thing we have given up on. Did we give up on the refugees? Did we give up on Jerusalem? Who is leading the actions in Jerusalem? Fatah and the PLO framework, irrespectively of the sizes [of the PLO factions]. Did we give up on the borders? Did we give up on our territories in the interior, from 1967 (i.e., Israel). I want to tell you something even more important. Brother Mahmoud Abbas is the president of the [Palestinian] Authority. I am a member of the Fatah Central Committee. Who told you I don’t want Jaffa and Haifa? Who will tell me that? Why, sir? First of all, the PA and Fatah are not the same thing. Brother Mahmoud Abbas is president of the PA. He talks to presidents, heads of state and others. No! I’m telling you, I want a democratic Palestinian state in which we – Muslims, Jews and Christians – will live, in all of Palestine… I want to ask those who have doubts about Yasser Arafat a question. They heard Yasser Arafat’s speeches. They heard when Yasser Arafat declared the [Palestinian] state. What did he say? Some say [he said] ‘the establishment of the Palestinian State.’ No, no. They heard the words and remembered them [wrong]. He said: ‘We announce the establishment of the State of Palestine on our Palestinian land.’ Where is the land of Palestine?”
Fatah official: Fatah led the Intifada, "no one else" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 11, 2014

Fatah Central Committee member, Tawfiq Tirawi: "We are [dealing] with politics. We are all self-sacrificing fighters and have fought in the armed struggle. We found that, in view of the conditions in the Arab [world] and internationally, we might not be able to obtain a [Palestinian] state for our people. We turned to the Oslo [Accords] and to negotiations. The negotiations failed. After that, we carried out an Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005). We were the ones who led the Intifada, no one else. Now, we are leading the popular resistance (i.e., the Oct. - Nov. 2014 riots and terror that murdered 11 Israelis) – we as the Fatah movement, and with us, the PLO, or the factions belonging to the PLO."
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PA forces led the Intifada 
Source: Awdah independent Palestinian TV channel, Dec. 11, 2014
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: “I was the head of the [General] Intelligence [Services], and in the West Bank was my brother Jibril Rajoub… Honored brother: The commanders of the security establishment, our officers and soldiers are the ones who led the Tunnel Intifada (i.e., the Western Wall Tunnel clashes – 3 days of Palestinian-Israeli fighting in September 1996). They are the ones who led the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005). Today, over 300 of them – officers and soldiers – are in jail. Some of them were sentenced to over 300 years, for example Muhammad [Naifeh] ‘Abu Rabia.’ All of the Security Forces headquarters were destroyed. We have between 250 and 300 Martyrs (Shahids) from among the commanders of the Security Forces… Even if they do give us a Palestinian state according to the 1967 borders, we will not, by any means, accept a Jewish state! No leader from Fatah or the Palestinian forces in the PLO will ever recognize Israel as a Jewish state. No way. This decision is final and not open for discussion, because if it does happen, it would endanger the entire Palestinian cause, whether regarding the refugee issue or our people in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel).”

Note: Muhammad Naifeh ‘Abu Rabia’ – A senior member of the Tanzim (Fatah’s military wing), Naifeh was responsible for the murder of 13 Israelis in various terror attacks, some of which he carried out himself. He received 13 life sentences.
Fatah official: Fatah led the second Intifada and is leading the Jerusalem Intifada 
Source: Sky News Arabia, Dec. 11, 2014
Sky News Arabic program The Night Talk hosted former head of the PA General ‎Intelligence and Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi and former Israeli ‎diplomat Meir Cohen.‎
Sky News Arabic host: “Is it the security coordination between the [Palestinian] ‎Authority and Israel that is preventing the outbreak of a third Palestinian Intifada? ‎
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: “That’s not true. Jerusalem is [already] ‎undergoing an Intifada, dear brother. Who is carrying out the Jerusalem Intifada? Let ‎me tell you: Fatah members and Fatah personnel are the ones leading the street in ‎Jerusalem. Since the beginning of the Intifada, 1,200 people have been detained, ‎‎1,000 of whom are Fatah members. Anyone can talk, but on the ground – who were ‎the leaders of the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005)? The others ‎‎(i.e., Hamas) joined the Al-Aqsa Intifada 6 months after [it began], for your ‎information - not from the start. Now, I am telling you – who is leading the popular ‎resistance? – The Fatah movement! … and if a minister, a member of a revolutionary ‎council from the highest level of leadership in Fatah, descends to the ground to [take ‎part in] this demonstration – [this creates] friction with the occupation. Does this mean ‎that Fatah is unserious? This is a movement of resistance, which is implementing the ‎appropriate manner of resistance to this occupation, in order to liberate a future for the ‎Palestinian people.”‎

Note: “The Jerusalem Intifada” is a reference to a period of high tension in Jerusalem, ‎from October to November 2014. In that period, Palestinians murdered 11 Israelis using ‎guns, knives, and cars, and wounded dozens. ‎
Fatah official: Ziad Abu Ein was ‎‎“assassinated and murdered in cold ‎blood”‎ 
Source: WAFA news agency, Dec. 10, 2014
     ‎“Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq ‎Tirawi said that Abu Ein had been ‎assassinated and murdered in cold ‎blood. He added: ‘Our entire people and its ‎leadership are potential Martyrs (Shahids) in ‎resisting the occupation, and the [current] ‎stage demands that we all form a unified ‎rank against it. This is our destiny, and we ‎must therefore strengthen our unity against ‎the occupation. Our response will be more ‎resistance in all the popular, national and ‎international forums, using all forms of ‎popular resistance.’‎ [...] The [PA] Ministry of Information called Abu ‎Ein’s assassination ‘a barbaric crime and ‎state terrorism,’ testifying to the history of a ‎criminal [security] establishment that excels ‎in claiming numerous victims from among ‎the Palestinian people, proving its lust for ‎the blood of innocent people.”‎

Note: Ziad Abu Ein - Fatah Revolutionary Council member and head of the PA Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall. Abu Ein died on Dec. 10, 2014 at ‎a demonstration in the West Bank that ‎turned violent. Immediately following his ‎death, PA and Fatah leaders claimed that ‎Abu Ein was murdered. Footage from the ‎event shows Abu Ein in an altercation with ‎an Israeli soldier who grabbed Abu Ein by ‎the neck, and later shows Abu Ein on the ground clutching his chest in pain. The ‎autopsy, which was overseen by Israeli and ‎Palestinian pathologists, revealed that the ‎cause of death was a heart attack, but ‎disagreement remains over the extent to which the altercation with Israeli forces may have caused ‎the heart attack. Palestinians have ‎continued to describe Abu Ein's death as a ‎‎"murder" and "assassination" by Israel.‎
Fatah official: "Arafat was poisoned and murdered by Israel" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2014
Official PA TV program The State of Politics hosted Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi.
Tawfiq Tirawi: “The security reports, the circumstances and the security evidence in our possession – we will continue the investigation, because all these data lead to the conclusion that President Yasser Arafat was poisoned and murdered by Israel. I can say that Israel is behind the assassination of Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat, because it benefited most from President Yasser Arafat’s disappearance.”
Fatah leader calls to destroy Israel "from the river to the sea!" 
Source: Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee, Aug. 5, 2014
     "O our free people of resolve and sacrifice in Gaza, you are more honored than us all... We remain committed to the promise: freedom, independence, and driving out the occupier from the entire pure land, from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea.
Long live free Gaza!
Your brother, Tawfiq Tirawi."
Fatah official: "The big explosion is coming" 
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), July 24, 2014

 
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: "These are small explosions, which happen occasionally, but the big explosion is coming. The big explosion is coming. After the big explosion, no one will know where it will lead and what its results will be... It is legal to use all means - to shoot, throw stones, to hold a demonstration and a sit-down strike. All these means will be possible and permissible for our people, and let no one say that weapons are forbidden in the West Bank."
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Fatah official calls for one-state solution: Replace Israel with a Muslim state 
Source: Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee, May 6, 2014
The independent Palestinian radio Ajyal interviewed Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi:
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: “In my opinion, the two-state solution has come to an end – and the one who ended it is Israel. Since the Algiers Convention [of 1988] (at which the Palestinian National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, declared the establishment of a Palestinian State), when they agreed on the 10 Points (i.e., the Ten Point Program of 1974, which called for the rejection of the existence of the State of Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state on the entire territory of Mandatory Palestine) and on [UN Resolution] 242 (which established provisions and principles towards a solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict), the Palestinians have gone far towards the two-state solution, and the resolutions of the UN and the international institutions, etc. Nonetheless, we must reexamine this entire issue, and propose – as in the past – the one-state [solution]. I am in favor of one democratic state, which Fatah proposed in 1968. I am for it. Let’s all sit down together in Palestine, and shape the state as it was shaped in Lebanon – a Maronite president, a Sunni prime minister, etc. Let’s find this solution.”

Fatah official: Fatah and Hamas have same goal and same enemy - Israel 
Source: Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee, May 6, 2014
The Palestine Today Channel interviewed Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi.
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: “We and Hamas – it’s true we are political rivals, but our goal is one, and our enemy is one. Everyone must understand that the enemy of all the groups of the Palestinian people is the Israeli occupation, and not one organization or another. True, we are vying for the [support of] the Palestinian public – but for a [common] goal, which is the liberation of the land and the liberation of the Palestinian people and the establishment of our independent Palestinian state… The [PA] Security Forces are the ones who led the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) and, before that, the Tunnel Intifada (i.e., the Western Wall Tunnel clashes – 3 days of Palestinian-Israeli fighting in September 1996), and at this very moment, there are over 300 or 400 Palestinian officers from all the Security Forces in prison. They include prisoners who have received sentences of over 200 or 300 years. And there are over 200 Martyrs (Shahids). All the headquarters of the Security Forces were destroyed. These are national Security Forces, Security Forces with a history of struggle.”
[Palestine Today’s YouTube Channel and Tawfiq Tirawi’s Facebook page, May 6, 2014]


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