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Glorifying terrorists and terror
Violence and terror
After demonizing Jews and Israelis, including citing Islamic sources that depict Jews negatively, and culminating with ongoing lies and libels that portray Jews as an immediate threat to Palestinian life and existence, the Palestinian Authority foment violence against Jews and Israelis, presenting it as legitimate and even heroic self-defense.

PA terror promotion takes many forms. Nationalistically, the PA actively elevates violence as a valid and heroic means to achieve political goals, while religiously, fighting and killing Jews has been presented repeatedly by PA religious and academic leaders as Allah’s will. On the social level, Palestinian leaders and society honor even the most loathsome of murderers portraying them as heroes and role models: Dalal Mughrabi, who led a bus hijacking in which 37 were killed, has schools, summer camps, and many other events and places baring her name to immortalize and glorify her and her terror attack.
 
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The success of the PA’s promotion of violence is readily evident: A majority of Palestinians support killing and suicide terror against civilian Jews and Israelis. A poll conducted after the murder of eight teenagers who were studying in a Jerusalem high school in 2008, found that 84% of Palestinians supported the murder [NY Times, March 19, 2008, citing the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research].


This violent image of a dagger being thrust into the Star of David has appeared hundreds of times in a video clip for children on PA TV, from 2001 – 2008.

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Glorifying terrorists and terror
Palestinian society’s habitual glorification of terrorists as heroes and role models is one of its most effective means of promoting terror. In honoring the worst killers, the PA is simultaneously giving approval to murder and enticing future terrorists with assurances of glory and honor if they succeed in killing. Terror and murder become the Palestinian’s ticket to fame, honor and glory.

The terrorists honored most highly amongst Palestinian society are those who have killed the greatest number. Abd Al-Baset Udeh, killer of 30 at the Passover Seder massacre, had a soccer tournament for 14-year-olds named for him. His brother was honored with distributing the trophies. Dalal Mughrabi, terrorist bus hijacker (led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children) has had summer camps, schools, graduation ceremonies and sporting events named for her, as well as many TV documentaries honoring her. Palestinian newspapers also frequently glorify Mughrabi, as in the Al-Ayyam article which described Mughrabi as writing "the most glorious page of heroism in the history of the Palestinian struggle. [Aug. 2, 2009]. Thaer Hammad, who as a lone gunman murdered 10 Israelis in 2002, was glorified by the official PA daily as “the hero of the Intifada."

This adulation of the worst terrorists and praise for their heroism reflects the policy of the leadership of the Palestinian Authority. This video shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas,
issuing “greetings of honour and esteem” to mass murderers, whom he publicly names, one by one:
“I send greetings of honour and esteem to all prisoners...
Said 'Ataba (serving life sentence for murder in terror attack)…
Marwan Barghouti (serving 5 life sentences for planning murderous terror attacks)
Ahmad Sa'adat (serving 30 years in prison for heading the terrorist organization PFLP; honored on PA TV for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister Ze'evi in 2001, but never tried)
Aziz Dweik (Hamas leader, chairman of Palestinian parliament)
Jamal Huweil (life sentence for planning terror attacks)
Jamal Tirawi (life sentence for café suicide terror attack).
Greetings to you from our people.”
[PA TV (Fatah), April 17, 2008]
PLO Prisoners’ Affairs Commission invites Palestinians to celebrate release of convicted female terrorist 
Source: Facebook page of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs’, May 6, 2017
Image posted on the Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs

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PLO Director of Prisoners’ Affairs warns Israel might “assassinate” convicted terrorist Barghouti 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 6, 2017
Headline: "Karake: Barghouti lives in a prison cell that is similar to a grave, and Israel targets his life"

"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake warned in a statement yesterday [May 5, 2017] against harm to the life of prisoner leadership member Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered), who has been in solitary confinement in the Al-Jalameh Prison since the beginning of the unlimited hunger strike on April 17, 2017. Karake revealed that the incitement campaign against Barghouti in the Israeli political echelon is rousing a fear that the occupation government will assassinate him directly or indirectly."

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PLO official falsely claims Netanyahu and Kerry signed document authorizing Palestinian terrorist payments 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), May 5, 2017
Headline: "The PA holds a document [authorizing] the payment of the prisoners' salaries through the PLO fund"
     "Ahmed Majdalani, PLO leadership member and advisor to [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas, said to [Israeli TV] Reshet Bet that there is a document in the hands of the Palestinians authorizing them to pay salaries to the families of the security prisoners imprisoned in Israel from the PLO coffers, rather than from the Palestinian Authority coffers. According to the report, [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Advisor] Attorney Isaac Molho, PA senior official [and PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat, and former American Minister of Foreign Affairs (i.e., Secretary of State) John Kerry are signed on the document that was achieved three years ago."

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PA Minister of Justice: Imprisoned terrorists are "fighters for freedom, justice, and peace" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 5, 2017
Headline: "Hamdallah participated at the tent of solidarity for the prisoners"
      "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah participated yesterday [May 4, 2017] at the tent of the sit-in strike set up in Ramallah as a sign of solidarity for the prisoners…
Hamdallah was accompanied by District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, [PA] Minister of Health Jawad Awwad, and [PA] Minister of Justice Ali Abu Diyak.
Abu Diyak said in a speech before the sit-in strikers on behalf of the prime minister and the government: 'I salute our brave prisoners behind the fences of the Israeli prisons who are waging the [hunger] strike of freedom and dignity, the Campaign of the Empty Stomachs, in order to stop the Israeli violations against them, and for their human dignity and just rights that are anchored in international conventions and agreements. We emphasize to the world that our brave prisoners and righteous Martyrs (Shahids) are the victims of the Israeli occupation's crimes and they are fighters for freedom, justice, and peace."
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Fatah official: "The PA will reject any proposal" for stopping the salaries to terrorists and their families, the prisoners are "Palestinian fighters" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, May 4, 2017
      “After Palestinian [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to the White House and his meeting with American President Donald Trump yesterday evening [May 3, 2017], the White House published a statement in which it was explained that Trump demanded of Abbas that the PA stop paying the allowances (mukhassasat) of the prisoners, Martyrs (Shahids), and injured as a step towards a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis…
Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul said in an interview with the [independent Palestinian news] agency Wattan that the PA will reject any proposal that demands to stop taking care of the families of the Martyrs, prisoners, and injured through the transfer of monthly financial allowances (mukhassasat). He added that this is a national cause, and that the American administration and the occupation encountered a refusal on this matter. Al-Aloul noted that the injured, Martyrs, and prisoners are Palestinian fighters, and that we must under no circumstances accede to the pressures to stop their allowances.”
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PLO Director of Prisoners’ Affairs confirms payments to terrorists will continue 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), May 4, 2017
"Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake denied reports in the social media regarding stopping the allowances (mukhassasat) of the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation's prisons.
Karake emphasized in an exclusive statement to [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that the prisoners will receive their allowances regularly each month."
PA Minister of Education praises imprisoned terrorists for “writing most spectacular epics of heroism, dignity, and sacrifice” 
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), May 3, 2017
Headline: “Saidam participated in the morning gathering of support for the prisoners at the El-Bireh Elementary School”

“[PA] Minister of Education and Higher Education [and Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary] Dr. Sabri Saidam today, Wednesday [May 3, 2017], participated in the morning gathering of the El-Bireh Co-Ed Elementary School, which is under the Ramallah and El-Bireh [Education] Directorate (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Education), which the school and its students dedicated to support for the prisoners in their hunger strike in a message of loyalty to their struggle, their sacrifice, and their defense of our dignity.

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Fatah honors 12 terrorists responsible for murdering 95 people 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, May 3, 2017
Images and text posted to the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: "All blessings to our heroic prisoners carrying out the [hunger] strike of dignity: Karim Younes, Marwan Barghouti, Nael Barghouti, Ahmad Sa'adat, Abbas Al-Sayid, Hassan Salameh, Zaid Bassisi, Bassem Al-Khandaqji, Wajdi Joudeh, Maher Younes, Fuad Al-Shubaki, Wael Al-Jaghoub."
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Main street in Jenin to be named after kidnapper-murderer 
Source: Al-Ayyam, May 3, 2017
Headline: "A main street in Jenin is named after Karim Younes"
     "Jenin District Governor Ibrahim Ramadan and Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake announced that one of the main streets in the city [of Jenin] will be named after veteran prisoner Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1). This was during a central mass rally organized across from the solidarity tent that was put up as a sign of support for the prisoners waging the battle of dignity and freedom (i.e., a hunger strike by terrorist prisoners that began on April 17, 2017)."
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Karim Younes - an Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012.
Fatah Central Committee member: Terrorist prisoners are POWs, Israel commits "racist" actions against Palestinian youth 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 2, 2017
Headline: “Ramallah hosted different activities to accompany the 15th day of the prisoners’ [hunger] strike”
     “As part of the scheduled weekly program, and in light of the decision of the workers associations and unions to dedicate the May 1 (i.e., International Workers’ Day) events to the prisoners this year, the National Committee of Support for the [Prisoners’ Hunger] Strike called to hold a mass sit-in strike opposite the UN headquarters, in order to convey the voice and message of the prisoners…
Fatah Movement Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen… said that the sit-in strike opposite the UN headquarters in Ramallah was held in order to demand that the member states of the international body [UN] pressure Israel to implement the third and fourth Geneva Conventions for the Palestinian prisoners as they are prisoners of war, and to condemn the racist Israeli actions against the young Palestinians.”

Red Cross rebuts Palestinian claims that Israel commits “executions” and is an “apartheid state" or that it denies basic human rights – Jacques De Maio, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, rejected claims that Israel carries out “extrajudicial killings” or is an "apartheid state" in an interview with the Israeli news site Ynet on April 26, 2017. De Maio said: “We came to the unequivocal conclusion that there are no shoot to kill orders of suspects by IDF (i.e., the Israeli army), as some political elements tried to convince us. Rules of engagement have not changed, and became even stricter.” Regarding claims of apartheid, De Maio said: “No, there is no apartheid here, no regime of superiority of race, of denial of basic human rights to a group of people because of their alleged racial inferiority.”
District Governor of Ramallah glorifies mother of imprisoned terrorists  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, May 2, 2017

     “Um Nasser Abu Hmeid continues her unlimited hunger strike on this the 16th day in a row as a sign of solidarity with the prisoners who are [hunger] striking in the occupation’s prisons… Several doctors, led by Director of the Health Directorate of Ramallah and El-Bireh Dr. Wael Al-Sheikh, carried out the necessary exams of Um Nasser - who is known as the Khansa of Palestine – in the presence of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Dr. Laila Ghannam.
Ghannam emphasized that ‘the mothers of the prisoners and the Martyrs (Shahids) are the mothers of all of us and constitute a priority for everyone that belongs [to the Palestinian nation],’ and wished for all of our prisoners that they be victorious and be released soon. She noted that monitoring the health of Um Nasser and preventing her deterioration, particularly in light of the diseases she suffers from, is the responsibility of everyone. She thanked the Health Directorate for the perfect service they provide to the members of our people.
Ghannam said that the Palestinian mother, who suffers doubly due to this cruel occupation, is deserving of us investing everything dear to us for her, and noted that it does not matter how much we provide to the families of our prisoners, it is still not enough.”
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PA TV claims disabled American Jew, murdered by terrorists, was instead murdered by his wife 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 2, 2017
Official PA TV narrator: "When the ship (the Italian ship the Achille Lauro –Ed.) left Egypt, the self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) received the weapons, and after a while they thought they had reached the territorial waters next to Ashdod [in southern Israel], and they began to clean the weapons and prepare them. One of the guards on the ship heard them and they were discovered before they reached their target. So they decided to hijack the ship and gathered the passengers in the dining room. During the uproar, an old American was killed when he fell into the water (sic., the hijackers shot and murdered him and threw him overboard in his wheelchair, see note below). His wife was accused of being responsible for the deed and the self-sacrificing fighters had nothing to do with it."

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Article in PA daily positively portrays terrorist who planned suicide bombing that killed 23 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 1, 2017
Headline: "2,327 years waiting!!"
      "Imagine a man who was sentenced to 2,327 years of imprisonment. If we go back in time to discover the meaning of this number, we find that before such a period of time, humanity was still at the beginning of its path. It could be that people still lived in caves and on tree tops while naked, and had not yet discovered fire (sic., fire had been discovered long before then).
Majdi Barakat Abd Al-Ghaffar Za’atari (i.e., terrorist, planned suicide bombing in which 23 were murdered) from the Wadi Al-Joz neighborhood of Jerusalem was born on Aug. 7, 1978, and was arrested on Sept. 12, 2003. He was convicted of participating in transporting Martyrdom-seeker Raed Misk (i.e., suicide bomber) from Hebron, who carried out the operation in Jerusalem on Aug. 19, 2003, in which 24 (sic., 23) Israelis were killed."

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PA TV interviews female relatives of terrorists sentenced for life 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 30, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, a conversation at the solidarity tent in El-Bireh with mothers and wives of hunger striking prisoners

Official PA TV reporter: "Now we turn to the mother of the prisoner Um Muhammad Musleh (i.e., terrorist, involved in murder of 8). Hello aunt, how are you?"
Mother of prisoner Muhammad Musleh: "Hello, good morning, be well."
Reporter: "Tell us, how much time was your son sentenced to?"
Mother of prisoner Muhammad Musleh: "My son was sentenced to 9 life sentences and 50 years."
Reporter: "How much [of it] has he served?"
Mother of prisoner Muhammad Musleh: "He has served 15 of the years, and now this is his 16th year."

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Abbas meets families of "Martyrs" and imprisoned terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 29, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president: The prisoners’ cause is a priority among the issues in which the leadership is interested”
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed a delegation of families of Martyrs (Shahids) and hunger striking prisoners from all districts of the homeland yesterday [April 28, 2017] at his presidential office in Ramallah. The president emphasized that the leadership is in contact with all of the international parties in order to pressure the government of Israel to accede to the prisoners’ just humanitarian demands. The president noted that the prisoners’ cause is a priority among the issues in which the leadership is interested. He called on everyone to stand alongside the prisoners and their just cause, and to ease their suffering and their families’ suffering.”
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Girl’s poem encourages violence and Martyrdom, praises prisoners and Martyrs: “Shoot, shoot, in the name of God… The path of the Martyrs is above all” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 28, 2017

Official PA TV program
The Best Home, on the terrorist prisoners’ hunger strike that began on April 17, 2017

Girl:
"In the intifada of 2000 (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), the leaders were united.
The Elder of Palestine (i.e., Yasser Arafat) declared: [...]
We will maintain our loyalty to the prisoners and exchange them for [Israeli] soldiers (i.e., kidnap-for-hostage-policy).
O Palestinian carrying a rifle: Shoot, shoot, in the name of God.
Shoot, shoot, in the name of God.
The path of the Martyrs is above all.
They have sacrificed the most precious of all so that we will see the oppressor retreating...
We have sacrificed Martyrs and prisoners.
O my country, we have not fulfilled our promise.
The prisoners’ resolve and the Martyrdom-deaths of our heroes
are two symbols that we engrave on our hearts and palms.
When the flags of unity wave, they will call to the entire people.
(PA TV host): Bravo, thank you very much."
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Official PA daily glorifies terrorist "Martyr" who smashed 4-year-old's head with his rifle butt 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 27, 2017
     “Today, Thursday [April 27, 2017], is the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Palestinian Liberation Front, one of the PLO factions… The Front has succeeded in carrying out extraordinary military operations (i.e., terror attacks) against the occupation, which led to a large number of Israeli dead and wounded, [including] the self-sacrificing operation in Nahariya on April 22, 1979, led by Martyr (Shahid) Samir Kuntar (i.e., terrorist, murdered 4).”

Samir Kuntar - A Lebanese terrorist who murdered 4 Israelis in Nahariya in 1979: 3 members of the Haran family - 4-year-old Einat Haran, whom Kuntar murdered by smashing her head with his rifle butt, 2-year-old Yael, who was accidentally suffocated as her mother tried to keep her silent while they hid from the terrorists, and their father, Danny Haran - and Eliyahu Shahar, the first policeman to respond. Kuntar was sentenced by Israel to 4 life sentences. He was released in a deal between Israel and Hezbollah in July 2008, exchanged for the bodies of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, Israeli soldiers kidnapped and murdered by Hezbollah in 2006.
On Dec. 19, 2015, he was killed in an explosion in Syria. An Israeli airstrike is suspected by some, though the Free Syrian Army took credit.
Fatah youth movement calls to "escalate the confrontation with the occupation as a sign of support for the prisoners' battle" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 27, 2017
Headline: “The Nablus branch’s Shabiba called to escalate the confrontation with the occupation as a sign of support for our prisoners”
     “After a meeting it held at Fatah’s Nablus branch headquarters, Fatah’s Shabiba [youth] movement at the Nablus branch called in a statement to escalate the confrontation with the occupation as a sign of support for the prisoners’ battle and their hunger strike…
Shabiba published a statement in which it called on its members, its supporters, and our young people in the [Fatah] branches and in the branches of the various organizations to escalate the popular resistance (i.e., term that also refers to violence) against and the daily confrontation with the settlers and occupation soldiers as a sign of support for our brave prisoners’ hunger strike that is entering its tenth day.
Fatah’s Shabiba noted in its statement that escalating the popular resistance in Area C (i.e., regions of the West Bank under full Israeli administration according to the Oslo Accords) and direct confrontation with the occupation forces and the herds of its settlers has great significance now, in light of our brave prisoners’ [hunger] strike entering its tenth day, and the escalation of the occupation’s racist steps against them.”

The terms "all means," "peaceful uprising/resistance,” and “popular uprising/resistance" are ‎often used by PA leaders to refer to events that include violence and deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as rock-throwing, stabbings and even shootings. See ‎Mahmoud Abbas' reference to murderous terror as "peaceful" during the 2015-2016 ‎terror wave (“The Knife Intifada”), which left 40 people dead and hundreds wounded.
Director of Prisoners’ Affairs: Prisoners are not terrorists, they’re “fighter heroes,” Israel is source of terror 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Apr. 27, 2017
Headline: “Karake warned against the deaths as Martyrs in the ranks of the striking prisoners”
     “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake today, Thursday [April 27, 2017], warned against the deaths as Martyrs (Shahids) in the ranks of the prisoners who are hunger striking for the 11th consecutive day.
In a speech that he gave during the mass rally that passed through the streets of Ramallah and El-Bireh as a sign of solidarity with the prisoners’ movement, he added that ‘the world must listen to the prisoners’ voices and the Palestinian people’s voice - we are a people that only wants its freedom. Our prisoners are not terrorists, but rather fighter heroes and prisoners of honor and freedom.’
Karake explained that the occupation state is the one that creates terror, and the prisoners are determined to continue the strike until achieving their legal demands or Martyrdom-death (Shahada).”
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Netanyahu employs "hellish plan" to "blackmail" the world with pictures from the Holocaust in order to justify describing Palestinian "fighter prisoners" as "terrorists"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 25, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     “[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is taking advantage of the world’s preoccupation with the war on terror and is attempting to pass his hellish plan to crush the Palestinian cause. This is while in his head is the wicked thought that the world does not distinguish between a terrorist criminal and the last of the freedom fighters, and that the world will submit to his blackmail every time he presents pictures from the Jewish Holocaust and the sword of Antisemitism in order to justify the description of the Palestinian fighter prisoners fighting for freedom as terrorists.”

In a governmental meeting on April 23, 2017, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “The Palestinian Authority needs to stop funding the terrorists sitting in prison and stop funding the families of terrorists who were killed while committing their crimes. This is a simple and clear test of the Palestinians’ desire for peace. You cannot be in favor of peace with Israel, and at the same time glorify and fund the murderers of Israelis and the murderers of other innocents.” The statement came after Netanyahu, in an interview with Fox News on April 21, 2017, called on the PA to “stop paying terrorists.”
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