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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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Promoting violence & terror
Palestinian political, religious, and social frameworks justify and promote violence and terror. On the one hand, Imams on Hamas and PA TV, political leaders and even children routinely express calls for future terror attacks against Jews and Israel. Citing the inherent evil Jewish nature, they proclaim that it is an Islamic and Palestinian duty to defend against the immediate threat and kill Jews.

On the other hand, the PA and Hamas actively glorify terrorists, particularly suicide terrorists, praising the killer and the act of killing as righteous and honorable.
At a PA cultural festival in June 2010, in the presence of the PA Minister of Culture, singers and dancers promote and glorify violence.
[PA TV (Fatah), The song was broadcast live on PA TV on June 4 and was rebroadcast June 24, July 9, July 13, July 16, July 20, Sept. 21, and Dec. 31, 2010. It was rebroadcast in 2011 on Oct. 3, 4, and 7]

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The Palestinian Authority, Fatah and Hamas have created vast educational, social and cultural networks aimed at children that promote and glorify violence and terror. Palestinian children are taught through educational videos, schoolbooks, TV mascots and cultural events, to see violence and the “armed conflict” as heroic and to see themselves as future fighters against Israel:
"I came here following the conference elections. I hope that there will be more conferences like the 6th Fatah Conference (August 2009). These conferences are important for us because it makes us aware of leadership and that we will be combatants and wage resistance (violence) against the Israelis."
[PA TV (Fatah), July 8, 2010] Click here to view

At a Fatah high school graduation event, under the auspices of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the student graduates explained what they were taught by Fatah:
Male graduate: "In the name of the Shahids (Martyrs), in the name of the prisoners, in the name of the stone and the rifle."
Female graduate: "In the name of Fatah, the school that taught us the meaning of nationalism."
Male graduate: "In the name of Palestine: Haifa, Acre, Jaffa, and our Arab Jerusalem."
Female graduate: "In the name of Palestine: Gaza, the West Bank and the flag of national unity."
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Male graduate: "Fatah is [still] with the rifle. And our rifles are not rusty even if they have fired thousands of bullets." [Al-Filistiniya (Fatah), July 28, 2009] Click here to view
Child sings on PA radio: Israelis are “wolves… [With] the fire of my rifle I will break the [prison] cage" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 14, 2017

The Voice of Palestine, the official PA radio station, children's program The Little Ones' Heaven, a song honoring the hunger striking prisoners is sung by a child who calls in to the program.

Child:
 "Our beautiful land is a prisoner in a cage surrounded by wolves,
My shaded garden was destroyed by the lumberjack and the dogs settled in it,
O Jerusalem, my city,
[With] my notebook, my pencil, and the fire of my rifle I will break the cage."
The Voice of Palestine host: “Excellent."
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The song was in honor of the hunger-striking prisoners (April-May 2017): Palestinian terrorist prisoners launched a hunger strike on April 17, 2017, which ended on May 27, 2017, after an agreement was reached. While the prisoners had issued a list of demands, reportedly only the demand to have the Red Cross reinstate a second monthly family visit for prisoners was agreed to. Nevertheless, the PA has claimed the development as a victory.
Palestinian students on PA TV discuss playing "Arabs and Jews," claim "Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, Hebron, Jerusalem" are "our land" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 11, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on Israeli military training and its effect on residents of the northern Jordan Valley, hosting Al-Aqaba Village Council Head Sami Sadeq
Official PA TV host: “Let’s watch the interviews that the staff members prepared with the residents and how the residents are affected by the [Israeli] military training.”…
Student from the village of Al-Aqaba in the northern Jordan Valley: “It is our right to move from place to place in our land, our land - Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, Hebron, Jerusalem (i.e., all cities in Israel except Hebron), and to go to every city in our homeland…”
Another student: “I hear the sounds of [Israeli] airplanes and tanks all the time. We the children of Palestine need to live in peace like the rest of the world’s children. I always see the children playing ‘Arabs and Jews’ - even the games are connected to the occupation.”
Mother of suicide bomber addresses students and administration at Palestine Ahliya University College: "Martyrs" died for "exalted goals" 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Mar. 29, 2017
Headline: “A tribute ceremony for the mothers of the Martyrs and prisoners at Palestine Ahliya University College”
     “The Progressive Student Action Front (i.e., the student organization of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)) at Palestine Ahliya University College yesterday [March 28, 2017] honored the mothers of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners for Mother’s Day, eternal Land Day, and the 39th anniversary of the death as a Martyr of Palestinian leader Wadi’ Haddad (i.e., PFLP terrorist).
[Greek Orthodox] Archbishop [of Sebastia] Atallah [Hanna]... and families of Martyrs and prisoners from the Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and Hebron districts were present at the tribute rally held at the university’s outdoor amphitheater …
Dean of Student Affairs Mahmoud Rahal noted that Land Day is the anniversary of the Intifada of Palestinian rage that flared up among the original owners of the land, who rose up against the policy of expropriation and Judaization. He also noted the importance of noting the anniversaries of the leaders and Martyrs, and called for Land Day to constitute a stage of struggle in the confrontation against tyranny, settlement, and the situation of division (i.e., between Fatah and Hamas), and the beginning of the national awakening for liberation....
Mother of Martyr Abd Al-Hamid Abu Sorour (i.e., suicide bomber, injured 21) gave a speech on behalf of the Martyrs’ families, in which she said: ‘The Martyrs are lovers of the land. They died to defend the freedom and honor of the homeland and the rights of the Palestinian people, and for exalted goals. They bore the dreams and concerns of their people and sacrificed their lives for them in the struggle against this oppressive occupation that uses all forms of aggression.’”

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The Palestinian Authority justifies all terror as legitimate armed conflict, coining it “resistance,” the Palestinian euphemism for violence ranging from the terror to suicide bombings to stone throwing:
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and former PA senior official, Jibril Rajoub:
"Building a school and throwing a hand grenade, in my opinion, are resistance. I build the school in order to strengthen the reasons for my people's resolve, as one of several aspects of the resistance, and when there is a need to throw a grenade [or launch] a rocket, I'll do that as well out of my belief in the inevitable victory of my cause and its justness." Click here to view [PA TV (Fatah), May 12, 2010]
The PA at times adds that violence must be used wisely as an effective political tool. Depending on the political circumstances the Palestinian Authority alternates active calls for violence and terror with periods when they say that terror is being postponed because of temporary conditions:
Dr. Nabil Shaath, Fatah Foreign Affairs Commissioner:
"The popular struggle is a fundamental principle whose importance equals that of the armed struggle, since it is the responsibility and task of all the people. The current distancing from the armed struggle does not mean its absolute rejection." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 21, 2010]
Fatah leader Diab Al-Louh once worded it this way on PA TV: “The rifle seeds and diplomacy reaps.”
PA government expresses “admiration for the souls of our people`s heroic Martyrs [and] the heroic people who gloriously defended the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 27, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] government: Entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque today is a historical moment that paves the way to liberation and heralds the end of the occupation"
    "Official Spokesman of the [PA] national unity government Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said that entering the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque today [July 27, 2017] is a great historical moment that paves the way to liberation, heralds the approaching end of the Israeli occupation, and reminds [us] of the glorious victories of our nation…
In a press statement today (Thursday), Al-Mahmoud added that the national unity government led by [PA Prime Minister] Rami Hamdallah expresses its full respect and admiration for the souls of our people's heroic Martyrs (Shahids). It blessed the brave leadership led by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, the religious [Muslim] sources of authority, the Christian clergy, all of the members of our great people, and the members of our nation, and primarily the heroic members of our people in Jerusalem who gloriously defended the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Arabness of Jerusalem on behalf of the Arab nation and the Islamic nation."
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PA Religious Affairs Minister tells Palestinians to continue “popular resistance” after metal detectors removed by Israel, “Al-Aqsa belongs only to Muslims” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 27, 2017
Headline: "Ida'is calls to go up to the Al-Aqsa Mosque tomorrow, Friday"

"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is called on citizens to go to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in greater numbers tomorrow (Friday) [July 28, 2017] and all of the coming days, despite the Israeli occupation's steps and restrictions that divide [the citizens] from their worship. This is because the next stage is the stage of strengthening the achievements (i.e., Israel’s removal of metal detectors and security cameras that Israel placed at the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below) that the residents of Jerusalem obtained thanks to their resolve and popular resistance ‎(i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror)‎ to the occupation's steps…
He emphasized that the members of the [Palestinian] people in Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine have conveyed a clear and unequivocal message to the government of Israel: Our holy sites, and primarily the diamond in the crown, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, are not places [that belong to] anybody but the Muslims, who will not be lax in defending them."
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Fatah youth movement calls for “widening confrontations with the occupation,” if Jerusalem is “harmed” – “it means opening the gates of hell before the occupiers” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2017
Headline: "The Shabiba calls for widespread participation in a Friday of Ribat as a sign of support for Jerusalem"
      "The Fatah Shabiba [youth] movement in the West Bank published a statement in which it saluted 'the resolve and Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) of the members of our people, its women, young, elderly, national forces, and religious institutions in Jerusalem, which are currently proudly defending the Arabness of Jerusalem, the Islamicness of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the honor of the Arab nation and the Islamic nation.' The Shabiba movement also appreciated the position of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership, their latest decisions regarding Jerusalem, including stopping all types of contact with the occupation, and their call to the members of our people to carry out Ribat in order to defend the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. It also admired the position of the Palestinian leadership to aid the resolve of the Palestinian citizens in Jerusalem. Fatah's Shabiba demanded that its sons, activists, and supporters, and all of the young Palestinians widely participate in a Friday of Ribat, to widen the circle of the confrontation with the occupation forces and the herds of settlers, to open all the fronts in the villages, cities, and refugee camps, and to widen the area of confrontation so that it will include all of the settlements and roads that serve them, in order to convey the message of the young Palestinians that Jerusalem is a Palestinian taboo, and that harming it means opening the gates of hell before the occupiers."
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