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Violence and terror
Promoting violence & 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.
Click to view PMW special report: “From Terrorists to Role Models

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."
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
Fatah official: "Whoever disavows‎ the resistance is no ‎member of Fatah" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 12, 2014
Q: “[As of now, Israel’s Operation ‎Protective Edge has claimed] over 120 ‎Martyrs (Shahids) and wounded 900, and ‎at the official level, Fatah is still adhering ‎to the negotiations. Is that really the ‎movement’s position?”‎
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas ‎Zaki: “First of all, what is happening in ‎Gaza is a very large operation. The enemy ‎has crossed all boundaries of human ‎‎[behavior], and I don’t believe Fatah is ‎relying on negotiations with this ‎savage…”‎
Q: “What is Fatah’s official position on the ‎Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military ‎wing), who are launching rockets at the ‎Israeli settlements? There are figures ‎according to which Fatah in Gaza has ‎launched over 200 rockets.”‎
Abbas Zaki: “Our eyes are now turned ‎toward Gaza, and the unity of the factions ‎is very necessary... No one in Gaza will ‎look on from the sidelines and sit by idly. ‎Gaza is at war and is living under fire, and ‎whoever disavows‎ the resistance is no ‎member of Fatah‎...
We Palestinians have an international ‎decision regarding our right to defend ‎ourselves, even by means of armed ‎struggle, but we won’t use the [armed] ‎struggle unless it suits the situation and ‎helps and exacts a high price from the ‎enemy during the campaign. ‎
We don’t want to say we are against it.
‎Yasser Arafat went to the UN and told ‎them, ‘an olive branch in one hand and a ‎rifle in the other.’ He didn’t say ‘just a rifle;’ ‎but also the green branch... Mahmoud Abbas is ‎experienced. We don’t want words, we ‎want deeds."

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Gaza schoolgirls repeat Hamas slogan: "Strike, strike Tel Aviv!" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 11, 2014

Hamas TV clip 1:‎
"The sirens herald death
‎[Hamas'] Al-Qassam [Brigades] answer by striking Sderot, Eshkol and Ashdod (Israeli ‎areas)‎
Avenging the Martyrs’ blood. There's no louder sound...‎
O beloved Al-Qassam fighter, strike, destroy Tel Aviv!‎" 

Hamas TV clip 2:‎
‎(Schoolgirls cheer fighters)‎
"O beloved Al-Qassam fighter, strike, strike Tel Aviv!‎"
‎(Children wave to fighters)‎
Text: "The people embrace the Resistance (i.e., Hamas)"‎
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This video/article was posted/published as Hamas was firing hundreds of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.
Fatah promotes riots: "My mother taught me that my stone is my weapon" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 2, 2014
Text: "My mother taught me that my stone is my weapon;
that I am Palestinian only through my struggle;
she taught me to shout that this is my land, so get out!"
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Note: On June 12, 2014, three Israeli teens were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. They appeared to have been shot to death soon after the abduction. Two days later, a Palestinian teen was kidnapped and murdered in Jerusalem in what may have been a revenge attack, although this has yet to be confirmed. Following this murder, Palestinians took to the streets of eastern Jerusalem in violent protests.
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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-Luh once worded it this way on PA TV: “The rifle seeds and diplomacy reaps.”
Official PA daily: There is always "the option of violent struggle, the armed ‎struggle" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the ‎official PA daily and a member of the ‎Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza
‎     “Israel, which embarked on this war over a ‎month ago – [this war] which culminated ‎in a bloody attack in Gaza ten days ago – ‎had been negotiating with the PLO…‎
But suddenly, Netanyahu overturned the ‎table, torpedoed the negotiations, and ‎invented, together with his [security] ‎forces, a vague story – the kidnapping and ‎murder of the three Israeli youths – and ‎Israel hastily and madly initiated a war that ‎had been planned [from the start].‎
Why? Why torpedo the negotiations? Why ‎this frenzied and bloody attack? ...‎
Netanyahu ‎wants to circumvent the idea of the ‎Palestinian state and remove from ‎discussion the section on the [Palestinian] ‎state. Are he, his army and his state ‎capable of realizing this crazed ambition? ‎I say to you: No, a thousand times no, ‎because Israel – with whom we have ‎chosen [the path of] peace and ‎negotiations – knows that there is always ‎another option! This is what Israel’s ‎founding leaders knew, and this is what ‎‎[today’s] Israeli leaders know, despite their ‎racist madness – and Israel’s allies know it ‎‎[too].‎
There is always another option: the option ‎of violent struggle, the armed struggle. ‎And this is a legitimate option for a people ‎under occupation. We, the Palestinians, ‎have been among the most prominent ‎symbols [of armed struggle] in the world; ‎more importantly, we introduced ‎innovations that had been previously ‎unknown, and developed its methods in a ‎way consistent with the unique ‎characteristics of our cause!”‎

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Official PA daily: We are "the first line of defense in the battle of ‎humanity against the dogs‎" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 14, 2014
Op-ed by Adli Sadeq, PLO Ambassador to ‎India and regular columnist for the official ‎PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
     ‎“The war Israel is waging against Gaza, ‎through a massive intensification of fire, ‎and against the West Bank, through ‎sporadic firing, attacks and suffocation ‎measures, have brought the confrontation ‎between it [Israel] and our entire people to ‎a point from which it is hard to return, ‎since the Palestinians – and not just ‎Hamas – have nothing left but their lives ‎and honor, and are ready to fight using ‎the fire at their disposal to prevent [Israeli ‎PM] Netanyahu from ending this war with ‎two disgraceful achievements. [The first of ‎these would be] breaking our bones in ‎terms of resistance and in the political ‎arena, and putting us into a coma… and ‎the second – making us incapable of ‎defending ourselves in war…‎
The resistance will persist until this ‎stubborn enemy retreats and finds a path ‎into the bosom of humanity. We are ‎protecting all humans, and are on the first ‎line of defense in the battle of humanity ‎against the dogs. The most decent, ‎necessary and correct thing would have ‎been, and still would be, for the world to ‎side with the humans against the mad ‎dogs!”‎
Official PA daily: "Resistance, in all its forms, is legitimate" and should not be called "terrorism" - Israel is the "source of terrorism" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 12, 2014
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist ‎for official PA daily and former advisor to ‎former PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad ‎on national affairs
‎     “Describing the Palestinian resistance as ‎‎‘terrorism’ is irrational; it contradicts UN ‎conventions and regulations and the right ‎of [all] nations to self-determination and ‎liberation from the yoke of occupation and ‎aggression.‎
Therefore, the whole world – especially ‎the West, and specifically the US – must ‎stop describing the [Palestinian] ‎resistance as terrorism, since the origin ‎and source of terrorism is the Israeli ‎occupation and aggression – the ‎settlement, Judaization and expropriation ‎of lands; the demolishing of homes; the ‎arrest of innocent children, women and ‎elderly; the revoking of ID cards; the ‎construction of the racist separation fence; ‎the isolation, dangerous violations, ‎invasion of peaceful areas and so forth.‎
This is terrorism, and this is the factor that ‎strengthens the racist and fascist Israeli ‎tendencies. It places a large question ‎mark over all the media outlets, media ‎platforms and political leaderships of ‎those countries that use the term ‎‎‘terrorism’ to describe the Palestinian ‎resistance, because the resistance, in all ‎its forms, is legitimate, and is consistent ‎with the spirit of international law.”‎

Note: This article was published as Hamas was firing hundreds of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.
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