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Violence-Diplomacy strategy
Palestinian leaders from both Fatah and Hamas argue that terrorism -- including ‎suicide terror against Israel, which they call “resistance” or “armed struggle” -- is a ‎legitimate political tool. PA leaders quote UN resolution 3236, which "recognizes the ‎right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all ‎means" as including violence against civilians. However, the PA ignores the ‎continuation of the resolution, which states that the use of "all means" should be "in ‎accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations," ‎which prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. ‎

The PA not only legitimizes its use of violence against Israel, it employs a strategy that ‎combines violence with diplomacy, timing it to achieve optimum political impact. ‎
Fatah Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi explained this policy on Ma’an TV:‎
‎“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, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 11, 2015]‎

Muhammad Dahlan, a former Fatah MP, described it as follows:‎
‎“This is our right, our legal right (i.e., referring to the use of violence). The ‎international community affirms it for us. But it is the responsibility of the ‎leadership to use it when it wants, in the proper place and at the proper time. We ‎cannot leave in the hands of youth who use their own judgment. This is the ‎difference between [PA] using this right and just anyone using it.”
[Official Palestinian Authority ‎TV, July 22, 2009]‎
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Since the primary motivation for Palestinian terror is the advancement of political goals, ‎the PA employs a strategy of alternating violence and negotiations. They often refer to ‎violence as “seeding,” meaning that terror is used to inflict suffering and fear on Israeli ‎society and the international community, after which the terror is stopped temporarily, ‎in order to let diplomacy “reap” the fruits of the terror. The ongoing threats of renewed ‎terror are seen by Palestinians as a primary motivation for Israeli leaders to give in to ‎Palestinian demands.‎
Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf explained:‎
‎"Fatah… [is] the only movement that successfully employed all types of ‎resistance in order to achieve the goal… Fatah did not say that its only option ‎was armed struggle. We always said, 'the rifle sows and diplomacy reaps.'... The ‎rifle always had one target, and it was a political target: achieving the ‎Palestinian people's goals of freedom and independence. That is why we went ‎down two parallel paths: armed resistance and political activity.”‎
‎[Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2012]‎

Similary, Diab Al-Luh, member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council explained:‎
‎“We have learned in the struggle that there is a stage of planting and cultivation. ‎The struggle of the rifle seeds and the diplomatic struggle reaps. We, the ‎Palestinians, have planted in the many years of our struggle, our Martyrs (Shahids), our wounded and our brave prisoners, who have planted productive ‎seeds.” [Official PA TV, Dec. 5, 2004]‎

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Mahmoud Abbas himself has also stated the importance of timing violence properly. ‎The criterion he stressed was the potential to be successful:‎
‎“Now we are against armed conflict because we are unable. In the future ‎stages, things may be different. I was honored to be the one to shoot the first ‎bullet in 1965 [Fatah terror against Israel began in 1965], and having taught ‎resistance to many in this area and around the world, defining it and when it is ‎beneficial and when it is not.” [Al-Dustur (Jordan), Feb. 28, 2008]‎

Thus, the use of Palestinian terrorism is determined by its profitability and the PA’s ‎capabilities. Former Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei (Abu Alaa), when asked if the ‎Palestinians should be using armed “resistance,” stated: "I see and analyze. And if it ‎‎[resistance] gives me [benefit] without costing me, yes." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 5, ‎‎2010]‎

Palestinians across the political spectrum view “armed resistance” as a legitimate ‎political tool. An article in the official PA daily described Yasser Arafat as the champion ‎of this model, and the “expert on the timing of seeding the [armed] struggle and reaping ‎diplomacy.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 9, 2006] Hamas has also supported the strategy ‎of alternating violence with diplomacy: “Praise to Allah, we [Hamas] have demonstrated ‎glowing success in combining diplomacy and resistance.” [Hamas representative ‎Ayman Taha, Al-Rissala, May 17, 2007]

The following section documents statements and attitudes on the violence-‎diplomacy strategy, across the Palestinian political sphere:‎
Fatah official: Abbas, like Arafat, used to support “armed struggle,” but now supports “popular resistance… [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle… the means need to serve the political goal”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2017
Official PA TV host: “I’m returning with you, [Fatah Movement Spokesman] Dr. Osama Al-Qawasmi, to the history of Yasser Arafat.... At the time of the self-sacrificing operations and armed struggle, Yasser Arafat and the Fatah Movement were at the head of the self-sacrificing operations that dealt with military activity on the ground. And when the time for policy came, Yasser Arafat excelled in this path as well, and it may be that he achieved more from it than was achieved in the military activity. [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing the diplomatic political activity, embarrassing Israel in the halls of the UN, and achieving the [fitting] status for Palestine.”

Fatah Movement Spokesman and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi: “Certainly, when Fatah was established at the beginning of January 1965 relying on armed struggle, it did [not] think that armed struggle was the goal, but rather that the rifle was a means, and that this is a legitimate right for all of the peoples who are bowing under occupation. There was a disagreement in the [Fatah] Central Committee... President Mahmoud Abbas supported armed struggle because they wanted to let the world hear the complaint of the Palestinian people through the rifle, bomb, and battles… The wars have changed. Today we rely on the popular resistance and building the institutions, [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle at all, but because we have a goal – and the means need to serve the political goal – we rely on the popular resistance, national unity, strengthening of the Palestinian people’s resolve, and building of the institutions..."


Fatah official objects to Temple Mount attack, uncoordinated individual attacks don’t yield political gain 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 16, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Mattar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily, written in response to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ condemnation of a terror attack committed on the Temple Mount on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border policemen were murdered

       "I understand those who believe in the path of peaceful popular resistance and negotiations in order to achieve peace, and who think that there is no benefit in armed activity – not only in the current circumstances, but also in any circumstances in the future. I think that armed operations are only ‘individual initiatives’ of young Palestinians who were overcome by enthusiasm. However, I recognize that the PLO, the legitimate and sole representative [of the Palestinian people], determines the methods, ways, and means of the struggle, and includes them within its political fundamentals. We believe with a firm faith that the PLO has chosen the path of diplomatic and political activity in the international forums so as to create a new legal status for Palestine in international law and establish it as a country on the world map. Therefore, we must analyze the aspects of each armed operation in order to know to what extent it is consistent with these fundamentals or contradicts them.”

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Fatah Deputy Chairman: "Popular resistance in all of its modes (i.e., including violence – Ed.) is a legitimate right" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 19, 2017
Headline: “Al-Aloul: The popular resistance in all of its modes is Fatah and the leadership’s choice”
     “Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman Mahmoud Al-Aloul emphasized that the need for the continuation of the resistance in order to curb the Israeli occupations’ crimes and plans is the choice of Fatah and the political leadership. In an interview with Radio Mawtini yesterday [Feb. 18, 2017], Al-Aloul called to develop the popular resistance in other directions, such as construction in villages in regions that are exposed to the danger of settlement, and a broader entry into other fields, such as an economic boycott of Israeli occupation products. Al-Aloul noted that large territories of the Palestinian lands that were taken over have been returned, and that the racist separation fence has been pushed back through legal methods of popular resistance.
He added that the popular resistance in all of its modes (i.e., including violence – Ed.) is a legitimate right of occupied peoples against their occupiers, and noted the efforts to develop it in order to protect the future of the Palestinian people and its national rights.”

The terms "all means," "peaceful uprising,” and “popular 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 included numerous stabbings, shootings and car ramming attacks in which 40 people were killed (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans and 1 Eritrean) and hundreds wounded.
Fatah official: If there is no Palestinian state through a political agreement, it will be attempted through "other means" which will likely be a "bloody confrontation" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 16, 2017
Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner of Information, Culture, and Indoctrination and Chairman of the PA-supported Yasser Arafat Foundation Nasser Al-Qidwa: "If the Palestinian people does not succeed in realizing its national independence in its [sovereign] state through a political agreement... it will attempt to realize and implement these rights through other means. And then we will be in a period of time that is likely to be long and which will be characterized by a Palestinian struggle, and which will also be characterized by suffering and confrontation that is likely to be a bloody confrontation for a certain period of time. But in the end the result will be determined in favor of the Palestinian people. This is the rationale of the historical [process], and the colonialists' narrative is a known narrative, which there is no need to get into now. But I have no doubt of the decisive and historical victory of our people, and the absolute realization of the nation of the Palestinian people in its state.”

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Fatah official calls for "comprehensive confrontation against the settlement colonialism" using "all forms of struggle" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 9, 2017
Headline: "Palestinian and international responses condemn the 'Settlement Regularization Law,' and calls to turn to the International Criminal Court"
     "Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Nasser Al-Qidwa said that the Palestinian response to the Israeli law regarding settlement (i.e., the Regularization Law) that was recently ratified by the Israeli Parliament, needs to be through a comprehensive confrontation against the settlement colonialism. [This must be] a confrontation that will begin with the mobilization of the Palestinian masses in order to oppose settlement on the ground by boycotting work in the settlements, demonstrations, civil disobedience, boycotting settlement products, and all forms of struggle activity (i.e., including violence) on the ground, and afterwards to use the international tools at our disposal, such as the previous [UN] Security Council resolutions and the rulings of the [UN] International Court of Justice.”

Regularization Law - intended to validate and finalize registration of land in Judea and Samaria with the Civil Administration Authority for Government and Abandoned Property in cases where any private claimant makes claims to lands that were thought to be government land after communities have already been built on the land in good faith - i.e., without the knowledge that the land was privately-owned - or with government support. The law will do so by transferring use of the land to the community in question providing a mechanism to compensate claimants to ownership of the land if their claims are validated. Click "full article" for more information.
Fatah official: the struggle against Israel must be carried out through “all the legal ways and means of struggle, by resistance in all of its forms” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 7, 2017
Headline: “Fatah: The struggle against the regulation of the settlements will be carried out through our unity and the consolidation of a comprehensive national plan"

"Head of the Information Committee of the [Fatah] Mobilization and Organization Commission Munir Al-Jaghoub said that the struggle against the racist Israeli occupation’s arrogance and the resistance to its settlement laws will only be carried out through comprehensive national unity and joint Palestinian activity of all the national and Islamic Palestinian [factions] and the civil society institutions. This is through all the legal ways and means of struggle, by resistance in all of its forms (i.e., including violence).
Al-Jaghoub emphasized that the Fatah Movement and the Palestinian people will not continue to be silent and stand aloof in order to [eventually] receive a state that looks like a leopard's fur and is divided by settlements, bypass roads, and the racist separation wall."

Regularization Law - intended to validate and finalize registration of land in Judea and Samaria with the Civil Administration Authority for Government and Abandoned Property in cases where any private claimant makes claims to lands that were thought to be government land after communities have already been built on the land in good faith - i.e., without the knowledge that the land was privately-owned and with government support. The law will do so by transferring use of the land to the community in question providing a mechanism to compensate claimants to ownership of the land if their claims are validated. The law is intended to provide protection for Israeli towns in the West Bank established and built with Israeli government support from later claims of ownership by private individuals, similarly to existing laws in Israel in regard to property claims made for land on which government sanctioned communities have already been built. Cu
Fatah Central Committee member: "Our struggle is legitimate in every form" 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Jan. 19, 2017
Headline: "Dalal Salameh: The Seventh General [Fatah] Conference constituted a turning point in the history of the Fatah Movement"
Q.: "What is the message that you are conveying to the Fatah Movement members in the homeland and the diaspora?"
Fatah Central Committee member Dalal Salameh: "On this [anniversary of] the Launch (Intilaqa) we are emphasizing that the accumulation of our political activity is a positive matter, as the world is drawing very close to us in its support of our just rights and legal demands, and we have drawn close to it by adopting the strategy of popular resistance ‎(term here refers to events that include violence against Israeli civilians such as rock-‎throwing, stabbings, and even shootings -Ed.)‎ and drawn close to its conception of the struggle, and it understands that our struggle is legitimate in every form (i.e., including violence)."

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier

The terms "all means," "peaceful uprising,” 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 included numerous stabbings, shootings and car ramming attacks in which 40 people were killed (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans and 1 Eritrean) and hundreds wounded.
PPLF politician: “Resistance in all its forms is legal… at times one form [of resistance] trumps another” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 12, 2016
       "Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) political bureau member Khalida Jarrar… said during the program The Difficult Questions with colleague [Director of the Ma’an independent Palestinian news agency] Dr. Nasser Al-Lahham: …'As long as there is an occupation, the resistance in all its forms (i.e., including violence) is legal. However, the resistance is conditional on the concrete circumstances, and at times one form [of resistance] trumps another. For example, the first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993) was characterized by popular resistance ‎(term here refers to events that include violence against Israeli civilians such as rock-‎throwing, stabbings, and even shootings -Ed.) and included boycotting, resistance of rocks, and civil disobedience. On the other hand, the second Intifada – the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) – had a military character. At every stage a different form of resistance prevailed, and in the last uprising (‎‎Palestinian euphemism for several months of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis 2015 - 2016 -Ed.) it was the operations (i.e., terror attacks) of individuals.' She continued: 'It is our people's right to resist the occupation, and it is the one who determines at every stage what form [of resistance] it prefers.'"

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Fatah: We adhere “to our people’s right to legitimate resistance… alongside our campaign in the arena of international law” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 10, 2016
Headline: “Fatah on the anniversary of Arafat’s [death]: We are going to the conference with a revolutionary and creative vision, which is consistent with the revolution’s achievements”

“The Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah said in a statement for the 12th anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of the president, the leader, the symbol Yasser Arafat: ‘We are going to the Seventh [Fatah] Conference in order to revive our movement, [which is] the backbone of the PLO and the leader of the national enterprise…
Fatah added in its announcement: ‘We adhere to our people’s right to legitimate resistance, and continue mobilizing and organizing our national ranks, in order to fight the plan to Judaize Jerusalem and its holy sites. [We continue] in resistance in order to fight the crimes of the occupation army, the settlers, and the summary executions… alongside our campaign in the arena of international law.’”
Analyst on PA TV: Abbas visit to Peres' funeral will bring us positive international attention, just like our humanitarian treatment of Gilad Shalit 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 1, 2016
Official PA TV program Inside, about the treatment of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ participation in the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, hosting political analyst Hani Abu Zaid
Political analyst Hani Abi Zaid is asked about the criticism against PA Chairman Abbas for participating in the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Political analyst Hani Abi Zaid: “However, those criticizing [PA President Mahmoud Abbas for participating in the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres] do not know that [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] made a humane visit that has no political standing, but rather as I noted [was made] to block the path of the ]Israeli] extremist government…
Let me give you an example. We, with our cultural and religious heritage, when [Israeli soldier] Gilad Shalit was taken captive, did we torture him? Did we starve him? Did we treat him harshly? No one has criticized this treatment [of Shalit]. Therefore, this treatment is part of the treatment of prisoners, even though he is a soldier, and possibly also a murderer... Despite this, the humanitarian side to his captivity [is that] he was treated as a prisoner of war. Therefore, in light of the expected results we guarded his life. For this reason we tried as much as possible to gain benefit and [positive] results from this treatment. Therefore, the visit of President Abbas and his participation in the funeral has very great positive ramifications.”

Gilad Shalit was an Israeli soldier who was kidnapped and held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years. During that time, he was denied visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross and was not allowed communication with his family, in violation of his rights under the Geneva Convention. Click "full article" for more information.
PA Ministry of Information: Second Intifada is a legitimate milestone in Palestinian struggle 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 29, 2016
Headline: "Ministry of Information: The Al-Aqsa Intifada is a milestone in our struggle"
     "The [PA] Ministry of Information stated in a notice yesterday [Sept. 28, 2016] that the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) is one of the milestones in our national and legal struggle to get rid of the occupation…
The ministry emphasized in the announcement for the 16th anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada that the fact that the popular uprising broke out in order to defend the first direction of prayer (i.e., Jerusalem), the second mosque, and the third 'sanctuary' (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque), proves the depth of our people’s adherence to their Islamic and Christian holy sites, and this is the ongoing daily defense as part of which we stand with [bare] hands against the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the extremist gangs under the protection of the army of the occupation and its police…
The ministry in its statement encouraged the national, Arab and foreign media outlets operating in Palestine to mention the anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, and to note the state terror that Israel has perpetrated and still perpetrates against our people, and to bring back the stories of the Martyrs (Shahids), the injured, and the prisoners, who guard the freedom of Palestine with their blood, chains, and suffering."

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Fatah official: We must pursue the occupation “by all the ways and means at our disposal,” whether directly or indirectly through international institutions  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 27, 2016
Official PA TV News, on funeral of Palestinian terrorist murderer Yasser Hamdouni who died while in prison

Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “This crime really drives us to continue pursuing the occupation by all the ways and means at our disposal, whether by direct confrontation with the thieving occupation, or indirect confrontation [with Israel] through the various relevant international institutions. We will not stop and will not be silent until the occupation comes completely to an end, as its crimes will only be eliminated by getting rid of it.”

Yasser Dhiab Hamdouni was serving a life sentence for participating in the murder of Israeli citizen Avner Maimon in the Palestinian town of Ya'abad in the West Bank (June, 12, 2003). Hamdouni, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing), died on Sept. 25, 2016, after collapsing while exercising in the Israeli Rimon Prison yard.

The terms "all means," "peaceful uprising,” and “popular uprising" 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 included numerous stabbings, shootings and car ramming attacks in which 40 people were killed (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans and 1 Eritrean) and hundreds wounded:
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PA TV airs song: "We will liberate our land...Sometimes with weapons, and sometimes with politics" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 13, 2016
Official PA TV program Holiday Morning, hosting poet Abdallah Qishta
Poet Abdallah Qishta begins to recite the poem "A Homeland That is Tired of Waiting"
Poet Abdallah Qishta:
"Oh my enemy, others are brighter than you…
You are a Nazi, do not lie and do not call for peace
The chaos of your corruption is running rampant in Muslim countries
Your ebb and flow have come to an end, the illusion has reached its end and dissipated
Your time has come, accursed is your grandfather who brought us the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)
[Even if] a period passes, we will not forget and our veins will be renewed
Your fate is shame and disgrace, regardless of what will come to pass.
Tomorrow we will liberate our land and we will lay the cornerstone,
Sometimes with weapons, and sometimes with politics.
The soil always calls to us: 'Come with [your] head held high,
Wear the crown of glory, and break the head of the evil one’
Its [the soil’s] knife will express our rage and will not allow the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be harmed…"
Official PA TV host: "We do not deny that the poem is wonderful and the style is very unique, especially as there is an attractiveness to the Nabataean or Bedouin poem, as some know it ."

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.
Fatah Central Committee Member: Fatah "chooses the appropriate time and the appropriate path for choosing the appropriate method of the struggle" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 22, 2016
Official PA TV program To Palestine
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: “There are 30 methods of struggle, starting with demonstration and ending with the most extreme, armed struggle, and what is between them. Every one of these methods has its own factors, its own political conditions, it has a geographical situation. After all, currently you can demonstrate, but can you come and tell me: ‘Now I want to do an armed struggle’? How? You need geographical depth, logistical capabilities, material capabilities, etc. This matter requires of you preparation for every stage separately. There is a stage that has ended, and a stage that we have moved on to. However, have you abandoned any of the methods of the struggle? I say to you that the Fatah Movement has not abandoned any of the methods of the struggle, but rather it chooses the appropriate time and the appropriate path for choosing the appropriate method of the struggle.”
Palestinian political analyst calls to "integrate peaceful and armed methods of struggle," but terror should "not be directed at children and public places" 
Source: Al-Ayyam, June 15, 2016
Headline: “Tel Aviv operation (i.e., terror attack, 4 murdered) – between the sanctification of the weapon and its definition as a crime”
Op-ed by senior Palestinian political analyst and columnist Hani Al-Masri
     “If the main method of activity is appropriate for a certain period, that doesn’t mean that it is necessary to negate, reject, or condemn other types. On the contrary, the experience of struggle throughout history, including the Palestinian experience and the experience of India, South Africa and others, has proven that it is possible to integrate peaceful and armed methods of struggle, whether the method of the struggle at one stage or another is peaceful or armed, and no one side can alone determine the appropriate method of struggle. The nature of the conflict, its unique characteristics, the circumstances, the factors influencing it, and the conduct of the other side are what actively contribute to determining the method that will be adopted...
Armed resistance must always be present, as it is an anchored right, and it must be carried out in accordance with the circumstances, and must not be altogether uprooted, nor defined as a crime under any circumstances...
We cannot help but examine the matter of harming civilians in Israel. Since it is a colonial, settler, racist, occupying entity, all of those in it are soldiers, and the proof of this is that weapons are common in all the different regions, and hundreds of thousands of civilians carry them on the streets. All of them, other than the ultra-orthodox Jews, serve in the army. However, most of the ultra-orthodox Jews, like all the rest, are radicals who incite the murder of non-Jews. Therefore, the resistance operations must be calculated and not random, and not be directed at children and public places."

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Spokesman of the PA Security Forces: `[Hamas leader] Khaled Mashaal agreed to peaceful popular resistance, but nobody has said that we have renounced the armed struggle… However, the conditions do not allow us to continue it today, as they say` 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 12, 2016
Headline: "Watch the full interview: Al-Damiri speaks about security coordination, Hamas, ISIS, thwarting the operations, the government, the resistance, and the Gaza Strip"

"[Official Spokesman of the PA Security Forces] Adnan Al-Damiri spoke in an exclusive interview with Donia Al-Watan (i.e., an independent Palestinian news agency) about many topics, including the security forces, the possibility of uniting them in the West Bank and Gaza, the reconciliation [between Fatah and Hamas], Gaza's electricity, and the other important topics…

He noted that the PA workers in the Gaza Strip who stopped working are still not working and have not been asked to return to work 'in order not to endanger their lives as we do not know what level of oppression is being implemented by Hamas.'

Likewise, Al-Damiri noted that the government transfers 80 million shekels a month to the Gaza Strip for electricity and 240 million shekels a month for salaries and services, despite Hamas’ opposition to the government or the PA having a role in the administration of Gaza

The security forces in the West Bank are accused of preventing Palestinian resistance operations (i.e., terror attacks) in the West Bank and persecuting those who carry them out; however, since the popular uprising (reference to wave of Palestinian terror attacks, October 2015 - March 2016), it [the West Bank] has been witness to a series of individual and group operations against the Israeli occupation.

Adnan Al-Damiri emphasized that the Palestinian security forces have not prevented anyone from carrying out these operations, and the proof is the occurrence of dozens of them recently, according to him.

He added to Donia Al-Watan: 'We are not talking about the thwarting of operations (i.e., attacks) within Israel, but rather we are talking about our children being throw
Fatah official supports Intifada: "There must be an escalating popular resistance in the field to support the political activity of the leadership" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 26, 2016
Official PA TV program The State of Politics, on the need to escalate the popular uprising until it becomes Intifada
Fatah Central Committee Member Jamal Muhaisen is asked about Palestinian activity required to support future efforts.
Fatah Central Committee Member Jamal Muhaisen: “I repeat: The popular uprising which has let up at the moment, it would be better if it had not let up, and that it would escalate so it would reach the stage of Intifada, as the activity in the field, the popular resistance in the field, supports the Palestinian leadership in its activities and therefore it yields achievements for the Palestinian people. The first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993) yielded achievements, and the popular uprising also played a role in supporting the political effort being led by the leadership.”
Official PA TV host: "To what reasons can we attribute it, in other words the letting up [of the popular uprising]?"
Jamal Muhaisen: “The factions definitely are responsible. The Palestinian factions, and all their components, are responsible.”
Official PA TV host: “This contradicts what you are calling for, to escalate the popular uprising to resist the occupation and continue it (i.e., the popular uprising).”
Jamal Muhaisen: “Some would exaggerate and say to you that this is intifada. When we would say it is a popular uprising, they would criticize us and say it is a popular uprising (sic. Intifada). We hoped to reach the stage of Intifada. Therefore I repeat, if we want to do something to support the activity taking place in the international arena, then there must be an escalating popular resistance in the field to support the political activity of the leadership and to convey a message to the international community.”
Fatah announces to Palestinian prisoners that “resistance in its various forms is a legitimate right” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 14, 2016
     The terms “resistance in its various forms” and “all means” 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.
“Fatah Movement prisoners in the desert Ketziot Prison (i.e., southwest of Beer Sheva) marked the 68th anniversary of the Nakba (“the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) yesterday [May 13, 2016] and the day before, with several activities within the detention camp’s wings and cells. The prisoner Hani Ghannam, leader of the Fatah prisoners in Ketziot, noted that the movement has organized conferences to increase awareness, and cultural competitions and sport contests …
Ghannam noted that the Fatah Movement issued a central statement within the Israeli prisons, in which it emphasized that the resistance in its various forms is a legitimate right, and will remain an option until the achievement of our legitimate national principles, primarily the right of return, self-determination, and the establishment of our independent state.”
PLO official reaffirms Palestinian commitment to "struggle in all its forms;" currently, Abbas has declared "peaceful popular resistance" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 18, 2016
Official PA TV program To Palestine, hosting Secretary-General of the Palestinian Arab Front and PLO Executive Committee member Jamil Shehadeh
Jamil Shehadeh: “The message needs to be clear to the occupation: The Palestinian people is determined to continue the struggle in all its forms until the establishment of a state. This is the decision of the Palestinian people. At the moment, our young people have chosen popular uprising, peaceful popular resistance, as [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas has declared, and everyone is listening to him. (“peaceful popular resistance” refers to wave of Palestinian terror attacks, see below –Ed.) This does not mean that other options have been removed from the Palestinian people’s range of possibilities.”

Palestinian terror wave (2015-2016) – Several months of Palestinian violence and terror attacks against Israelis, ‎including stabbings, shootings, throwing rocks and molotov cocktails, and car rammings. The wave was at its height from October 2015 through March 2016, but one man was killed in September 2015 and sporadic attacks continued after March 2016, including a bus bombing in Jerusalem on April 19, 2016.

Fatah official: Fatah "has not renounced any type of resistance, but rather combines them" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: “Dr. Amal Hamad – Our prisoners will remain a true symbol in the battle of resolve and challenge”
      “In her speech, Fatah Central committee member Dr. Amal Hamad saluted the members of the great Fatah and the male and female prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, the heroes of freedom, honor, giving, and sacrifice, and symbols of pride, honor, and freedom. She said: ‘Today [April 13, 2016] we convey a message of loyalty and appreciation to our prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, and to their families and relatives. Today we are not honoring the prisoners, but rather the cause and the identity; we are honoring the [sense of] belonging to the homeland and the homeland’s message... She emphasized that Fatah keeps the rifle and Palestinian Fatah honorable and pure weapon from the occupier, and the administration of the popular resistance in all its forms, the administration of the political and diplomatic struggle on the international level, and the achievement of a state and the sympathy and support of the international community. Likewise, she emphasized that they have not renounced any type of resistance, but rather combine them, and the priorities are determined according to the situation and changes of the period, but the Palestinian compass still [points] clearly – the compass is a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

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Fatah officials at rally in Lebanon express support for all types of "resistance," both violent and diplomatic 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 1, 2016
Headline: “Mass rally to mark the glorious Al-Karameh battle and the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi operation”
     “In commemoration of the glorious Al-Karameh battle and the Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi operation (i.e., terror attack, 37 murdered) and as a sign of adherence to the land on Land Day and support of the popular uprising of our people in Palestine, Fatah’s Tyre branch leadership held a mass rally in the Al-Bass refugee camp in the presence of Fatah branch leadership members …
Ahmad Zidani gave a speech on behalf of Fatah, in which he emphasized: ‘The most impressive types of resistance fighters are:
One who stabbed a settler who defiled the doorsteps of the Al-Aqsa Mosque – a resistance fighter
One who ran over a soldier who harmed the uprising of the holy sites - a resistance fighter
One who raised the Palestinian flag above the UN headquarters - a resistance fighter
One who is good at sitting behind the negotiation desk and turns it into a battlefield - a resistance fighter
The creation of civil peace for our people and security and stability in the refugee camps to maintain the peace in the area – resistance
And because we are part of the geography of the resistance that humiliates the thieving entity, we will be nothing but faithful protectors of all kinds of resistance…”

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Official Fatah publication expresses support for "the popular revolution in all its forms," including stabbing and car ramming attacks 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Mar. 31, 2016
Headline: “Wattan publishes a worksheet for the members of the Fatah Revolutionary Council regarding the revolution and the popular resistance, and the internal situation”

“The [independent Palestinian] Wattan news agency has obtained a worksheet from members of the Fatah Revolutionary Council regarding the revolution and the popular resistance (reference to wave of Palestinian terror attacks, September 2015-April 2016 –Ed.), and the internal situation of the movement.

Wattan is publishing the full text as it was received.

The main lesson from the present wave of popular revolution is that our heroic people is a living people with a living and just cause, which has inherited its revolution from [previous] generations, and that all the various [bodies] and factors acting against the revolution have not weakened the willpower of this people and its determination to liberate its land from the occupation. The generation that is now participating in this revolution has grown up under different conditions from those of previous generations, and yet it continues its (i.e., the people’s) will, but through different ways and means that require exceptional personal and collective boldness and courage. All of these have been expressed in the car ramming and stabbing operations carried out by individuals, with the active participation of all parts of our people of all ages, men and women alike, and in the fact that this revolution has spread over the entire homeland – the cities, villages, refugee camps, and the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel)…"

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At stabber’s funeral, PA official and Fatah rep. both stressed “adherence to the peaceful struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 29, 2016
Headline: “Jenin bids Martyr Samer Al-Sirisi farewell”
      “Crowds in Jenin accompanied the body of Martyr (Shahid) Samer Al-Sirisi to burial after the occupation authorities handed over the body to his family two days ago [Dec. 27, 2015]. Al-Sirisi died as a Martyr near the Tapuach checkpoint south of Nablus, after he was shot near the checkpoint, under the pretext that he attempted to carry out a stabbing operation (i.e. knife terror attack) on the 26th of last month...Jenin district Deputy Governor Mansour Al-Sa’adi, conveyed the condolences of the district governor and the district family to the Martyr’s relatives and his family, and emphasized the adherence to the peaceful struggle until the establishment of the Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital... [Director of the Palestinian prisoner’s club in Jenin] Ragheb Abu Diak, emphasized the continuation of the peaceful struggle in a speech in the name of Fatah and [Palestinian] National and Islamic Forces in Jenin, and at the same time sent a message to the world, concerning the need to act to put an end to the Israeli occupation’s violations against our Palestinian people... The Fatah movement and the Martyr’s family announced the opening of a mourning tent to receive those coming to console [them] on Sirisi’s Martyrdom, after the family was finally able to bury him in the ground of Jenin.”

Samer Al-Sirisi – a 51-year-old Palestinian terrorist who attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at the Tapuach junction south of Nablus. Al-Sirisi was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.
Fatah official to British delegation: Keep pressuring Israel, or there will be violence 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 16, 2016
Headline: “Shaath calls on Sweden to fulfill a role in the French initiative”
      “Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of International Relations Nabil Shaath… stated: ‘Today, the international community’s wish to establish peace must be accompanied by aid to the Palestinian people and encouragement of the boycott of the occupation’s products, so that the resistance will be peaceful, and [constitute] an alternative to armed conflict.’ Shaath noted that the British Conservative Party’s delegation that visited Palestine two days ago [March 14, 2016] understands the Palestinian standpoint and the leadership’s concern to keep the popular resistance peaceful. Shaath added: ‘I asked the British delegation a question: Do you want to help us by pressuring the occupation government so that it will uphold the agreements it has signed… in order to establish peace based on an independent Palestinian state whose capital is in Jerusalem, alongside Israel, or [do you want] a return to armed conflict?’ He clarified that the delegation members’ responses were positive, especially after they visited occupied Jerusalem and saw the fence and the Israeli persecution of Palestinians at checkpoints.”
Op-ed in PA daily responds to criticism: Terrorists are "freedom fighters," “pioneers of the struggle for national liberation” who have the right to use "all means of struggle" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2016
Headline: “Hotovely and the baseless questions”
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily
      “Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely published an article last week in the American Wall Street Journal, titled ‘Where Does All That Aid for Palestinians Go .’ [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s deputy wondered where the aid funds have gone that have been given to the Palestinians over the past 22 years, and which have amounted to 21 billion US dollars in the form of development aid from 1993 to 2013, according to the World Bank... Hotovely’s article misleads world public opinion, turns the facts upside down, incites, and blackens the image of the Palestinian leadership and Palestinian fighters, while describing them as ‘terrorists,’ although they, unlike the Israelis, are nothing of the kind. If we consider each point [of the article] that appears in the American magazine separately, we will notice the following things: [...] Thirdly, the Palestinian fighters, whether Martyrs or prisoners in the Israeli occupation state’s prisons, are freedom fighters, and the PA and PLO carry the responsibility for them. They are not terrorists, but pioneers of the struggle for national liberation, and the international law guarantees their right to use all means of struggle in order to liberate the Palestinian homeland from the murderous germ of the Israeli occupation.”

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Fatah: Terror wave “open[s] a new phase [of the Palestinian struggle]… [a] revival of the popular resistance in the field… simultaneously with a diplomatic offensive" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 25, 2016
Photo and text posted on the official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement on Jan. 25, 2016

Posted text: "In the name of Allah the All Merciful, an important notice from the Fatah movement in the West Bank...

In view of the omens, civil wars, and destruction afflicting the region, and in view of the increasing invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in a desperate attempt to force its division by times and areas, and to impose a suffocating siege on the Old City of Jerusalem, the speech of President Mahmoud Abbas on Sept. 30 of last year [2015] comes to reemphasize the basic Palestinian principles, to place full responsibility on the occupation, as the occupying authority, and to open a new phase [of the Palestinian struggle], which is expressed in the implementation of the [Fatah] Central Committee's decisions (i.e., a reduction of security coordination with Israel) and the revival of the popular resistance in the field. This is [taking place] simultaneously with a diplomatic offensive, and political confrontation in all international arenas and UN organizations..."

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Day after murder of Israeli mother of 6, Abbas: “We are against spilling of blood… our resistance will remain peaceful” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 18, 2016
The day after 15-year-old Palestinian terrorist Morad Adais stabbed 38-year-old Israeli Dafna Meir to death in her home in the town of Otniel, south of Hebron, in front of her children, Abbas maintained that the Palestinian "resistance" is “peaceful,” thus denying the many shooting and stabbing attacks in which dozens of Israelis have been murdered and wounded.
Official PA TV live broadcast from the Armenian Theophany (anniversary of Jesus Christ's baptism) celebrations in Bethlehem, where PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We are against spilling of blood, the blood of any human being. Their sex, race, or religion make no difference to us. A human being is a human being… We are all human beings, and therefore we make every effort to prevent the spilling of a drop of anyone's blood. Therefore we say to our brothers and people: We are in a state of despair, and we know that the doors are shut before us, and that the Israeli leadership is trying to shut all doors, but our resistance will remain peaceful, and we will never ask to do anything different. On the contrary, every day we have 3 or 4 Martyrs (Shahids), without any reason or justification.”

Morad Adais – 15-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed 38-year-old Israeli Dafna Meir to death in front of her children in her home in Otniel, south of Hebron, on Jan. 17. 2016. Adais was apprehended and arrested after two days by Israeli security forces.
Abbas advisor calls stabbings and shootings "non-violent resistance:" "We adhere to non-violent resistance. However… we have the right to defend ourselves and fight" 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Jan. 16, 2016
Excerpt from Al-Quds (Palestinian Fatah newspaper in Lebanon) interview with [Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and] Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein, published in Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon:
Q: "The Palestinian leadership has adopted the peaceful uprising as its way of confronting the occupation. Is it enough in light of the increasing Israeli violence?"
A: "We adhere to non-violent resistance. However, if they use violence against us and attack our peaceful homes, we have the right to defend ourselves and fight. I will mention that there is an American law in the state of Texas that gives every American or every resident of that state the right to shoot to death any armed person that he sees on his land or close to his house, as it is possible that he is coming to kill him with this weapon. In other words, I will kill him before he kills me. The Israelis say in their Hebrew media that the Palestinian has the right to implement the law practiced in Texas, and if the Hebrew media allows this right, how can we not take advantage of it? This is particularly the case because the occupation murders with no reason or excuse, and with no legal justification..."
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Fatah: “The people of sacrifice do not mind paying the price as long as its goal is freedom and independence” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 12, 2016
Headline: “Ramallah and El-Bireh branch discusses several topics”
     “Fatah’s Ramallah branch held its weekly meeting yesterday [Jan. 11, 2016] evening, and discussed several topics related to the Palestinian cause, political developments, developments in the field, and the internal organizational situation. [Participants] in the meeting emphasized that it is important to retain the level of alertness, and that the popular intifada against the occupation and its settlers must be escalated and spread everywhere. [Participants] in the meeting emphasized that the [Fatah] movement and its Tanzim (Fatah terror faction –Ed.) will remain the spearhead of the resistance to the occupation out of loyalty to the sweeping flood of Martyrs and the commitment they took upon themselves: to defend the land, the honor, and the holy sites. [They added that] the struggle’s arena is not limited to a specific location or time as long as the occupation continues to hang over our land and its settlers continue to damage our property… The movement stated that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and his Nazi government’s gamble on the collapse of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the thwarting of the intifada from the inside is a failed gamble, and noted that the people of sacrifice do not mind paying the price as long as its goal is freedom and independence.”
Fatah official: “The resistance was and still is the genetic code of all Fatah members… Our relations with the occupation need to be first of all on a basis of clashes – until a Palestinian state is established” 
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, Jan. 6, 2016

Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub:‎ "I say to the Israelis first of all: You sons of bitches, we will not accept less than a ‎Palestinian state. We are the owners of the land, and we are the residents of the land ‎and you are strangers in the land... Our relations with the occupation need to be first of ‎all on a basis of clashes – until a Palestinian state is established. Do not believe in ‎‎[Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu, he is a liar and a scoundrel, and he’s a Fascist and ‎represents the new Nazism... From here we say to the 145 Martyrs (Palestinians killed ‎in the 2015-2016 terror wave, most during terror attacks –Ed.) – You are ‎heroes and we bless you and strengthen your families, and say to you: You are a ‎crown on our heads.‎"
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Fatah youth movement calls on Palestinians to support and escalate the intifada, demands PLO rescind recognition of Israel 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 2, 2016
Images and text posted on the official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement on Jan. 2, 2016
Text: "The Fatah [youth movement] Shabiba leadership in Palestine made an announcement on the 51st anniversary of the outbreak of the modern Palestinian revolution led by the Fatah movement… Fatah Shabiba emphasized that the Jerusalem Intifada is growing stronger, and proudly saluted the homeland's young, who are carrying out intifada against the occupation. It called on all sectors of the people to participate in it, in order to support it, aid it, and turn it into the intifada of liberation and redemption from the occupation. Likewise, it expressed appreciation of the efforts of Fatah Shabiba's members, and of all our people's young in the universities, high schools, and everywhere, who are actualizing their right to resist and refuse the occupation. In addition, Fatah's Shabiba demanded of the PLO, the legal and sole representative of the Palestinian people in the homeland and the Diaspora, to immediately rescind its recognition of the occupation state. It emphasized that the time has come to make this decision, to act vigorously against the usurping occupier, to increase the readiness for resistance, to coordinate all of the popular and international efforts, to boycott [Israel] politically and economically, and to submit claims against its [Israel’s] criminal leaders to the International Criminal Court."
PA district governor emphasizes“the absolute support of the Fatah movement for our Palestinian people’s uprising, and its right to use every means of resistance” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 1, 2016
Headline: “Qalqilya marked the 51stanniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution and the Fatah Launch (Intilaqa)”
     “Crowds in Qalqilya marked the 51st anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution with a mass procession and carnival, in which all sectors participated. Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Jamal Muhaisen and Qalqilya district Governor Rafe' Rawajbeh participated in the commemoration of the anniversary... Dr. Muhaisen saluted the Qalqilya district crowds who came out in their entirety to participate in the celebration of the 51st Launch, and emphasized the absolute support of the Fatah movement for our Palestinian people’s uprising, and its right to use every means of resistance. Likewise, he called to broaden the scope of participation, so that the uprising will be an introduction to all-out intifada that willfulfill our people’s dream of freedom and independence... The district governor [Rawajbeh] expressed appreciation of the efforts of the Qalqilya district institutes and activists, who gathered today [Jan. 1, 2016] in order to express their adherence to the basic Palestinian principles, and their rallying around its historic leadership, represented by [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas. Likewise, he called to continue the path of peaceful uprising in order to fulfill the goal of the Palestinian people and obtain freedom and independence, demanded adherence to national unity, and to thwart the occupation’s plots to crack the unity of the Palestinian people.”

Intilaqa - the “Launch" of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.
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. 31, 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. 30, 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 leader: Allah loves young Palestinians who stab Israelis. It is “peaceful resistance” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 29, 2015


Member of Fatah Central Committee, Abbas Zaki:
“This is a year of challenge. We must challenge [the occupation] without fear... or by the sacrifices being made now by our young people, with rocks and knives, through which Palestinians have once again imposed a new parameter in the equation of the struggle… We are now witnessing a phenomenon called peaceful popular resistance. How? These young people, youth, believed in Allah and Allah loved them and took them to Him, but their funerals are greater than those of the leaders and the sympathy for them is great.”
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Fatah spokesman: Terror attack in Jerusalem is “natural response” to Israeli “crimes against the Palestinian people and the Islamic and Christian holy sites” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 24, 2015
Headline: “Alayan: The operation in Jerusalem is a natural response to the occupation’s acts”
      “[Official] Fatah Spokesman in occupied Jerusalem Raafat Alayan stated that the Jerusalem operation (i.e., terror attack) carried out by the Martyrs (Shahids) Anan Abu Habseh and Issa Assaf from the Qalandiya refugee camp is part of the natural response to the Israeli occupation’s crimes against the Palestinian people and the Islamic and Christian holy sites. Alayan noted that the Palestinian people cannot sit idly by in the face of the occupation’s crimes, and that it has the right to defend itself and its holy sites, in light of the international and Arab inability to pressure the occupation and end its aggression against the Palestinian people. He added that resistance is a legitimate right, guaranteed by all international conventions. Alayan eulogized the two Martyrs from Qalandiya, Assaf and Abu Habseh, who died as Martyrs after they carried out the stabbing operation in occupied Jerusalem. He called on the international community to provide international protection to the Palestinian people.”

Issa Yassin Assaf and Anan Abu Habseh – 21-year-old and 20-year-old Palestinian terrorists who carried out a stabbing attack at the Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on Dec. 23, 2015. One Israeli was killed and another was wounded in the attack. Israeli police shot and killed the two terrorists and accidentally shot and killed an Israeli who was trying to stop the terrorists.
PA government legitimizes terror attacks: Palestinians have “legal right” to fight Israel “by every possible means of struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 16, 2015
Headline: “The [PA] government: Our people is exercising its legal right to end the occupation”
     “The [PA] government emphasized the Palestinian people’s right to carry out a national liberation struggle and protect itself by legitimate means from the occupation, the despicable violations of human rights perpetrated by Israel, its crazy settlement policy, and its crimes against the Palestinian people, which it has perpetrated and continues to perpetrate in front of the whole world. During its weekly meeting, held yesterday [Dec. 15, 2015] in Ramallah and led by [PA Prime Minister] Rami Hamdallah, the government emphasized that throughout the years of its long struggle, our people has been exercising its right, ratified by the international bodies and anchored in many resolutions publicized by the UN General Assembly, according to which peoples have the right to fight for self-definition and liberation from colonialism and foreign rule, by every possible means of struggle, which is in accordance with the UN Charter. Likewise, the government emphasized that our people will continue to exercise its legal right until the end of the colonial occupation of its land, the obtainment of its legal national rights to freedom and independence, and the establishment of its independent Palestinian state with full sovereignty over the Palestinian territories that were occupied in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on international bodies and their decisions.”

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Speakers at PA university forum says the "intifada" should be directed by the political leadership so it can be used for political benefit 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 9, 2015
Headline: “Al-Istiqlal University held a political forum on the implications of the intifada”
     “The Al-Istiqlal center for strategic research at Al-Istiqlal University held a political forum yesterday [Dec. 8, 2015] titled ‘Implications of the Palestinian Intifada, two months after its outbreak, in light of local and regional changes’… [PLO Executive Committee member and Fatah Central Committee member] Dr. Saeb Erekat, [military expert] Dr. Muhammad Al-Masri and Dr. [of political science] Amna Badran spoke at the forum, which was headed by Dr. Yasser Abu Hamed… The speakers emphasized the dangers in continuing the intifada without the political leadership’s direction, especially [the dangers of] not utilizing the immense sacrifices our people are making, without achieving accomplishments in the field or in the political sphere.”

Abbas’ representative in Moscow: Terror wave is “peaceful uprising” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 2, 2015
Headline: “Moscow: Marking the international day of solidarity with our people”
      “The Palestinian embassy in Moscow marked the international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people with a large ceremony in the heart of the Russian capital, Moscow, with the participation of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the European Union’s information office in Moscow, and the Arab League. The [PA] president’s representative, Palestinian Popular Struggle Front Secretary General and PLO Executive Committee Member Ahmed Majdalani ended the speech ceremony with a speech that surveyed the remarkable developments which have taken place in the Palestinian territories, and the peaceful uprising being carried out by the Palestinian people in order to protect its land and holy sites."

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PA daily op-ed opposes encouraging children to carry out stabbing attacks and opposes praising death 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 24, 2015
Op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, regular columnist and former editor for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
     "It is our duty to prevent our sons and daughters... from carrying out futile acts, which the enemy in his media and diplomacy has begun to link to the acts of the terror organizations in Paris and elsewhere, in order to strip us of our humanity, and play the role of the human. This is while, there is no one else in the world, except for him [the enemy], who boasts about occupying someone else's land and oppressing its owners. Moreover, we should note that after the events of September [11, 2001] in New York, [then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon copied the term 'terror' used to refer to those attacks, to our national struggle (i.e., terror campaign - Intifada). I warned about this at the time, and called to keep a low profile until the New York turmoil had passed, but the concept of 'Palestinian terror' later spread, instead of [the general term] 'terror.' Now, after the Paris attacks, we must keep a low profile so that we are not charged with the crimes of ISIS and its ilk, because the world is in a coma, and it may not wake up from it anytime soon. We must learn our lessons and wait."
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PA daily indignant that Netanyahu compared Paris terror attacks to “legitimate acts of Palestinian resistance”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 22, 2015
        “The blood of the victims of the terror attacks in Paris was barely dry when the prime minister of the entity’s [Israel’s] government was one of the first to go to the media with his pathetic statements... In his impudent and well known way, [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu did not hesitate to compare what the Palestinian resistance is doing to the acts of terror being carried out by global terrorist organizations, taking innocent victims in different places throughout the world, including in the Arab region… This is not the first time that the head of fascism in Tel Aviv tries to link the legitimate acts of Palestinian resistance, [the right to] which international law guarantees, to terror, in an attempt to garner international support with the lies he tells methodically and tirelessly… Netanyahu’s attempts to link the terror of groups and gangs ‘made in’ America [with Palestinian resistance] will not succeed, and will come to nothing, especially due to the popular global ‘awakening’ which is growing stronger against the fascist acts of the [Israeli] entity.”

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Paris attacks 2015 - On Nov. 13, 2015, seven terrorist attacks were carried out simultaneously in Paris, France, in which it is estimated that 129 people were murdered. An additional 352 people were wounded, 99 of them in serious condition. The most massive attack took place at the Bataclam theater during a rock concert, where 87 people were murdered. On Nov. 14, 2015 ISIS claimed responsibility for these attacks.


PA district governor: The uprising must ‎stay “peaceful” and “need[s] to remain ‎under control” in order not to lose world ‎opinion 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 20, 2015
Headline: “Governor of Nablus district: We ‎will not agree to the return of the loss of ‎security control”‎
     ‎“Nablus District Governor Akram Rajoub ‎emphasized that they will not allow the ‎loss of security control to return, and will ‎not allow the popular uprising to stray ‎from its peaceful path. Akram Rajoub said yesterday [Nov. 19, ‎‎2015] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: ‎‎‘The events in the Palestinian arena ‎need to remain under control so that we ‎do not expose our people to danger, as ‎this situation shows the Israeli enemy to ‎the world in its most abominable form ‎and brings benefits to our people.’‎
He added: ‘We will not agree to a return of ‎the loss of security control of the ‎Palestinian arena, as this is a real call to ‎the occupation to act with all its power to ‎kill and destroy the elements of the ‎Palestinian people.’‎ Rajoub said: ‘The [PA] government and ‎civilian committees in the Nablus district ‎will rebuild the homes of the prisoners’ ‎relatives that the occupation forces ‎destroyed (i.e., the homes of the Henkins’ ‎murderers) in the last few days.’”‎

The Henkin murders - Israelis Naama ‎and Eitam Henkin (also an American ‎citizen) were murdered in a shooting attack ‎on Oct. 1, 2015, on the road between ‎Itamar and Elon Moreh in the West Bank. ‎Their four children, aged 9, 7, 4, and 4 ‎months, were also in the car and witnessed ‎the murders, but were not physically ‎injured. ‎
Five suspects in the murder, members of a ‎Hamas terrorist cell, were arrested by ‎Israel and confessed to the murders. The ‎leader of the group, Ragheb Ahmad ‎Muhammad Aliwi, has served time in an ‎Israeli prison for security related crimes.‎
PA district governor: The uprising must stay “peaceful” and “need[s] to remain under control” in order not to lose world opinion 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 20, 2015
Headline: “Governor of Nablus district: We will not agree to the return of the loss of security control”
       “Nablus District Governor Akram Rajoub emphasized that they will not allow the loss of security control to return, and will not allow the popular uprising to stray from its peaceful path.
Akram Rajoub said yesterday [Nov. 19, 2015] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: ‘The events in the Palestinian arena need to remain under control so that we do not expose our people to danger, as this situation shows the Israeli enemy to the world in its most abominable form and brings benefits to our people.’
He added: ‘We will not agree to a return of the loss of security control of the Palestinian arena, as this is a real call to the occupation to act with all its power to kill and destroy the elements of the Palestinian people.’ Rajoub said: ‘The [PA] government and civilian committees in the Nablus district will rebuild the homes of the prisoners’ relatives that the occupation forces destroyed (i.e., the homes of the Henkins’ murderers) in the last few days.’”

The Henkin murders - Israelis Naama and Eitam Henkin (also an American citizen) were murdered in a shooting attack on Oct. 1, 2015, on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh in the West Bank. Their four children, aged 9, 7, 4, and 4 months, were also in the car and witnessed the murders, but were not physically injured.
Five suspects in the murder, members of a Hamas terrorist cell, were arrested by Israel and confessed to the murders. The leader of the group, Ragheb Ahmad Muhammad Aliwi, has served time in an Israeli prison for security related crimes.
PA PM refers to Palestinian terror wave as “popular and peaceful struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2015
      “The [PA] Prime Minister’s Office emphasized that [Palestinian] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s meeting with Mayor of London Boris Johnson two days ago [Nov. 11, 2015] was intended to inform him [Johnson] of the [PA] government’s dissatisfaction with the statements he made during his visit to Israel, which are biased in favor of the occupation’s policies, at the expense of the Palestinian people’s rights, and go against the British government’s policy which supports the two-state solution… The [Prime Minister’s] Office emphasized that the prime minister also expressed to Johnson the anger of the Palestinians over the statements of a number of world presidents and international officials, who consider as terror the Palestinian popular and peaceful struggle, and our people’s self-defense using all means and which is stipulated in international law, while they justify the occupation’s crimes and its severe violations of humanitarian and international law.”

PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."
PA PM affirms the Palestinian right to “struggle” “using all means” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2015
       “The [PA] Prime Minister’s Office emphasized that [Palestinian] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s meeting with Mayor of London Boris Johnson two days ago [Nov. 11, 2015] was intended to inform him [Johnson] of the [PA] government’s dissatisfaction with the statements he made during his visit to Israel, which are biased in favor of the occupation’s policies, at the expense of the Palestinian people’s rights, and go against the British government’s policy which supports the two-state solution…
The [Prime Minister’s] Office emphasized that the prime minister also expressed to Johnson the anger of the Palestinians over the statements of a number of world presidents and international officials, who consider as terror the Palestinian popular and peaceful struggle, and our people’s self-defense using all means and which is stipulated in international law, while they justify the occupation’s crimes and its severe violations of humanitarian and international law.”

PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."
Fatah official: We support intifada but don't want military escalation because "the price is very high" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 28, 2015
     "Asked about his expectations regarding the possibility of escalation of the popular insurgency, [Fatah Central Committee member Nabil] Shaath refused to describe it by this term (insurgency) [parentheses in source], and said: ‘I do not like to call it popular insurgency (habba jamahiriya). As far as I am concerned, it is the third intifada, (intifada thalitha) and this time it is our young who started it, particularly in Jerusalem.’… Regarding the concern of losing control over the situation and the popular insurgency turning into an armed intifada, Shaath clarified that he is not interested in things deteriorating and getting out of control, and turning into a military intifada, as happened in the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), and explained this by saying: ‘It is not because we are against armed conflict. We carried out armed conflict for 38 years, and the Fatah Central Committee sacrificed 14 Martyrs. The reason is that we think that according to how things appear at the moment, the situation cannot continue as it is, and Hamas already tried this in Gaza, and we tried it in the West Bank.’ In addition, he noted that the price is very high... Shaath added: ‘We did not choose military resistance because facts have shown that we cannot liberate the homeland by that means, at least not at this stage, as it has a high price, and will drag us into the cycle [of violence] in which Israel is interested. This does not mean that we do not see armed conflict as a main means, but we are opposed to it [at the moment], but we have the right to choose it, as we are fighting against Israeli soldiers who are occupying our land.”

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Fatah officials says all "options of resistance" are open, today it is "knives" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 27, 2015
Headline: “Fatah organizes a demonstration with many participants in Gaza to show support for prisoners”
      “Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad said that the popular insurgency has one message: The homeland is the same homeland, the blood is the same blood, and our people are ready to make sacrifices in order to protect the national endeavor and its legitimate rights. He emphasized that our people will not reject any option among the options of resistance… and clarified that [in the past] there was battle with bullets and artillery, and now it is with knives, in order to instill a new concept from the lessons of the resistance to occupation.”
Fatah official supports “non-violent” “uprising” because Israel would benefit from Palestinian violence 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 13, 2015
Headline: "Abbas Zaki to 'Donia Al-Watan': 'Severing of ties with Israel within a week'
       “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki clarified that the settlers' wild behavior and the current actions require a large effort in order to turn [the uprising] into a greater public uprising, that will be of a non-violent nature and capable of continuity, and announced: 'We fear that the actions will gradually become military and Israel will be the one to benefit.'
Zaki noted that if the confrontations remain as they are now, it will be suicide [for the PA], and noted that a united leadership with organized plans is necessary, which will daily enlist thousands of people and international solidarity activists… 'in order to take a greater part in the destruction of the Israeli economy and the undermining of its stability, so that the whole world will feel the occupation’s racism, and the world needs to bear responsibility. However, if the situation remains as it is, action after action, the world's perception, which favors Israel, will be that it is an issue of terror that can be eliminated.'"

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PA daily columnist writes that "the bullet, knife, bomb" are "our right" but "we will not be dragged" into violence 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 13, 2015
Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist for official PA daily
Headline: “The_rage_of_Jerusalem”
     “Without me encouraging them to talk, many of the men of the field activity told me: ‘We will not be dragged, drawn near, or be tempted by [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s tricks. We know where our power lies. It is not in the bullet, knife, bomb, or firearm, which is our right in all cases, but at this time, and in these internal and regional circumstances, is not available. It [the power] lies in the cry of the stone, the human strength, Jerusalem’s rage, the olive trees, the people’s determination and the all-out popular uprising in the geographic arena, as it must stretch the length and breadth of the country, and in the demographic arena, as we strive for the participation of all groups – young and adults as one…
We will not be dragged into the cycle of violence and killing, for terror today is linked to the triple alliance between the Israeli government, the [Israeli] army, and the settlers, and this is the way it should stay.”

PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."
Only days after 4 Israelis murdered, Abbas calls “uprising” “peaceful”, inflames Palestinians, says Israel desecrates Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 12, 2015
Headline: “Mahmoud Abbas: The occupation is responsible for what is happening, and the continuation of the settlers’ provocations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead to disastrous consequences”
     “The president met yesterday [Oct. 11, 2015] evening with Secretaries of [Fatah’s] sub-branches and representatives of Fatah’s Shabiba (i.e., Fatah student movement) in the homeland’s northern districts (i.e., the West Bank), at the Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah. He briefed them on the latest political developments and expressed his appreciation of their efforts to establish the Palestinian cause as a central cause in the region which must stand at the top of the international community’s priorities.  The president stated that the one responsible for what is happening is the occupation, which continues to desecrate our holy sites in Jerusalem, protects the settlers in their attacks against our people, and avoids fulfilling its obligations as stipulated in the agreements signed between the two sides until a permanent arrangement is reached. He added that the Israeli government gives free rein to the settlers, who are attacking our holy sites and our people, blocking roads, and burning crops.  The president emphasized that the Fatah movement will remain the backbone of the Palestinian revolution, and continue to lead the struggle for liberation through popular peaceful resistance, and to adhere to national principles, especially the establishment of our independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Abbas made these statements only a few days after 4 Israeli civilians were murdered by Palestinians.

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Fatah official: Israel has “instruments of great destruction” and “at this time, armed intifada does not serve our interests” 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Oct. 11, 2015
Headline: “Abbas Zaki: ‘The “faultless” Oslo Accords are over, and our power now lies in our unity’”
     “In order to better understand the expected scenario of what will soon take place in the heated Palestinian arena, in view of the escalating confrontation between the Palestinians and occupation soldiers in dozens of points of conflict, and in order to understand what is now required of the responsible institutions, [Palestinian News Agency] Al-Hadaf spoke with Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki…
Regarding the ‘armed intifada,’ Zaki stated that the events of the second Intifada (i.e., Al-Aqsa Intifada, PA terror campaign 2000-2005) must not be forgotten, ‘for Israel has instruments of killing and great destruction, and at this time an armed intifada does not serve our interests…’
Regarding the historical mistakes of the Palestinians’ conflict with the Zionist enemy, Abbas Zaki stated that the ‘faultless’ Oslo Accords are over, and the misleading peace has stopped fooling the Palestinians."
Abbas expresses “support” for “our brothers who protect Al-Aqsa Mosque and suffer greatly to defend it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 9, 2015
Headline: “President Abbas: We do not attack anyone, but we do not want them to attack us”
     “President Mahmoud Abbas stated: ‘ We do not attack anyone, but we also do not want them to attack us. Moreover, we do not want them to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We will not be dragged into their cycle [of violence], and will not use violence or force. We believe in peace and non-violent popular resistance, which is our right, and we must continue with it as long as there is [Israeli] aggression.’ This was said while president Abbas inaugurated a CCC (Consolidated Contractors Company) building... The president stated: ‘ We support our brothers who protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque and who suffer greatly to defend it. However, we say to the Israeligovernment: Stay away from the holy sites of Islam and Christianity. We want peace, and our hands reach out for peace in spite of all the suffering you inflict on us, but after all we are pacifists, and if there is peace here, it will include the whole world.’ He added: ‘ We stated in the UN and we will repeat that Israel must fulfill its obligations, and we will fulfill our duties. Yet if they do not want to fulfill their obligations, they are responsible for what will happen here, and for the chaos taking
place here.”
Fatah senior official supports armed struggle but only when “beneficial” and “causes heavy losses to the enemy” 
Source: Official Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Oct. 8, 2015
Official PA TV program Inside, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “There are several means and arenas of resistance. Resoluteness is resistance. The economy is resistance. Science is resistance. Diplomacy is resistance. Regarding armed struggle, in which Israel has power and an advantage, with all its arsenal of weapons, I do not say we have to abandon it, but I do say that sometimes we need to use it, when it is beneficial to us and causes heavy losses to the enemy. We cannot begin with it with weapons it is doubtful will last two weeks, and in the end Israel will rule the world, and will claim it won the battle as it won against the Arabs in the past.”

Broadcast on official PA TV on Oct. 7, 2015 and posted on Abbas Zaki's Facebook page on Oct. 8, 2015.
After Palestinians murder 4 Israeli civilians Abbas says “the Palestinian side did not attack… We have to protect our holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 7, 2015


Originally aired on PA TV on Oct. 6, and published in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Oct. 7, 2015.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "In these difficult days, the Israeli government is escalating its strong offensive against the Palestinian people everywhere… Honestly, we do not know what the reason is for this, since the Palestinian side did not attack and did not do anything against the Israelis. If they [Israelis] think that the [Palestinian] people in Jerusalem are protecting themselves, that is our right. We have to protect our holy sites, Islamic and Christian. If they think to divide the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], it is unattainable, and they will not succeed…
We do not want a military and security escalation between us and them. We do not want that. We do not want that. We do not want that. We said it clearly. All our orders to our [security] forces, to our organization, to our young and our public, are that we do not want an escalation. We wish to defend ourselves. How should we react when a group of settlers attack a village? How should we react? Keep away from it! We do not start and we do not initiate. Israel has to cease and accept the hand held out to it."
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PA MP calls for “increasing popular resistance in all its forms” 
Source: Wattan TV website, Sept. 29, 2015
     "[Member of PA Parliament and] Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) Movement Dr. Mustafa Barghouti stated that the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Israel's attempts to divide it according to areas and times will surely lead to an explosion... Barghouti called the entire Palestinian people to unite and stand up against Israel and its actions, and to join the popular resistance and the campaign to boycott it and impose sanctions on it. In addition, he demanded the implementation of what was concluded in the last meeting of [PLO's] Central Committee, the national consensus program that includes a national strategy we have long been calling for, which is based on national unity, completion of national reconciliation (i.e., between Fatah and Hamas), increasing popular resistance in all its forms, expanding the boycott campaign, imposing sanctions on Israel and ceasing security coordination with the occupation state."

"Division according to areas and times" refers 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: “Fatah’s present program [is] to adopt resistance in all its forms” and “has not abandoned the option of armed struggle” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan News website‎, Aug. 11, 2015
Headline: “Fatah may be forced to return to armed struggle…”
     “Secretary General of Fatah's Revolutionary Council Amin Maqbul said that Fatah’s present program to adopt resistance in all its forms is the same as the program of the Sixth Conference, and that it will also be adopted at the Seventh Conference… ‘The struggle for liberty and independence is legitimate in all its forms, such as popular or financial resistance, or a boycott of Israeli goods. Likewise, the movement has not abandoned the option of armed struggle, and a stage might come when the movement will have to return to armed struggle in the sense of resistance in all its forms.’”
Fatah official emphasizes that Fatah never “abandoned the rifle” in response to Hamas criticism of Fatah 
Source: Donia Al-Watan News website‎, Aug. 11, 2015
Headline: “The Al-Aqsa Brigades are attacking Amin Maqbul and saying: The gun is not for election propaganda purposes, and Fatah never abandoned it”
     “Commander of the Al-Amoudi division of the Al-Aqsa [Martyrs’] Brigades Majdi Matar ‘Abu Ahmad’, strongly attacked some of the members of the Fatah movement leadership, after statements they made regarding [Fatah’s] Seventh Conference, according to which the conference might debate a return to armed struggle or resistance to the occupation in all its forms. Abu Ahmad considered this an insult to all Fatah people and to the Fatah rifle, which has not been abandoned since the beginning of its activities, and the battles are witness to this. Abu Ahmad said in a statement to the press that the Fatah rifle is not for decoration at celebrations and mass weddings intended for election purposes. Your self-marketing for the elections is known now even to the smallest Fatah member, and thousands of prisoners, the injured and the Martyrs (Shahids) are the greatest proof that the movement continues its armed struggle,’ he said. Abu Ahmad added: ‘You won’t be able to purify yourselves with the gun you fled from out of fear for your privileges.’”
Palestinian umbrella organization: “All options are open to our people” and Israel is “a legitimate target of resistance” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2015
Headline: “Ramallah and El-Bireh forces: ‘Expressions of the occupation’s presence on our land are legitimate targets for resistance’”
      “National and Islamic forces in the Ramallah and El-Bireh district… emphasized in an announcement they issued after their meeting in Ramallah yesterday [Aug. 9, 2015] afternoon, that all options are open to our people and its forces in order to deal with the terror of the occupation state and its striking arm in the Palestinian territories, namely, the herds of settlers, who do as they please with everything Palestinian as part of the ethnic cleansing plans to empty the land of its owners.
The forces emphasized that the occupation, in all its expressions and modes of existence on our land, is a legitimate target of resistance for our people, and the daily [Israeli] acts of killing will not go unpunished. Likewise, they stressed that the illegal settlements on our land are centers of aggression and massacres against our children, and are factories of death and intimidation against Palestinian villages, which makes it necessary to deal with this aggression with all possible means specified in international law for a people under occupation.”

Fatah official: Fatah believes in "resistance in all its forms," which includes "armed resistance" 
Source: Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London newspaper), Aug. 10, 2015
     “[Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul revealed in an interview to Al-Quds Al-Arabi that the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, will remain at the head of the movement in the near future. Likewise, he emphasized that the political program which the approaching Seventh General Conference of the [Fatah] movement will adopt the option of resistance in all its forms to confront the occupation...
Al-Quds Al-Arabi asked if Fatah will make any changes to the political plan that the Sixth Conference adopted in 2009. Al-Aloul stressed that the program will almost certainly go through a ‘development process,’ but that its essence will not change. He added: ‘The political program will be developed, but we will retain the political declaration that appeared in the introduction to the program in the previous conference. Regarding this, he emphasized that the Fatah movement will continue to define itself in its program and in its internal charter as a ’national liberation movement which is fighting for the liberation and independence of its people.’ Likewise, he stressed that the political program will emphasize that the Fatah movement ‘believes in resistance in all its forms as part of the plan to confront the occupation.’ From Al-Aloul’s words it can be understood that Fatah, which has adopted the option of armed resistance since the 60s of the previous century, has still not abandoned this option, despite the fact that at the moment it is implementing the option of ‘popular resistance.’

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Fatah official: Palestinians will "open all of the options in the conflict with the enemy" 
Source: Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, July 29, 2015
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on NGOs and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein

Posted text: “Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein stated that the Israeli enemy only understands the language of confrontation, and that we need to remain completely alert and prepared to deal with every attack. Abu Al-Einein added that Israel has a policy of organized assassinations against our youth and cold-blooded murder under false pretexts...

Abu Al-Einein said that in the shadow of Arab silence and the international tendency [to favor Israel], the Palestinian people will not continue to be silent, but rather will open all of the options in the conflict with the enemy, in order to protect its land, children, and resources.”

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Palestinian Center for Human Rights director supports armed struggle 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2015
Headline: “Raji Al-Sourani: The UN report regarding the war in Gaza provided all that we want as Palestinians”
     “The moment the UN report regarding the war against Gaza last summer [2014] was published, Israel immediately attacked it strongly, while the responses of the Palestinians regarding the report ranged from blessings to those who said it compares the victim and the hangman.
In order to examine this report and the other legal matters pertaining to the Israeli aggression and the occupation’s violations against our people, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida met with Palestinian Center for Human Rights Director Attorney Raji Al-Sourani…
Regarding the benefit of pursuing the leaders of ‘Israel,’ Al-Sourani stated: ‘We are in a battle that requires us to use all of the weapons at our disposal: humanitarian, legal, ethical, armed struggle, and ending in the freedom flotilla, as there is nothing better than having the elite of the international community coming to you on a flotilla in order to support you and your cause.’”
PA daily columnist: Rock throwing legitimate under international law, which allows resisting occupation “through all available means” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2015
     "There is not a more criminal law than the recent Israeli law, which increases the punishment for rock throwing in Jerusalem to imprisonment of up to 20 years. This law will not prevent resistance to the occupation through use of the weakest means, which is rock throwing, since a rock is not a deadly weapon. However, the occupation and the rightist Israeli Parliament (Knesset) have chosen a punishment which is inappropriate to the act, an act that is permitted from an international perspective as long as there is occupation, since international law permits whoever is under occupation to resist through all possible means. However, Israel does not consider itself an occupying force in Jerusalem, and therefore it has passed this criminal law against those who are under occupation. However, it doesn't matter how severe the punishment, it won't prevent the resistance to the daily attacks of the settlers, and it will not scare anyone. Indeed, it is actually a call to escalate the conflict, since if the punishment for rock throwing is equal to the punishment for shooting, whoever wants to throw [rocks], will reconsider and look for a firearm, as long as the punishment is the same. Therefore, the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) is responsible for any blood spilled in Jerusalem, since this law encourages the use of weapons instead of rocks."
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PA Parliament member encourages "an all-out popular Intifada" alongside "diplomatic actions" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 9, 2015
Headline: “Abu Laila emphasizes the importance of the petition to the International Court”
“Deputy Secretary-General of the Democratic Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] (DFLP) and [PA] Parliament Member Qais Abd Al-Karim ‘Abu Laila’ said that our people will not stand idly by while the occupation government expropriates lands and expands the settlements located on our land…
He added: ‘Our people will oppose the actions of expanding the settlements and stealing land that the occupation authorities are committing by broadening the popular resistance against the occupation on the way to an all-out popular Intifada, which will cause it troubles and great losses and force it to leave. This is alongside a continuation of the diplomatic actions and the petition to the International Criminal Court (ICC).’”
Fatah official hints that military action against Israel should be used if Arab Peace Initiative not considered 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 29, 2015
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day interviewed Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Foreign Branches Jamal Muhaisen on the resolutions of the Arab League summit:
     “We are approaching the seventh decade of the Israeli occupation of the land of Palestine, occupied since 1948, and the fifth decade of lands occupied in 1967.
If there won’t be an arrangement in the region based on this initiative [the Arab initiative], there will be a different Arab position. This requires a meeting of the Arab generals, ministers of defense, and foreign ministers, so that we can design a new strategy by which we will force the Nazi leadership, which rules the Palestinian people today - a racist leadership with expansionist tendencies - [to surrender]. After all, the world goes into action wherever there is an attack [on innocents] except when it comes to the Palestinian people.”
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
Ma’an TV The Ninth Program
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: “It is the right of our people to use all forms of resistance” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 6, 2015
     “The masses of the Jenin district marked the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian revolution with a mass celebration on Tuesday [Jan. 6, 2015]. Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki… emphasized that it is the right of our people to use all forms of resistance. In addition, he noted that at this difficult and sensitive stage, we have succeeded, through our popular resistance and our diplomacy, in isolating the Israeli occupation.”
Fatah praises its use of “all forms of resistance according to the national interests” (i.e., including violence) 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 1, 2015
     “Fatah’s Supreme Leadership Council in the Gaza Strip published a message on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the launch of the modern Palestinian revolution… In a statement published by the Supreme Leadership’s information department, Supreme Leadership Council member and Fatah spokesman in the Gaza Strip Dr. Hassan Ahmad… emphasized that ‘Fatah has made [great] national achievements over the 50 years of its [existence]… by using all forms of resistance according to the national interests. The idea of peaceful popular resistance – the path of resistance Fatah established to [oppose] the occupation’s policy in the field of confrontation – is nothing but an example of the invention of creative methods in addition to all forms of resistance to the occupation and its actions.’”
Fatah Facebook: “Fatah will carry on the struggle in all its forms until the liberation of the land” 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 22, 2014

A Fatah Facebook post contained a video in honor of Fatah's anniversary. This above image is a still picture from the video showing pictures of Arafat and Abbas, with the words: "Fatah will carry on the struggle in all its forms until the liberation of the land and the man."
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Note: The Facebook page where this item was posted, called "Fatah - The Main Page," is an official Fatah Facebook page. The page defines itself as belonging to the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, and the commission's official website links to this Facebook page.
Abbas' advisor: All of "Palestine" will "return" to Palestinians through "resistance" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 12, 2014

Friday sermon in the presence of Mahmoud Abbas.
Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: 
"All of this land will return to us, all our occupied land, all our rights in Palestine - our state, our people's heritage, our ancestors' legacy - all of it will return to us even if it takes time. Patience is the key to victory, and we are patient. In terms of resistance, all options are on the table, and in terms of diplomacy as well."
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Fatah leader calls for storing weapons for attack that all Palestinians will participate in 
Source: Al-Quds, Oct. 3, 2014
     "Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub stressed that the Palestinian leadership had decided to close the subject of bilateral relations with the occupation (i.e., Israel)... He added that the Fatah Central Committee had decided that future relations with Israel would be as those between an occupier and a people under occupation; that is, between enemies. Rajoub stressed that [although] the Palestinian leadership would not oppose the weapons of the Resistance, 'they must remain in storage, without military demonstrations in the streets, and when there is an attack, the battle will be one in all the Palestinian territories, in which all members of the Palestinian people will participate.'"
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Fatah leader: "The weapon of the Resistance is sacred... we will all fight together" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 30, 2014

Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: "They [Hamas] tell you: 'The weapon of the Resistance'. Brother [Hamas], your weapon, the weapon of the Resistance, is sacred to us. We will not harm it, go after it, or keep track of it. But could you store it away? At the moment of truth, we will all enlist together, we will all fight together."
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Fatah official: "Popular uprising continues" but "conditions are not yet ripe for intifada" 
Source: Al-Akhbar, Lebanese daily, Aug. 19, 2014
Headline: “An interview with Abbas Zaki” 
Q. For the first time, the Palestinians are united behind their demands, but the negotiations have dragged on for two weeks. What is going on?
[Member of Fatah Central Committee and Fatah Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki:] ‘In the past few days the ideas that have come up for discussion have not progressed, because they have not accomplished their goal; every idea was either vague or had a catch. Israel is experienced at evading an admission of defeat. For example, they condition the ceasefire on the cessation of hostilities, as though the legitimate struggle for the liberation of the land constitutes aggression.
They also conditioned our right to an airport and seaport, and even the rebuilding [of Gaza], on the disarmament of the resistance. The delegation refused this, and the Egyptian brothers did not repeat this request…’
Q: The occupied West Bank tried to demonstrate presence through shooting operations and confrontations through rocks. What about the possibility that a third intifada will break out?
[Zaki:] ‘What is happening in Jerusalem and the West Bank is a mass uprising, necessitated by the crimes being carried out by the gangs of settlers and the [Israeli] soldiers. As if history repeats itself, new price tag militias are based on the models of the Lehi, Etzel, and Hagana from the period of the establishment of the state, [David] Ben Gurion who gave the order to carry out massacres under the slogan “Let us defeat the Arabs through fear.” The popular uprising continues, but there are cautious expressions of armed resistance in the West Bank. The conditions are not yet ripe for intifada.’”

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PA official: Palestinians have the “right to use all legal forms of resistance” including “armed activity” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 7, 2014
Adnan Al-Damiri, official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, was interviewed by Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:] ‘There have been Israeli attempts to blow up the security situation in the West Bank, and a number of internal elements have been competing among themselves [to assist] these efforts. How have you been dealing with this?’
[Official spokesman of the PA Security Forces Adnan Al-Damiri:] ‘At the meeting in Cairo (part of the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation process), all the factions and parties, without exception, agreed to adopt, at this stage, peaceful, popular resistance as a means of completing the process of [gaining] independence. This, of course, does not annul the Palestinians’ right to use all legal forms of resistance to liberate themselves from the occupation… We do not preach war, but wish to liberate our homeland from the occupation. We can do this with various means, which have been tried in many countries, without rejecting [the option of] armed activity, which none of the Palestinian organizations, including Fatah, has renounced in their regulations.’”
Fatah official: Palestinians are "using all available means": "rockets in Gaza, stones in the West Bank" and "political campaign... in Cairo" 
Source: Al-Jazeera website, Aug. 5, 2014
     ‎“Fatah held a rally in solidarity with Gaza, ‎under the slogan, ‘We are all with the ‎Resistance.’ The movement announced ‎that it supports the resistance in all its ‎forms, and rejects the ‘arrogance of the ‎occupation and the genocide of the ‎Palestinian people.’ Yesterday, after the ‎evening prayer, Fatah brought ‎approximately 3,000 citizens, including ‎activists and senior officials in its Central ‎Committee, to the center of Nablus… ‎Fatah delivered numerous messages ‎through Central Committee member Jamal ‎Muhaisen, expressing explicit and direct ‎support for the Palestinian resistance ‎wherever it may be. In addition, it saluted ‎the members of the resistance in the Gaza ‎Strip, especially the [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam ‎Brigades, Hamas’ military wing. ‎Muhaisen told Al-Jazeera Net at the end ‎of the rally that... the ‎nation is waging a campaign using all ‎available means – whether rockets in ‎Gaza, stones in the West Bank or ‎demonstrations in the Palestinian interior ‎‎(i.e., Israel) occupied in 1948, and in the ‎diaspora.‎ He emphasized that the political campaign ‎the Palestinians, united under the banner ‎of the legitimate demands and rights of ‎the Palestinian people, are waging in ‎Cairo is no less intense than the military ‎campaign. He said that every military ‎operation has a political goal, and that ‎therefore, the political goals of the ‎Palestinian leadership are the same as its ‎military objectives… The demonstrators carried Palestinian ‎flags and... wore black shirts ‎with the inscription, ‘Palestine resists and ‎we are all Gazans.’”‎

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Official PA daily: Palestinians have the right to employ "all forms of struggle," "especially armed resistance" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2014
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist ‎for official PA daily
‎     “There is not a single Palestinian patriot ‎who opposes any form of resistance, ‎especially armed resistance. Firstly, ‎because it is the right of the Palestinian ‎Arab people to employ all forms of struggle ‎until its national goals are realized. ‎Secondly, in 1975, international law (i.e., ‎UN Resolution 3236 of 1974, which ‎reaffirmed the “right of the Palestinian ‎people to regain its rights by all means in ‎accordance with the purposes and ‎principles of the Charter of the United ‎Nations) guaranteed [the right of] ‎Palestinians to employ all forms of ‎struggle. Thirdly, the Israeli occupation ‎and aggression state refuses to accept the ‎option of peace and the two-state solution ‎according to the June 4, 1967 borders, ‎‎[but instead] launches one war after the ‎other, invades and perpetrates the most ‎heinous forms of Holocaust against the ‎Palestinian people in the West Bank, ‎Gaza and the diaspora… In addition, it ‎continues its construction projects in its ‎colonies, through the expropriation and ‎Judaization of lands, rejecting and ‎ignoring international laws and ‎regulations. As long as [this continues,] ‎the Palestinians have the right to defend ‎themselves in all ways guaranteed by ‎international laws and norms.”‎

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Fatah official quotes Arafat: "An olive branch in one hand and a rifle in the other" 
Source: Official PA daily, 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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Official PA daily promotes "resistance in all its forms – from the bullet ‎to the stone, the slogan and the poem, to ‎political and diplomatic activity" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 9, 2014
     ‎“The Israeli occupation knows better than ‎anyone else that the most efficient ‎resistance is resistance in all its forms – ‎from the bullet to the stone, the slogan ‎and the poem, to political and diplomatic ‎activity, even cultural activity, through ‎humane statements of resistance, which ‎strive for truth, justice and beauty… The ‎President [Mahmoud Abbas] emphasized, ‎through his official spokesman Nabil Abu ‎Rudeina, that ‘our people will not sit idly ‎watching the unrestrained massacre of ‎our children, wives and elderly. It is our ‎people’s right to challenge aggression ‎and protect ourselves by all legitimate ‎means.’ From such a precise, clear, ‎reliable, and legitimate position, we learn ‎that we are moving towards the option of ‎challenge and resistance, in all their ‎legitimate forms…”‎

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.
Official PA daily: The Palestinian "lacks military capacity" and therefore turns to the UN, but "without forfeiting its resistance using all available means" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 23, 2014
Op-ed by Fathi Al-Bis, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     "With the excuse of the disappearance of three settlers (i.e., On June 12, 2014, three Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank.) who were on a land which did not belong to them, while robbing and challenging the owners of the land, Israel does as it pleases in the West Bank, and threatens Gaza... The Palestinian knows that at the moment, he lacks military capacity, but he [also] knows that the nations of the world are becoming disgusted by Israel's arrogance and racism, and that its isolation is now only a matter of time.
Therefore, he [the Palestinian] turns to the world, from the [UN] Security Council to all the UN institutions, asking for protection from the arrogance of power and savage racism, which it needs and deserves - without forfeiting its resistance using all available means, with its modest capabilities, first among which is resolve on the ground, patience and endurance...
The Palestinian, with [his] Arab loyalty and identity which knows no sectarianism, confronts Israel. He observes with sadness the flames that surround him and that divert the people of the Arab nation from the duty of the basic and central confrontation, which is with the barbaric Israel. He looks forward to the day when the flames of [this] abhorrent sectarianism will be extinguished, so that everyone will be free to bury the [Israeli] myth that is being lived by the bloodthirsty, helmet-clad and rifle-bearing soldier out of the self-deception that this is the way to protect his existence and security. But the soldier of the helmet will not win and will continue to live in fear."
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Fatah defends Abbas' condemnation of kidnapping, claims he spoke for diplomatic reasons 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, June 18, 2014
Fatah’s Facebook page, “Fatah – The Main Page” posted a response to the criticism PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has received for his speech to the foreign ministers of the Islamic countries in which he condemned the kidnapping of the three Israeli youths Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel, who were abducted on June 12, 2014:
     “People, think just a little logically, do you know what the re-arrest of the prisoners who were released in the Shalit deal means?
Do you know what the arrest of hundreds [of people] – and the operation is still going on – and the threat of their expulsion and the demolishing of their homes means?
Do you know what a difficult and destructive battle awaits the Gaza Strip?
Do you know how many assassinations are expected along the way?
Do you know what a siege of the West Bank cities and their dismemberment means?
Do you know what tightening the economic blockade once again and cutting the power means?
[And do you know the meaning of] the arrest of wanted persons whose status has been resolved, and many additional matters?
This was the intention of the President’s [Abbas’] speech, to make sure Israel does not get a chance [to carry out the above] and to curb its killing, destruction and devastation, in order to tell the world we are fulfilling our obligations.
I know there are those who will be angry and criticize this speech – and that’s natural – and there are those who will beat drums, play the flute (i .e., cause a disturbance, protest), accuse [the President] of treason and use this opportunity to attack the President. They will not rejoice for long, because people will soon understand the correctness of the President’s speech and position.”
Hamas official: Fatah recognizes Israel "on the political level" but not an organizational level; its real position is "very close to Hamas' position" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 5, 2014
     “Deputy Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau Dr. Musa Abu Marzouq said Fatah’s weight in the PLO has helped it become the organization’s backbone. He noted that there was no connection between recognition of Israel and the positions of the factions, and that Fatah’s [recognition], for example, expresses the political level and not the level of the organization, which does not recognize Israel and still adheres to the armed struggle. In addition, he noted that [Fatah’s] political position is very close to Hamas’ position, and explained that the real unity will be reflected through the PLO and not the PA Parliament (Legislative Council), and that no alternative to the organization enjoys international and Arab recognition.”
Fatah official: "We haven't abandoned our strategy... of armed struggle... but the current stage is of peaceful resistance and negotiations" 
Source: Al-Jazeera, May 1, 2014
Al-Jazeera interviewed Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: : “We in the Fatah movement haven’t abandoned our strategy, through which we taught the parties of the region – all the parties of the region – the meaning of armed struggle.”
Interviewer: “[So] this reconciliation [between Fatah and Hamas] and this agreement don’t clash with the issue of Fatah having chosen the path of reconciliation and Hamas, the path of struggle? will you not argue about this issue?”
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “No, no. First of all, brother Ahmed, the current facts are: In the National Reconciliation Document of 2006, we agreed to the Arab Peace Initiative, and to a state within the June 4, [1967] borders, and Hamas signed it.... We began discussing peaceful popular resistance, for the time being. Even after Oslo, we engaged in armed struggle with Israel. Have we forgotten that in the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), over 4,000 Martyrs (Shahids) fell – most of them from among the [PA] security personnel? Have we forgotten this?”
Interviewer: “Meaning, Fatah hasn’t ruled out the option of armed resistance?”
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “No. We haven’t ruled it out. Read our charter – we haven’t ruled it out, but the current stage is the stage of peaceful resistance and negotiations. If we are forced to return to the other forms [of struggle] – to violence and so on – Israel will be responsible for that – since it didn’t abide by what it had signed – and the United States, which favored Israel and shirked the decisions of the international institutions.”

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Hamas official to Fatah: We are "in favor of diplomacy," but our future is with "Jihad and resistance" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Apr. 30, 2014
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) broadcast a speech by Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Mashaal
Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Mashaal speaking over the phone:
“These Martyrs… after their bodies returned, we are told: Jihad and resistance are the path, and there is no other path. Yes, I say to my brothers in Fatah and to my brothers in all the factions… our choice is resistance, our path is Jihad and resistance, our path is the rifle. Yes, we are in favor of politics, in favor of diplomacy, in favor of persecuting Israel in the international arena, and bringing it to trial on the platforms of the UN and its organizations, but our brothers in the [Palestinian] Authority, our brothers in the Palestinian presidency, in the Fatah movement and all the factions – the history that created us, that created our factions and symbols, was nothing other than Jihad and resistance… We have nothing to commemorate us, we have no honor, no history and will have no future other than with Jihad and resistance. During [Jihad and resistance], and in the shadow of the strategy of resistance, the other operations will grow in strength. Politics will be strengthened, diplomacy will be strengthened, activities and populism will be strengthened. This is the path, brothers!”
Fatah official: Like Hamas, Fatah values "armed struggle," but at the right time - "We are a project of liberation, not a project of suicide" 
Source: YouTube, Apr. 24, 2014
El-Hadath, ‎ sister channel of Al Arabiya ‎News, posted an interview with Deputy ‎Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee ‎Jibril Rajoub to Youtube.‎
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central ‎Committee Jibril Rajoub: “We were the ones who led the ‎armed struggle, and the resistance is still ‎part of our national principles. ‎Nevertheless, we agreed on May 4, 2011 – ‎all factions of the Palestinian activity, and ‎it was [Hamas leader] Khaled Mashaal ‎who read out the plan on their behalf – ‎‎[we agreed] that at this stage, popular ‎resistance was a strategic choice. We are ‎a project of liberation, not a project of ‎suicide. We are a project for the ‎establishment of a state, not a project that ‎won’t lead anywhere, or lead to anarchy. ‎Sir, [armed] resistance is still [in] the ‎genetic code of all Fatah members. But ‎the resistance our people will be able to ‎endure is a resistance that encircles the ‎occupation..."
El-Hadath interviewer: “That is, Fatah is ‎not against the [armed] resistance; it ‎‎[resistance] is one of its principles, but the ‎choice at this time is the negotiation ‎option.”‎...
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central ‎Committee Jibril Rajoub: “What we agreed upon on May 4 is the ‎political plan for the Palestinian people’s ‎struggle. The Palestinian state is our first ‎priority; popular resistance has the ‎consent of the people... I hope that ‎our brothers in Hamas will understand ‎this, and that they will re-examine [things] ‎to guarantee the unity of our political ‎conduct and our struggle. Resistance as ‎an idea and as [a mode of] behavior is still ‎part of the national and organizational ‎principles of all Fatah members.”‎

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PA official: Compromise on 1967 borders will only be temporary, ultimate goal is Palestine "from the river to the sea" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Apr. 16, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast an event ‎honoring the prisoners released in the ‎third phase of prisoner releases.‎
Palestinian PA Parliament (Legislative ‎Council) member and PFLP ‎representative Khalida ‎Jarrar:
“First ‎of all, in principle, we must not give up ‎any option for freeing the prisoners. I’m ‎not saying who will do this or how they ‎will do so. [We] must not give up any ‎option. That includes the option of the ‎struggle and the revolutionary option. ‎I’m not saying we are calling on people ‎to start a revolution – that’s not the ‎point – but we must not give up this ‎option, and this means we must cease ‎security coordination [with Israel]. ‎
There is a minimum and a maximum. ‎The maximum, or the truth, is that ‎Palestine belongs to the Palestinians, ‎from the [Jordan] River to the ‎‎[Mediterranean] Sea (i.e., replacing all of Israel). We must not cede ‎this narrative. From the River to the ‎Sea, Palestine for the Palestinians. ‎Now they’re talking about a political ‎compromise, about a country within the ‎‎1967 borders, that’s called a political ‎compromise, and it hasn’t materialized, ‎‎[but] will only materialize [in the ‎future]‎, because, to this day, we ‎haven’t accepted the 1967 borders ‎either – but even a compromise on the ‎‎1967 borders must not lead us to ‎renounce that Palestine from the River ‎to the Sea belongs to the Palestinians; ‎and the heart of the matter is the right ‎of return, our cause is the right of ‎return.”‎
Fatah official: “Armed resistance is a right" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 9, 2014
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day hosted Fatah political advisor Dr. Husam Zamlat.
Fatah political advisor Dr. Husam Zamlat: “There is a real, strategic Palestinian attempt, entitled ‘popular resistance.’ This popular resistance is a right, and armed resistance is a right, and all [forms of] resistance are a right. The form of resistance is not binding. The people and its leadership choose the most efficient form according to the need.”
Official PA TV host: “Peaceful popular struggle at this stage … two years from now, we’ll say we want to wreak havoc in the land’” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 3, 2014
Official PA TV Program Speak Plainly hosted Hamas Member Ismail Radwan and Fatah Member Abdallah Abdallah. On the phone was former Israeli-Arab MP Taleb Al-Sana.
PA TV Host Maher Shalabi: “The minimum, according to Hamas – as brother Khaled Mashaal, head of the Hamas Political Bureau has said, [and as] Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister of the deposed Hamas government in Gaza, has demonstrated several times – is the 1967 borders, and he has emphasized this, as you have said. [Who knows] what the intentions are after that. Brother, you include Haifa and Jaffa [in the discussion] – and I, Maher Shalabi, sitting here, am I supposed to tell you I don’t want them?! Brother, we will take them. But, Doctor, there is a logic that says: the strong perform disgraceful acts, and those who are unable [to overcome their enemies] must bide their time and they will dwell on this land; so let’s talk according to reason and the chief interests of the land. The minimum, for now, which all [our] people’s factions have agreed on, is peaceful popular struggle, at this stage – and perhaps two years from now, we’ll say, ‘no, we want to wreak havoc in the land.’”
Palestinian officials advocate from prison for multiple "methods of resistance, peaceful and violent... economic, political, and cultural" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2014
     “Fatah Central Committee Member Marwan Barghouti (serving 5 life sentences planning terror attacks, -Ed.) and Secretary General of the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] Ahmad Sa’adat (serving 30 years for heading terror organization, -Ed.) have issued a call to stop counting on the negotiations with Israel, since they have been proven futile. They called for bolstering the resistance in all its forms and for consolidating the reconciliation according to the Prisoners’ Document (a document signed by five Palestinian prisoners in Israel in 2006 and calling for national unity between the Palestinian factions –Ed.).
The two leaders made [their] statements during interviews conducted by the Journal of Palestine Studies through the prison bars. The [interviews] will be published in the journal’s 98th edition (spring 2014) [parenthesis in source], which will be distributed in hardcover starting the beginning of next week…
Sa’adat rejected limiting the resistance to one form [only]. He emphasized that it is necessary to have ‘the capacity to give preference to one method or another [of resistance] over the other methods in any [given] situation, according to what is required in that situation, or according to the political period.’
He [Sa’adat] said: ‘Proposing popular resistance as an option for struggle does not require choosing [one] preferred method from among the [various] forms and methods of struggle… Limiting popular resistance to peaceful resistance empties it of its revolutionary meaning, since the great popular Palestinian Intifada was a model for popular resistance, and a guide for several distinct forms and methods of resistance: peaceful and violent [resistance]; [resistance] of the masses and factions; economic, political, and cultural [resistance].'"

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Fatah retains the principle of "armed struggle," but uses it only "when it exacts a heavy price‎" 
Source: Elyaum, Tunisian on-line newspaper, Mar. 30, 2014
Tunisian on-line newspaper Elyaum‎ ‎interviewed Fatah Central Committee ‎Member Abbas Zaki. The interview was ‎posted on YouTube on March 30, 2014.‎
Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas ‎Zaki: “We in Fatah still retain the principle ‎of armed struggle – but it should be used ‎‎[only] when it is useful to us and when it ‎exacts a heavy price from the enemy…‎
Our Middle East is rich in energy. I believe ‎the time has come for people to know why ‎Israel was established ‎…‎
They said it was necessary to establish a ‎human barrier, which is Israel, which ‎would separate the western parts of the ‎Arab world from its eastern parts, would ‎control the region’s resources – that is, oil ‎and industry – and prevent the Arabs from ‎regaining their unity and culture, which the ‎West had taken from them.”‎
Fatah official: Fatah committed to "armed struggle (i.e., violence), but it should be used when it is useful to us" 
Source: Elyaum, Tunisian on-line newspaper, Mar. 30, 2014
Tunisian on-line newspaper Elyaum interviewed Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki. The interview was posted on YouTube on March 30, 2014.
Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki: “We in Fatah still retain the principle of armed struggle – but it should be used [only] when it is useful to us and when it exacts a heavy price from the enemy… Our Middle East is rich in energy. I believe the time has come for people to know why Israel was established… They said it was necessary to establish a human barrier, which is Israel, which would separate the western parts of the Arab world from its eastern parts, would control the region’s resources – that is, oil and industry – and prevent the Arabs from regaining their unity and culture, which the West had taken from them.”
Struggle “begins with a word and ends with a bullet” – Fatah leader 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 22, 2014
Official PA TV News interviewed Fatah Revolutionary Council member Jamal Al-Shati:
     “The national struggle has no fixed form. The truth is, the national struggle is flexible. [It] begins with a word and ends with a bullet.”
Fatah spokesman: "We adhere to armed resistance as well as to popular and political resistance" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 19, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast a press conference held by Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf in Cairo.
Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf:
"If I have a weapon, if you’re carrying a gun, can you use it at any time? I’ll decide when I want to use it. When using [it] helps me and achieves my goals, I will use it at the appropriate time and place…
At the [Fatah] movement’s Sixth Convention, it was clearly stated that armed resistance is one form [of resistance], not the only form… All the revolutions in the world adopted prolonged, armed resistance, and it achieved results. We adhere to armed resistance as well as to popular and political resistance. However, it will be used according to the interests of the Palestinian people.”
Abbas' advisor: Israelis "are deluding themselves if they think the negotiations are our only choice" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Mar. 17, 2014
Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on NGOs Sultan Abu Al-Einein: "I am greatly honored to be standing [here] today, so days that are important to us all will never be erased from our memory. In March, [we mark] Palestinian Women’s Day, in March, Palestinian Mother’s Day also occurs, in March [we remember] that dark-skinned young woman from the Shatila [refugee] camp [Dalal Mughrabi], who would not agree to anything other than to establish her state between Jaffa and Lebanon in her special way; that young woman who fought along with her comrades until her ammunition ran out. Yes, March is honored by this Palestinian blood... They [Israelis] are deluding themselves if they think the negotiations are our only choice. Let the young people hear me: Allah, honor us with Martyrdom (Shahada). Allah, give us the honor of being part of the procession of Martyrs."
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Note: Dalal Mughrabi - led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Fatah official: “The method of struggle we are adopting now is [only] one of the methods of struggle” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Mar. 17, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a ceremony supporting the Palestinian state and national principles in Jericho.
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi:
"A national enterprise cannot succeed without the National Liberation Movement, Fatah. We in this movement have not cast down the rifle and have not let go of the rifle. The rifle is here! The method of struggle we are adopting now (i.e., negotiations) is [only] one of the methods of struggle. But the rifle is here, and it can burst forth at any moment, with a new method and a new leadership. It will burst forth from this [current] leadership if we remain alive, because we are its people; and if we are no longer alive, [then] our sons, our young lions and you will be its people. Revolution until victory, until victory, until victory."
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Fatah youth: We adhere to “all options” of struggle 
Source: Official website of Fatah's Mobilization and Organization Commission, fatehorg.ps, Mar. 10, 2014
     “Fatah’s Shabiba [youth] movement in the West Bank published a press release in response to the declarations made by the extreme right-wing Prime Minister of the occupation, Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding that President Mahmoud Abbas [publicly] declare his recognition of Israel as a Jewish state at Birzeit University…
Fatah’s Shabiba said that any solution failing to realize the aspirations of our people – a free and independent homeland without the occupation and its herds of settlers; the right of return for refugees according to the decisions of the international institutions and [UN] resolution 194; freedom for our prisoners and the right of our people to full sovereignty over its land and natural resources –would be completely unacceptable. It [Fatah’s Shabiba] called on the international community to take concrete and effective steps to strengthen and implement the decisions regarding the boycott of the occupation and the imposition of sanctions on it. In addition, it emphasized that [our people] should draw inspiration from the experience of South Africa in this area…
Fatah’s Shabiba concluded its message by underscoring its intention to continue the popular resistance in all arenas and its preparedness for all options. It [the movement] called the third generation of Palestinians, after the generation of the grandfathers and fathers, the generation of adherence to principles and resistance.”

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Speaker at Fatah rally: “Negotiations and armed activity are [both] necessary to free the prisoners.” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2014
     “[At a Fatah rally held in Gaza in support of prisoner Fuad Al-Shubaki,] Fatah reiterated its support of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the [PA] leadership. It [the movement] expressed its appreciation of the efforts being made to free the prisoners, and demanded that all legitimate measures be adopted to empty the prisons.
This [support was expressed] during a well-attended rally organized by Fatah in cooperation with the Nidal Al-Amoudi division of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, as a sign of solidarity with the prisoner and national leader, Fuad Al-Shubaki…
Abu Muhammad, a spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, said that the Brigades are committed to the promise, and will reach the prisons to free the prisoners…
Muwaffaq Hmeid, director of the Gaza-based Association of Prisoners and Released Prisoners (Husam)… noted that Fatah was the first to kidnap occupation soldiers with the aim of freeing prisoners… He emphasized that negotiations and armed activity are [both] necessary to free the prisoners.”

Note: Fuad Al-Shubaki - a senior PA official serving a 20-year prison term. He was behind the attempt to smuggle 50 tons of illegal weapons into the Palestinian Authority aboard the Karin-A weapons’ ship in 2002.
Fatah official: “International legitimacy allows us to resist with all means” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 26, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a program under the heading, “What will happen after the negotiations?”
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “Had Fatah not taken decision-making and the Palestinian national will into its own hands using bullets, it would not have been possible for our cause to change from a refugee cause into a statehood cause. I’m not saying that on April 30 [2014] (i.e., when the negotiations with Israel are scheduled to end), we should pick up rifles and take to the streets, but neither do I rule this out – provided that the struggle be a means, and not an end. Therefore, the most important thing for us to do is… start an internal national dialogue to define our national agenda and our national strategy. In addition to the fact that the Palestinian cause, or Palestine as a state, is now on the international agenda, we have achieved something great and important over [the past] 50 years: We have attained moral supremacy over this criminal, fascist, Nazi occupation…
International legitimacy allows us to resist with all the means, including armed struggle – provided that it take place on the occupied lands, against the symbols of the occupation and the occupation, in order to bring about the end of the occupation. But this has to be a practical, realistic choice capable of harming the occupation. At the same time, I’m telling you, there will be those among us who will go out and start heating [things] up right now. Therefore, we must mold the Palestinian national consciousness in order to define the red lines. It is forbidden for anyone to define the Palestinian national agenda.”

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Fatah official: "Resistance, in all its forms, is the legitimate right of occupied peoples" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 8, 2014
     “Regarding the recent uproar over [the claim] that Fatah has dropped the armed struggle from its program of resistance to the occupation, [Fatah Central Committee Member Mahmoud] Al-Aloul said: ‘This uproar is completely mistaken. Fatah has confirmed and stated, as part of its political program and also at its last convention, that resistance, in all its forms, is the legitimate right of occupied peoples in their confrontation with their occupiers, and therefore, we have not dropped a single one of the forms of resistance. However, in our opinion, every stage has its own suitable form of resistance, and we have no option other than to resist this occupier, in whatever form the stage demands. Now, at this stage, popular resistance is the appropriate form, and at each stage, we will examine which form of struggle is best suited to it.’”
Fatah official: Movement uses “a variety of means, including military struggle, popular struggle, diplomatic activity… and negotiations” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 4, 2014
     “Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi said the movement has not, and will not, lay down its weapons until the national goals of the Palestinians are achieved. He noted that the movement has used a variety of means, including military struggle, popular struggle, diplomatic activity at the UN and negotiations, to achieve these goals.”
Fatah official: “Armed operations serve the negotiations,” “We…have the right to use all forms of struggle” 
Source: YouTube, Jan. 27, 2014
Interview with Fatah Central Committee Member Azzam Al-Ahmad on Jordan TV’s Third Opinion program.
Jordanian TV host: “Israel made you drop the resistance and is negotiating with you, with no results.”
Al-Ahmad: “No. It can’t make us drop the resistance. There are many forms of resistance; read our publications. Armed operations (i.e., terror attacks) are one form of resistance; political activity is another; the dissemination of information, negotiations, the nonviolent popular struggle – all these are forms [of resistance]. This is the way of all nations. Armed operations serve the negotiations. All freedom movements end up sitting at the negotiating table.”
Host: “In other words, you – the Palestinian Authority – don’t oppose armed resistance to the occupation?”
Al-Ahmad: “Certainly not... We say that we too have the right to use all forms of struggle at the appropriate time, including the other forms of struggle - armed or not armed. At the moment, we are leaning on the nonviolent public struggle. The circumstances of reality, [our] independent capabilities, the objective possibilities, – these are the things that determine the form of struggle: Will it be diplomatic action? Popular resistance? armed resistance? Negotiations? It depends on the circumstances.”
[Jordanian TV Dec. 27, 2013; posted on YouTube on Jan. 27, 2014]

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Fatah official: Negotiations must be reinforced by “armed struggle” 
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Jan. 23, 2014
An interview on Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) with Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee:
Tirawi: “There is no way a Palestinian state will be established in the West Bank and [the] Gaza [Strip] within the next twenty years... The negotiations are giving us nothing. The only thing that is possible is [what is called] the ‘sphere of activity’. We – all Palestinian organizations – must return to the ‘sphere of activity’.”
Al-Mayadeen TV host: “What you are saying is important. Let me say that this is new…”
Tirawi: “When we enter the ‘sphere of activity’, I’m telling you: lots of things will change.”
Host: “’Sphere of activity’, that is to say…”
Tirawi: “Resistance... All forms of resistance. My dear brother, what is resistance? Standing firm is resistance; negotiating is a kind of resistance; but there has to be something in the field to aid and reinforce it, right?”
Host: “Weapons.”
Tirawi: “Weapons or popular resistance. There are a hundred ways of resistance. [So] let’s get on with the resistance. But [this doesn’t mean] every organization can engage in resistance in whatever way it wants. It doesn’t work that way. There has to be a Palestinian strategic national plan, one that is acceptable to everyone – both to those in the PLO and to those outside the PLO and which will be implemented by Palestinians. At that point, we will see what method of resistance is appropriate for that stage, and we will act accordingly... What you are hearing from Fatah isn’t anything new... At our Sixth Convention, held in Bethlehem, we did not rule out any of our options for resistance, of which armed struggle is one.”

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Official PA daily: "Whatever is not achieved by peaceful ‎means will be achieved by other means‎" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 18, 2014
Headline: “The Palestinian-Israeli ‎Negotiations: The Essence of the Solution,” ‎by Adel Abd Al-Rahman, columnist for ‎official PA daily
     ‎“The occupation forces have turned to ‎the ‘revolving door’ policy,” the policy that ‎Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat established ‎the other way around, when, under the ‎pressure of security coordination with ‎Israel, he arrested Palestinian fighters and ‎released them soon after. For whenever ‎they [Israel] free prisoners, after much effort ‎‎[on our part], they come back soon and ‎arrest them again, one after the other, ‎along with hundreds of others. ‎Furthermore, they are now turning to [the ‎policy of] killing some of them with the ‎excuse that they were resisting arrest.‎
The world convened the ‘Geneva 1’ ‎international convention over Syria… and ‎why shouldn’t the Palestinians have their ‎own ‘Geneva’? ... Yet turning to the UN or ‎convening a ‘Palestinian Geneva’ does not ‎mean giving up the program of struggle for ‎the land through popular resistance – ‎‎[resistance which is,] at this stage, ‎peaceful, but which leaves the path open ‎for the various [other] forms of resistance in ‎the future. For whatever is not achieved by ‎peaceful means will be achieved by other ‎means.”‎
Fatah Facebook promotes “armed struggle” and “political struggle” against Israel 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Jan. 2, 2014
 
The picture that Ofir Gendelman criticized, which was originally posted on Fatah's Facebook page.
     "In his Twitter account, the occupation government's spokesperson [Ofir Gendelman] criticized the Fatah Movement's Main [Facebook] Page, because it posted a photo of armed people from the movement as the page's cover photo on the eve of [US Secretary of State] Kerry's arrival, as if his racist government welcomed Kerry with flowers. [In fact,] every day it does business deals to build new settlements.
For 49 years the Fatah Movement has carried out an armed struggle, a political struggle and a global struggle against the Israeli Zionism. The arms of the people of our giant movement will not tremble because of the words of angry midgets. The Fatah Movement will remain the symbol of the struggle until the liberation of our land from the impurity of Zionism. Long live your revolution, Palestinians!"
Secretary-General of Fatah youth movement: "It’s our right... to resist in all forms and ways" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 1, 2014
PA TV program Palestine This Morning episode about the 49th anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian revolution. The program hosted the Secretary-General of Fatah’s Shabiba youth movement, Hassan Faraj.
PA TV host: “Peaceful popular resistance, standing firm on the land –these are the headlines of the time, if one may say so – because there aren’t many options.”
Secretary-General of Fatah’s Shabiba youth movement Hassan Faraj: “We disagree with the leadership somewhat on the issue of peaceful popular resistance. It’s our right, the [right of the] Palestinian people under occupation, to resist in all forms and ways. Perhaps, non-peaceful popular resistance is suitable for this stage. All our resistance is peaceful and in the end, we’re protecting ourselves. All international laws guarantee our [right] to resist with all means and ways. A small boy holding a stone who expresses his anger - this isn’t called violent popular resistance.”
Fatah: “Our forms of struggle are diverse… including military struggle” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2013
PA TV special broadcast to mark the anniversary of Fatah’s establishment:
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “Our forms of struggle are diverse, according to the legitimate international rules that allow nations to use all means, including a military struggle, to attain their freedom.”

Note: PA leaders have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that the "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."
PA TV song: Olive branch in one hand and rifle in the other 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2013
PA TV broadcast a song named “a Fatah Salute”:
     “I belong to Fatah,
it will be proud [of me],
my symbol is the keffiyeh (Arab headdress),
[I] bear an olive branch
and on my shoulder [I bear] the rifle.”
Fatah official calls for “resistance in all its forms to continue” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 25, 2013
     “Fatah Central Committee member and Chairman of the Arab American University Board of Trustees Muhammad Shtayyeh gave MBA students a lecture on ‘Development in Palestine in the Shadow of Occupation’…
Shtayyeh opened the lecture by saying: ‘Israel does not want us to develop. This appears in the Bible, when we were described as ‘hewers of wood and drawers of water’ (i.e., slaves) [parentheses in source]. To get out of the current financial crisis, develop our resources and build a state, we must end the occupation. This will come to be only if the reconciliation [between the PA-controlled West Bank and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip] is completed; [if] the two parts of the homeland are unified; [if] an agreement [between Fatah and Hamas] is reached on a clear and defined national economic strategy with which we will communicate with the world; [if] international pressure on Israel is increased to force it to enter serious negotiations; [if] resistance in all its forms is continued as a means of pressure; [if] an appeal to the UN bodies and institutions is made; [if] lawsuits are filed against Israel, especially after the PA receives membership in the UN; and [if] an effort is made to convene an international conference on Palestine at the end of the current negotiations [between Israel and the PA].’
Fatah official: "Each period has its method of struggle-- from fighting to Intifada, to popular resistance, to negotiations" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Dec. 19, 2013
Official PA TV Live broadcast the main event marking World Teachers' Day in Bethlehem. Several PA officials attended the event: PA Minister of Education Ali Zaidan (Abu Zuhri), Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi, Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and Member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, District Governor of Bethlehem Abd Al-Fattah Hamayel and Director of the Bethlehem Education Administration Nisreen Yasser Amr.
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: "I say, from a position of responsibility, not a centimeter of Jerusalem will be liberated unless every grain of Palestinian soil is soaked in the blood of its brave people. For Jerusalem doesn't need negotiations, because negotiations will not bring Jerusalem back to us. What will bring back Jerusalem are the struggle and the resolve... We have conducted negotiations, while not laying down the rifle. It [the rifle] may be resting but we will not neglect our principles. We will rest the fighter's rest, but each period has its method of struggle. From fighting to Intifada, to popular resistance, to negotiations - but we will not abandon [our principles] - not in negotiations and not in any other way. I say, from a position of responsibility, the negotiations resulted in nothing except for the [release of the] prisoners."
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Because of Israel’s military superiority, PA Chairman Abbas says ”no” to armed confrontation 
Source: Sky News Arabia, Dec. 12, 2013
PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “Then came the Intifada (PA terror campaign, 2000-2005), which was an armed Intifada. It destroyed us, completely destroyed us. I wish you could see Ramallah now, and [that you] could have seen it during the Intifada.
I have said that I won’t agree to an armed Intifada but the people have the right to hold public peaceful demonstrations anywhere and using any means, however, not military means.
Honestly, we don’t have the Israelis’ military capabilities. Proof of this is that they destroyed everything here in the Intifada, including the Presidential Headquarters - the Muqata’a in Ramallah and in Gaza. Therefore, I said ‘no.’”
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Fatah official: “Every occupied nation” has the right to “all forms of resistance, including armed resistance” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2013
     “[Fatah Central Committee member Sultan] Abu Al-Einein warned of the expropriation of the national Palestinian culture and ongoing settler riots in the streets, and said, ‘The time has come for us to stop [silently] accepting condolences for our Martyrs’ (Shahids) deaths.’ He asserted that it is the right of every occupied nation to carry out all forms of resistance, including armed resistance.”
Fatah adheres to three options: "armed resistance, popular resistance and negotiations" 
Source: Al-Youm Al-Sabea (Egypt), Nov. 12, 2013
Fatah spokesman brags about more Fatah members serving life terms than from other Palestinian factions and maintains that armed resistance is still an option.
     "During a press conference held yesterday evening, Monday [Nov. 11, 2013] with a delegation of Egyptian journalists visiting Ramallah…
[Official Fatah spokesman Ahmad] Assaf said: ‘We will not give up our options, which are popular resistance, armed [resistance], negotiations and then political options. However, we will not defeat Israel by a knockout because we don’t have a nuclear bomb, but we will get ahead on points and in negotiations until they are concluded at the end of this coming March [2014].’…
He noted that Fatah will remain the National Liberation Movement and it has three options to which it adheres: ‘Armed resistance, popular resistance and negotiations.’
Assaf explained that the prisoners’ number has reached 5,000. 65% of them are Fatah members. 700 have been sentenced to life in prison. He noted that of these 700 – 500 are Fatah members and that they were sentenced [to life in prison] because they did not abandon their national principles and continued the struggle against the Israeli occupation. He said that throughout history Fatah sacrificed two thirds of all Martyrs (Shahids) from Palestinian movements.”

Abbas Rep.: "We struggle, negotiate, fight… we choose the forms of struggle according to existing conditions” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 4, 2013
Palestine Live TV broadcast a rally held in honor of released terrorists from Jenin, which was attended by many PA officials. A large sign announced that the event was held under the auspices of Abbas.
Host of the event: “Now, we call on Azzam Al-Ahmad - Abu Nidaa - member of the Fatah Movement’s Central Committee, to deliver the President [Abbas]’ speech, we will now all salute His Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas, Abu Mazen.”
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “Mothers and families of our brave prisoners, brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen, I send you President Mahmoud Abbas’ greetings in this celebration of the release of a new group of our heroes, our brave prisoners, who have been a new example of endurance, resolve and giving, and who taught how to sacrifice… We say to Marwan [Barghouti] and to Ahmad Sa’adat and to our thousands of prisoners: Be assured that we will celebrate [your release] shortly. There are no life sentences under any circumstances. Our revolution that has been described as the revolution of the impossible, yes, it is the longest revolution in history. We do not know despair, true, we are taking a circuitous route but we will achieve our goals. We struggle, negotiate, fight – the popular resistance is escalating and expanding, and we choose the forms of struggle according to the existing conditions.”

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Fatah official glorifies Fatah violence and promotes diplomacy at the same time 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 3, 2013
Member of Fatah Central Committee Abbas Zaki: “Since firing the first shot, we in Fatah have sworn that we are on a journey that will not end unless our nation’s aspirations are achieved: return [of the refugees], an independent state, Jerusalem as the eternal capital of a Palestinian state…
It cannot be that we will ever commit suicide, and it cannot be that we will agree to anyone saying that we bowed down and sold out [on our principles]. We are the ones who planted the spirit of defiance in this nation, and we have been the school [to teach] the culture of resistance. When Israel and America declared that ‘the old will die and the young will forget’, and when they said that this is their ‘Promised Land’, we told them that what is ‘promised’ is turbulent confrontation. We took up arms, and with cascades of blood we inscribed [in the books of history] victory after victory. And today, through diplomacy, by winning the world over on our side, and by removing Israel from public opinion (i.e., as a legitimate state), we will administer the poison to them drop by drop…"
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Senior Fatah official: Abbas “baffled everyone” with diplomacy; now we can “administer poison to them [Israel] drop by drop” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 3, 2013
PA TV broadcast a rally in Surif, Hebron in honor of released prisoners Ziyad Ghneimat, Mustafa Ghneimat, and Najeh Muqbil.
Abbas Zaki: "How great and magnificent what you have done, oh heroes returning from captivity... How great what President Mahmoud Abbas has done, who through his insight knew how to defeat the enemies… Mahmoud Abbas came with his strong argument, with his intelligent policy, and with excellent, elegant diplomacy, and he baffled everyone in the Israeli camp, and he forced this equation (i.e., equating prisoners who had killed with prisoners who had not). For no one expected that Israel, which hands down life sentences and decided that they [the prisoners] would go from prison to the grave, [would release them]. They have become medals on the chest of this nation… The release of these heroic brothers was payment for nine months in which we won’t turn to international institutions… When Israel and America declared that ‘the old will die and the young will forget,’ and when they said that this is their ‘Promised Land,’ we told them that what is ‘promised’ is turbulent confrontation. We took up arms, and with cascades of blood we inscribed [in the books of history] victory after victory. And today, through diplomacy, by winning the world over on our side, and by removing Israel from public opinion (i.e., as a legitimate state), we will administer the poison to them drop by drop… We say to Israel: Die in your rage. Go to your cemeteries and recite over your dead whatever you recite. Here they are [who Israel said] 'have blood on their hands' (i.e., murderers); here they are [back] among their own people: fighters, knights, free men!”

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Fatah official: Use violence at the right time 
Source: Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, member of Fatah Central Committee, Oct. 13, 2013
Fatah Central Committee Member Tawfiq Tirawi:
     “When there are negotiations, the negotiations need leverage. Leverage on the ground for negotiations [can be] armed resistance, popular resistance, civil disobedience against the occupation, appeals to the UN, etc. You have to use all forms of struggle [as leverage]. True, there are circumstances that can sometimes dictate the form of struggle. At one time or another, the time may be right or wrong for it (i.e., for a certain form of struggle). But ultimately, if the Palestinian negotiator goes [to negotiate] without an activity that supports him, and with no factors that support him, his position will be weak. We have no popular resistance, to speak frankly, and we have no armed resistance. We have what we obtained by appealing to the UN, which is [the ability] to approach international institutions and organizations…
There is no Israeli partner for peace, in my opinion. We made a mistake when we recognized Israel, and we must retract our recognition of Israel. We made a mistake when we lowered our demands and [agreed to] the 1967 borders. I say, we must return to no less than the [UN] Partition Plan. This is my opinion, and this is what we must tell people – because essentially the two-state solution is over and dead.”
Fatah official on behalf of Abbas: All forms of resistance are legitimate  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 3, 2013
     “Participants in the Eighth International Popular Resistance Conference in Bil’in, which began on Wednesday and will continue until Friday, emphasized the importance of official and popular support of popular resistance, which has given the Palestinian cause international momentum.
The conference, held in the village of Bil’in, was attended by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, former Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Fatah Central Committee Member – representing President Mahmoud Abbas – Mahmoud Al-Aloul, District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, several members of the PLO Executive Committee and the Palestinian Parliament, leaders and representatives of Fatah’s national forces and Fatah’s Central Committee, European Union Representative in Palestine John Gatt-Rutter, [and] several European ambassadors and consuls…
In a speech delivered at the conference on behalf of the President, Al-Aloul asserted: ‘We believe in resistance in all its forms to be the right of occupied nations, as guaranteed by International Law.’ He called [on participants] not to be afraid to discuss the forms of popular resistance that were chosen by the people in this period… He added: ‘The experience of struggle in Bil’in, which suffered greatly and sacrificed many Martyrs (Shahids), has achieved a victory and forced Israel to retract its decision to gain control of the lands and residents of Bil’in.’ [...]
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said: ‘Convening this conference is a success in terms of increasing international awareness and unity [in favor of] popular resistance, and [garnering] support for the power and drive of non-violent popular resistance.’”
Young Palestinian voter: Our slogan is “the rifle and the olive branch” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 10, 2013
PA TV program Al-Balad Young People, episode about elections for the Palestinian Youth Parliament. This clip demonstrates that Palestinian youth have absorbed the PA message that both violence and diplomacy should be used at different times to achieve Palestinian goals:
Young woman: “I represent the Land of the Homeland [party] list. Why the ‘Homeland?’ Because we believe that the homeland is from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea, and we want to hold on to our homeland, and [we] know that holding on to the homeland is the basis for everything in life. Of course our slogan is ‘the rifle and the olive branch’ because we believe that there will never be peace with the Jews, and [we believe] that we will continue to hold on to our resistance and we will not fix our internal affairs with [anything] but our resistance.” […]
Candidate on the Land of the Homeland [party] list: “Our most important goals can be understood from the list’s name and from the list’s slogan. Our slogan is ‘the rifle on the river side and the olive branch on the sea side.’ We will begin the struggle from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea and will not make do with anything but all the land of the homeland.”

Note: This program is co-produced by PA TV and the independent NGO Sharek Youth Forum. Sharek Youth Forum was originally launched together with UNDP. Some of its funders in 2013 are: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), European Commission (EC), International Youth Foundation, Save The Children, NGO Development Center (NDC), UN-Habitat and Belgium.
Fatah Facebook: "All means of struggle until statehood," including violence 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Sept. 8, 2013
The Facebook page "Fatah - The Main Page" posted the adjacent picture under the headline "Fatah - All means of struggle until statehood."
The picture of Abbas speaking at the UN represents diplomacy as a "means of struggle." The other two pictures represent the use of violence as a "means of struggle." One shows a man wearing an Arab headscarf throwing a stone, while the other shows a man holding a rifle.
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Fatah official: All forms of “resistance” (i.e., including violence) are “legitimate” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 1, 2013
     “The Third Palestine Popular Resistance Conference talks began yesterday [Aug. 31, 2013] in the village of Qabalan in the Nablus district under the heading: ‘National Unity and a Plan of Resistance for Facing the Challenges.’
In a speech delivered at the opening of the conference, member of Fatah Central Committee Mahmoud Al-Aloul called for spreading the popular resistance attempt as the option chosen by our people at this stage. He emphasized that under no circumstances does this mean that our people have rejected the other options, since resistance to the occupation, in all its forms, is a legitimate right which is guaranteed by international conventions.”

Note: PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that the "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."
Fatah official: "We will win... with different forms of resistance" 
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Aug. 13, 2013
Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV host: "Tawfiq Al-Tirawi, the truth is, we're talking today about the July Victory (i.e., the Second Lebanon War). You said that you're opposed to the current negotiations. What other option do the Palestinian people or Palestinian leaders have apart from negotiating? Do they have other options?"...
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Al-Tirawi: "There are many options we could turn to, beginning with resistance by political confrontation, [resistance] by stones, and ending with armed struggle and everything in between. I wish to say that given the current balance of power and the current factors, the principle of armed struggle should not be abandoned, nor should the principle of resistance [be abandoned]. I would also like to say to all who say that the Fatah Movement has cast away the rifle: This is not true.
In the political guidelines [determined] in the sixth Fatah Conference [August 2009] held in Bethlehem, the Fatah Movement approved all the resistance options, including the armed struggle. Nonetheless, sometimes there are circumstances, factors and situations when the time is perhaps not right for this type of struggle... We are under occupation and we will resist.
By resisting, the resistance forces were victorious in Lebanon and in several countries, and we say here: We will win, Allah willing, with different forms of resistance - popular resistance, resisting the occupation through political confrontation, resisting it on the international level, as well as armed resistance at any time. We can act in this positive manner for our cause and for our land, Allah willing."
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PLO youth magazine: Resistance is carried out with both the rifle and words 
Source: Zayzafuna magazine, July 1, 2013
     “Resistance to the occupation is not carried out with the rifle only, because a word, a drawing, a film, theater, preserving heritage and folklore are also resistance to occupation.”

Note: Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine.
Fatah: Palestinians may use all “legitimate options” to resist Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 20, 2013
Headline: “The Fatah Central Committee opposes all pressure and emphasizes its firm stance regarding the demands of the peace process”
     “During meetings held yesterday [June 19, 2013] in the presidential compound in Ramallah, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah Central Committee stated its opposition to all pressure [put on] our people and its leadership…
Central Committee member and official Fatah spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rudeina… noted that in light of these discussions the Central Committee has emphasized the following: […]
(The article adds that the Committee condemned statements by Israeli MP Naftali Bennet against the two-state solution, and stated that such positions will make international attempts to restart peace negotiations fail.)
In light of this reality, in which the Israeli government operates in the field, the Central Committee emphasizes that the Palestinian people, led by the Fatah Movement, has all legitimate options [at its disposal] as part of our right to resist Israeli occupation and rid ourselves of it forever.”

Note: PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that the "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means." The Fatah Central Committee's reference to "all legitimate options" may be a reference to this interpretation of UN 3236.
PA Minister: “Armed resistance” (i.e., violence) not possible because Arabs lack military power 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 13, 2013
PA TV program Religion and Politics:
Host Moaz Shraideh: “There are some who propose launching a resistance in the Palestinian areas, in the ‘West Bank’ in quotation marks.”
Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “What resistance?”
PA TV host: “Armed resistance. There were some who demanded that you initiate the armed resistance to liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and enough with the speeches etc.”
PA Minister Al-Habbash: “Let’s assume, for argument’s sake, let’s assume this. Let’s say we remove all restrictions from the ‘armed resistance’ in quotation marks. From where will the resistance get weapons? From where will it get money in order to fight? From where? Do we have factories to manufacture this?”
PA TV host: “You’ll find a way.”
PA Minister Al-Habbash: “We don’t need to find a way. There is a [Muslim] nation with a billion and a half [people]. We, the entire Palestinian nation, what percentage are we of this nation? And just as I am responsible for Jerusalem, the Saudi Arabian, the Egyptian, the Jordanian, the Iraqi, the Indonesian, and the Moroccan are all responsible for Jerusalem. I resist as much as I can. This resistance can [only] reach the popular civilian resistance’s limit because I don’t have military power.”
Fatah offical: "We don’t say ‘peaceful popular resistance.’ No. We say ‘popular resistance’… We have given everything for peace and we now intend to give everything for the battlefield"  
Source: Official PA TV Live, Apr. 8, 2013
Official PA TV Live broadcast a ceremony honoring outstanding students from the ‘Abu Jihad’ Khalil Al-Wazir class at the An-Najah National University.

Fatah Central Committee member, Abbas Zaki: “We are on the ground and we are not abandoning the field. Proof of this is that two-thirds of the prisoners in the prisons are Fatah members. This movement is not abandoning the field. We, when we talk about popular resistance, we don’t say ‘peaceful popular resistance.’ No. We say ‘popular resistance’… We have given everything for peace and we now intend to give everything for the battlefield... We must not turn against each other while Israel is against us. First of all, Israel is the main enemy and the remaining hostilities will disappear afterwards.”

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Fatah official hints at using armed violence as "other option" if peace fails 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 27, 2013
Program: Topic of the Day. Guest: Member of Fatah Central Committee, Dr. Jamal Muhaisen. Topic: Arab League summit in Doha.
     Muhaisen: “No mechanism was established for its implementation and no other option, alternative option, was put in its place in case Israel refuses this, the Muslim-Arab hand that is offered to peace. There is another option which is to force Israel in a different way. It’s obvious what this other way is. The other direction is to use force. Either you want peace or you want the other option, force.”
Palestinians will fight “for liberation using methods of struggle they deem suitable” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 13, 2013
Columnist for official PA daily Adel Abd Al-Rahman:
     “If there is no other option – let the Israeli occupation stay and let the national resistance flags be raised, capable of blocking the Israeli apartheid state’s plans and plots. This is because the Palestinian leadership won’t continue waiting forever for a two-state solution within the June 4, 1967 borders. Even if it was able to keep on waiting for two decades (i.e., since the Oslo Accords) the Palestinian people won’t allow the leadership to sleep forever on the Israeli-American waiting-pillows, because the Palestinian people’s patience has certain limits – especially when Israeli violations and crimes push it towards a near explosion. When the time comes for the peace process to go under as a result of Israel’s policy, the US conspiring with it and the silence from the rest of the Quartet members… the Palestinian people and its active forces will clear the way for the struggle for liberation using those methods of struggle they deem suitable, according to an evaluation of the situation and of the existing balances of power.”
Fatah strategy: Combine “armed struggle” with “political activism”; “popular resistance” isn’t necessarily peaceful  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 2, 2013
PA TV’s Good Morning Palestine interviewed Salwa Hadib, member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council.
     Salwa Hadib: “Fatah has combined [different forms of] national activity – whether it was armed struggle or political activism – from the day it was founded up until today…
From its beginning, Fatah has resisted. [When] we say ‘popular resistance’, that doesn’t necessarily mean peaceful. Similarly, at the Sixth [Fatah] Conference meeting Fatah did not abandon the armed struggle. If [Fatah] finds itself [in a position like that of] the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades who participated in all forms of resistance in the Gaza Strip, then the Fatah Movement won’t give up on military resistance either. Nonetheless, the present period is a clear political campaign to show the world that the Palestinian people is a people that seeks equality, peace, justice, and a state of our own. We are a people with a will. We battle and we struggle with all our strength and in all the ways available to us.
The popular resistance must be daily, every hour in every neighborhood, and not just at the check-points. They must break through the check-points and cross over the fence in order to be real ‘popular resistance.’”
Fatah spokesperson: Fatah’s use of “all types of resistance” is “genius” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2012
PA TV broadcast an interview with Fatah spokesperson Ahmad Assaf:
PA TV interviewer: "What is Fatah's position on struggle and resistance now after 48 years?"
Ahmad Assaf: "It could be that Fatah's genius is in its being the only movement that successfully employed all types of resistance in order to achieve the goal. The anniversary we are now celebrating is the anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian armed struggle. We are proud of this day... Fatah succeeded – through the use of the rifle, through the use of self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) and through sacrifice – to convey the voice of Palestine to the whole world... Secondly, Fatah did not say that its only option was armed struggle. We always said, 'the rifle sows and diplomacy reaps.' And a rifle with no political goals is robbery... The rifle always had one target, and it was a political target: achieving the Palestinian people's goals of freedom and independence. That is why we went down two parallel paths: armed resistance and political activity... As you know, the first Intifada that taught the whole world what a people's Intifada should be like, [participation] of a whole nation... it is Fatah who led that Intifada... So you have to coordinate and use all the tools at your disposal and make use of all your advantages to achieve the goal, armed resistance as well as popular resistance… And so, we [started with] armed resistance, [moved to] popular resistance, and to the political resistance that we never abandoned. The goal is to achieve the Palestinian people’s goals, the goals that the Martyrs (Shahids) went forth and died as Martyrs to achieve, those [goals] being a free and independent Palestine on all Palestinian national land. That is why we will continue to employ these types of resistance. We will not abandon any type until we achieve our goals." 
Senior PA leader Rajoub: "Resistance is Fatah's strategic right - in all its forms" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2012
Fatah Central Committee member, Jibril Rajoub:
    
"Whoever invades our territory, will leave in a wooden plank (i.e., in a coffin). This land is our land... Out of loyalty to your blood, Yasser Arafat, you who died during this month, we will not return the sword to its sheath until there is a state... Resistance is Fatah's strategic right - in all its forms... We are ready - if there's shooting, we'll shoot. If there are demonstrations, we'll demonstrate."
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PA daily columnist: "Armed resistance and popular resistance are one single resistance" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 23, 2012
Columnist for official PA daily Yahya Rabah:
     “The message that came through clearly from the heart of the [battle] field, and from the heart of the hot resistance is a message – supported by actual proof –stressing that our people is one; the project to bring about the liberation, the independence, and the building of the state, is one single project; their armed resistance and the popular (i.e., non-violent) resistance, are one single resistance; and the path and destiny of [the nation] in the West Bank, in the Gaza Strip, and in Jerusalem, are the same single path and destiny.”
PA leader Jibril Rajoub: We believe in all forms of struggle, including "the rifle" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 5, 2012
Deputy-Secretary of the
Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub: 
     “This is a popular struggle. We still believe in all forms of the struggle. No one has removed the rifle from the equation. However, for us, the struggle is a means, and the end is freedom and independence.”
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Fatah official: "Every phase has a particular form of resistance" and armed resistance is still an option 
Source: Wattan TV website, Oct. 8, 2012
PA TV host: "Have the Palestinians, or the PLO, removed from their lexicon the term 'revolution,' in the sense of armed revolution?"
Member of the Fatah Central Committee, Mahmoud Al-Aloul: "No. No one has eliminated armed struggle or resistance as an option. Recently, at the last Fatah conference, there was an important declaration in the Introduction to the Political Program that we considered an integral part of the Political Program and whose important points stated that Fatah, for example, is a national liberation movement, and that Fatah believes that resistance, in all its forms, is the legitimate right of occupied nations when confronting their occupiers. I do not think that there's a single Palestinian who has eliminated resistance, or any form of resistance whatsoever, from consideration, or from his plans. That's in principle and in theory. We have to understand this well: Every form of resistance has certain conditions that are necessary for its use. So every phase has a particular form of resistance best suited to it, and everyone has agreed that at this stage, that form is popular resistance (i.e., non-violent). At the same time, armed resistance has absolutely not been eliminated from anyone's options. It needs a suitable climate not only among us... We hope that what is being spoken of as the "Arab Spring" and changes in the Arab world will create the climate so that the Palestinians can employ it (i.e., armed resistance)."
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Non-violent struggle is "no less important than armed struggle" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 2, 2012
Headline: "International lawyer Jonathan Kuttab in meeting on Wednesday – the non-violent struggle, which is being maligned, must become our principal means…"
     "Participants in a meeting on Wednesday reacted enthusiastically to guest [speaker], international attorney Jonathan Kuttab, an expert on non-violent struggle. [Kuttab] reviewed the significance of this [type of] struggle, which in his opinion is 'maligned'… Kuttab said that non-violent struggle is a means of struggle no less important than armed struggle – neither in terms of training and preparation, nor in terms of effectiveness and results – in conditions like those of the Palestinian nation. This is because, in view of the unfortunate condition of our cause, popular resistance is the means, perhaps the only means, of the non-violent struggle that will prove feasible and effective. He explained that sometimes, many people misunderstand non-violent struggle, believing it to be a sort of ceasefire, surrender, or [attempt] to avoid real battles. However, in reality, non-violent struggle is not just refraining from violent means, for it is a multifaceted ideological system based on foundations that differ from – and sometimes are the opposite of – armed struggle. If the armed or military struggle demands the destruction of as many enemy installations as possible while limiting loss of life on one side, the opposite is true of the non-violent approach to struggle: the death of as many victims as possible among the oppressed side (i.e., the Palestinian side) serves to strengthen it, while civilian deaths among the enemy (i.e., among Israelis) diminishes the legitimacy of its struggle."
Fatah official glorifies terrorists as “Martyrs,” praises principle of alternating violence with negotiations 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 8, 2012
PA TV live broadcast of ceremony commemorating anniversary of the death of Ghassan Kanafani – Tulkarem. 

Mohammad Shtayyeh, member of the Fatah Central Committee: 
"We, of the Fatah movement, do not cry over Martyrs. It is natural that a fighter should die as a Martyr, [as did] Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, the Martyr, the symbol Yasser Arafat, and thousands more. But what makes Ghassan Kanafani special is that he died as a Martyr early on, like the Martyrdom-seekers Kamal Adwan, Kamal Nasser, Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar, and Abu Ali Iyad…
Today we recall Hani Al-Hassan, who said: 'Military action seeds, and political action reaps.'"

Note: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) was A founder of Fatah and head of the terror organization Black September. Attacks he planned included the murder of two American diplomats (March 1, 1973), as well as the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972).
Ghassan Kanafi was a writer and a leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
Kamal Adwan was responsible for Fatah’s terrorist operations and a senior member of Black September. He and Kamal Nasser were killed by Israeli forces in April 1973.
Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar was Arafat's deputy, and commander of operations for the terrorist organization Black September
Abu Ali Iyad was appointed head of Fatah military operations in 1966, and was responsible for several terror attacks.
Fatah official: There has been a “form of struggle" for each period, including “weapons,” "stones," and hunger strikes 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 15, 2012
Interview with Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, on the PA TV program Palestine This Morning:
     Zaki: "Actually we started a process of organization and precise reconnaissance, in order to start the Fatah revolution, in January '65. From then until today, 48 years of rivers of blood, sweat and tears, we have [had] ups and downs, but the enemy feels, each day that it is regressing. Each period we use a different form of struggle: At one time [we struggle] with weapons, at another time – stones, another time – empty stomachs (i.e., hunger strikes), such that we will defeat this executioner in our battle..."
Abbas: Resistance, including violence, is “determined at each stage by the national interest” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 14, 2012
Abbas speaks on Nakba Day:
     "Unfortunately, what was agreed in Doha [reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas] was opposed by senior Hamas members in Gaza, who prevented its implementation with groundless excuses. They [Hamas] preferred narrow party interests to the supreme national interest, using the word 'resistance' as if there was disagreement about it among Palestinians. I want to remind [them] that resistance to the occupation is a broad all-inclusive concept, with various means and tools, which are determined at each stage by the supreme national interest. It was we [Fatah] who initiated armed resistance for many years, and thanks to it, we obtained recognition of our rights, and [recognition] that the PLO is the legitimate and sole representative of the Palestinian people. That was after the PLO, for many years, was considered a terrorist organization by the US, Israel, and others. ”
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Fatah official: Return to armed struggle (i.e., violence) is an option that has not been abandoned 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 23, 2012
     "Member of the Fatah Central Committee, Azzam Al-Ahmad, said that if Israel continues to maintain its positions rejecting our people's rights, all options – including the armed struggle – are open to us. He added, 'The Fatah movement, which has engaged in the armed struggle since the start of its activity, is ready to return to that option if Israel continues to deny the rights of the Palestinian people - but within the framework of national consensus regarding the use of the armed struggle approach, far removed from conflicts and opportunism.'… He emphasized: 'The Palestinian authority continues in the path of the Martyrs (Shahids) – the prince of Martyrs, Abu Jihad, and the master of Martyrs, Yasser Arafat. We shall fight the occupation through more activity on the ground, and our message to the occupation is that this is our land, and that we will establish more projects on it. This land is ours, it will be ours alone, and the occupation will disappear.'
Concerning the resistance plan, [Al-Ahmad] said: 'We are dealing with an occupation that insists on denying our right to an independent state, and therefore all options are available to us. We are prepared to return to the armed struggle, the approach that has not been abandoned by the PLO since the start of its activity in 1965, when there were those who refused, for many long years, to participate in the resistance. At the same time, we refuse for our rifle to be hired out to any [other] party, whether it be the USA or Iran, because our weapon is national [property], and it has a single aim: the defeat of the occupation, the establishment of an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, and the return of the refugees.'"
Fatah leader: “Fatah believes that the resistance in all its form” is a “legitimate right” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 26, 2012
PA TV program Special Interview devoted to the fourth anniversary of the death of George Habash.
Studio guests: Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul; Deputy Secretary General of the Popular Front, Abd Al-Rahim Malouh; and member of the Palestinian National Council, Azmi Al-khahwaja.
Al-Aloul: "Fatah believes that the resistance, in all its forms, is the legitimate right of occupied nations in the face of their occupiers. Right now, in implementation, we say that every stage has its [appropriate] form."
PA TV host: "Of course; it's a new stage."
Al-Aloul: "The broadening of the margins of [political] maneuvering sometimes make it difficult for others to understand one correctly, but that is the reality."
PLO official: Popular resistance is appropriate “right now,” but “all forms of resistance” are a “legitimate right” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 12, 2012
PA TV News:
Wasil Abu Yusuf, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Front and member of the PLO Executive Committee:
 
     "Popular resistance is the appropriate form [of struggle] right now, within the framework of the Palestinian people's resistance to the occupation, settlements, and the [security] fence, along with an emphasis on [the fact] that all forms of resistance are a legitimate right of the Palestinian people."
DFLP leader: “The PLO has not ruled out the armed struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 10, 2012
     "Member of the Democratic [Front for Liberation of Palestine] central leadership, Sayel Khalil, said [during workshop held by the Struggle Front and the Political National Guidance in Tulkarem] that… the PLO has not ruled out the armed struggle and the Palestinian national struggle in its many forms, [chosen] in accordance with the [needs of] the period. He noted that we have a unified national strategy that fits the interests of our people in accordance with the [current] Political phase."
Fatah official: “If the Israeli side refuses peace, then all the options are open to our people” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2012
     "Member of the Fatah Central Committee, Jamal Muhaisen delivered greetings from the President [Abbas], the central committee and the revolutionary council… emphasized that our people and its leadership seek peace. He said, 'If the Israeli side refuses peace, then all the options are open to our people…' … Muhaisen addressed Israel, saying: 'We are a people that will not raise a white flag, because we are a fighting people. You have an opportunity to be part of the region. If not, your fate will be like the fate of all the invasions of Palestine, all of which ended in defeat.'"
Official speaking in Abbas’ name: Fatah’s program of "struggle” will not change, “resistance in all its forms” is a “right” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2012
     "The Ramallah and El-Bireh branch of Fatah held an official and popular central rally to mark the occasion… attended by member of the Fatah Central Committee Mahmoud Al-Aloul, representing President Mahmoud Abbas… In a speech he delivered on behalf of the President, Al-Aloul said: 'On this day, when some pioneers from among our people stepped forward, believing in their Lord and the ability of their people to sacrifice, and refusing submission and oppression – there was an outbreak [of the Fatah revolution], there was the first bullet, there was Fatah…'
Al-Aloul stated that since its inception, the [Fatah] movement has adopted a clear program pertaining to the struggle and to social issues, which it will not change, based on the armed struggle and the people's long-term war. It continued with this and adhered to this, because it [the Fatah movement] believes that resistance in all its forms is the legitimate right of occupied peoples… He emphasized that the leadership, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, has made every effort, offered every opportunity to seek peace, and cooperated with every initiative… Al-Aloul said that 2012 is the critical year of the popular resistance. He called upon Fatah members to participate in it in order to deal with the Israeli aggression. He emphasized, 'We can no longer restrain the villagers, the residents and the youth in their resistance. The popular resistance will erupt alongside the political activity, whose aim is to earn the world's [support], to lay a siege against the Israeli policy, and to isolate the occupation."
Fatah official promotes non-violent resistance since armed struggle and peace not possible 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2012
     "The Palestinian Reconciliation Council, in conjunction with the Beit Al-Hikma Institute, held an open encounter in Gaza yesterday on the topic, 'Horizons of National Reconciliation and its Challenges', attended by Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Shaath…
Shaath concluded his words [with the need] to inculcate the popular struggle and non-violent resistance among our people, since the option of the armed struggle and the option of peace negotiations have been blocked."
Fatah official: Fatah supports “ongoing armed struggle” (i.e., violence) as well as “popular struggle” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 4, 2012
Rally marking 47th anniversary of the Palestinian revolution, broadcast from Ramallah:
Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul:

     "This movement from the outset presented a clear program for social struggle, and has not changed it to this day. It is a program of struggle which is based on ongoing armed struggle and popular struggle. This is what [the movement] has consistently upheld completely, to this day.
Did we not present a new political program, in which the Fatah movement believes that the struggle in all its forms is the legitimate right of occupied peoples in standing up to their occupiers? But every stage has its own form of struggle. You remember when you called the Martyr (Shahid) Khalil Al-Wazir 'the first bullet, the first stone'? When he turned to the stone, he did not rule out the possibility of the bullet. That is Fatah."

Note: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) – A founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization’s military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Fatah has a right to all forms of struggle, including armed struggle 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 1, 2012
Excerpt from a long article about Fatah by Bakr Abu Bakr, marking 47th anniversary of the start of Fatah's activity. The article, occupying a full page, is printed against the background of the Fatah logo. Writer refers to Israel as the 'Zionist enemy'.
Headline:
"Fatah is winning through activity and the masses"
     "The [Fatah] movement emphasizes its right to engage in all forms of the struggle, as approved by international laws - including the armed struggle. It has chosen, at the present stage, the mass struggle, popular struggle, or peaceful struggle as the direction of the struggle."

Note: The PA has claimed for many years that all its terror is justified by international law. This is a reference to UN resolution 3236, which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations." However, the resolution goes on to state that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war.
Fatah official Al-Qader: All options are open to Fatah, ”including the option of the armed struggle” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 30, 2011
PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem interviews Hatem Abd Al-Qader, holder of Fatah's Jerusalem portfolio.
     Al-Qader:
“Of course, Fatah is the Palestinian Revolutionary Movement which brought about the eruption of this revolution 47 years ago. It is the liberation movement that has been around for the longest time. In other words, to date, nowhere in the world has there been a liberation movement that continued its struggle for 47 years. We are likewise ready to fight for another 47 years; we have no problem with that. Perhaps we will fight for 100 years. If the Israelis think that Fatah has lost its options, and that Fatah has become a political faction or a political approach, they are wrong. Fatah is still a national liberation movement. Fatah, at its last conference, held in Bethlehem [Sixth Conference, 2009], affirmed that all options are open to the Palestinian people, including the option of the armed struggle. That still exists in Fatah… We shall emphasize this year that the Fatah movement is committed to the continuation of the struggle, in all its forms, in order to establish the Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Fatah will not give up its principles."
Editor of PA daily supports “armed struggle at its proper time... in order to achieve our aim” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 26, 2011
In the following article, editor of the official PA daily Hafez Barghouti claims that Israel is not concerned by the ascent of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt because it promised the US to continue the path of the previous regime and to maintain relations with Israel. The Salafists also committed themselves to maintaining agreements, thereby alleviating Israel's concerns.
     "I am a Palestinian citizen representing the Fatah movement, and I cannot stand the separate contracts and agreements with Israel. I hate the US, and two thirds of the articles I write are criticism of the crude American policy which is hostile to the Arab people, its religion, its culture, its heritage, its palm trees and its camels. Despite this, I am accused of collaboration, corruption, and betrayal, because I fight for a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, and support the armed struggle [when conducted] at its proper time, and the peaceful struggle at its proper time, in order to achieve our aim."
All forms of resistance are part of the Palestinian people’s “repertoire” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 29, 2011
PA TV News reports on marches held in Gaza to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People:
Coordinator of the popular campaign for resisting the separation fence, Sabber Al-Za'anin:
     "On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, we protest today in Gaza as a sign of resistance to the Israeli occupation. We emphasize the continuation of the resistance. Today we are representing the popular resistance, but we do not take off of our people's repertoire the other forms of struggle and resistance."
Political advisor to Abbas: Palestinians have the right to resist Israel in any “style that serves the… nation’s cause and harms Israel” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 24, 2011
Interview with Nimer Hammad, political advisor to Mahmoud Abbas (addressing Ismail Radwan of the Hamas movement in Gaza).
     Hammad:
"The resistance is a legitimate right, correct? For every nation. No question. Resistance – permit me to say, is something sacred. I use the word 'sacred' – for every nation against the occupation, but the weapons are not sacred. Therefore the subject of resistance is something broader than the subject of the armed resistance. We – even the expressions, sometimes, the importance of language, sometimes – when someone uses language which can be useful; a word that can be useful. Sometimes, instead of saying 'I want to crack the nut', the word 'crack' could be understood as meaning… 'I want to peel the nut', although a nut is not peeled, but rather cracked. To use this expression – will it harm me? Will it benefit me? The problem [is] that not just you and I are talking to one another; what we say is broadcast to the world; it is exposed to the centers of power. Therefore let us focus: the nation has a right – the Palestinian nation – to resist the occupation without getting into whether you mean the armed struggle? Are you against resistance? There's no benefit in [talking about] that. I ask that at the next stage, we all agree: The Palestinian nation has the right to resist the occupation. Concerning the style of this resistance, it is – the style that serves the Palestinian nation's cause, and harms Israel… Israel is helpless today when we do mass demonstrations. I hope that we will reach the day when every Thursday or Friday or Saturday 100,000 Palestinians will come out successively. And foreigners will come with us, in solidarity and people from the Israeli peace camp will come. This serves the Palestinian nation's cause."
Fatah began implementing strategy of alternating violence with diplomacy after 1973 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2011
PA TV newsreader on the consequences of the Yom Kippur War:
     "The Arab armies were not defeated this time [in contrast to the 1967 Six-Day War]; rather, the idea of abolishing the Israeli entity gradually declined, owing to great international pressure, which led to the ceasefire, and Arafat emerged from [the war] understanding that [even] in the best possible scenario, the Palestinians would not be able to regain more than the '67 borders. The idea that the armed struggle alone would not achieve the aim, and that there was no choice but to combine armed activity with a boosting of Palestinian diplomatic activity, gained more and more acceptance. And so [Arafat] began to sow the seeds of the 'two state' solution with the Fatah movement’s 'stages plan'."

Excerpt from Arafat's speech at UN General Assembly, 1974:
     "I have come to you, honorable president [of the UN], with an olive branch in my [one] hand and with the rifle of revolution in the other. Do not cause the olive branch to fall from my hand! Do not cause the olive branch to fall from my hand! Do not cause the olive branch to fall from my hand!"
PA Chairman Abbas: "Military resistance - we are unable" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 24, 2011
In October 2011, the Israeli government agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prison in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Interview with Mahmoud Abbas following the exchange:
Interviewer:
"Don't you think that it was the resistance which succeeded in freeing 1,000 prisoners? Negotiations must always be accompanied by a measure of force; there is no negotiation without resistance - that's the
experience of the nations, of Ireland and all countries."
Abbas: "Correct, but for us the conditions are different. Military resistance - we are unable. Hamas kidnapped a soldier, or captured a soldier, and managed to keep him for 5 years - that's a good thing, we don't deny it. On the contrary, it's good. Because in that small strip of 40 x 7 km [Gaza], they managed to guard him and hide him - that's a good thing. But that's not called resistance. In the end, a soldier was captured and we paid a heavy price: the invasion of Gaza, 1,500 casualties. We paid, but let's put that aside. If we're talking about [freeing] prisoners then it succeeded. There is no military resistance - neither we nor, by the way, Hamas - neither we nor Hamas want military resistance. They say this and we also say this."
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Note: The interview was carried out by Egyptian TV, but was broadcast on PA TV.
PA TV: Negotiations are not “the only way,” they are “one of the ways” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 8, 2011
PA TV program Media Cafe with discussion about use of terminology that serves the Palestinian people. PA TV host to guest, writer and journalist Professor Muhannad Abd Al-Hmeid: 
     “Let’s look at some terms, which most of the journalists err by using them in their reports and articles.”
List of 'wrong' terms with the 'correct' forms that should be used is shown on screen:
[Wrong term:] "Negotiations are the only way" – [correct term:] "Negotiations are one of the ways"
[Wrong term:] "Israel" – [correct term:] "the Israeli colonialist occupation"
[Wrong term:] "the Nakba (i.e., “The Catastrophe”, a term used by Palestinians referring to the establishment of Israel)" – [correct term:] "ethnic cleansing"
[Wrong term:] "settlements" – [correct term:] "colonies"
[Wrong term:] "terror" – [correct term:] "resistance"
[Wrong term:] "separation fence" – [correct term:] "racist separation wall"
[Wrong term:] "casualties" – [correct term:] "Martyrs" (Shahids)
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Note: This was originally broadcast on June 16, 2011.
Fatah official: “All possibilities are open to the leadership and the Palestinian people” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 28, 2011
Headline: "Al-Aloul: No negotiations in the shadow of settlement – [the village of] Asira Al-Shimaliya honors students who were successful in their matriculation"
     "Yesterday, Fatah honored students from Asira Al-Shimaliya who had succeeded in their matriculation [examinations]. Member of the Fatah Central Committee and Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, emphasized that all possibilities are open to the leadership and the Palestinian people in the event that they encounter a dead end."
Fatah official: Popular resistance and armed resistance both be used in their “proper place” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 1, 2011
Program about Palestinian - Fatah-Hamas reconciliation and the appointment of a transitional Prime Minister.
Guests: Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee
From studio in Gaza: senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan
PA TV host:
”In other words, resistance is sacred. [So] you would agree with this principle: ’Resistance is the right of the Palestinian people, a sacred right, but weapons are not sacred, and every situation has its own circumstances and its own timing’?”
Radwan: ”I say to you that it’s not a matter of weapons or no weapons. Weapons are sacred when I use them against the occupation, which knows only the language of force. So while the popular resistance has been good (i.e., effective), at the same time the armed resistance has also been good. I tell you honestly, we [Hamas and Fatah] may well agree on organizing the resistance, whether popular or armed or in all other forms of resistance -”
[Host allows Zaki to respond]
Zaki:
”Firstly, I agree with him that popular resistance, against the backdrop of the current situation, does work, and [the security fence route adjustment around] Bil’in proves that it’s an effective means which can achieve results. However, we the Palestinian people – [UN General Assembly] Resolution 3236 gives the Palestinian people the right to use all means of struggle, including the armed struggle. But the use of the armed struggle requires a [certain] atmosphere, it requires internal order, it requires that using it will be of great benefit to you and will carry a heavy price for the enemy. Unfortunately, all of this is absent.”
PA daily coumnist: Our obligation right now is to abstain from armed struggle (violence) 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 11, 2011
     “On the Palestinian level, no one disagrees that the armed struggle is difficult, or impossible, under the current conditions. Our obligation right now is to prevent the violation of our commitment to a work plan which will maintain public order, protect society from disruptions, and allow the political players to compensate for the abstention from the most noble means of resistance (when it is strategically possible) –i.e., the armed struggle – by means of advantages and achievements in our political standing. … The armed forces and groups, wherever they may be, must gather together under the flag of the national entity, with their weapons and with their vision, and must willingly forego their ability to coerce on the internal level. The use of resistance as an excuse is not convincing; Palestinian experience has shown us that when the moment of resistance arrives, whether the estimates are mistaken or accurate, it is the legitimate leadership that will be on the frontlines, and that is who will push society into the conflict – as happened in the lengthy Second Intifada, when the security services and Hamas fought together.”
Armed struggle is "impossible under current conditions," but "moment of resistance" will arrive 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 11, 2011
Adli Sadeq, PLO Ambassador to India and regular columnist for official PA daily:
     “On the Palestinian level, no one disagrees that the armed struggle is difficult, or impossible, under current conditions. Our obligation right now is to prevent the violation of our commitment to a work plan which will maintain public order, protect society from disruptions, and allow the political players to compensate for the abstention from the most noble means of resistance (when it is strategically possible) –i.e., the armed struggle – by means of advantages and achievements in our political standing. …
The armed forces and groups, wherever they may be, must gather together under the flag of the national entity, with their weapons and with their vision, and must willingly forego their ability to coerce on the internal level. The use of resistance as an excuse is not convincing; Palestinian experience has show us that when the moment of resistance arrives, whether the estimates are mistaken or accurate, it is the legitimate leadership that will be on the frontlines, and that is who will push society into the conflict – as happened in the lengthy Second Intifada, when the security services and Hamas fought together.”
Fatah spokesman: "We want to die as Shahids [Martyrs] in exchange for political profit" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 4, 2011
Fatah spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi:
     “If resistance [violence] doesn’t serve the Palestinian political project, then it’s a crime against us. We don’t want resistance for the sake of resistance, we don’t love death, we want life, and when we die as Shahids (Martyrs) we want to die as Shahids in exchange for political profit which all of us are able to realize.”
Palestinian strategy is to engage in both diplomacy and violence 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 10, 2011
Official PA daily columnist, Adli Sadeq:
     "When the results [of the Al-Aqsa Intifada] forced us to return to the option of politics and national resolve upon the land, unity was withheld from us with various excuses, and we found ourselves divided, with one of the strategic aims of the occupiers having been, and still being, to destroy our ability to realize the two opposite options: politics (i.e., diplomacy) and resistance (i.e., violence)!”
PA daily columnist opposes violent resistance, but only because it is ineffective 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2011
Muwaffaq Matar in his column, from article “A Question along the Way:”
Headline: “Netanyahu is gambling with Jewish children”
     "We dare not return to armed activity. We believe that it is no longer appropriate in our situation and in our reality, since the non-violent popular resistance is more effective. We aim for alertness and caution – not only regarding the danger of falling into a trap where our resistance becomes terrorism and crime, in light of the rise in official and popular worldwide support for our non-violent and legitimate struggle, but out of concern for ourselves and at ourselves, because justice is with us so long as human values guide every movement in our lives. Just as our aspiration for freedom, liberty and independence is a right, [so] we take care to purify our path and our means from the desire for revenge or submission to the Satan of murder for the sake of murder.”
Fatah leader: Armed resistance is a right but is not currently possible 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 2, 2011
Nabil Shaath is a member of the Fatah Central Committee and Fatah’s Commissioner of International Relations:
     “During a political gathering held by Fatah – Tubas branch, under the heading, “The Principles are our Bridge to a State”, Shaath noted that the American administration and Israel are applying pressure to the Palestinian leadership to return to negotiations. He said, ‘However, we decided that our present strategy will be a continuation of the popular struggle in all its forms and through all its means; a launching of international activity in order to obtain further international recognition of a Palestinian state; and pursuit of Israel and war criminals in international forums.’…
Shaath noted that the leadership is opposed to the idea of returning to negotiations without a change in the balance of power on the ground. He added that right now there is no room for the realization of our people’s right to armed resistance, due to several considerations and the results that it might bring about on the ground.”
Fatah Central Committee member: Violence is an option that must be postponed "at the present time" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 17, 2011
     "Nabil Shaath, member of the Fatah Central Committee and the movement's head of international relations... said...: 'Nineteen years of negotiations and armed struggle have not succeeded in bringing about the liberation of a single inch of the land of Palestine. We are aware that at the present time it is impossible to return to the armed struggle, despite its being the right of Palestinians."
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Fatah member: "Fatah has not laid down the rifle, despite its call for peace" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 11, 2011
Fatah member, university head of Student Council, Qassam Azmouti:
     "[Fatah] head of the [Arab-American] University [in Jenin]'s Student Council, Qassam Azmouti, noted that Fatah, is the mother of the first Shahid (Martyr) the first prisoner, and the first bullet, and will continue to be the symbol of rebellion and a pioneer of the defenders of Palestine, the land, and the people. He emphasized that Fatah has not laid down the rifle, despite its call for peace, and it remains faithful to the oath of all the Shahids under the leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas."
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Former PA PM: "All options are open to us, including all forms of resistance" 
Source: Al-Quds, Oct. 20, 2010
     “Head of the PLO Jerusalem department, Ahmed Qurei… emphasized that ‘all options are open to the Palestinians for the restoration of their national rights and for the use of them in such a way as to have positive effect, for the benefit of their national interest.’
He noted that negotiations and political and diplomatic activity and the resistance must be included within the framework of the negotiations possibilities, including all forms of resistance. He stated that ‘all options are open to us: negotiations, popular activity, sitting strikes, civil disobedience, and armed resistance. None of these [options] may be rejected…’"
PM Fayyad: Hebron attack was not in the Palestinian's national interest 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Sept. 6, 2010
     “Fayyad said: ‘I don’t think that there’s disagreement that carrying out resistance in the way in which it is being carried out, has caused great damage to our cause and to our people… What happened in Hebron [murder of four civilians] does not stand alone, but rather is part of a policy, but this is not the policy of the [Palestinian] Authority… Someone who does such a thing must justify it to the people and justify its results… We [the Palestinian Authority] will carry out the Palestinian struggle in a way that will make the work based upon it vis-à-vis the international community, easier, on moral foundations… Such acts [the Hebron terror attack] cause harm to our people and damage the ability to stand firm and [our] continued existence. Israel exploits it as an excuse, and while the operation [i.e., terror attack] was taking place, the world found time only to talk about ‘the Hebron operation…’ … A journalist questioned the benefit of the [Palestinian] Authority assuming responsibility for events which take place [in areas] under Israeli security control, and condemning them. Fayyad answered her by saying, ‘I’m not speaking at all based on the assumption that we are responsible towards the Israelis. My approach is, where does our interest lie?’”
Fayyad says killing of Israelis harmed Palestinian interests 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Sept. 6, 2010
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Fayyad:
    “I don’t think that there’s disagreement that carrying out resistance in the way in which it is being carried out, has caused great damage to our cause and to our people. I say this candidly and with sorrow.
He added: ‘What happened in Hebron does not stand alone, but rather is part of a policy, but this is not the policy of the [Palestinian] Authority. Afterwards, they [Hamas] also announced that there will be a series of operations (i.e., terror attacks). Someone who does such a thing must justify it to the people and justify its results. … Such acts (the Hebron terror attack) cause harm to our people and damage the ability to stand firm and [our] continued existence. Israel exploits it as an excuse, and while the operation (i.e., terror attack) was taking place, the world found time only to talk about ‘the Hebron operation.’ … Presenting the matter as though our job is to provide security for the Israelis is wrong. What guides us, as first priority, is our own interest.’”
Abbas criticizes Hamas for timing “operations” with negotiations with Israel 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Sept. 6, 2010
     “He [PA Chairman Abbas] said that the recent shooting operations in the West Bank did not constitute resistance: ‘These operations are not operations of resistance. For why is it that resistance isn’t happening every day, and isn’t happening at all, except on the day we went to negotiations?! Why are they [Hamas] sitting quietly? Why did resistance become legitimate only today? Is resistance legitimate in the West Bank but not legitimate in Gaza?! ... We are against the launching of rockets, but why do they [Hamas] enforce law and order in Gaza, but refuse to enforce it in the West Bank?’”
PA Minister criticizes Hamas attack for giving Netanyahu advantage at talks 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 3, 2010
     “We ask a question… what is the secret of the timing for carrying out armed operations in the West Bank? We want to know the secret of the timing... if they [Hamas] have any connection to the interests of the Palestinian people, they [Hamas] should explain it to us – let them explain to us the secret of this genius that underlies the timing of these operations.”
Fatah spokesman: Hamas attacks are rash actions harming national interests 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 3, 2010
      "In a declaration published by the Information and Culture Commission, [Fatah spokesman] Osama Al-Qawasmi added: ‘The resistance is meant to serve the political plan; it is not opposite or contrary to it. Rash actions [a reference to the Hebron drive-by shooting by Hamas that killed four Israeli civilians] cause grave harm to the supreme Palestinian national interests.’ He emphasized that [violent] resistance is a means and not an end, and that the aim of strengthening the resoluteness of our people in the Palestinian West Bank and in Gaza, restoration of Palestinian rights, and the establishment of an independent state, require that the optimal means are employed."
Hamas terror attack meant to prompt Israel’s revenge on the PA 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 3, 2010
Column by Hafez Barghouti, editor in chief of official PA daily:
     Headline: “An old game”
“The operation yesterday in Hebron [Hamas terrorists killing four Israeli civilians] reminds us of a series of operations or acts of massacre which the occupation carried out with precise timing prior to the visits of former [Israeli] Prime Minister Ariel to Washington – six visits, each of which was preceded by an act of pre-planned massacre by the occupation, in order to draw a Palestinian reaction which would come at the same time as his arrival in Washington and upset the basis for the trip and its agenda, such that it would deal only with Palestinian terror.
Prior to that, some [Palestinian] factions chose the timing of their operations for the beginning of a round of negotiations or some implementation of an agreement, since they knew that Israel would end the implementation…
Ultimately, whoever wishes to destroy negotiations (which are destroyed from the outset) knows the equation, which is not a magical equation, and if the Israelis want to destroy something, they accelerate settlement or carry out some massacre, and wait for a Palestinian operation in response.
It is possible that the operation in Hebron yesterday falls into this framework; it has already happened in the past that Hamas adopted this approach of operations [i.e., terror attacks], since the establishment of the PA until now – not with the aim of causing damage to the occupation, but rather in order to motivate the occupation to take revenge on the PA.”
PA paper: Hamas did Netanyahu a favor shooting Israelis 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 3, 2010
     “While the eyes of the world were turned towards the White House and the leaders there, Obama talked about the four Israeli victims in Hebron... The ruling party in Israel, the Likud, was waiting for this direct support for the security policy of its chairman, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and of the settler and extremist front in the Israeli government, but it had not expected it to come so soon and in such perfect form... which strengthened its negotiation stance, weakened the rear ranks of the PLO, and created confusion amongst the international community, which shows understanding of our rights and the legitimacy of our demands. ... Hamas has chosen to support Netanyahu at the critical moment, and now he will harden his position concerning security demands and needs and the need to address them before anything else. ... Thanks, Hamas.”
Advisor to PA PM: Hamas attack was golden opportunity for Netanyahu and harmed Palestinian interests 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 3, 2010
     "Advisor to the Prime Minister [Salam Fayyad] on national affairs, Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, said that... Hamas is strengthening the stance of the extreme right-wing [Israeli] government and of the herds of settlers by carrying out violations and other aggressive crimes against members of the Palestinian Arab nation and its legitimate leadership, and even more so by granting a golden opportunity to Netanyahu and his ilk of the extreme right-wing to renew construction in the settlements, to evade fulfilling the commitments of the present stage and easing the siege on the West Bank and Gaza, and to deceive the international community as though the Israelis are the victim of so-called Palestinian ‘terror’…"
Abbas condemns West Bank shooting attacks in White House speech 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 2, 2010
Headline: “Text of President’s [Abbas’s] speech at the White House”
     “We have vehemently condemned what happened yesterday (shooting attack near Hebron in which 4 Israelis were killed), and we also condemn what happened today (shooting attack near Ramallah in which 2 Israelis were injured). We have absolutely no wish for a single drop of blood to be spilled, neither of Israelis nor of Palestinians. We want peace and natural life to exist between them. We want them to live as eternal partners and neighbors. Let us sign a final peace agreement and conclude forever a long period of struggle.”
PA says no arrests made of Hamas suspects after killings of Israelis 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 2, 2010
Headline: “[Palestinian] Authority denies detaining Hamas activists”
     “The official spokesman of the security services in the West Bank denied that the Palestinian Authority has arrested any Hamas activists in connection with the latest operation in Hebron [the drive-by shooting and killing of four Israeli civilians] [the Arabic word amaliya]. This was in response to Hamas’s accusation that the PA had arrested more than 250 of its members. Spokesman [rank] Adnan Al-Demeiri said: ‘We have not arrested any members of the Hamas movement in in connection with the latest operation.’ Al-Demeiri said that Hamas’s claim was meant ‘to complement what it had done, in order to put pressure on President Mahmoud Abbas and the negotiating delegation in Washington, by claiming that the Palestinian Authority had carried out these arrests.’ He added: ‘We did not carry out any arrests related to the latest operation, and the numbers that Hamas is talking about are imaginary numbers.’ At the same time, Al-Demeiri confirmed that the security services had summoned Hamas activists [for questioning], ‘within the framework of regular summonses by the [security] services, aimed at preventing violation of the law.’”
Hamas attack obstructed achievement of PA national goals 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 2, 2010
Column by Adel Abd Al-Rahman, entitled “The Pulse of Life”
Headline: “The aims of the Hamas operation [the Arabic word amaliya]”
     “The purpose of the [latest] operation [amaliya] and [future] operations which Hamas and its supporters may carry out – if we are not constantly on the alert – is not related to resistance, although settlers from Kiryat Arba were killed. Hamas does not seek through [this operation] to raise the banner of resistance. In its operation, Hamas wanted to achieve several aims simultaneously…
Hamas’s latest operation [amaliya] recalls the operations of the [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam [Martyrs’ Brigades] on the eve of every redeployment of the Israeli army prior to 2000, in other words, prior to the second Intifada [terror campaign], when they acted deliberately to sabotage every withdrawal from Palestinian territories, and rained accusations of treason on the national leadership and on the security services, with the justification that they were raising the ‘banner of resistance’. Time and events have proved that the Muslim Brotherhood movement (reference here to Hamas, -Ed.) did not and does not support the option of resistance, but rather acted in accordance with an agenda… whose aim is to pave the way to seizing control of the Palestinian Authority… The above is not a defense of the settlers… The above emphasizes the adherence to the option of agreement and non-violent struggle for the purposes of achieving the national goals without bloodshed, and emphasizes commitment to the demands of the political settlement, even though the most extreme right-wing [Israeli] government ignores them in practice.”
Fatah spokesman: Hebron attacks are part of Hamas' agenda for West Bank takeover 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 2, 2010
Headline: “Fatah: Hebron operation strengthens Netanyahu and weakens the Palestinian position”
     “Fatah spokesman Ahmad Asaf emphasized that ‘Hamas has directly strengthened the position of the Israeli government, and the aim of its operation in Hebron is to draw the occupation forces into acts of revenge and to harm the achievements of the PA in the West Bank.’
In a statement on behalf of the Information and Culture Commission, Asaf added: ‘Through this operation, Hamas seeks to disseminate anarchy, to threaten stability in the West Bank, and to continue with the Hamas agenda of takeover, which it commenced in the Gaza Strip.’ He emphasized that the Hamas operation in Hebron contradicts Palestinian national interests, the aims of the Palestinian people, and its struggle for freedom and independence.”
PA: Hamas attack intended to harm PA efforts to gather international support for Palestinian position 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Sept. 1, 2010
Headline: “The leadership condemns the operation: contradicts Palestinian interests”
     “President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership have condemned the operation which took place in Hebron ‘from our point of departure, which condemns any operation which targets Palestinian or Israeli civilians.’ The leadership emphasizes that the aim of this operation, for which Hamas has claimed responsibility, is [intended] only to sabotage the political process, and that it is impossible to consider it a resistance operation, since Hamas itself has halted the resistance from the Gaza Strip and has persecuted those who engage in it.
For his part, Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad considered the operation which took place yesterday in the Hebron region, and its timing, as intended to harm the efforts of the PLO to gather international support for the Palestinian position, in view of the demands of the political process and its ability to bring about an end to the occupation… It thereby contradicts the Palestinian national interest and the strategic view which the National Authority has adopted, combining a political struggle led by the PLO… with a strengthening of peaceful popular resistance to the occupation, in order to bring about an end to the occupation.”
PA: Hamas attack meant to undermine the PA and the political process 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 1, 2010
Headline: “Four settlers killed near Hebron, ‘Al-Qassam’ announce their responsibility”
     “… President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership have condemned the operation ‘based on the point of departure of condemnation of any operation against Palestinian or Israeli civilians’. The leadership emphasized that ‘the aim of this operation, for which Hamas has claimed responsibility, is [intended] only to sabotage the political process and it cannot be considered an act of resistance… and its ability to bring an end to the occupation’… [Prime Minister] Dr. Salam Fayyad said the operation “ contradicts the Palestinian interests…’ and said that the operation and its timing is designed to harm the efforts of the PLO to gather global support for the Palestinian standpoint…
In Gaza, the Izz-A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, announced ‘their full responsibility for the heroic Hebron operation.’… In the evening a number of gatherings were organized to celebrate the attack, hosted by the Hamas movement, ‘out of pride in the Hebron attack.’ Mushir Al-Masri, a Hamas member of the Palestinian Parliament, said at a procession in the Jabaliya camp in northern Gaza that ‘the Al-Qassam Brigades are reawakening in Hebron and in the West Bank, wit this heroic operation.’”
PA says terror attack not resistance and against national interests 
Source: WAFA news agency, Sept. 1, 2010
Headline: “Abbas Condemns Military Operation in Hebron”
     “WASHINGTON, August 31, 2010 (WAFA)- President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Leadership condemned Tuesday the military operation in Hebron, stemming from condemnation of any acts against Palestinian or Israeli civilians.
In a press release, the Palestinian Leadership confirmed that the target of the operation which Hamas hold responsible, is overcrowding the political process. It could not be considered as an act of resistance, since Hamas stopped the resistance in the Gaza Strip and pursued the people who wage resistance.” [PMW emphasis added]
http://english.wafa.ps/?action=detail&id=14713
PM Fayyad: shooting of Israelis "contradicts Palestinian national interests" 
Source: WAFA news agency, Aug. 31, 2010
PA news agency: The National Authority condemns the shooting operation in Hebron and sees it as contrary to Palestinian interests. Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad said that the operation which took place on tonight in the Hebron area, and its timing, harm the efforts being made by the Palestine Liberation Organization to gather international support for the Palestinian position…
PA spokesman: Hamas attack serves Israeli interests  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 31, 2010
PA TV News broadcast at 10:30pm, about 3 hours after the attack:
Headlines:
1. “The President [Abbas] met in Washington with the American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, as a prelude to the launch of direct talks”
2. “Four settlers killed in an attack in Hebron, for which Hamas has claimed responsibility, and occupation forces have sealed the area and are carrying out a wave of invasions into adjacent towns”

PA TV news reader: “In response to the killing of four settlers near Hebron, an official spokesman expressed, on behalf of the Palestinian leadership, a denouncement of any operation [amaliye] which targets Palestinian or Israeli civilians. He emphasized that such operations serve only the interests of the occupation, to deflect attention from the commitments of the peace process and to continued settlement in Jerusalem and in the rest of the Palestinian territories. Four settlers were killed this evening in an incident of shooting towards their car in the vicinity of the town of Bani Na’im in the Hebron
PA Minister: Violence and war still an option 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 20, 2010
Friday sermon by Mahmoud Al-Habbash, PA Minister of Religious Affairs at the mosque at Mahmoud Abbas’s offices in Ramallah. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was in the audience:
     "Jerusalem is not just a city. Al-Aqsa is not just a mosque. Jerusalem is the key to peace, and Jerusalem can ignite a thousand and one wars. Unless the issue of Jerusalem is solved, so that it returns to its owners; unless Jerusalem will be Palestinian, as it was throughout history, the capital of the Palestinian state and the capital of the Palestinian people, the place which is the object of heartfelt longing and which all Muslims aspire to reach; unless Jerusalem is like that way, there is no peace. There is no peace without Jerusalem. There is no stability without Jerusalem. If Jerusalem is dishonored, if Jerusalem is disgraced, if [Jerusalem] is lost, it may leave the door open to all possibilities of struggle, all possibilities of war. The term 'war' cannot be erased from the lexicon of this region as long as Jerusalem is occupied, as long as Jerusalem is disgraced, as long as the residents of Jerusalem are being targeted. It's not possible; Jerusalem has to return to its owners. And we are its owners."
PA: Armed conflict is function of profitability 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 5, 2010
Interview with Ahmad Qurei (Abu Alaa), former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, head of the PLO's Jerusalem Department, on the conflict with Israel:
Qurei: "All the options are open, as I see it. Negotiations, political activity, popular activity and [armed] resistance - and we must continue with it."
Question: "Today, what is the [best] option, in your opinion?"
Qurei: "All of the above."
Question: "Including [armed] resistance?"
Qurei: "I see and analyze. And if it [resistance] gives me [benefit] without costing me, yes."

Note: The interview originally appeared in Al Sharq Al-Awsat (London) and was reprinted in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.
Abbas supports diplomacy now because it is the only option 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2010
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, at a meeting with writers and journalists in the home of the Palestinian Ambassador to Jordan:
     "'We don't accept the statement [of Hamas]: a [Palestinian] state of resistance and refusal. What we hear from everyone is that the basis is negotiations, at a time that the entire world agrees about this, despite the absence of other options, we either have negotiations or no negotiations, what has put Israel in the corner.
We are unable to confront Israel militarily, and this point was discussed at the Arab League Summit in March in Sirt (Libya). There I turned to the Arab States and I said: 'If you want war, and if all of you will fight Israel, we are in favor. But the Palestinians will not fight alone because they don't have the ability to do it.' He (Abbas) said: 'The West Bank was completely destroyed and we will not agree that it will be destroyed again,' in addition to 'the inability to confront Israel militarily.'"
Fatah spokesman says "Fatah will not restrain itself for long" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 1, 2010
     “Fatah spokesman, Osama Al-Qawasmi ... said that the situation in the occupied territories is in danger of exploding as a result of the Israeli settlement policy, which is gathering speed. He emphasized that Fatah will not restrain itself for long concerning these provocative steps... He emphasized that the Palestinian people, having remained resolute in the face of all international plots against the composition of its national identity and against its presence upon its land, will not submit to and accept the policy of dictates and establishing facts on the ground, which Israel is trying to enforce... Al-Qawasmi emphasized that the Fatah movement will not stand by idly in the face of these Israeli provocations and threats [the continued building in East Jerusalem]. He warned that the situation is no longer tolerable, owing to the Israeli policy which is targeting the land, the people, and the places that are holy to Islam and to Christianity.”
Fatah Central Committee member: Negotiations are "tactical" and "temporary" 
Source: Al-Dustour (Jordan), June 10, 2010
     "Dr. Nabil Shaath, Commissioner of International Relations and member of the Fatah Central Committee… stated that the decision to renew negotiations was a tactical decision, i.e., a temporary, defensive decision… and it is dependent upon the possibility of attaining tangible results for the Palestinians. He concluded: 'Even the resistance uses defensive tactics in order not to miss opportunities.'"
Fatah Central Committee member: Palestinians will return to violence when it is in "our people's interest" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 7, 2010
     “Dr. Nabil Shaath, member of the Fatah Central Committee… emphasized that ‘the Palestinian people has the right to defend itself, and it has the right to act in the way of the armed struggle. We have acted in this way for 100 years. Fatah led it [the armed struggle] for 23 years, and Hamas adopted it for 15 years. We are proud of all of our Shahids (Martyrs), and it is our right to return to the armed conflict whenever we view that as our people's interest.’"
PA editorial: Armed struggle not possible now, so choose popular struggle 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 24, 2010
     "I have no doubt that the occupation is destined to pass from the world... I also have no doubt that out of the options for the national struggle to be rid of the occupation, the popular struggle is the one that is needed, since the option of the armed struggle is impossible at the present time."
PA leader Zaki: Armed struggle still option if negotiations fail 
Source: Al-Ghad (Jordan), May 22, 2010
     "Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, does not believe that a Palestinian-Israeli agreement will be achieved in the shadow of the extreme right-wing [Israeli] government, but he leaves the door open to a 'return to [UN] Resolution 181 and to all forms of the struggle, including the armed struggle, if the negotiations fail: the door is open to a return to the UN, such that Resolutions 242 and 338 will no longer have any value, and there will be a return to Resolution 181 [of November 29, 1947], which is the Partition Plan and the birth certificate of the State of Israel and of the Palestinian State. In addition, [there will be] a return to UN Resolution 3236, which grants the Palestinian people the right to all forms of the struggle, including the armed struggle...’ He called for ‘a gathering that will bring together the Fatah and Hamas leadership, under Mahmoud Abbas'... and added: 'We are in favor of anyone who defends the homeland and bears arms in order to defend it, because he supports the idea of Fatah and of the resistance. Likewise, we stand with anyone who comes out against the Zionist lobby and isolates Israel and puts it in a corner.'”
Fatah MP: We do not reject armed struggle even if it is not current focus 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 21, 2010
     “Dr. Nabil Shaath, Fatah Foreign Affairs Commissioner... said: '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… He noted that the difficulty of the conflict required the Palestinian people to diversify its activities of struggle – along with an emphasis on the importance of the armed struggle, which laid the basis for the existence of the state and contributed to maintaining the right and presenting it to the world – especially since the armed struggle at the present time is not possible, or is not effective, because of the difficulties with which the Palestinian people contends: the internal division, the ongoing siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, and the intensive settlement attack against Jerusalem."
Fatah MP: Armed struggle is our right, but is not possible now 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 20, 2010
     "MP Dr. Nabil Shaath, member of the Fatah Central Committee and its Commissioner of Foreign Relations… emphasized that Fatah's stated strategy for the struggle is to adopt the growing popular and 'non-violent' struggle against Israel, because of the inability to engage in the armed struggle, which has become undesirable now, although it is the right of the Palestinian people, which all international treaties and resolutions have guaranteed... 'I have said this to the leaders of Hamas, I have said to [Hamas PM] Ismail Haniyeh during my meeting with him in Gaza, that Arab, regional and international conditions do not permit us to engage in the armed struggle, and that our efforts must be concentrated on strengthening the non-violent resistance…'
Shaath emphasized that the non-violent struggle is no less honorable than the armed struggle, and that it does not signify submission to Israeli demands."
Senior Fatah member: Violent resistance not possible now 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 18, 2010
Azzam Al-Ahmad, Fatah Central Committee member:
     "[Mocks Hamas for their claim that they are carrying out resistance:] Where? On Mars? Was the volcano in Iceland a result of their action? Where is the resistance that they are talking about? We speak honestly. We are now calling for (non-violent) popular resistance, and we are actively doing it. We are actively doing it because the circumstances right now do not allow us to do anything beyond this (i.e. violent resistance). If [Hamas] are referring to the armed struggle, let them update me and I'm ready to join if they're doing something, but I know that they're detaining anyone trying to shoot a single bullet from Gaza towards Israel."
Fatah leader: Palestinians not restricted in battle against Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 2, 2010
Jibril Rajoub, member of the Fatah Central Committee: 
     "We have a resolution of the [2009 Fatah] Congress that our battle with the Israelis is open, and our options are not limited to popular resistance."

Note: PA TV News broadcast with report on the detention and release of Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki. Click here to view
Fatah will use armed struggle and non-violence 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 3, 2010
At a political conference held by the Institute for Development Studies in Gaza, politicians and spokesmen emphasized the importance of taking bold violent and non-violent decisions to end the internal Palestinian discord:
Headline: "At political conference in Gaza organized by the Institute for Development Studies on the subject of dialogue – demand to take bold decisions to end the [Hamas-Fatah] discord and to agree to national reconciliation"
     “Ashraf Jum'a, a member of the Fatah parliamentary faction in the Legislative Council (Palestinian Parliament) … stated that political changes had come about following the events of June [2007] in Gaza [Hamas takeover] and following the war, and that Fatah was clear about its political approach, insofar as it announced at its Sixth Conference its adherence to the armed struggle for the liberation of Palestine, and has also adhered to the platform of President Mahmoud Abbas since 2005 – turning to a political process and to non-violent resistance."
Fatah prides itself on deadly terror attacks 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 6, 2010
Headline: "On the 45th anniversary of its founding: Fatah is still the leader of the national struggle and the foundation stone of the Palestinian State"
     "Fatah has the greatest number of prisoners in the jails of the Israeli occupation... In addition, it is the largest faction that has sacrificed Shahids (Martyrs) from among its commanders and members [in the past] and until a few days ago, when special forces of the Israeli occupation army executed three of its members in Nablus [referring to the three terrorists who were killed by Israel two days after they murdered Rabbi Meir Chai in Dec. 2009]."
Fatah: Armed struggle is our right 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 17, 2009
Sultan Abu Al-Einein, member of the Fatah Central Committee and Secretary of Fatah’s Lebanon branch:
     "Mahmoud Abbas said in front of the entire [Sixth General Fatah] conference : 'Any people whose land is occupied has the right to carry out resistance in all its forms, to carry out a national struggle in all its forms, including the armed struggle.' I want to say: Any people that willingly relinquishes its right to carry out resistance in all its forms – all its forms! Including the armed struggle! – is not worthy of existence. Any people whose land is occupied! It's a right bestowed upon us by . . . international law. It's a right that is given to us, and we will not abandon it.
We want peace, but not a peace of obedience, not a peace of submission, and not a peace that is based on the Palestinian people receiving a state that is a small settlement or an economic colony. We will not accept that . . . . The international community must be aware that the option of negotiations is our option and our decision, but it won't be the sole option forever."
Official Fatah platform: Resistance in every manner 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 10, 2009
Mahmoud Al-Aloul, member of Fatah Central Committee, in a PA TV News broadcast:
     "The Fatah Sixth General Conference approved the movement's political platform. The platform emphasizes the right of the Palestinian people to resist the occupation in every manner. A member of the Conference, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, submitted a document comprising five points, focusing on Fatah as a movement for national liberation and on the right of the Palestinian people to resist the occupation in every manner."
Marwan Barghouti: The armed resistance will continue 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 4, 2009
Marwan Barghouti, Fatah Secretary in the West Bank and member of Fatah Central Committee, in a statement read at the Sixth General Fatah Conference in August 2009:
     "Finally, Barghouti once again renewed the promise and the oath to our people and to Fatah members everywhere, that the flag of the resistance will remain flying and will not come down until the occupation ended, and that we will continue in the path of the Shahids (Martyrs) and the prisoners – ‘the way of Fatah,’ the way of the struggle. [He added:] ‘The last day of the period of occupation is the first day of peace in the region; there is no peace, no security and no stability except with the disappearance of the occupation and the settlers, and the end of the occupation is closer than many imagine it to be. The fate of the settlements in the [West] Bank and in Jerusalem will be no better than that of Gush Katif and Kfar Darom in Gaza. The occupation will end up in the dustbin of history as an example of the racism and of the Fascist and Nazi regimes. Our people, bearing the most noble, respectable and just cause known to humankind in modern history, will prevail.'"

Note: Marwan Barghouti - serving five life sentences for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli civilians. When arrested in 2002, he headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
The loftiest form of resistance is armed struggle 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 4, 2009
Jamal Huweil, elected to the Fatah Revolutionary Council at the General Fatah Conference, Aug. 4-6, 2009:
     "The resistance is all-encompassing. That's what we learned in Fatah. It begins with hatred of the occupier in the mind, in the consciousness, and in the heart. It continues with Molotov cocktails, the stone, writing graffiti, boycotting Israeli products, and the loftiest [form of resistance] is the armed struggle. And we, praise to God, were among the greatest in carrying out this activity, but we do not act in vain.”
Willingness to continue Fatah struggle will not end 
Source: Al-Falastinia TV (Fatah Party), Aug. 4, 2009
Jamal Huweil, elected to the Fatah Revolutionary Council at the General Fatah Conference, Aug. 4-6, 2009:
     "We [in Fatah] need a generation that is first of all capable of representing our young people, a generation that is capable of spearheading the next platform of the Fatah movement – whether on the subject of negotiations and the political process, to persuade this people about the political option, or the option of resistance. We have the greatest capability, and we still keep the embers of the resistance [alive] – and as you know, I came out of prison only 40 days ago. We still keep the embers of the resistance [alive] and are ready to continue on the path of our struggle, if we are clearly asked to do so by the Fatah movement – to continue with our struggle in all its forms. We are ready, with great willingness that will not lessen."
Fatah military leader: Fatah leads in blending negotiations and terror 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 4, 2009
Zakariya Zubeidi, Former head of Jenin’s Fatah terror group, Al-Aqsa Martyrs, who received amnesty from Israel: 
     "Resistance can and should coexist with the strategy of negotiation with Israel, that has become identified with Fatah since the Oslo peace accords of the 1990s..."
Asked his views on the program of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Zubeidi smiled and said that he was happy that the PA security forces are being trained internationally. "I am happy that our army is trained in Jordan in Egypt, in Russia, in several countries all over the world," he said. "In case there is a future war, we will have some people who will be trained."
Fatah: Will not abandon armed struggle as strategic choice 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 29, 2009
Jibril Rajoub, member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council:
     “Fatah arose to realize the independent Palestinian national identity as necessary factor in the equation of the conflict, by means of struggle in all its forms, foremost among them the armed struggle. [This principle] will not fall at the [Sixth] Conference, and there is no force in the world that can cause it to fall. And I say to you, all Fatah members – this is a strategic choice that is not subject to geography, nor to blackmail, nor to the place and time of the gathering of the Conference."
Fatah: Force, armed struggle must support negotiations 
Source: Al-Falastinia TV (Fatah Party), July 26, 2009
Tawfiq Tirawi, elected to the Fatah Central Committee at the General Fatah Conference Aug. 4-6, 2009:
     "Most members of the movement believe that it is imperative to emphasize, in the political platform of the Fatah movement, that we are still under occupation and that the legitimate resistance, in all its forms, must be re-considered… This doesn't mean that we don't want negotiations, but we don't want negotiations just for the sake of negotiations. There must be factors supporting the negotiations. The negotiations are [a type of] resistance, but they must be supported – supported by the stone, by demonstrations, by strikes, sit-ins, supported by all forms of the struggle, of which the greatest, or the most violent and the final [form] is the armed struggle. . . . The negotiations always need force to influence them positively."
Fatah leader: Fatah coordinated terror with Hamas  
Source: Al-Falastinia TV (Fatah Party), July 23, 2009
Jibril Rajoub, member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council:
     "It was Fatah that carried out resistance; it was Fatah that coordinated the resistance with Hamas, not the security mechanisms or the security commanders. Do you understand me?"
Fatah MP: Terror to be used "in the proper place and at the proper time" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 22, 2009
Muhammad Dahlan, Senior Fatah MP: "Regarding negotiations with Israel, we have to set a logical time limit of two years, in my opinion. The political plan guarantees the continuation of our national struggle in all its forms, in a way that will fulfill our national aspirations within this period of time."
PA TV Host: "[Does] the [violent] resistance and struggle continue?"
Muhammad Dahlan: "This is our right, a legal right. The international community affirms it for us. But it is the responsibility of the leadership to use it when it wants, in the proper place and at the proper time. We cannot leave it in the hands of youth who use their own judgment. This is the difference between [PA] using this right and just anyone using it. I lived with Chairman Yasser Arafat for years. Arafat would condemn [terror] operations by day while at night he would do honorable things. I don't want to say any more about this." Click here to view
Fatah MP: Fatah still for armed resistance and does not recognize Israel 
Source: Al-Quds, July 22, 2009
Rafik Al-Natsheh, president of the Fatah Movement's Disciplinary Court, head of PA Parliament:
     
"The Fatah Movement will prove at its Sixth Congress to all the collaborators and know-nothings that it will continue to maintain the option of resistance in all its forms, and will not recognize Israel."
Fatah: We have not called off the armed struggle 
Source: Al-Falastinia TV (Fatah Party), July 22, 2009
Muhammad Al-Madani, member of Fatah Central Committee:
     "The struggle has not been cancelled, nor did we call off the armed struggle."
PA official: Armed struggle still valid alternative to negotiations 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 19, 2009
Interview with Head of PA National Guidance Directorate and former member of Fatah Supreme Council, Naef Switat:
Switat:
"There is a major (central) enemy to the Fatah movement, and that is Israel..."
Interviewer: "Could there be a change in some of the strategies of the Fatah movement, over the course of the Sixth Congress, in the first sessions on the first and second day, in this regard, and especially [concerning] relations with Israel in this context?"
Switat: "To my view, there is a need to repair and improve the general policy, and especially the political platform. Meaning, the statement that negotiations are a strategic choice is a statement that does not solve problems, nor does it provide results. It is clear from [our] experience that that struggle and resistance are the natural right of every nation that is subjected to occupation, and negotiations are one of the means that should be used; it's not the only way. Whether the armed struggle is the only way or [whether] negotiations [is the only way] - neither this nor that is correct. Right now there is a need to create a political platform that will coordinate between the resistance and struggle in all its forms and negotiations as one of the forms of the struggle."
PA: Weapons and abilities ready for armed struggle, waiting for Fatah timing 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 19, 2009
Abbas Zaki, PA representative to Lebanon:     
     "We have UN General Assembly Resolution and Proposed Resolution 3236 [concerning] the use of all means of the struggle, including the armed struggle… The Palestinian people is once again waiting for the knights of the Fatah movement – and all of the factions look forward to the great wealth and reserve [of abilities] for the great struggle of the Fatah movement. This reserve [of abilities] must explode in the face of the enemy, rather than explode as a result of [the situation within] the disorganized family that currently prevails among us."
Fatah member: Fatah goal is Palestine, not peace 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 7, 2009
Kifah Radaydeh, Fatah Regional Committee member, Jerusalem
     "Fatah is facing a challenge, because [Fatah] says that we perceive peace as one of the strategies, but we say that all forms of the struggle exist, and we do not rule out the possibility of the armed struggle or any other struggle. The struggle exists in all its forms, on the basis of what we are capable of at a given time, and according to what seems right...
What exactly do we want? It has been said that we are negotiating for peace, but our goal has never been peace. Peace is a means; and the goal is Palestine. I do not negotiate in order to achieve peace. I negotiate for Palestine, in order to achieve a state.”
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Fatah official: The "resistance" brought about Oslo Accords 
Source: Al-Quds, Apr. 6, 2009
Sultan Abu al-Aynayn, Fatah Secretary General in Lebanon:
     "The resistance [i.e. terror] brought about the Oslo Accords. There are 250,000 Palestinians who have returned to their homeland. The arms that were used against the Israeli enemy in Gaza and on other place."
Host: "More that 40,000 rifles."
Sultan Abu al-Aynayn: "Were brought [into the PA] in accordance with [Oslo] Accords. When we refer to the negative aspects of the Oslo Accords, we should also look at their other aspects." Click to view video
Abbas: "We are against armed conflict because we are unable" 
Source: Al-Dustour (Jordan), Feb. 28, 2008
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman:
    "Now we are against armed conflict because we are unable. In the future stages, things may be different. I was honored to be the one to shoot the first bullet in 1965 [Fatah terror against Israel began in 1965], and having taught resistance to many in this area and around the world, defining it and when it is beneficial and when it is not... we had the honor of leading the resistance. We taught everyone what resistance is, including the Hezbollah, who were trained in our camps [i.e. PLO camps in the 60s]."
Fatah leader defends Arabs' right to "struggle and resistance" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 26, 2008
Mahmoud Ismail, member of the PLO Executive Committee:
     "I want to cite the actions and future actions of President [Abbas], from the starting point that the Palestine cause is the essential and central cause of the Arab Nation. It's not surprising that [to] certain journalists of the current despicable American era, our [Arab nationalist] language of the 50s and 60s is outdated, when we talk about the nature of the struggle between the Arab Nation and its enemies: the Imperialists and Zionists, who attack and occupy our territories inside Palestine and outside, in Iraq, in the remains of South Lebanon and the Golan.
"We [however,] take pride in this [Arab nationalist] language because we are the authentic Arabs who believe in our Arabism, our faith, our cause, our Nation, in our right to struggle and to resistance [euphemism for terror] in all possible ways in all the occupied lands, in Palestine, Lebanon, the Golan and Iraq."
Fatah spokesman: Fatah strategy combines violence with negotiations 
Source: Al-Quds, June 23, 2007
Ahmad Abd Al-Rahman, Fatah spokesman:
     “Just as [armed] resistance to the occupation is an elementary form of the struggle, so the other aspect of this form of resistance is the path of negotiations and peaceful means… We base our struggle upon a dual strategy, which rests upon [armed] resistance and negotiations.”
Diplomacy must be combined with violence to succeed 
Source: Al-Risala (Hamas news source), May 21, 2007
Hamas representative to Palestinian Parliament, Ismail Al-Ashqar:
     “’The world respects only the strong’ … He vaunted the achievements which Hamas has reaped, and also emphasized that the movement had succeeded in combining diplomacy with resistance.”
Hamas sees success in combining diplomacy and violence 
Source: Al-Risala (Hamas news source), May 17, 2007
Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha:
     “Praise to Allah, we have demonstrated glowing success in combining diplomacy and resistance.”
Arafat was expert on timing of terror and diplomacy 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 9, 2006
Yasser Arafat, former PA Chairmen and PLO leader
     “Yasser Arafat was an expert on the timing of seeding the struggle and reaping diplomacy… He taught us that diplomacy in the national struggle is like agriculture… He warned us that there is a time for harvest, which must not be early or delayed.”
PA Minister: Oslo gave Palestinians the tools to wage the "great Intifada" 
Source: Al-Alam TV (Iran), July 4, 2006

Ziyad Abu Ein, PA Deputy Minister of Prisoners Affairs:
     "The Oslo Accords are not the dream of the Palestinian people. However, there would never have been resistance in Palestine without Oslo. Oslo is the effective and potent greenhouse whish embraced the Palestinian resistance. Without Oslo, there would never have been resistance. In all the occupied territories, we could not move a single pistol from place to place. Without Oslo, and being armed through Oslo, and without the Palestinian Authority's "A" areas, without the training, the camps, the protection afforded by Oslo, and without the freeing of thousands of Palestinian prisoners through Oslo - this Palestinian resistance and we would not have been able to create this great Palestinian Intifda."
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Palestinian goal: Destroy Israel in stages 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 4, 2005
Ibrahim Mudayris, Official, PA Ministry of Religious Trusts and Religious Affairs:
     "We might return to the 1967 borders by diplomacy, but we shall not return to the 1948 borders (i.e. eliminate Israel) by diplomacy. The 1948 borders- no one on earth recognizes as ours. Therefore we shall return to the 1967 borders, but we have not given up on (Israeli cities) Jerusalem and Haifa, Jaffa, Lod, Ramle and Tel Aviv. Never. Your father's blood was shed here, at the villages, at Ashqelon, Ashdod, Hirbia (all in Israel) and hundreds of villages and towns that demand it from us. [Their blood] shall curse anyone who will concede a grain of earth of those villages. The land of Palestine will demand the Palestinians return as Muhammad returned- as a conqueror."
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PA cleric supports break in violence to prepare for "greater confrontation" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 28, 2005
Ibrahim Mudayris, Official, PA Ministry of Religious Trusts and Religious Affairs: 
     "[The Hamas, etc.] responded sensibly, accepting the president [Abbas'] call for calm...and were convinced of the need for: "fighter's rest" because the interest demands we preserve our blood and our weapons for the greater confrontation."
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Fatah: We must include the rifle and a time for “fighter’s rest” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 10, 2005
Samir Al-Mashharawi, member of Fatah Central Committee:
    “We of Fatah say – we must include all of this, and choose the right time for the rifle and the right time for negotiations... We may view this period devoted to negotiations as the ‘fighter’s rest’.”
Fatah leader: Negotiations are the "fighter's rest," return to violence is an option 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 10, 2005
Samir Al-Mashharawi, member of Fatah Central Committee:
     “Now [PA President] Mahmoud Abbas is suggesting the idea of negotiation. If we see that Abbas grants us an opportunity – by negotiations – for a national achievement with no casualties and no bloodshed on our side, [then] yes! What harm could it cause us? When all of the diplomatic doors are shut, as happened after the Oslo agreement, we have the Intifada (PA terror campaign, 2000-2005); we have our people; we have our perseverance in the resistance (violence). We view this period of negotiations as the “fighter’s rest.”
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Fatah Revolutionary Council member: The rifle seeds and diplomacy reaps 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 5, 2004
Diab Al-Louh, member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council:
     “We have learned in the struggle that there is a stage of planting and cultivation. The struggle of the rifle seeds and the diplomatic struggle reaps. We, the Palestinians, have planted in the many years of our struggle, our Shahids (Martyrs), our wounded and our brave prisoners, who have planted productive seeds.”
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Palestinian moderates call to stop suicide terror “because we do not see results” 
Source: Al-Quds, June 19, 2002
From petition signed by PLO Commissioner of Jerusalem Hanan Ashrawi, President of Al-Quds University Sari Nusseibeh and others: 
     "Appeal: We the undersigned, based on our feelings of national responsibility, and because of the danger of the current situation surrounding the Palestinian people, hope from those who stand behind the military operations that target civilians in Israel that they reconsider and that they cease encouraging our youth to carry out these kinds of operations. This, because we see no results from these operations other than the reinforcement of loathing, enmity and hatred between the two peoples, the widening of the chasm between them, and the destruction of the possibility that the two peoples will live side by side in peace in two neighboring countries. We believe that these operations do not achieve progress towards the fulfillment of our project calling for freedom and independence, but rather add to the ranks of the enemies of peace on the other side, and provide excuses for the hostile government headed by Sharon to continue its relentless and aggressive war against our people, which targets our villages, our cities, our old, and our young, as well as our achievements, our hopes, and our national project. Military activity is defined as positive or negative not in and of itself, but rather by the criteria of its achievement of political goals. Therefore, it is necessary to review these activities. We do not believe that impelling in the direction of existential conflict between the two peoples in the Holy Land will produce anything but destruction and ruin for all of those living in this region, and we find in this result no logical, human or political justification."
PA Minister: Acceptance of Oslo to gain foothold; "struggle" will continue 
Source: Al-Ayyam, May 30, 2000
PA Minister of Supplies, Abd Al-Aziz Shahin:
     “The Palestinian people accepted the Oslo agreements to gain a foothold and not as a permanent settlement, since war and struggle on the land is more efficient than a struggle from a distant land…The Palestinian people will continue the revolution until they achieve the goals of the ’65 revolution…[i.e., destruction of Israel].”
Goal still "liberation of Palestine" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 20, 2000
“When we picked up the gun in ’65 and the modern Palestinian Revolution began, it had a goal. This goal has not changed and it is the liberation of Palestine.”
PLO chief negotiator: PA plans to return to terror when negotiations break down 
Source: Private recording, Jan. 15, 1996
Nabil Shaath, chief PLO negotiator for 1993 Oslo Accords, at a closed meeting:
     "We decided to begin liberating our homeland step by step. This is the strategy. It is now impossible for the peace process to stop, for if it does, all the acts of violence will return to Israel. We say: Should Israel continue - no problem. And so we honor the peace treaties and non-violence, so long as the agreements are fulfilled step by step. [But] if and when Israel says "enough," namely - "we won't discuss Jerusalem, we won't return refugees, we won't dismantle settlements, we won't withdraw to the borders," in that case it is saying that we will return to violence. But this time, it will be with 30,000 armed Palestinian soldiers and in a land with elements of freedom. I'm the first one to call for it. If we get to a deadlock we shall return to the fighting and struggle, as we have fought for 40 years or more."  Click here to view
Hamas Charter: Palestine is Islamic Waqf (Religious Trust) 
Source: Hamas Charter, Aug. 18, 1988
     "Palestine is an Islamic Waqf (Islamic trust); the liberation of Palestine is an individual duty binding on all Muslims everywhere."

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