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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:‎
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.”

Note: Click "full article" below to view a longer transcript of the event. The "full article" also includes descriptions of the released terrorists who were being honored as well as descriptions of the imprisoned terrorists mentioned by Azzam Al-Ahmad.
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.”
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