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

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

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

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Kidnap-for-hostage policy

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2- Responses to Gilad Shalit exchange
3- Kidnapping and murder of 3 Israeli teens

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PA daily op-ed claims that kidnappings are part of legitimate “resistance to the occupation and self-defense”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 9, 2015
Headline: “The Israeli Parliament [Knesset] legitimizes racism.”
Op-ed by Izzat Daraghmeh, regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.
        “The fact that the Israeli [Parliament] Knesset yesterday [July 8, 2015], Wednesday, approved, at first reading, the bill sentencing anyone who kidnaps an Israeli ‘for nationalistic reasons,’ to life [imprisonment], without this bill applying to Israelis who kidnap Palestinians, shows the extent of racism of the occupation authority and government. This is especially [true] as most of the Israeli laws were enacted to serve the goals of the occupation, and to facilitate it’s expansion and continuity, and most of them are aimed against the Palestinian people if it opposes the occupation, its actions and offensives, even though resistance to the occupation and self-defense are matters which are anchored in all international and humanitarian laws and ordinances.
PLO Ambassador on Hezbollah bombing: Palestinians hoped Israeli soldiers ‎would be kidnapped 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 29, 2015
On Jan. 28, 2015, Hezbollah bombed Northern Israel, killing two Israeli soldiers. Adli ‎Sadeq, PLO Ambassador to India and regular columnist for the official PA daily Al-Hayat ‎Al-Jadida, wrote the following op-ed in response to the bombing:
     "Hezbollah’s operation (i.e., shooting of missiles) at Sheba Farms [in Northern Israel] ‎has shortened the distance between [its] promise to respond in the right place and time ‎and the actual response. The most important aspect of this resistance operation was ‎the fact that it put the quarrelsome ones (i.e., Israel) into a state of unrest‎...
The Palestinians followed the developments of yesterday's event together, full of ‎hope that the resistance fighters (i.e. Hezbollah) would capture Israeli soldiers and ‎would hold them in order to exchange them [for Palestinian prisoners], thereby ‎breaking Israel’s inflexibility regarding the prisoners’ issue and forcing it to free ‎them all...
 We do not deny our joy at the fact that this quarrelsome occupation received a limited ‎response, the minimal response on Hezbollah’s part. The occupiers thought that no ‎one would dare fire at them, but from now on they will think twice before embarking on ‎a ‘joyride’ war against Lebanon. And they have already understood that if they do, they ‎will suffer exactly as the Lebanese!”‎
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Prisoner with two life sentences confident of early release following future exchange deals for kidnapped soldiers  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 16, 2014
     “Tareq Barghouti, the PA attorney for prisoners’ and released [prisoners’] affairs, noted that the occupation court in Ofer had created a legal precedent against prisoner Ali Sa’ada from Halhul, who has been imprisoned since 2011 on the charge of the premeditated murder of two settlers, when it condemned him to two life sentences and 50 years, in addition to a 3.5 million shekel fine and compensation to the families of the victims.
It should be noted that before the sentence was read out, prisoner Ali Sa’ada turned to the tribunal and said: ‘I know you are merely helpless clerks obeying orders from above, so don’t waste words on the justness of your system. You are as far from justice as one can be. I give you regards from the kidnapped soldier (Shaul Oron) [parenthesis in source], who tells you to pass the verdict as you see fit.’”

Note: Ali Sa’ada and Wa’al Al-Araja - members of a Palestinian gang of stone-throwers who were convicted of the murder of Asher Palmer, 25, and his baby son Yonatan near Kiryat Arba in the West Bank on Sept. 23, 2011. Al-Araja threw two stones at Palmer’s car from a vehicle driven by Sa’ada, hitting Yonatan in the head and causing Palmer to lose control of his vehicle, which ran into a gulley, killing both of them instantly.
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2- Responses to Gilad Shalit exchange
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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.

The following section documents responses to the Shalit deal as reported in Palestinian media:
PA leader: "When they kidnapped [Gilad] Shalit, we congratulated them" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 2, 2014
Deputy-Secretary of Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub: "If Hamas wants to kidnap soldiers, let them kidnap soldiers. Let them kidnap. Let them kidnap if they [the Israelis] don't want to release prisoners, but want them as prisoners forever, so [the prisoners] will come out as ghosts and skeletons. The Israelis need to understand. It's clear that kidnapping is the language they understand. On the contrary, we encourage them [Hamas]. When they kidnapped [Gilad] Shalit, we congratulated them. When they concluded the Shalit [exchange] deal, in spite of our having a few reservations about it, we also congratulated them."
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Note: 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.
PA TV filler expresses support for Shalit kidnapping  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 25, 2013
PA TV filler On this Day:
     “On this day in 2006, Palestinian fighters (i.e., Hamas terrorists) attacked an Israeli border post, causing the death of two Israeli soldiers. But more importantly, the fighters succeeded in capturing an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. This occupied the world for six years. Tel Aviv took advantage of this and imposed a strangling blockade on the Gaza Strip in addition to launching a destructive war at the end of 2008, but they failed to get him [Shalit] back until an agreement was reached with Hamas who had been holding Shalit. More than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners were released by terms of this [agreement].”

Note: 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.
Released terrorist prisoner salutes Hamas terrorists who took part in Shalit kidnapping 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 19, 2012
PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem on the anniversary of the Shalit prisoner exchange. Interview with Nasser Abd Rabbo, former prisoner released as part of the Shalit deal.
Nasser Abd Rabbo: "Firstly, I salute our heroic prisoners, all of them. We hope for them to be released, Allah willing. I salute the families of the Martyrs (Shahids) Rantisi and Farawneh, who died as Martyrs in the attack in which the soldier Shalit was kidnapped. We salute the families of the Martyrs."
PA TV host: "May Allah have mercy on them."
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3- Kidnapping and murder of 3 Israeli teens
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On June 12, 2014, Hamas terrorists Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu ‎Aisheh kidnapped and murdered Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and ‎Naftali Frenkel, 16, while they were hitchhiking. The boys' bodies were found by Israeli ‎security forces near Hebron on June 30, 2014. The two terrorists were killed on Sept. ‎‎23, 2014 during an exchange of fire with the Israeli army force that was attempting to ‎arrest them.‎

Significantly, a majority of Palestinians supported both the kidnapping and murders:‎
‎“57% of the public say that they supported the June 2014 kidnapping of the ‎three Israelis in the West Bank when that incident took place. Support for the ‎kidnapping reached 67% in the Gaza Strip and only 45% in the West Bank.‎
‎“Similarly, a majority of 54% supported the killing of the three kidnapped Israelis ‎and 42% opposed it. Support for the killing reached 69% in the Gaza Strip and ‎only 42% in the West Bank. 52% of the West Bankers opposed the killing of the ‎three kidnapped Israelis.”‎
‎[http://www.pcpsr.org/en/special-gaza-war-poll, Sept. 2, 2014]‎

Hamas has publically admitted that Hamas members were responsibile for the ‎kidnapping and murders:‎
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to Vanity Fair:‎
‎“A Hamas field group in the West Bank had killed those three settlers. So, this ‎was indeed an operation executed by a Hamas group.”‎
‎[Vanity Fair, Oct. 21, 2014]‎

The Palestinian Authority, though not behind the kidnapping, has likewise implied its ‎support for the kidnapping, by glorifying the murders as “Shahids” –Martyrs – the term ‎of highest religious honor in Islam. ‎
‎ "Israeli occupation forces executed citizens Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu ‎Aisheh today, Tuesday, in the early hours of the morning in a military operation ‎in central Hebron... Security sources told WAFA that the occupation forces were ‎still holding on to the bodies of the two Martyrs (Shahids)." ‎
‎[WAFA news agency, Sept. 23, 2014]‎
Despite Hamas’ open admission of carrying out the kidnapping and murders, the PA has repeatedly claimed that Israel planned and/or did it as a pretext for starting the 2014 Gaza war, and has blamed Israel for killing the murderers and even ‎claimed that Israel did that to “silence the truth.”‎

Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the official PA daily and member of ‎the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza:‎
‎"In the early hours of the morning... Israel assassinated the young men Marwan ‎Al-Qawasmi and Amer Abu Aisheh... The two young men were Hamas members ‎from Hebron who had been 'accused' of kidnapping and murdering three Israeli ‎settlers on June 12 [2014]... ‎
It is possible that, were they alive, they would tell us and the world that the ‎operation of kidnapping and murder of the three settlers is unrelated to the ‎official Israeli version. Therefore, the execution of the young men, Marwan and ‎Amer, amounted to the murder of the truth." ‎
‎[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 24, 2014]‎

Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, official PA daily columnist and a member of the ‎Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza:‎
‎“The occupation (i.e., Israel) planned this aggression… The aggression began on June 12 following a fabricated event for which ‎no one took responsibility, that is, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli ‎teens."‎
‎[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2014]‎

Op-ed by Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija, editor in ‎chief of Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, the ‎official PA ‎daily:‎
‎“Prior to this operation [the kidnapping], Israel was in a ‎severe crisis, but today, it ‎is emerging from ‎its crisis in the way it knows – ‎‎[through] an aggressive, ‎malicious and ‎indecent operation, which has so far met ‎with no real ‎international discouragement. ‎
This operation ‎‎[the kidnapping] was [carried out] without ‎any political discussion ‎‎(i.e., planning), ‎indicating that it was nothing more than a ‎plot, and history will ‎no doubt reveal those ‎who devised and planned it.”‎
[‏Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 14, 2014]‎

This section documents the varied Palestinian responses to the kidnapping of the ‎‎3 Israeli teens:‎
PA libel: Israel killed the kidnappers so they couldn’t tell truth of their innocence 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 25, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the official PA daily and a member of the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza
     “Several days ago, a driver from Jerusalem had a normal accident, the likes of which – and worse – occur [regularly] in Tel Aviv, and can happen a thousand times in Washington, New York, London, Paris or anywhere in the world. The accident occurred when a wheel of Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaloudi’s car swerved. The car collided with several pedestrians, causing the death of an Israeli baby. According to witnesses present on the scene, Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaloudi shouted as the car swerved, because he was losing control of the vehicle. Yet the Israeli police shot him, killing him immediately! ... Note that the accused was killed immediately in order [to ensure] that the truth would die with him. The same thing happened when the three Israeli youths were kidnapped on June 12 [2014]… From the outset, the Netanyahu government accused two Palestinians of committing the kidnapping operation – Al- [Marwan] Al-Qawasmi and [Amer] Abu Aisheh – and when the war ended, the accused were caught, and, by coincidence, were executed immediately, so that the truth would die with them.”

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Hamas leader Mashaal admits Hamas kidnapped and murdered the 3 Israeli teens, and says it was justified 
Source: Vanity Fair, Oct. 21, 2014
Interviewer: "You’ve referred to these men as “martyrs,” as heroes (i.e., the terrorist murderers). You said in the past ‎few weeks that you were unaware of the plan to kidnap and kill these kids. But it ‎sounds as though you’re saying it was perfectly appropriate to kidnap and kill three ‎teenagers. Is that correct?‎"
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal: "The answer is clear. When this operation took place last June, I then ‎said in remarks to the media that we had no information. I could neither confirm nor ‎deny. Later on, and as the Israeli investigations have shown, it turned out that a Hamas ‎field group in the West Bank had killed those three settlers. So, this was indeed an ‎operation executed by a Hamas group. We now have specific information. [The] ‎question now is: Was this operation legitimate or not? This was a legitimate operation. ‎Why? I told you. It is the right of the lawful owners of the land in the West Bank, ‎whether they are from Hamas, or from some other group, to engage in resistance ‎against the occupiers, whether they are the Israeli military or settlers. It’s as simple as ‎that.‎"
Abbas representative glorifies killers ‎of 3 Israeli teens as Martyrs and says ‎Israel assassinated them 
Source: Facebook page of Fatah Central ‎Committee Member Abbas Zaki, Sept. 30, 2014
Excerpt from the speech given by Fatah ‎Central Committee Member and ‎Commissioner of Arab Relations and ‎Relations with China Abbas Zaki, who ‎represented PA Chairman Mahmoud ‎Abbas at a ceremony marking the 65th ‎anniversary of the founding of the ‎People’s Republic of China:
     "The barbaric massacre of Palestinian ‎civilians perpetrated by Israel in the ‎Gaza Strip using all forms of the most ‎advanced weaponry and without ‎determining military objectives proves ‎that its mission was killing and ‎destruction… [All this comes in ‎addition] to the continuing intentional ‎assassinations of Palestinian citizens, ‎the last of which was the assassination ‎of the Martyrs (Shahids) [Amer] Abu ‎Aisheh and [Marwan] Al-Qawasmi in ‎Hebron.”‎

Note: Marwan Al-Qawasmi and Amer ‎Abu Aisheh – Hamas terrorists who ‎kidnapped and murdered three Israeli ‎youths on June 12, 2014: Eyal ‎Yifrach,19, Gilad Shaar,16, and Naftali ‎Frenkel,16. The Israeli boys' bodies ‎were found by Israeli security forces ‎near Hebron on June 30, 2014. The two ‎terrorists were killed on Sept. 23, 2014 ‎during an exchange of fire with an Israeli ‎army force that was attempting to arrest ‎them. ‎
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