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Yasser Arafat
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Palestinian journalist quotes Arafat about Oslo Accords: “I promise you that you will see the Jews fleeing from Palestine like mice fleeing from a sinking ship,” accuses Israel of poisoning Arafat
Source: Rai Al-Youm, independent Arab news website, Sept. 13, 2018
Article by Abd Al-Bari Atwan, Palestinian journalist and editor of the online newspaper Rai Al-Yawm: 

     “I remember that he [former PLO and PA President Yasser Arafat] took me aside when we left his office in the Jugurtha neighborhood of Tunis – on the pretext of going out for a walk and in order to get away from the listening devices – and he told me: ‘I want to tell you something that I ask you not to note or attribute to me, except after my death.’ He let out a sigh and said: ‘I am entering Palestine through the door of Oslo, despite all of my reservations, in order to return the PLO and the resistance to it, and I promise you that you will see the Jews fleeing from Palestine like mice fleeing from a sinking ship. This will not happen in my lifetime, but it will happen in your lifetime.’ He confirmed to me that he did not believe the Jews at all, and I swear that he spoke the truth…
President Arafat achieved the Martyrdom-death (Shahada) that he hoped for through Israeli poison (sic., this libel has been disproven by medical teams).... he brought about the outbreak of the second armed Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005). He brought weapons from every possible place, and I know very well that he cooperated with and supported the Jihad fighters of the Hamas Movement in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank with money and weapons.”

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Abbas recommended to Arafat to stop PA terror campaign (Second Intifada) because “we wouldn’t achieve anything, and it was a disaster”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 2, 2018
Official PA TV program The Philosophy of Patience, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ recollections from the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005), aired March 23, 2018, rebroadcast April 2, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “After the second Intifada broke out due to Sharon’s visit, I was with [then PA Chairman] brother Yasser Arafat and [PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat in a plane... From the third day I said to him: ‘Yasser Arafat, this intifada must stop, because it’s a snowball that you don’t know where it will roll.’ Yasser Arafat heard me and heard the others, and he didn’t have to pay attention to my words. He waited, he thought, and they made him understand that it’s possible that things will develop and we will achieve something. My opinion was that we wouldn’t achieve anything, and it was a disaster that ended with the Martyrdom-death (Istish’had) of Yasser Arafat. It ended with the occupation of the entire West Bank and the destruction of all the agreements that were signed between us and Israel, and we are still suffering from this to this day.”

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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 TV broadcasts terror song 72 times in one month: “No force in the world can remove the weapon from my hand”
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, Nov. 30, 2016

"From my wounds, my weapon has emerged.
O, our revolution, my weapon has emerged
There is no force in the world that can remove the weapon from my hand
My weapon has emerged. My weapon has emerged."

Yasser Arafat: "For our movement, ‘armed struggle’ means taking part in an armed revolutionary war of the masses."

Broadcast on Fatah-run Awdah TV, 72 times in November 2016; hundreds of times since Feb. 22, 2015

A longer version of this song with the following additional stanza encouraging Martyrdom, was aired four times in November 2016 on Fatah-run Awdah TV:

"He who offers his blood does not care if his blood flows upon the ground
As the weapon of the revolution is in my hand, so my presence will be forced [upon Israel]
My weapon has emerged. My weapon has emerged."
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Tulkarem governor honors Palestinian arch-terrorists at Fatah event celebrating Arafat
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2015
Headline: “Crowds in Tulkarem mark the 11th anniversary of Arafat’s death as a Martyr”
     “Crowds in Tulkarem marked the 11th anniversary of the death as a Martyr of the founding leader Yasser Arafat, in a rally organized by the Tulkarem branch of the Fatah movement at the Palestine Technical University Kadoorie. Tulkarem District Governor Issam Abu Bakr delivered greetings from President Mahmoud Abbas to the participants, and emphasized that Martyr (Shahid) Arafat protected the national identity in a fitting way, and died as a Martyr supporting our people’s rights. Likewise, he mentioned Martyrs Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’, Salah Khalaf, Abu Ali Iyad, George Habash, Fathi Shaqaqi, Ahmed Yassin, and the other Martyrs who have left a clear stamp on the national battle for liberty, independence, and the establishment of an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital… Secretary of the Fatah movement Muayyad Sha'aban emphasized the loyalty to the path of Martyr Yasser Arafat and all the Martyrs and prisoners who sacrificed what is dear to them above all for the freedom of our people and the establishment of its independent state. He clarified that the occupation strives, through its daily crimes against our people, to bury alive the Jerusalem insurgency, which comes to protect the Palestinian honor, and emphasized the importance of the popular peaceful insurgency in confronting the occupation and its daily crimes against our people.”

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PA daily praises Arafat’s talent at manipulating and utilizing the media in Palestinian favor, presented suicide bombings as “liberation”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 11, 2015
Headline: “The media was a tool like a rifle in Yasser Arafat’s life”

“’If the Elder (i.e., Yasser Arafat) had been alive, the Arab and international media would be loud and raging from the pictures of violation and crime carried out against the boy Ahmad Manasrah (i.e., young Palestinian terrorist who stabbed two and was shot by Israeli security), as he [Arafat] was not just a president, but a media person who knew how to harness the media to the cause’ – this is the essence of the matters about which the media people and officials who worked with the late President Yasser Arafat unanimously agreed.

Media person Fathi Al-Barqawi said: ‘He [Arafat] appreciated the media and knew how to use it. He read and followed every detail, and instructed officials around him to draw public attention in favor of the Palestinian cause. Therefore, a humanitarian matter such as the case of Ahmad Manasrah would have been turned into a matter of international opinion, due to his media skills and connections throughout the world.’

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Fatah posts famous Arafat quote encouraging violence and Martyrdom death: “Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 6, 2015

The image shows Yasser Arafat.
Text on image: “Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) are marching to Jerusalem”
PA TV broadcast from cemetery includes poster with map erasing Israel and poster commemorating terrorist Dalal Mughrabi
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 12, 2015
Official PA TV program One Day We will Return from the Al-Badawi Refugee camp in Lebanon
First image shows a map of Israel in a cemetery with pictures of “the Martyrs” (Shahids) of Fatah, among them terrorists Abu Jihad and Abu Iyad.

Second image shows a cemetery with pictures of Yasser Arafat and terrorist Dalal Mughrabi.

Notes: 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 also 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.

Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) - Founder of Fatah and head of the terrorist organization Black September. Attacks he planned included the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972) and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (March 1, 1973).

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
PA official: Arafat provided medical insurance for Fatah fighters
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 1, 2015
Official Palestinian TV program A Nation is Built.
Haidar Ibrahim, past Deputy Minister of Minstry of Labor: “First of all, we want medical insurance [for workers]. There are workers who can’t pay for a loaf of bread. It’s already been a year or two [that the insurance has been halted]. President Arafat, may his memory be blessed, paid for insurance for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades soldiers, and then the funds were given to the most needy workers, etc. After that it was halted. It’s the government’s responsibility.”

Note: The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades - established by Arafat in 2000, when he started the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada). He unified separate Palestinian armed groups into a single body under the name The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, which is still Fatah’s official military wing today, and is on the US and EU list of terror organizations.
Arafat initiated the PA practice of paying salaries to imprisoned Palestinian terrorists
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2014
Official PA TV News report on the weekly demonstration near the central headquarters of the Red Crescent in Gaza, at which families of the prisoners honored Yasser Arafat on the anniversary of his death. 

Muwaffaq Hamid of the Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs: “These prisoners’ families are marking this anniversary [of Yasser Arafat’s death]. Each year, the prisoners’ families return and hold a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Martyrdom-death of the symbol and commander Yasser Arafat, out of loyalty to the prisoners and their families. For deceased Chairman Yasser Arafat, may he rest in peace, the man who founded the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and initiated the [paying of] military salaries to every prisoner in the Israeli prisons, which suffices for the families of these prisoners to live in dignity.”
Fatah Facebook video: The "triumphant brigades" carried out the second Intifada under Arafat's leadership
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, May 14, 2014
An Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades movie named "The Revolutionists of the Land"
Narrator: “The heroes Yasser Arafat, Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar, Kamal Nasser, Kamal Adwan, Abu Sabri, Abu Al-Hol, Abu Ali Shahin and others maintained the campaign against the Zionist enemy everywhere: the great operations (i.e., terror attacks) reached the shores of Tel Aviv [with] Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., bus hijacking in 1978, 37 killed) and [Dimona with] the Dimona operation (i.e., bus hijacking in 1988, 3 killed)...
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades were established in 2000 in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, by order of the late Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat, as Fatah’s military wing. The triumphant brigades began their military operations (i.e., terror attacks) during the second Intifada, the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005)...The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, with their mighty Nidal Al-Amoudi division, still embody the spirit of Fatah’s armed resistance, through their active and high-quality participation in the wars being initiated [ by Israel], one after the other, against the Gaza Strip. They are proving themselves a pure and stubborn rifle in the face of the Zionist enemy."
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Official PA daily: Arafat employed 'revolving door' policy of releasing terrorists soon after their arrest
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 official claims active PA involvement in second Intifada
Source: Jordanian TV, Dec. 27, 2013
Interview with Fatah Central Committee Member Azzam Al-Ahmad on Jordan TV’s Third Opinion program.
Al-Ahmad: “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. It is the PLO, not the [Palestinian] Authority, who is in charge of the negotiations… In ’82, they wanted to eliminate the Palestinian revolution. After ’82,
they didn’t [succeed], and the [armed] operations continued – albeit on a lower scale… We moved away from the border. The first Intifada (i.e. the first Palestinian wave of violence against Israel, 1988-1993) was born in ’87 and did wonders, and in its wake, in ’88, came the declaration of independence. (i.e., when Arafat declared Palestinian independence in Algeria).
Therefore, the struggle and the operations continued. We came to Oslo, even in Oslo, even after Oslo, [in] the ‘Prisoners’ Intifada’… Martyrs (Shahids) were killed. Operations did not stop. And because of Israel – the Tunnel Intifada, the excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the Palestinian people rose up and there were military confrontations. Afterwards, after the failure of the second Camp David [summit], (sic; should be Arafat, Ed.) told Clinton: ‘We will never give up Jerusalem and the right of the refugees. Before I sign, you’ll see my funeral in Palestine.’ Then came the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign, 2000-2005) in which Martyrs. So the resistance does not stop.”
[Jordanian TV Dec. 27, 2013; posted on YouTube on Jan. 27, 2014]

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PA official Nabil Shaath: Arafat knew that a second Intifada would put pressure on Israel
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 3, 2013
Part of the fourth episode of the 2011 Palestinian-produced documentary “Arafat” was broadcast on PA TV again in January 2013 as an introduction to a PA ceremony. The film states that at Camp David, Arafat was subjected to fourteen days of heavy American-Israeli pressure to abandon Palestinian claims for the Right of Return and for Jerusalem.
Part of the film shows Arafat speaking about Camp David:
“Everyone will understand that no one in the Palestinian people or in the entire Arab nation can bow down or surrender. Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) march to Jerusalem! Millions of Martyrs march to Jerusalem! Millions of Martyrs march to Jerusalem!”
Narrator: “The Camp David summit failed, and [Bill] Clinton held Arafat responsible for the failure. This was the preface to very serious events. [Then Israeli Prime Minister] Ariel Sharon violated the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., The Temple Mount), and the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) – known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada – began on Sept. 28, 2000 as a direct reaction to this [Sharon’s] violation. This was, however, also a reaction to years of determined Israeli efforts to subject the Palestinians and their national authority.
Nabil Shaath: “He (Arafat) saw that a repeat of the first Intifada, in new forms, would provide the necessary popular, international, and Arab pressure on Israel, since it was already impossible to continue denying our right to Jerusalem and the right of the refugees, the two principal issues.”
[The film relates the destruction of buildings in the PA’s Muqata'a headquarters, other than Arafat’s office building, that took place during the siege, and it then broadcasts his well-known statement]: ‘They want me prisoner, they want me exiled, they want me dead, but I say: Martyr, Martyr, Martyr!’”
Nabil Shaath: The PA terror campaign ("second intifada") was planned by Arafat to put pressure on Israel
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 13, 2011
Excerpt from PA TV four-part documentary Arafat
Part 4:
"The Besieged President"
Narrator: "The Camp David Summit [in 2000] failed, and [US President Bill] Clinton held Arafat responsible for the failure. This was a prelude to very grave events: [Israeli Parliament Member] Ariel Sharon invaded the Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem (i.e., the Temple Mount), and the second Intifada, known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada, broke out on Sept. 28, 2000 as a direct response to this invasion. However, it was also an outburst against Israel's insistence over the years on suppressing the Palestinians and (speech unclear) their National Authority."
Nabil Shaath, member of the negotiating team: "[Arafat] saw that repeating the first Intifada in new forms, would bring the necessary popular, international, and Arab pressure upon Israel, because it was already impossible to continue denying our right in Jerusalem and the right of the refugees, which are the two main topics [of conflict]."
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Arafat's wife: Arafat planned Intifada after Oslo Accords and Camp David failure
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 12, 2011
Suha Arafat about Arafat planning the Intifada::
     “On the personal level, I miss him very, very much. [Our daughter] Zahwa also misses him, you can't imagine. She didn't know him. She knows that Arafat sent us away before the [Israeli] invasion of Ramallah. He said: “You have to leave Palestine, because I want to carry out an Intifada, and I'm not prepared to shield myself behind my wife and little girl.” Everyone said: “Suha abandoned him,” but I didn't abandon him. He ordered me to leave him because he had already decided to carry out an Intifada after the Oslo Accords and after the failure of Camp David [July 2000].”
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Former head of Arafat’s office: Fatah slogan was and still is "All rifles towards the enemy"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 12, 2011
PA TV program Topic of the Day. Topic: the anniversary of Arafat's death.
Guests: Former assistant for security matters to the Supreme Commander (Arafat), Ismail Jabr [currently advisor to Abbas on district affairs] and former head of Arafat's office, Sami Musallam.

PA TV host [addressing Jabr]: "You were at [military] bases and you trained many people, Palestinians and Lebanese. People also say that the Shahid (Martyr) Yasser Arafat instructed that brothers from the Hezbollah and the like should train at Fatah bases – I mean, the bases of the revolution. Is that correct?"
Jabr: "We don't deny that. We do not deny that. There were people from the Hezbollah leadership, who had originally been in Fatah, and they acknowledge this. We are proud of that."
Host: "That is our pride."
Jabr: "The Amal movement (i.e., Shiite national movement in Lebanon, which began as a militia) was among those [that trained]. We are proud of that. We trained them and armed them and withheld no effort from the Lebanese National and Islamic Movement."
Musallam: "Our slogan was always, and still is – [corrects himself] – at that time – ‘All rifles towards the enemy.’ Any rifle which, together with us, was against the enemy – the Fatah movement and the PLO leadership supported it. We are in favor of the national liberation of all the nations which are under colonialism and are under oppression, and we used to help, just as others helped; we used to help others to achieve, or to take part as far as possible so that they would achieve their aims. We helped in Africa, we helped in Latin America, we helped in Asia, in all countries, all nations. The help wasn't necessarily military. The help could [also] be adopting fighters."
PA daily: Arafat developed the strategy of kidnapping Israel soldiers, civilians, and settlers
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2011
Headline: "Factions and prominent social figures call to maintain the principles and the rights for which Yasser Arafat fought and died as a Shahid (Martyr)"
     "In the same regard, [released prisoner and expert on prisoners' affairs, Abd Al-Nasser] Farawneh stated that the Martyr Arafat believed in the importance of the determined and intensive effort to liberate the prisoners by all means. From the outbreak of the modern Palestinian revolution he developed the doctrine of capturing and kidnapping occupation soldiers, civilians and settlers within Fatah and by the PLO factions."
Arafat: “We believe in only one means, and that is armed resistance”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2011
A film about Arafat's life includes a clip showing Arafat talking about armed struggle. He is shown holding a weapon and says:
     "We believe in only one means, and that is armed resistance, in which we have complete faith, to liberate our country."
Fatah official: Arafat taught Palestinians to wage “armed struggle” for Jerusalem
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 11, 2011
      "Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, recalls the Shahid (Martyr) Yasser Arafat on the anniversary of his death, as he was during the years of the siege. He says, 'Yasser Arafat had the idea that 'the shortest route to Jerusalem is the armed struggle'… Along with other slogans, such as: 'A million Shahids are marching to Jerusalem'. He knew that he was planting in the Palestinians of that generation [the idea] that Jerusalem needs millions of Shahids, for it is the mother of battles and of Ribat (religious conflict/war defending Islamic land) until the Day of Judgment."
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