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About Palestinian media

A longer explanation about Palestinian media is available 
HERE, from PMW's book Deception: Betraying the Peace Process


Palestinian Authority TV and radio (Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, PBC) are under the direct control of the Palestinian Authority under Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and are the official media of the PA government. WAFA Palestine News and Information Agency, the official Palestinian news service, is under the PLO Executive Committee, which is also headed by Mahmoud Abbas. The newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida is the PA’s official daily newspaper.

In January 2016, Abbas appointed Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf to the position of General Supervisor of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC, which includes PA TV and Voice of Palestine radio) and the official news agency WAFA. Ahmad Assaf is also the general supervisor of the Fatah-run Awdah TV station, indicating that these news outlets are closely connected and run by the same people in Fatah. [Fateh Media website, Jan. 31 and Feb. 13, 2015; Website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission, Jan. 31, 2015]

The PA leadership actively uses its media to send out ideological and political messages to its people, and also exerts its influence over the independent media. Bassem Eid, Director General of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, explained in a 2009 interview that there was no freedom of expression under Abbas’s PA or under Hamas:

“’I do not think,’ Eid says, ‘that there is any kind of open media anywhere in the Palestinian territories, neither in Gaza nor the West Bank.’ Journalists continue to be confined in West Bank prisons, and critical media, he says, have been closed down. ‘Mr. [Mahmoud] Abbas,’ says Eid, ‘may talk about free media where he is ruling but in my opinion, as a human rights organization, we are receiving a lot of reports how the right of free expression is being completely violated by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and by the Hamas in the Gaza strip."
[JewishJournal.com, Nov. 25, 2009]
 
In 2010, Mahmoud Abbas, who serves as Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, the PLO and Fatah, announced a plan to make PA TV and radio more independent, while still being under his control, as head of the PLO:

“Yasser Abd Rabbo, Inspector General of the [PA’s] official media, has revealed that President Mahmoud Abbas, in his role as Chairman of the PLO, recently issued a presidential directive resolving to convert the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation and Palestinian television from a governmental institution into an independent public institution…
In response to a question concerning the dependence of the new TV Council on the President, Abd Rabbo said: ‘We find ourselves in circumstances involving political turbulence… Therefore, the only [and] most stable body is the PLO and the Presidency. Therefore, the [TV] Council is subordinate to the PLO Chairman.’”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2010]

However, that plan has not yet been implemented. Accordingly, while the PA media’s influence as educator of Palestinians varies depending on the number of viewers and readership at different times, the official media are excellent indicators of the ideology that the Palestinian Authority’s leaders wish to transmit to the their people.

Political, religious and ideological messages expressed today by PA and Fatah leaders, are repeated throughout Palestinian society. They are conveyed through a wide range of activities including, cultural expression, sporting events, religious teachings, music videos, and in political events. These messages reflect the beliefs, opinions and goals of the Palestinian Authority, and their repeated transmission through the different media and other structures the PA controls, indicates an intentional pattern rather than coincidence.

Abd Rabbo explained that once PA TV ceases to be “official TV”, it will no longer be a “mouthpiece” of the PA leaders’ ideology, since the goal is “to achieve a TV and radio broadcasting that will express the will of our Palestinian society in all its shades and contradictions, and [such] that the TV will not be the mouthpiece of the government, with an attempt to dictate to society and to direct it as the government sees fit.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 15, 2010]

The Al-Hayat Al-Jadida paper reiterated in April 2014 that the Palestinian news agency WAFA, the Radio and Television Authority and the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida newspaper are “governmental media institutions.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 21, 2014]

A longer explanation about Palestinian media is available HERE, from PMW's book Deception: Betraying the Peace Process
PA TV reports on Israeli army's destruction of Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV studio, calling it "a war crime"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 13, 2018
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on Israel bombing Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV station building in the Gaza Strip on Nov. 12, 2018, hosting Director of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate Nasser Abu Bakr

Official PA TV host: “Mr. Nasser, three warning rockets, and after them three rockets completely destroyed the building of [Hamas’] Al-Aqsa satellite channel. Thank God there are no wounded among our colleagues and the journalists there. The [Palestine] Broadcasting Corporation has condemned this attack, the attempt at silencing [them], and the open and clear blow to the media, as the extremist right-wing [Israeli] government has grown accustomed to doing… [What is] the position of the [Palestinian] Journalists’ Syndicate and the Arab media – through your connections with it – regarding this attack?”
Director of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate Nasser Abu Bakr: “As you said, the statement of the Journalists’ Syndicate strongly condemned this occupation crime. We view it as a war crime against the Palestinian media... This is an ongoing war. However, the journalists and the Palestinian media outlets prove every day that they are up to the challenge. A few minutes after the bombing of the Al-Aqsa channel it returned to broadcasting.”
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Final moments as Hamas TV receives Israel's warning to evacuate before TV station destroyed 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 12, 2018

Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), final moments of broadcast before the Al-Aqsa TV station building in the Gaza Strip was evacuated due to Israeli warning strikes prior to its bombing of the building on Nov. 12, 2018

WAFA - official PA news agency: "Israeli planes fired three missile alerts, before F16 planes targeted with at least three missiles the Al-Quds TV headquarters, destroying it completely... No injuries were reported." (Nov. 12, 2018)
(Boom of Israel's 1st warning is heard)
Expert on security and military affairs Rafiq Abu Hani: "The Palestinian resistance’s capability is clear in the Gaza Strip... (Two more booms are heard) In other words, this provides us with the difference between the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip...”
Al-Aqsa TV host: "Apparently there are certain events, developments on the ground. (Shouting heard in the background) Apparently there is a new Zionist attack against the Gaza Strip. I don’t know - I’m waiting for a signal from the editing room and from the control room – if there are any developments, they should notify us right now. In general, I thank my guests here. And also one last word: The last word is always the word of the Palestinian resistance. Many greetings to these young people who always cared to defend our people."
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Official PA agency reports on Israeli army's desctruction of Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV studio 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 12, 2018
Published by the English edition of WAFA, the official PA news agency

Headline: "Israeli shelling completely destroys al-Aqsa TV headquarters in Gaza"
     "GAZA, Monday, November 12, 2018 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes shelled the headquarters of al-Aqsa TV in the city of Gaza, the official Hamas-run television channel, completely destroying it, said sources. Israeli reconnaissance planes fired three missile alerts, before F16 planes targeted with at least three missiles the al-Quds TV headquarters, destroying it completely and causing serious damages to neighboring homes. Israeli planes also shelled a two-storey house belonging to the Dahair family in Rafah city and another belonging to al-Breem family in Khan Younis city, destroying them completely. No injuries were reported."
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Al-Hayat Al-Jadida belongs to the PA “presidential institution” and is part of the official media 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2018
Headline: “Al-Hayat Al-Jadida celebrates 24 [years] and prepares to mark its silver anniversary in a period of innovation”
       “The [official PA] daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida began as a publicly traded company and afterwards moved to the ownership of the Al-Bahr company, which is one of the companies that was founded by the PA. Afterwards, the daily became an investment fund in 2010 as an investment project, and later a [PA] presidential order was issued that made it subject to the Palestinian National Fund in 2013. This was before it became financially subordinate since the start of 2018 to the [PA] Ministry of Finance and administratively subordinate to the General Personnel Council, and in this way again became an official daily that belongs to the [PA] presidential institution, and completed the official media triangle that includes the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), the Palestinian [official PA] news agency WAFA, and the daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.”
July 2018 poll: 39% of Palestinians depend on social media as a source of news 
Source: The Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, Aug. 6, 2018
    "The poll showed that the majority of respondents, 39.3% depend on social media as a source of news, followed by 28% who depend on television, 17.3% who depend on news websites, 7.4% on radio and 1.4% on newspapers."

Note: “A public opinion poll conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung… A random sample of 1200 people over the age of 18 was interviewed face-to-face throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip between 26th of June and 7th of July 2018. The margin of error is ±3 percent, with a confidence level of 95%.”

Read the full poll here
Official PA media is not free and is part of the "struggle" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 5, 2018

Official PA TV Programs Division Director Nizar Al-Ghoul on Palestine This Morning:
“PA TV is not television just for entertainment and passing time. We are interested in the news item, interested in mobilizing for the struggle, interested in the content of the message that we present. PA TV is a central part of the full and comprehensive struggle… The leadership is working with its army to achieve victory, and this is what has happened in the PA TV – [General Supervisor of the PA Official Media] Minister Ahmad Assaf would follow everything small and large, direct every assignment, and follow the details. He surprises you when he calls you to ask about a tiny detail in some program.”
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Director-General of official PA TV: PA media's role is to create the news in order to best convey its message  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 23, 2018
Official PA TV News, interview with PA TV Director-General Khaled Sukkar, following PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ surprise visit to the official PA TV channel’s building

Official PA TV host: “How do you view the significance of this transition to the rubric of professionalism in television – in radio and in television – in the [Palestinian] Broadcasting Corporation; and how significant is conveying the Palestinian national scene and picture to the world?”
PA TV Director-General Khaled Sukkar: “That is the required role of the institution of [PA] media. Its role is not to report, because it is not a neutral media outlet; it is a media outlet with a national cause, a great cause, [as] there are constant confrontations with the occupation. Therefore that is the required role. Your professional and national role is to create the news item and so that others convey that news item, because you have the ability to convey the message. In the end it is your narrative.”
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General supervisor of PA official media calls to prevent the Eurovision from being held in Jerusalem to prevent “legitimization of the Israeli occupation and the Israeli actions, such as Judaization”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2018
Headline: “Assaf turns to the Arab and European institutions in order to prevent the Eurovision from being held in Jerusalem”
      “General Supervisor of the Official Media, Minister Ahmad Assaf, yesterday [July 3, 2018] thanked Chairman of the Arab States Broadcasting Union Muhammad Al-Awwash, Secretary-General of the Union Abd Al-Rahim Suleiman, and all of the bodies that responded to the call to intervene with European institutions in order to prevent the Eurovision from being held in occupied Jerusalem. It should be noted that Assaf sent dozens of letters to Arab and European bodies, in which he warned against this event being held in Jerusalem due to it being occupied Palestinian land... In his letters, which he sent to the Arab League and to European institutions, he explained that holding the Eurovision in occupied Jerusalem would mean legitimization of the Israeli occupation and the Israeli actions, such as Judaization and the destruction of Palestinian houses. He added that this is a severe violation of international law...”

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Official PA news agency determines which language should be used in media when reporting on prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 28, 2017
       "The participants in the workshop that the [official PA] Palestinian news and information agency WAFA and the [PA-funded] Prisoners' Club organized yesterday (Wednesday) [Dec. 27, 2017] emphasized that when dealing with the prisoners' cause there must be uniform terms that will serve the national cause and contribute to presenting the prisoners in a way that befits them…
In a working paper submitted by WAFA Agency Editor in Chief Khuloud Assaf, she emphasized that the agency has begun practical steps to develop the media terms… Assaf detailed several of the mistaken terms that are used by the Palestinian media outlets, such as calling the Palestinians of the Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel) ‘Israeli Arabs,’ and also 'collective punishments' instead of 'violations'… In addition, the term 'the Palestinian demands' is used, while the correct term is 'rights'…
Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council member Kifah Harb talked about the significance of using the political and national terms and expressions so that there will be a common language that expresses the ideology of the Palestinian national movement and reflecting the suffering of our people, far from the terms that the occupation is attempting to insert into our media and drag us to using, without us understanding the danger they constitute to our national enterprise."

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Editor-in-Chief of official PA daily after US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital: “Interference with its history or attempt to change its status… will lead to violence and an explosion of the region... this will open the gates of Hell” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 17, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the PA media campaign for Jerusalem

Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Editor in Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Haija: “There is a very important slogan and we adhere to it: ‘If the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) passed, the Trump promise [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] will not pass.’ We will act on this basis in the official and private Palestinian media and Arab media… The future of Jerusalem is the future of the peace and stability in the region. Any interference with its history or attempt to change its status in any way other than the negotiation table will lead to violence and an explosion of the region in a way whose end will be bad. Simply, the message is: Jerusalem is the gate to peace in the region and the world; and at the same time, Jerusalem is the gate to war, and to violence and terror, if it does not achieve its freedom and its historical status regarding Palestine as the capital of the State of Palestine, and as a great city of tolerance and peace for the whole world…
It cannot be that we will be dragged into the matter of religious struggle, as this will open the gates of Hell in the region. When faiths clash with each other, there is much bloodshed… It is foolishness to think of changing the history and identity of Jerusalem… Jerusalem is a great city of all of the religions, not only of Islam and Christianity; it is a great city of all of the religions.”

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PA media officials on media role: “There is cooperation and constant coordination… between the Broadcast Council, the [official PA] television, the Ministry of Information, and the [Palestinian] Journalist's Syndicate” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 12, 2017
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the role of radio stations in supporting the Palestinian cause, hosting Director of Broadcast Media in the PA Ministry of Information Daoud Daoud and Director General of the official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine Bassam Daghlas

Director General of the official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine Bassam Daghlas: "To the Palestinian Broadcast Council staff, colleagues, and journalists in the offices and in all of the districts – we are working day and night to convey the facts to the world, defend Jerusalem, and defend our Palestinian cause and Palestine. We are cooperating with the brothers in the [PA] Ministry of Information… in uniting the Palestinian voice over the radio waves, the voice of the Palestinian people."

Director of Broadcast Media in the PA Ministry of Information Daoud Daoud: "We can say that the Palestinian media has begun to be on a level that is competitive with the general Arab media… There is cooperation and constant coordination – and this is the secret to the success of the official media work – constant coordination between the Broadcast Council, the [official PA] television, the Ministry of Information, and the [Palestinian] Journalist's Syndicate – this cooperation and the united media body gives us a 'step up' in the Arab media.” …
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WAFA, Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation and Al-Hayat Al-Jadida are official PA media bodies 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 5, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] president receives a delegation from the official media”
       “Yesterday [Sept. 4, 2017] at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas hosted a delegation from the official Palestinian [PA] media, which included media members from the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation [PBC], the [official PA] Palestinian news and information agency WAFA, and the [official PA] daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, led by [General] Supervisor of the [PA] Official Media Ahmad Assaf. The delegation blessed the president for the blessed Eid Al-Adha (i.e., Muslim “Sacrifice Feast” holiday). It expressed its appreciation for the unending support from His Honor [Abbas] for the official media.”
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Fatah Information Commission's official website 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Aug. 1, 2017
Headline: “Fatah has launched its official information website”
      “Fatah’s Information, Culture, and Ideology Commission has launched [its] official website in its new design… In order to view the Information, Culture, and Indoctrination Commission website, click on the following link: fatehmedia.ps.”
Supervisor of official PA media: Israel targets Palestinian media outlets  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2017
Headline: “Assaf: WAFA is undergoing significant development, Israel is fighting the Palestinian media outlets”
       “The Palestinian [official PA] news agency WAFA yesterday [July 5, 2017] took part in meetings of The Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies that are being held in Agadir, Morocco. WAFA is being represented by its Chairman of the Board Ahmad Assaf. Ahmad Assaf, [who is] the general supervisor of the [PA] official media, said that the WAFA agency is currently undergoing significant development on several levels… He added that the main goal is to make the voice of the Palestinian people heard everywhere in the world, despite the obstacles being placed by the Israeli occupation. The Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies yesterday rejected the request to join by the Israeli news agency TPS. Assaf thanked the alliance member states for this honorable position… Assaf said that ‘Israel is fighting the Palestinian media outlets.’ He noted that [Israel] bombed the [Palestinian] Broadcasting Corporation’s offices in the West Bank and Gaza, and before that the offices of the WAFA agency and dozens of Palestinian media outlets. [Israel] has also killed dozens of Palestinian journalists, and is holding dozens of them in detention.”
July 2017 poll: 62% of Palestinians want Abbas to resign, support for intifada drops  
Source: Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR), July 5, 2017
"These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 29 June and 1 July 2017. This poll has been conducted in cooperation with the Konrad- Adenauer-Stiftung in Ramallah...
Total size of the sample is 1200 adults interviewed face to face in 120 randomly selected locations. Margin of error is 3%... [PMW note: The following are excerpts from the poll. Click the above link to read the entire poll]

(3) PA payments to Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli jails:
91% are opposed to the suspension of PA payments to Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli jails; only 7% support such measure.  46% believe that the PA will not stop making those payments to Palestinian security prisoners while 44% believe it will stop making them.

(6) Presidential and parliamentary elections:
62% of the public want president Abbas to resign while 31% want him to remain in office. Three months ago, 64% said they want Abbas to resign. Demand for Abbas’ resignation stands at 55% in the West Bank and 75% in the Gaza Strip. Three months ago demand for Abbas resignation stood at 61% in the West Bank and 70% in the Gaza Strip.

(8) The peace process:
In the absence of peace negotiations, 74% support joining more international organizations, 54% support non- violent popular resistance, 39% support a return to an armed intifada, and 44% support the dissolution of the Palestinian Authority. Three months ago, support for a return to an armed intifada stood at 51%."

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Fatah official denies Fatah-run channel Awdah to be closed 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 28, 2017
Headline: "Al-Qidwa denied that a decision has been published to close the Awdah satellite channel"
       "[Fatah] Commissioner of Information, Culture, and Ideology [and Fatah Central Committee member] Nasser Al-Qidwa denied the news item published on news websites regarding a decision to close the [Fatah-run] Awdah satellite [TV] channel and the firing of its employees. Al-Qidwa emphasized in a press release published yesterday [April 27, 2017] by the commission that they are working to develop the [Fatah] Movement's media outlets and to add to and build on what already exists."
Ahmad Assaf is head of Al-Hayat Al-Jadida’s board 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2017
       “The [official PA] daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida yesterday morning [March 13, 2017] honored its female employees for March 8, International Women’s Day. Head of the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Board of Directors [and General Supervisor of the PA Official Media] Ahmad Assaf and the daily’s Editor-in-Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Hija were present at the tribute.”

Ahmad Assaf also holds the following roles: Chairman of the Board of the Palestinian News and Information Agency WAFA, and General Supervisor of Fatah-run Awdah TV.
Fatah: US embassy helped reinstate our Facebook page 
Source: MADA, Palestinian Center for Development and Media Relations, Mar. 5, 2017
     “On Feb. 26, [2017], the Facebook company closed the page of the Fatah Movement, claiming that it transgressed Facebook’s regulations. The following day it reinstated the page, claiming that it was just a mistake. It should be noted that it had already removed the page - which has over 70,000 followers - more than once during the last six months. Head of Information at the Fatah Commission of Mobilization and Organization Munir Radi Al-Jaghoub, 41, who is responsible for the page... said: ‘I contacted the international media, and then I received a call from the American embassy, which got involved and resolved the problem with the Facebook administration, and the page returned to action on Monday evening, Feb. 27, and they apologized and explained that what happened was a mistake.’”
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Note: The US State Department has "firmly" denied intevening with Facebook on Fatah's behalf.

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Facebook shuts down Fatah’s Facebook page 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2017
Headline: "The Facebook administration closed down the official page of the Fatah Movement!"
     "The Facebook administration closed down the official [Facebook] page of the Fatah Movement which has more than 70,000 followers, after it received reactions from the local and international media. In a Fatah notice yesterday [Feb. 27, 2017] it was noted that this is the second time that the Facebook administration has closed down the page of the movement, after closing down the previous page (in June 2015 –Ed.) that had more than 100,000 followers. The notice was attributed to Fatah leadership member responsible for administering the page Munir Al-Jaghoub. He said that what made the Facebook administration close down the page is a historical picture that was recently posted, in which Fatah Deputy Chairman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul and Martyr (Shahid) symbol Yasser Arafat appear as he presents him with a weapon belonging to [Israeli] soldiers that Fatah in southern Lebanon captured. Al-Jaghoub said: 'We will continue to take pride in our historic leadership and the national heritage and the heritage of our struggle."
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PA Ministry of Information protests closure of Fatah's Facebook page as evidence of "bias" in favor of Israel that "creates terror and spreads hate" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Feb. 28, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Information: Facebook's supervision of our forums is bias in favor of the occupation"
    "The [PA] Ministry of Information said that the fact that the Facebook administration closed the Fatah Movement's official page and the page of a private radio station constitutes blind bias in favor of the occupation, and siding with the hangman who creates terror and spreads hate through all the means and pictures day and night.
The ministry emphasized in a statement today, Tuesday [Feb. 28, 2017], that the targeting of the media platforms and Palestinian national platforms on social media constitutes blind bias in favor of the occupation and a violation of the international conventions and decisions. It also constitutes additional proof of an agreement - whose existence Facebook has been denying for a long time - between its administration and the freedom oppressing occupier (i.e., Israel) who disdains the international conventions..."
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PMW note: On Mar. 1, 2017, Facebook reinstated Fatah's account.

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