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Violence and terror
PA veneration of the rifle
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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PA veneration of the rifle
One expression of Palestinian Authority support for violence is veneration of the rifle. Both in visual and verbal expression, the PA reveres the rifle as a Palestinian symbol as it vows to continue the “armed struggle” against Israel until achieving all its goals. Numerous music videos broadcast on PA TV revolve around the theme of the rifle. In this video, the rifle is presented as “a brother” that will never be “thrown down”:

[PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 4, 2012]

Music videos broadcast on PA TV not only glorify the rifle through song lyrics, but also through dance. This music video, broadcast at a PLO cultural festival, features dancers carrying rifles who sing: “There is no force in the world that can remove the weapon from my hand... He who offers his blood doesn’t care if his blood flows upon the ground... My weapon has emerged.”

[PA TV (Fatah), Oct. 7, 2011] 

This section documents that “the rifle” and glorifying violence is central to PA discourse. Songs at Palestinian cultural events and broadcast on PA TV call for the “liberation of Palestine” and destruction of Israel through violence. The PA’s assurances expressed in international forums that it has abandoned violence and does not seek Israel’s destruction do not correspond to the messages expressed internally. To the world, the PA leaders say they have given up violence and terror. Among Palestinians, violence, symbolized by “the rifle,” continues to be embraced as a Palestinian ideal.

 
Fatah official: “The rifle is here, and it can go off at any moment” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Mar. 17, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a ceremony supporting the Palestinian state and national principles in Jericho.
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi:
"A national enterprise cannot succeed without the National Liberation Movement, Fatah. We in this movement have not cast down the rifle and have not let go of the rifle. The rifle is here! The method of struggle we are adopting now (i.e., negotiations) is [only] one of the methods of struggle. But the rifle is here, and it can burst forth at any moment, with a new method and a new leadership. It will burst forth from this [current] leadership if we remain alive, because we are its people; and if we are no longer alive, [then] our sons, our young lions and you will be its people. Revolution until victory, until victory, until victory."
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Cartoon calls for return to armed struggle 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, Mar. 11, 2014
Cartoon shows a small boy pulling the hand of a man who is carrying a rifle, dressed in a military uniform and wearing a traditional Palestinian headscarf. The child says to the armed man:
"We have missed you,
come back."
Song played at terrorist’s funeral praises “the man with Kalashnikov (assault rifle)” 
Source: Al-Fajer TV (local independent Palestinian station), Feb. 24, 2014
Al-Fajer TV broadcast the funeral of terrorist Sarhan Sarhan, posted on YouTube Feb. 24, 2014:
Song played at the funeral: "Fatah man with Kalashnikov (assault rifle), Only you please me, the man with Kalashnikov!"
Shouts during the funeral: "Sarhan, rest in peace, we will continue the struggle!"  "With soul and with blood we will redeem you, Sarhan!"...
Announcer: "As we cry, [you should] laugh. You are now the bridegroom of the Dark-Eyed (i.e., virgins of Paradise)." ...
Tulkarem District Governor Abdullah Kamil (representing President Mahmoud Abbas): "In the name of Allah the Merciful. Allah said: 'And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision.' (Quran, Sura 3:169, translation Sahih International) Masses of the heroic Palestinian people wherever you are, members of our nation, today we escort this great heroic Martyr like a bridegroom. [He] who sacrificed his life for Palestine... [Behold], here he is returning today and once again our masses are proving that they are committed to the promise and the oath, and they continue on the journey of sacrifice and giving."
Tulkarem District Governor Abdullah Kamil in an interview after the funeral: "All our Martyrs who were buried in the 'numbered cemeteries' (i.e., Israeli cemeteries for terrorists and enemy soldiers) will certainly return and be buried... They will be escorted as bridegrooms, as this heroic Martyr was escorted."
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Fatah official claims “results of negotiations are a big, round zero,” praises “using rifles” as an alternative 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 11, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a cultural event in support of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, held under the auspices of the Mayor of Jenin.
The event was attended by Abbas’ advisor and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein and Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi.

Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq [Tirawi]: “We negotiated with our heads held high. We fought using rocks, and we became Martyrs (Shahids). We fought using rifles, and we became prisoners, heroes. Some of them are [out there] among you. Heroes who made this movement [Fatah] and all of us proud. Some of you are still waiting for freedom. Martyrs who ascended to Heaven, whom we remember with admiration…
And we know that the results of negotiations are a big, round zero. Nonetheless, we tried. And we say with heads held high: ‘No!’ Whoever from among the Zionists who thinks that Beit El and all the settlements are Israeli land, is deluded. Haifa, Jaffa, and Acre will remain Palestinian forever, and they will be nothing other than Palestinian.”
[Applause from the audience]

Note: Tawfiq Tirawi is a member of the Fatah Central Committee (since the General Fatah Conference, Aug. 4-6, 2009) and is former head of General Intelligence in the West Bank.

EU-funded PA TV program: "With the rifle we will impose our new life"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 19, 2014
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Singers: "Oh Palestinians, [the Zionist] shot you with the rifle,
the Zionists are killing your doves in your sacred area.
Oh Palestinians, I want to go and be with you...
Oh Palestinians, the revolution is certain,
with the rifle we will impose our new life...
Fire is in my hands, and with you attack the snake's head (Israel)..."
TV host: "Thank you for this beautiful song and your fine voice."

Co-produced with PYALARA (EU-funded NGO)
Fatah Facebook posts picture of militant carrying rifle on his “return” to Palestine 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Jan. 13, 2014
     “I am a member of Fatah. I applaud only it and its heroic army that is bringing about my return [to Palestine]. I am a member of Fatah, oh land of the Arabs. I carry my rifle and on my head is my keffiyeh (Arab headdress).”
Song at released murderer's wedding: "Only you please me, man with the Kalashnikov (assault rifle) 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 7, 2014
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PA TV program In a Fighter’s Home visited the home of released terrorist Najeh Muqbil during a celebration of his release and his wedding.
Song at wedding:
“Najeh, oh Fatah man with the Kalashnikov (i.e., AK-47 assault rifle),
Only you please me, the man with the Kalashnikov!
Najeh, oh Fatah man with the Kalashnikov,
Move from neighborhood to neighborhood,
Teach them what rock throwing is!
Najeh, oh Fatah man with the Kalashnikov,
Only you please me, the man with the Kalashnikov!"
PA TV host to member of Fatah’s Central Committee Abbas Zaki: “You’ve come today to congratulate our released hero prisoner, Najeh Muqbil. What do you say on this occasion?”
Abbas Zaki: "Najeh's wedding is the wedding of the entire Palestinian nation."

Note: Najeh Muqbil participated in stabbing and murdering his employer, Israeli citizen Yaacov Shalom, on May 20, 1990. He was sentenced to 38 years in prison. He was released in October 2013, as one of the 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
Fatah official: “The Palestinian woman… carried a rifle from the start”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 1, 2014
An episode of the PA TV program Palestine this Morning discussed the role of women in Palestinian society and hosted Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad.
1st PA TV host: “Dr. Amal, throughout Palestinian history, the woman had an important role in the armed struggle. She also had a role in society and sacrificed a great deal – she sacrificed her husband, her son and she sacrificed her father. How would you describe the role of the Palestinian woman in recent years?”
Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad: “The Palestinian woman has of course not been isolated from what is going on in the Palestinian arena. She carried a rifle from the start. She was a partner in the struggle from the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution. The Palestinian woman was a partner in the struggle. She carried the rifle, she was on the front lines…
We have female Martyrdom-seekers, we have Dalal Mughrabi, as you just said. Dalal Mughrabi was at the front lines, she led men in the battle of defiance and in the resistance against the occupation. She brought destruction upon the occupation and killed many Israeli army officers. She was a [role] model. We women are proud of her and take pride in her.”

Notes: Dalal Mughrabi - led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

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.”
PA TV song honoring Arafat glorifies violence and venerates rifle 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2013
     "Engrave on the rifle butt the symbol of Fatah's Al-Asifa [unit]
He [Arafat] taught the whole world how to revolt. Yasser - symbol of freedom
Oh Elder, I swear by [your] uniform and your keffiya
Mahmoud Abbas is on the same path when it comes to [our] state and identity
We fired the rifle, we faced the storm
We responded to the cannon with a pistol
Using stones, we ignited a revolution and wrote [history], oh Fatah men
On the rifle butt, we have engraved [Fatah's] symbol
On the grip, we have engraved "Arafat"
On the top cover we have inscribed the history of the free
On the barrel -- the name of the homeland
The flash-suppressor ignited and burst
Here it is, oh rifle sight
The state is only a few meters away
Oh action-spring, receive and shoot [bullets] continuously
Change the magazine -- there are hundreds [of them]
Load it into the chamber
Oh AK-47, make sounds of joy and salute the Elder (Arafat)"
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Note: This video aired 7 times in one week, four times on Nov. 11, twice on Nov. 13 and again on Nov. 16, 2011. It was broadcast in 2012 on on Dec. 29 and 31, and once in 2013 on Dec. 31.
Fatah Facebook picture of Saddam Hussein, “leader of the Arab nation,” holding rifle  
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 30, 2013
Photo: “The seventh anniversary of the Martyrdom death of leader of the Arab nation, Saddam Hussein ‘Abu Uday.’”
Fatah Facebook promotes “armed struggle” with picture of child holding rifle 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, Dec. 28, 2013
Writing on photo and text: “The National Liberation Movement, Fatah, the torch of the armed struggle”
Poster with rifle next to map showing all of Israel as “Palestine” 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 18, 2013
The poster shows a map colored in the pattern of the Palestinian headscarf that includes the PA areas and all of Israel.
Text: “The anniversary is approaching”
Poster: “The 49th anniversary of the Intilaqa, (i.e., the “launch” of Fatah. Refers to the day of Fatah's first terror attack against Israel in 1965 when it tried to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.)
The National Palestinian Liberation Movement, Fatah.”
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Poem in PA daily published two days in a row: “With the rifle we will impose our new life” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 5, 2013
     “The Arab issue lived in poet Ahmed Fouad Negm, for he was the pan-Arab national poet who believed in the common destiny of this nation, and that the Palestinian cause is every Arab’s cause. For this reason, his words reached Palestine bearing this understanding, as he said:
'Oh Palestinians, [the Israeli] with the rifle shot you,
the Zionists are killing your doves in your sacred area.
Oh Palestinians, I want to go and be with you.
Fire is in my hands, and with you, attack the snake's head (Israel).
And the teachings of Hulagu (Mongol ruler) must die.
Oh Palestinians, the revolution is certain,
with the rifle we will impose our new life.
Oh Palestinians, the revolution is certain
with the rifle we will impose our new life.'

Note: Hulagu - the grandson of Ghengis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire. Hulagu was a Mongol ruler who defeated Muslim armies in the 13thcentury, spreading death and destruction in much of the Muslim world that he conquered. The expansion of his empire stopped after the Muslim Mamluks defeated him at the battle of Ain Jalut in modern-day northern Israel. The PA depicts Hulagu as a tyrant and the battle of Ain Jalut as a historic battle and victory in Muslim history.
This poem was published in the official PA daily on Dec. 4 and 5, 2013.
Giant Fatah symbol at sporting event shows map of Palestine erasing Israel with rifle 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 24, 2013
Fatah’s central-Hebron regional branch sports club auditoriums hosted the “Independence” chess tournament events. In the photo, the winner of the tournament stands before the Fatah symbol, which shows rifles and a map of Palestine including all of Israel.
Rifle dance at PLO cultural festival: "My weapon has emerged" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 22, 2013
"From my wounds, my weapon has emerged.
Oh, 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.
This revolutionary people has sacrificed and offered in order to live in freedom!
My weapon has emerged.
My weapon has emerged.
He who offers his blood doesn’t 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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Note: This song originally aired live on June 4, 2010. It was rebroadcast 7 times in 2010, 3 times in 2011, and 5 times in 2013, most recently on Oct. 22.
PA TV song: Marry me off to girl who will raise my children on carrying the rifle 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 15, 2013
"My country is Arab, filled with freedom,
Oh mother, marry me off to a Palestinian girl.
Mother, a daughter of the land, with a happy nature,
who will raise my children on carrying the rifle."
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Note: This song and dance originally aired on Aug. 15, 2011 and was rebroadcast Aug. 21, 2011. It aired 8 times in 2012, 6 times in January 2013, twice in March, and most recently on Oct. 15, 2013.
Song glorifies the rifle at event supported by PA Ministry of Culture 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Oct. 9, 2013
Sign: "Under the auspices of the President of the President of Al-Najah University, and with the support of the [PA] Ministry of Culture, the Faculty of Fine Arts welcomes you to the 5th Scientific [Artistic] Conference: 'Palestinian Folklore and Arts, Palestine in Musical Memory'"

Song: "Now I have a rifle
Take me with you to Palestine, to sad hills...
I'm searching for my home that is there,
for my homeland, surrounded by barbed wire
I'm looking for my childhood
and for my neighborhood friends...
Take me with you to Palestine, oh men
I want to live or die like men
Now I have a rifle
Say to those who ask about my cause
that now the rifle is the cause"
[PA Minister of Culture Anwar Abu Aisha is shown clapping in the audience.]
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Song played at EU funded event glorifies the rifle as the only “way to Palestine” 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 27, 2013
     “On Thursday evening [July 25, 2013] the Yabous Cultural Center and the National [Palestinian] Institute of Music held the second Ramadan evening of ‘Ramadan Nights’… The Maqamat Al-Quds [choir] performed… and ended with a rifle that has become a symbol and united Nizar Qabbani (Syrian poet), Umm Kulthum (Egyptian singer), and Abdel Wahab (Egyptian singer and composer) together (i.e., the writer, the performer and the composer of the song), in ‘Now I have a rifle.’”

“Now I have a rifle” lyrics:
“Now I have a rifle
Take me with you to Palestine…
Take me with you to Palestine, oh men
I want to live or die like men
Now I have a rifle…
I’ll wear death
I’m with the rebels
I’m from the rebels
From the day I carried my rifle
Palestine is a few meters away
Oh rebels
In Jerusalem, in Hebron, in Beit Shean, in the Jordan Valley, in Bethlehem
Wherever you are, Oh free people
Move forward, move forward
There is one way to Palestine
That passes through the muzzle of the rifle.”
PA daily cartoon: Mother teaches son to use rifle to take Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 3, 2013
A mother carries her young son and a rifle near the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Boy: "Mother, how many gates does Jerusalem have?"
Mother: "It only has one, my son."

The message of the cartoon is that the rifle (i.e., violence) is the only way for Palestinians to get back Jerusalem.
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