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Violence and terror
Rifle veneration
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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Rifle veneration
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 Facebook: "The rifle suits you" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 3, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
“Fatah man [is written] on your forehead, the rifle suits you
The march of the 52nd [anniversary of the] Launch (Intilaqa), Bethlehem branch”

The image shows the march, with masked participants wearing Fatah headbands and carrying Fatah and Palestinian flags.

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier
Fatah FB glorifies terrorist bomber: "We will die standing and will not kneel" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 3, 2017
Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
"Martyr (Shahid) commander Abu Ali Iyad
Commander of the squad that carried out the Eilabun Tunnel (i.e., the Israeli National Water Carrier) bombing operation
Jan. 1, 1965
We will die standing and will not kneel"

Text on image: "Martyr commander Abu Ali Iyad"

Abu Ali Iyad was appointed head of Fatah military operations in 1966 and was responsible for several terror attacks. The attacks included a bombing in the town of Beit Yosef in northern Israel on April 25, 1966 (injuring 3 people), and placing bombs in the town of Margaliot in northern Israel on July 19, 1966. He was killed in 1971 in Jordan by the Jordanian army when it forced Fatah members out of the country.

Bombing of Israel's National Water Carrier - On Jan. 1, 1965, Palestinian terrorists attempted to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier. This was the first attack against Israel carried out by Fatah. Fatah refers to the attack as the “Intilaqa,” meaning “the Launch” of Fatah.

Fatah Facebook posts image of map of “Palestine” erasing Israel with armed masked fighter 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 29, 2016

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: "The revolution continues"

The picture shows the PA map of “Palestine" that presents all of Israel as "Palestine" together with the PA areas. Within the map from top to bottom are the Fatah logo - including a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine,” the number 52 signifying the 52nd anniversary of the Fatah "Launch” (Intilaqa), the Palestinian flag, and a person with their face masked by a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) armed with a rifle.

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.
Fatah youth organization logo shows "Palestine" replacing Israel with crossed rifles 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 29, 2016
Image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page




The image is an invitation from Fatah and Fatah’s Shabiba youth movement to an event in Ramallah for the 52nd anniversary of the Intilaqa, i.e., the “launch” of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.
In the upper left corner of the image appears the symbol of the “Shabiba organization of Fatah,” which includes the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, and above it the words: “The State of Palestine.”
In the upper right corner of the image appears the Fatah symbol, featuring a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine.”

Below is a larger image of the Shabiba logo for clarification:


Fatah FB post glorifies murderer of 9, includes logo with images of Palestine replacing Israel and crossed rifles 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 29, 2016
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “Martyr (Shahid) Commander Raed Al-Karmi"

The image shows terrorist Raed Al-Karmi, responsible for terror attacks that murdered 9 Israelis.
In the bottom left corner of the image appears the logo of the 52nd anniversary of “the Launch” (Intilaqa) of Fatah, which features the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, a keffiyeh (Arab headdress), and the Fatah logo including a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine.”
The Fatah logo also appears in the lower right corner of the image.

Text on bottom right of image: "Information Committee of the [Fatah] Mobilization and Organization Commission”
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Raed Al-Karmi – was a senior Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) operative and responsible for the murder of 9 Israelis in several attacks: Etgar Zeituni and Motti Dayan on Jan. 23, 2001; Zvi Shelef on May 31, 2001; Danny Yehuda on June 18, 2001; Elie Na’aman on July 4, 2001; Dov Roseman on Aug. 26, 2001; Hananya Ben Avraham on Oct. 5, 2001; soldier Yaniv Levy on Aug. 28, 2001 and Israeli army officer Erez Merhavi on Sept. 6, 2001. Al-Karmi was killed by the Israeli army on Jan. 14, 2002.

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.
Fatah FB post glorifies terrorist responsible for 125 deaths, includes logo with images of Palestine replacing Israel and crossed rifles 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 29, 2016
Image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Text on image:
“[Fatah] Central Committee member Martyr (Shahid) Commander
Khalid Al-Wazir

Information Committee of the [Fatah] Mobilization and Organization Commission”

The image shows terrorist Khalil Al-Wazir "Abu Jihad," responsible for terror attacks that murdered 125 Israelis, and one of the founders of Fatah.
In the bottom left corner of the image appears the logo of the 52nd anniversary of “the Launch” (Intilaqa) of Fatah, which features the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, a keffiyeh (Arab headdress), and the Fatah logo including a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine.”
The Fatah logo also appears in the upper left corner of the image.”
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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 in the 1960’s - 1980’s. 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.

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.
Fatah FB post glorifies terrorist bomber, includes logo with images of Palestine replacing Israel and crossed rifles 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 28, 2016
Image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Text on image: “[Fatah] Central Committee member Martyr (Shahid) Commander Abu Ali Iyad
Information Committee of the [Fatah] Mobilization and Organization Commission”

In the bottom left corner of the image appears the logo of the 52nd anniversary of “the Launch” (Intilaqa) of Fatah, which features the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, a keffiyeh (Arab headdress), and the Fatah logo including a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine.”
Click to view bulletin

Abu Ali Iyad was appointed head of Fatah military operations in 1966 and was responsible for several terror attacks. The attacks included a bombing in the town of Beit Yosef in northern Israel on April 25, 1966 (injuring 3 people), and placing bombs in the town of Margaliot in northern Israel on July 19, 1966. He was killed in 1971 in Jordan by the Jordanian army when it forced Fatah members out of the country.

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.
Fatah FB post glorifies senior member of Black September terror organization, includes logo with images of Palestine replacing Israel and crossed rifles 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 28, 2016
Image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Text on image:
“[Fatah] Central Committee member Martyr (Shahid) Commander Kamal Adwan
Information Committee of the [Fatah] Mobilization and Organization Commission”

In the bottom left corner of the image appears the logo of the 52nd anniversary of “the Launch” (Intilaqa) of Fatah, which features the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, a keffiyeh (Arab headdress), and the Fatah logo including a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine.”
Click to view bulletin

Kamal Adwan was responsible for Fatah’s terrorist operations in Israel and was a senior member of Black September. He was killed by Israeli forces in April 1973.

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.
Fatah logo features map of Palestine replacing Israel, alongside rifle and raised fist 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 10, 2016
Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: "From the slogans of the 1975 revolution"

The image shows the cover of a magazine, The Resistance, with a Fatah logo shown against a background of a crowd of people. The logo shows a head wrapped in a keffiyeh (Arab headdress), with a raised fist and the PA map of "Palestine" that includes the PA areas as well as all of Israel against a red background, in place of a face. Behind the head is a rifle.

Text at top of image:
"The Resistance"
Text on logo: "National unity for the continuation of the revolution and not for the settlement"
Image posted by Fatah Facebook shows image of Arafat, rifle, other weapons 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 10, 2016
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The posted text refers to a survey carried out by the independent Palestinian news agency Ma'an, in which most of the participants responded that holding the Seventh Fatah Conference in Ramallah will improve the standing of “Palestine” on the global map.

Text on image: "52 years" - referring to the 52nd anniversary of the "launch" (Intilaqa) of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel.

The image also shows a rifle, a pistol, bullets, a picture of Yasser Arafat with a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) hanging from it, a Quran, and a small flag with the Fatah logo, which includes a grenade and crossed rifles over the map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as Palestine together with the PA areas.

Intilaqa - "the “launch” of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier

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Fatah Facebook post commemorating 52nd anniversary includes images of a rocket launcher, rocket, rifle  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 9, 2016
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
"And the revolution continues
#The_Launch(Intilaqa)_52”

The image shows the Fatah logo, which includes a grenade and crossed rifles over the map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as Palestine together with the PA areas. Around it are a rocket launcher, a rocket, a rifle, ammunition, a Palestinian flag, and a keffiyeh (Arab headdress).

Text on image: "52 years and the revolution continues"

Intilaqa - "the “launch” of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier

To see the image click "full article."
Fatah song: “Slice ‎open the enemy’s chest… I have no ‎love other than the love of the rifle”‎ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 4, 2016

"Long Live Fatah Men,” sung by the ‎Al-Asifa band:
"Shoot the Dashka (machine gun) and the cannon
Let the whole world hear:
The Palestinian will never bow other than to the Lord of the universe…
The oath is to free the state from the hands of the Zionists
Long live all the Fatah men...
The Fatah man does not take things lightly…
He fires the mortar and the machine gun...
Strike, mortar, strike!
Slice open the enemy’s chest, slice it...
Bullets! Sing for us!
The sound of the rifles gives us joy
Fatah taught me, thank you, Fatah
I have no love other than the love of the rifle."
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Song broadcast on official PA TV, 11 times from Nov. 29 –Dec. 4, 2016, also broadcast on Dec. 31, 2012, and daily on Jan. 1-5, 2013.

Click "full article"  for a longer excerpt from the song's lyrics
Fatah post commemerates Arafat`s death with image of assault rifle 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 30, 2016

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “Shared by Wisam Shreim, a friend of the [Facebook] page”
The image shows Yasser Arafat with the number 12, marking 12 years since his death. The “1” in 12 is formed by a Kalashnikov assault rifle.
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Fatah glorifies terror: "We wrote the glory with bullets and rifles... the Molotov [cocktail] and the rocks" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Sept. 10, 2016
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The picture shows Fatah co-founder terrorist Khalil Al-Wazir “Abu Jihad” in the foreground.

Posted text: “We emerged from the womb of the barracks and the trenches
And we wrote the glory with bullets and rifles
Until we waved all of the flags for the homeland
We are Fatah the spark
The mighty Storm (i.e., Al-Asifa, Fatah military unit)
The cavalryman, the revolutionary, the Molotov [cocktail], and the rocks
Yes, we are Fatah
And this is our revolution”

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 in the 1960’s - 1980’s. 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.
Fatah awards plaque to Abbas that displays Fatah logo, which includes rifles and the PA map of Palestine erasing Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 22, 2016


Headline
: “The president receives the plaque of the Fatah Movement branch in Syria”
     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas received the plaque of the conference of Fatah’s branch in Syria, which was held recently in Damascus, the capital of Syria.
Fatah Central Committee member [and Commissioner for Diaspora Branches] Jamal Muhaisen gave the plaque to President Abbas yesterday evening [Aug. 21, 2016] at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah on behalf of the elected members of the Fatah Movement branch in Syria.
He said: ‘This Al-Asifa (i.e., Fatah military unit) plaque is given to the president by the Fatah Movement conference, which was held in Damascus on the 13th of the current month [August].’
Muhaisen added: ‘The conference took place after 37 years of absence. It was a type of demonstration of Fatah, which was hosted by the city of Damascus in the shadow of these difficult circumstances (i.e., the Syrian war). Only 11 members were absent from the conference due to [various] constraints, five of them from the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp, and six from the city of Aleppo.”

A picture with the article shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas receiving the plaque from Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen. The plaque bears the image of two hands in the colors of the Palestinian flag holding assault rifles, and a PA map of “Palestine” that presents Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
Senior Fatah official calls on Hamas to carry the rifle and fight Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 4, 2016
Official PA TV program State of Politics hosts Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki, who calls on Hamas to help the PA’s political struggle through warfare against Israel
Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki: [Discussing the failure of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Turkey] “I propose that Hamas (i.e., as a Gazan offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood) return [to being] Palestinian in order to save itself, so that it will at the very least save and preserve the days in which they said of it: ‘self-sacrificing fighters’ (Fedayeen); it is a pity, a pity. Therefore I say that Hamas’ project is over unless it will return to carrying the rifle and will fight, and we will welcome that even Hamas will fight.”
Leader of Fatah military wing: Rifle "will not be put down" until "the liberation of Palestine from Rosh HaNikra to Rafiah" (i.e., includes all of Israel) 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 2, 2016
     Headline: “Al-Aqsa [Martyrs’] Brigades – Al-Amoudi Brigade closes a number of activities for the month of Ramadan”
“The military branch of Fatah, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades in Palestine – the Nidal Al-Amoudi Brigade, held a mass fast-breaking feast on Thursday evening [June 30, 2016]… on the beach of Gaza City, in the presence of Fatah Movement leaders and its military branch activists.
Secretary of the West Gaza branch [of Fatah] Ziad Matar gave a speech in the name of Fatah. He praised the role (including the shooting of rockets into Israel –Ed.) of the Al-Aqsa Brigades – the Al-Amoudi Brigade – in the Path of the Storm (i.e., 2014 Gaza war) in the summer of 2014…
Commander of the Al-Aqsa [Martyrs’] Brigades Abu Ahmad welcomed those present…
He emphasized that recently the brigades have progressed significantly in terms of their equipment and capabilities.
Abu Ahmad noted that the next stage will be difficult and sensitive regarding the Palestinian cause in the struggle with the occupation (i.e., Israel) and external plots. Therefore, according to Abu Ahmad, ‘The brigades will be the shield of the Palestinian people and its just cause, and will not neglect the option of armed struggle – whatever the cost may be.’
Abu Ahmad concluded his words and repeated the saying ‘The rifle has not been put down and will not be put down, whatever the cost may be, until the liberation of Palestine from Rosh HaNikra (i.e., in northern Israel) to Rafiah (i.e., in the southern Gaza Strip).”
Fatah Facebook posts drawing of terrorist with rifle with words glorifying "the revolution" and "the fighting rifle" 
Source: Fatah's Facebook page, June 18, 2016

Poster posted on the official Fatah Facebook page.
The old poster shows a terrorist holding an assault rifle with his head masked in a Palestinian keffiyeh headscarf.
Text on picture: “Through pictures and posters we will be able to convey the meanings of the revolution to the masses and to maintain its continuity
The fighting rifle is the symbol and the legitimacy”.
Fatah FB posts old poster urging to persist with gun violence and terrorism 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, June 18, 2016
Poster posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The old poster shows a terrorist holding an assault rifle with his head masked in a Palestinian keffiyeh.

Text on picture:
“Through pictures and posters we will be able to convey the meanings of the revolution to the masses and to maintain its continuity
The fighting rifle is the symbol and the legitimization”
Fatah’s Facebook pays homage to old campaign poster calling to displace Israel using violence 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, June 17, 2016
Poster posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


The old poster shows the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as "Palestine" together with the PA areas. The map is overlaid with the design of the Palestinian keffiyeh.

Text on poster: “All of the rifles for the liberation of Palestine
Fatah”
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