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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 student movement post features terrorist Marwan Barghouti and a rifle 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Apr. 14, 2017


Image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Post by Fatah's Shabiba student movement for the elections at An-Najah University. The image shows a rifle and a picture of Marwan Barghouti, an imprisoned Palestinian terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered, making the "V" for victory with his handcuffed hands. Barghouti is also a PA parliament member and a Fatah Central Committee member.

Text to right of rifle: "2 – the number [to vote for Fatah] in the elections"
Text on the rifle: "The Martyrs' (Shahids') cell"
Text at bottom: "[Fatah's] Shabiba Student Movement
The university of siege and victory [An-Najah University]
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Marwan Barghouti – Palestinian terrorist who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one attack in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001) in which Greek monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorist Ismail Radaida and another unidentified terrorist, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen, 45, was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Sea Food Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, 53, Yosef Habi, 52, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, 33, were murdered by terrorist Ibrahim Hasouna. When arrested by Israel in 2002, Barghouti headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament. On Dec. 4, 2016, he was elected to Fatah's Central
Relief commemorating terrorists depicts map of “Palestine” together with gun 
Source: Facebook page of Adnan Al-Damiri, the official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, Apr. 13, 2017

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Security Forces Official Spokesman Adnan Al-Damiri

Posted text: “The history of the struggle and culture throughout Dura, in front of the wall reliefs of the giants Mahmoud Darwish (i.e., Palestinian poet), Majed Abu Sharar (i.e., senior Fatah and PLO leader from the 1970s), and Bajes Abu Atwan (i.e., Fatah terrorist killed while fighting against Israel in 1974), with friends from the good times in prison and university, hosted by Al-Quds Open University, its [Fatah student movement] Shabiba, and its administration.”

The image shows a wall relief of Bajes Abu Atwan. In the center of the relief appears the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, with the right edge of the map formed by an assault rifle.
Text above relief: “Wall relief of Martyr (Shahid) Bajes Abu Atwan ‘Abu Shanar’:”
 
Fatah posts image of masked armed man on Facebook, calls to end Hamas “coup” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Apr. 8, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows an old Fatah logo featuring the head of a man masked in a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and armed with an assault rifle. The word “Fatah” appears over his face on a red background. Underneath, the Palestinian flag and an olive branch are seen.
Text on image: “Fatah – The eternal revolution and Storm (i.e., “Al-Asifa,” Fatah military unit) and the flame of the armed struggle”

Posted text: “The processions that will be held tomorrow [April 7, 2017] in Gaza need to focus on ending the [Hamas] coup (see note below –Ed.), because its end is the prelude to solving all of the Gaza Strip’s problems, and not just the reduction of the [public employees’] salaries”

2007 Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip - Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah won the 2005 Palestinian Authority Presidential election. However, Hamas won the 2006 parliamentary elections in both the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with a majority of 74 out of 132 seats, to Fatah’s 45 seats. Fatah’s rule of the PA Presidency and Hamas’ rule of the PA government led to friction and eventually armed conflict between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas defeated Fatah militarily in the Gaza Strip in 2007, and since then Hamas rules in Gaza while the PA continues to rule the West Bank under Fatah.
First prize in competition funded by U.S. and E.U. goes to drawing of Palestinian family holding AK-47 next to map of "Palestine" erasing Israel 
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 29, 2017
Headline: “Ru’a Amjad – young talent rises in professional drawing”


     “Seventeen-year-old student Ru’a Amjad from the Salfit High School for Girls won first place in the "What is a Fighting Woman in Your Eyes?" competition, which was organized by the [PLO -affiliated] Women’s Technical Affairs Committee in partnership with the Salfit school…
It should be noted that the "What is a Fighting Woman in Your Eyes?" competition was held by the Women’s Technical Affairs Committee as part of the youth initiatives that it is holding in 20 regions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in order to support the political participation of women. This is part of the My Right to [My] Future project, which is being held in partnership with the CARE organization (i.e., a relief organization with US governmental funding) and with European Union funding.”

The article includes an image of Ru’a Amjad holding her drawing that won first place. The drawing shows the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas in the colors of the Palestinian flag, symbolizing political sovereignty over the entire area. Next to it a man, woman, and child are seen standing alongside an AK-47 assault rifle.
Child on PA TV sings: "See how the rifle has opened the prison gates" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 27, 2017
Official PA TV program I Call You, hosting the niece of prisoner Saleh Abu Shusha - who is serving a 14 year sentence (Palestinian Media Watch has been unable to verify the nature of his crimes) - who sings him a song
Niece of prisoner Saleh Abu Shusha: “Place sword against sword,
The owner will get back what is coming to him,
See how the rifle has opened the prison gates,
We will hear joy and great celebration,
In the name of Allah, we will not leave a prisoner
Whose mother will shed tears because of his absence”
Fatah FB: "I will live as a self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’i)" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 21, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text and text on image: “I will live as a self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’i) until [Palestine] returns”

The image shows a man masked in a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) holding an assault rifle, and behind him the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. In the upper left corner appears the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine.”
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Fatah FB post shows Fatah logo with AK-47 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 19, 2017
Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “The idea did not die with the deaths of its creators, but rather is igniting, rising, and growing in strength and intensity. Whoever thinks that it can be extinguished and die is mistaken, as this is an idea that is not prepared to do anything but spread.”

The picture shows an AK-47 assault rifle laid over the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
Text at top right of image: “#52_Fatah”
Text at bottom of image: “Fatah is eternal and its giving is eternal”
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Fatah Facebook post promotes violence: "From my wounds, my weapon has emerged" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 7, 2017

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows armed men.

Posted text: "My weapon has emerged"
Text on image:
"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 path is bitter, your path is bitter, tread on my ribs and advance
How much this revolutionary people has sacrificed to live freely."
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Fatah glorifies intifada and Martyrdom: We will "remain the spearhead in the struggle with the Zionist enemy" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 16, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
“A statement from the Palestinian National Liberation Movement ‘Fatah’:
O masses of the heroic Palestinian people,
O descendants of the first Martyrs (Shahids) and bearers of the flag of the struggle,
O protectors of Jerusalem and the holy sites, and gatekeepers of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,
O those who exalted Allah chose to defend the land of the fathers, to protect their national heritage, and to continue the path of the revolution that was started by the first leaders, who protected their achievements with their souls and died while still defending our honor and our national identity... 

Your movement [Fatah] – the movement of the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners, which initiated the first Launch (Intilaqa) and led the outbreak of the first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993) and the intifadas and uprisings that came after it, is still loyal to the promise of the Martyrs and the sighs of the prisoners and wounded. It will remain the spearhead in the struggle with the Zionist enemy and will continue to raise our issue in the world. We will not raise the white flag, and we will not bow except before Allah... Together until the establishment of the independent Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem, this is a revolution until victory."

The image shows the Fatah logo, which includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
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Fatah FB glorifies murderer of 9: "He loved the game ‘Jews and Arabs’... He always played the role of the Arab who, with his simple weapon, attacked the treacherous Jew" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 14, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “The anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of quick-responding Raed Al-Karmi
Jan. 14 of every year is the anniversary of the death as a Martyr of quick-responding heroic commander Raed Sa’id Al-Karmi ‘Abu Filastin’ from the city of Tulkarem, and of the outstanding founding commanders of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s military wing) in the West Bank districts…
He loved the game ‘Jews and Arabs,’ a game that children of the neighborhood would play. He always played the role of the Arab who, with his simple weapon, attacked the treacherous Jew who occupied his homeland and settled in it…
Fear began to permeate the ranks of the occupation army when Al-Karmi succeeded in killing approximately 12 Israeli soldiers and civilians (sic., 9), and thus a decision was made to assassinate him by the most senior leader of the [Zionist] entity state, criminal [former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon…
Our heroic Martyr Al-Karmi died from an explosive that the Zionist Israeli Security Agency planted in the wall of the cemetery, next to which he passed on his way to his wife in the eastern part of the city of Tulkarem on Jan. 14, 2002."
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Fatah FB pic shows terrorist who murdered 9 holding M-16 semi-assault rifle 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 12, 2017
Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
"#Falcon_ of_the[_Al-Aqsa_Martyrs']_Brigades (i.e., Fatah's military wing)
#The_settler_hunter
#Martyr (Shahid)_commander #Raed_Al-Karmi (i.e., terrorist, responsible for the murder of 9 Israelis)"

The image shows terrorist Raed Al-Karmi wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and holding an M-16 semi-assault rifle, and the Dome of the Rock in the background.

Text on image:
"Falcon of the Brigades
Martyr
Raed Al-Karmi
2002-2017
#The_settler_hunter"
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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.
Fatah FB glorifies "Martyr" who murdered 9 Israelis 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 12, 2017
Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: "Jan. 14, 2002 - in two days it will be the anniversary of the assassination of Martyr (Shahid) commander quick-responding Raed Al-Karmi (i.e., terrorist, responsible for the murder of 9), a senior member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s military wing) in Tulkarem"
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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.
Fatah FB: We watered our land with blood 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 4, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “Fatah means full readiness to sacrifice and faith in Allah, and afterwards in the inevitable victory, in the justice of the cause, and in the national unity.
We were born as rebels on the land of [Prophet] Muhammad’s Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven; we carried out intifada as free men and we embraced the land in purity and washed in blood with which we watered our land for freedom and independence.”

The image shows a man with his head covered in a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) reclining next to a rifle and a coffee pot on a portable gas stove, while looking out into a narrow ravine. A picture of the Dome of the Rock is superimposed on the ravine, so that it appears as if the man is looking at it.
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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.”
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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.
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