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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.
 
Click to view PMW special report: “From Terrorists to Role Models

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 on Facebook: "We started with stones… and we will finish with a state" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Jan. 18, 2015

This picture posted to Fatah's official Facebook page, demonstrates that the movement still favors violence as the way to obtain statehood. A stone, a knife, a Molotov cocktail, a gun, a hand grenade, an assault rifle and an RPG illustrate Fatah's progress in terms of more and more sophisticated weapons.

Text on image:
“We started with stones …. and we will finish with a state
The Palestinian National Liberation Movement [Fatah]”
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Fatah posts image of rifle with the words: “Palestinian National Liberation Movement - Fatah” 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Jan. 1, 2015

Image shows the words “Palestinian National Liberation Movement - Fatah” written in calligraphy in the shape of a rifle.
Text: “The revolution ignited by the giant Yasser Arafat, whose fuel is the nation of giants, cannot deviate from its course toward Jerusalem. Long live the 50th anniversary of Fatah.”

Note: Intilaqa – "The Launch" – i.e., the launch of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier.
Fatah’s 50 year anniversary logo includes rifle 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Jan. 1, 2015

An image shows the number 50 symbolizing the 50th anniversary of Fatah since its first terror attack against Israel in 1965. The upper part of the number 5 is a rifle, symbolizing the means used to “liberate Palestine.”
Text on image: “50 years on, and the revolution continues. The golden anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa) of Fatah Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah.”

Note: Intilaqa "the Launch" – i.e., the launch of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier.
PA TV music video: "We treat the rifle as a brother" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 30, 2014
PA TV music video: 
"Yasser Arafat, rest in peace, rest in peace,
while we continue the struggle, the struggle.
By Allah, we won't throw down our weapons.
We treat the rifle as a brother.
We treat the rifle as a brother."
Click to view video
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Note: This clip originally aired on Dec. 30, 2011 and was rebroadcast Jan. 4, 2012, Jan. 1, 2, and 4, 2013, and Dec. 30, 2014.
Fatah’s adornments are the “rifle and ‎keffiyeh”‎ 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 27, 2014


Text: “Fatah – the symbol of honor. Fatah ‎‎– its men are giants and its women ‎glorious. Their adornments are the Elder’s ‎‎(i.e., Yasser Arafat) rifle and keffiyeh, and ‎no wonder, for they are the sisters of the ‎men and of Dalal [Mughrabi].”‎
Text on image: “Behold, even if the ‎season lengthens, light up your lamp, ‎hold it high and call: ‘The exploitation and ‎darkness of the night will necessarily ‎pass’”‎
Logo marking Fatah’s 50th anniversary includes rifles symbolizing violent resistance 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 22, 2014

The image includes the number 50 ‎symbolizing the 50th anniversary of ‎Fatah since its first terror attack against ‎Israel in 1965. The dove symbolizes the ‎freeing of Palestinian prisoners and the ‎rifle represents the means through ‎which “Palestine” will be “liberated.” The ‎image also shows the Al-Aqsa Mosque, ‎the Palestinian flag, and Fatah’s logo.‎
Posted text: “The members of Fatah ‎remain loyal to this movement, which ‎has revived the Palestinian cause and ‎reminded the world of Palestine, and ‎resisted using all the means at its ‎disposal. They are loyal to its ‎commanders and remain loyal to the ‎path, rooted in Palestine and devoted to ‎the cause, which we will never betray.”‎
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Fatah graphic erases Israel from the map and includes rifle 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 17, 2014

Image shows Fatah’s logo and a map of “Palestine” including PA areas and all of Israel covered in the Palestinian flag. The image includes a photo of Arafat and a rifle, symbolizing the means used to “liberate Palestine.” 
Text on image: “Fatah – The symbol of the struggle – defenders of the national enterprise”
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Fatah graphic with rifle and grenade ‎marks Fatah’s 50 year anniversary‎ 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 15, 2014

An image shows the number 50 symbolizing the 50th anniversary of Fatah since its first terror attack against Israel in 1965. The upper part of the number 5 is a rifle, symbolizing the means used to “liberate Palestine.” The number 5 is covered in a keffiyeh – the typical Palestinian head dress. Inside number 5 is a picture of Arafat. The zero in number 50 is colored in the Palestinian flag and has a picture of a hand grenade inside it. 
Text on image: “The anniversary is approaching.”
Posted text: “The golden anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa) of Fatah” 
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Note: Intilaqa – "The Launch" – i.e., the launch of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier.
Fatah celebrates 50 years: New logo includes rifle and map erasing Israel 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 14, 2014

The “Intilaqa logo” shows the number 50 and the years 1965-2015 celebrating Fatah’s 50th anniversary since its first terror attack against Israel. The rifle symbolizes the means used to “liberate Palestine” and the dove symbolizes the freeing of Palestinian prisoners. The logo also includes a Palestinian headdress - a keffiyeh - and the Palestinian flag shaped as the northern part of Israel.
Text on image: “The golden anniversary of the Intilaqa, 1965-2015, Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah”
Posted text: “The Intilaqa logo, designed by brother Mahmoud Al-Rifi” 
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Note: Intilaqa – "The Launch" – i.e., the launch of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier.
Fatah logo marking 50 year anniversary includes rifle 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 14, 2014


Text and image posted on Fatah’s Facebook page, “Fatah – The Main Page”
Text on image: “50 years [on], the revolution continues. Golden anniversary of the Intilaqa ("the Launch" – i.e., the launch of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier).
Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah.”
Text in post: “The anniversary approaches”
Description of the image:
- The number 50 with the upper horizontal part of the number 5 turned into a rifle and its vertical part turned into a map of "Palestine” that includes all of Israel and the PA areas
- Fatah’s logo (including rifles, the Palestinian flag and map of "Palestine” that includes all of Israel and the PA areas)
- A dove flying with the Palestinian flag
- The Al-Aqsa Mosque
Fatah logo marking 50 year anniversary includes rifle 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 13, 2014


Text and image posted on Fatah’s Facebook page, “Fatah – The Main Page”
Text: “50 years since the Intilaqa ("the Launch" – i.e., the launch of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier) – state and independence”
Image: Dove, rifle, Al-Aqsa Mosque and map of "Palestine” that includes all of Israel and the PA areas
Fatah proud of violence against Israel: ‎‎“Fatah – the first stone and the first ‎bullet”‎ 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Dec. 5, 2014

Text on image of rifle: “Fatah – the first ‎stone and the first bullet. We are men of ‎Fatah and are proud of it”‎
Posted text: “Long live Fatah of ‎revolution, history and culture. Long live ‎Fatah of willpower and independent ‎decision-making.”‎
Song commemorating Arafat promotes using the rifle 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 14, 2014

"Musk and ambergris are the scent of the revolutionaries’ blood, O soil
The scent of Paradise wafts from our loved ones, O Arafat...‎
Take the parts of the rifle, and have a full magazine
‎[video shows photo of Arafat aiming a rifle]‎
My land is guaranteed victory through the determination of the knights...‎
Arafat, we’ve issued a challenge, woe to whoever is hostile to us
We carry our souls in our hands, for your sake, the Elder...‎
We tasted the bitterness of parting from you, President
Rejoice, Dark-Eyed Maidens, rejoice.‎
We have escorted Yasser to Paradise.‎"
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PA MP and terrorist Marwan Barghouti supports “the option of the comprehensive resistance and the rifle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 11, 2014
      “Prisoner leader Marwan Barghouti called on the PA to restore the dignity of the resistance, officially adopt the movement to boycott the occupation, and defend Jerusalem from Judaization, out of loyalty and devotion to the historic heritage of Yasser Arafat. These statements were made in a letter from the prisoner leader [Barghouti] on the tenth anniversary of the assassination of founding leader Yasser Arafat. In his letter, Barghouti wrote: ‘The assassination of President Yasser Arafat was an official Israeli-American decision, [and occurred] after a continuous military and political siege that was aimed at torpedoing the blessed Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) and dealing a blow to the resistance and the unity of the Palestinian people. There is no need for the inquiry teams and commissions of the past ten years to realize this fact.’"

Click "Full article"  for a longer excerpt of Barghouti's statement and notes
Fatah Facebook promotes using the rifle 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Oct. 13, 2014


Posted on Fatah’s Facebook page, “Fatah – The Main Page”
Text: “The olive branch is human culture, not a distortion of peace. The rifle is the way of the homeland.”
Fatah spokesman criticizes Hamas for shooting Fatah members: "The rifle of the resistance is holy only as ‎long as it is aimed at the occupation" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 23, 2014
Op-ed by Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf
     ‎“We now ask the leaders of Hamas: ‘Why ‎did your people shoot dozens of Fatah ‎members?’ We have a long list of their ‎names, and some came for treatment in ‎West Bank hospitals with 30 bullets in ‎their bodies, which pulverized their bones ‎and flesh and made them unable to move... What was their crime besides belonging to ‎Fatah?‎ What did they do to [warrant] being shot at and being placed under house arrest? ...
Did we not oppose this [Israeli] aggression ‎in every possible way? This is our duty, ‎and 99% of the Martyrs (Shahids) in the ‎West Bank were Fatah members, and ‎more than half of Gaza’s Martyrs belonged ‎to Fatah.
Finally, I will say that the rifle of the ‎resistance is holy only as long as it is ‎aimed at the occupation. However, when it ‎is aimed at the chests of our people, ‎pulverizes their bones, crumbles their ‎flesh, makes them unable to move and ‎give, it becomes a rifle for hire [and] ‎highway robbery.”‎
Fatah claims to have killed Israeli soldier in Hebron 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 23, 2014


Text: "The Al-Aqsa [Martyrs'] Brigades (Fatah's military wing) claim responsibility for the killing of an Israeli soldier during clashes in Hebron."
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Note: Israel has not reported any soldiers killed or missing in that area.
Fatah posts pictures of armed, masked terrorists: "We count on you" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 23, 2014


Text:
"The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, our military wing - now [we] count on you"
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Fatah official quotes Arafat: "An olive branch in one hand and a rifle in the other" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 12, 2014
Q: “[As of now, Israel’s Operation ‎Protective Edge has claimed] over 120 ‎Martyrs (Shahids) and wounded 900, and ‎at the official level, Fatah is still adhering ‎to the negotiations. Is that really the ‎movement’s position?”‎
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas ‎Zaki: “First of all, what is happening in ‎Gaza is a very large operation. The enemy ‎has crossed all boundaries of human ‎‎[behavior], and I don’t believe Fatah is ‎relying on negotiations with this ‎savage…”‎
Q: “What is Fatah’s official position on the ‎Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military ‎wing), who are launching rockets at the ‎Israeli settlements? There are figures ‎according to which Fatah in Gaza has ‎launched over 200 rockets.”‎
Abbas Zaki: “Our eyes are now turned ‎toward Gaza, and the unity of the factions ‎is very necessary... No one in Gaza will ‎look on from the sidelines and sit by idly. ‎Gaza is at war and is living under fire, and ‎whoever disavows‎ the resistance is no ‎member of Fatah‎...
We Palestinians have an international ‎decision regarding our right to defend ‎ourselves, even by means of armed ‎struggle, but we won’t use the [armed] ‎struggle unless it suits the situation and ‎helps and exacts a high price from the ‎enemy during the campaign. ‎
We don’t want to say we are against it.
‎Yasser Arafat went to the UN and told ‎them, ‘an olive branch in one hand and a ‎rifle in the other.’ He didn’t say ‘just a rifle;’ ‎but also the green branch... Mahmoud Abbas is ‎experienced. We don’t want words, we ‎want deeds."

For the complete interview and notes, click "full article."
Song on Hamas TV: "[With‎] rifles we will break the shackles" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 9, 2014
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) broadcast a song ‎with footage simulating clashes between ‎Hamas and the Israeli army, and figures ‎dressed like ultra-Orthodox Jews carrying ‎weapons. ‎
Song on Al-Aqsa TV:‎
     ‎“When the Zionist acts with arrogance, ‎
Spreads out in the land and has no pity ‎on us, ‎
The uncompromising people ‎ must bear ‎machine guns in the [West] Bank.‎
Live like a fighter and give the oppressor ‎his due. ‎
‎[With‎] rifles we will break the shackles.‎
Gaza and the [West] Bank, and the interior ‎‎(i.e., Israeli Arabs in Israel) are with us ‎, ‎hand in hand.‎
‎[We are] one hand, and will not renounce ‎our principles
With rockets and explosives, the glory of ‎the operations (i.e., terror attacks) will ‎return.‎
‎[footage of man dressed as an ultra-‎Orthodox Jew wearing an explosive belt]‎
The people ‎ that stands firm will not die.‎
Our victory is certain, Allah ‎ willing.”‎

Note: This broadcast took place as Hamas was firing thousands of rockets at Israel and as Israel was responding with Operation Protective Edge, which aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure and ability to launch rockets at Israel.
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