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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.

 
PA TV song honoring Arafat glorifies violence and venerates rifle 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 3, 2016

"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, once in 2013 on Dec. 31, and three times in January 2015 , once on Dec. 31, 2015 and once on Jan. 3, 2016.
Fatah Facebook celebrates 51 years of terror: “Our revolution and our rifle – a method and a path” 
Source: Official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement, Dec. 27, 2015

Image and text posted on the official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement on Dec. 27, 2015

Text:
“Our revolution and our rifle – a method and a path.
On the anniversary of the launch (Intilaqa) let us all tweet with the hashtag #51st_anniversary_Fatah_Intilaqa”

The image shows Arafat with a keffiyeh on his head and a rifle under his arm.

Text in image:
“On the anniversary of our [Fatah’s] launch, let us all tweet with the hashtag #51st_anniversary_Fatah_Intilaqa.
Our revolution and our rifle – a method and a path.”
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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 spokesman reiterates Fatah commitment to the rifle 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015

Headline: “Fatah’s Nablus [branch] commemorated the anniversary of the Martyrdom of the founder and symbol Yasser Arafat”
“Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad stated that the Fatah movement continues to realize the Palestinian national interest, and called on the Hamas movement to distance itself from anything that delays the reconciliation.
This was stated during the Flag and Keffiyeh Carnival, held yesterday [Nov. 16, 2015] by the Fatah movement in Nablus, with the participation of governmental, national and civil institutions, for the commemoration of the anniversary of leader Yasser Arafat’s Martyrdom…
Moreover, Al-Ahmad referred to the popular uprising and welcomed it, and emphasized that it came as a natural response to the escalating crimes of the occupation against the Palestinian people…
In the same context, the movement organized a central mourning rally to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Martyr Yasser Arafat, and the declaration of the [Palestinian] document of independence in the village of Beit Furik, in the presence of Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul."

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Fatah official proud his infant son says Martyrs have a wedding and wants a rifle "to defeat the Zionists" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 27, 2015

Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: “The Palestinian by nature and ‎education feels a sense of belonging to the land and the homeland. Listen, my son is ‎two years and ten months old. Yesterday, he sang to his mother: ‘Escort the Martyr to ‎his wedding.’ He doesn’t know the meaning of this song (i.e., the Islamic belief that ‎Martyrs marry 72 Virgins in Paradise). Today his mother told me that he sang: ‘Daddy, ‎buy me a machine gun and a rifle, so that I will defeat Israel and the Zionists.’ A boy who ‎is not yet three! A Palestinian grows up with a feeling of belonging to the land, the ‎homeland, and the people.‎"
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Fatah official emphasizes that Fatah never “abandoned the rifle” in response to Hamas criticism of Fatah 
Source: Donia Al-Watan News website‎, Aug. 11, 2015
Headline: “The Al-Aqsa Brigades are attacking Amin Maqbul and saying: The gun is not for election propaganda purposes, and Fatah never abandoned it”
     “Commander of the Al-Amoudi division of the Al-Aqsa [Martyrs’] Brigades Majdi Matar ‘Abu Ahmad’, strongly attacked some of the members of the Fatah movement leadership, after statements they made regarding [Fatah’s] Seventh Conference, according to which the conference might debate a return to armed struggle or resistance to the occupation in all its forms. Abu Ahmad considered this an insult to all Fatah people and to the Fatah rifle, which has not been abandoned since the beginning of its activities, and the battles are witness to this. Abu Ahmad said in a statement to the press that the Fatah rifle is not for decoration at celebrations and mass weddings intended for election purposes. Your self-marketing for the elections is known now even to the smallest Fatah member, and thousands of prisoners, the injured and the Martyrs (Shahids) are the greatest proof that the movement continues its armed struggle,’ he said. Abu Ahmad added: ‘You won’t be able to purify yourselves with the gun you fled from out of fear for your privileges.’”
PA-Fatah summer camp for kids: AK-47 automatic weapons and youth in military uniforms dancing with rifles 
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, June 12, 2015
Fatah-run Awdah TV program Morning of my Homeland reports on the fifth summer camp ‘Jerusalem in the Eyes of the Lion Cubs and Flowers of Palestine.’
The report begins by showing children wearing uniforms and carrying rifles performing a folk dance. The camp was eight days long and was organized by the PA National Security Forces. More than 150 children of “Martyrs” (Shahids) and prisoners participated in the camp. The camp took place in Sebastia in the Nablus district, in coordination with the Fatah youth movement ‘Institution for Lion Cubs and Flowers of Palestine’ (translated to English on their shirts as ‘Institution for Young Boys and Girls).
The camp’s closing ceremony in Sebastia, during which the campers also danced with rifles, was attended by Nablus District Governor Akram Rajoub, Minister and Head of Bureau of Clerks Musa Abu Zaid, Secretary of Fatah’s Nablus branch, and representatives of the PA national Security Forces. The closing ceremony integrated artistic performances and a military parade by the campers during which the Nablus District Governor spoke.

The first and second images show a group of youths parading on stage, dressed in uniforms, some carrying rifles:


The third image shows Nablus District Governor Akram Rajoub  sitting in the audience, and the last image shows the audience seated in front of the stage:



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PA TV encourages use of children as combatants with image of Palestinian boy holding a rifle  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 10, 2015

Image taken from Official PA TV program “Photography”:
An episode of the program showed chosen photos of Mahmoud Abu Hamdeh, a photographer from Gaza. Among the photos was one of two small children sitting on the grass. The girl is holding a bouquet of flowers and a Palestinian flag is draped around her shoulders, while the boy is wearing a keffiyeh – a traditional Palestinian headscarf - and holding a Kalashnikov rifle.
Fatah-run magazine: From every machine gun… from every vein in which flows blood… long live the revolution!” 
Source: Dalal Mughrabi Magazine Facebook page, May 29, 2015
Text posted on the Dalal Mughrabi Magazine Facebook page: “From every proud throat, from every gun muzzle, from every machine gun, from every hand and pen, from every vein in which flows blood, from the eyes of the orphans, long live Fatah, and long live the revolution!”

The Dalal Mughrabi Magazine Facebook page - An electronic “magazine” published by the Culture Committee of the Fatah Shabiba student movement at the Birzeit University containing information about Shabiba events at the university, national holidays, Fatah anniversaries, historically important days/events for Fatah and occasional news items. The profile picture on the page is a photo of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
Fatah Facebook post glorifies death fighting Israel 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, May 20, 2015

Text and image published on Fatah’s Facebook page, “Fatah – The Main Page”
Text on image: “Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, division of Martyr Commander Nidal Al-Amoudi.”
“If I fall, take my place
O, companion in the struggle
And carry my weapon
Don’t fear my blood on the weapon”

Posted text (same as last two lines in photo):
“And carry my weapon
Don’t fear my blood on the weapon”
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Rifle and map on Fatah's Facebook page calls for violence to take back the land 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, May 14, 2015

On the occasion of Palestinian Nakba day - the day Palestinians commemorate "the catastrophe" of the establishment of the State of Israel - Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement posted a drawing on Facebook that encouraged the use of violence to destroy Israel:
"What was taken by force can only be regained by force,
the 67th anniversary of the Nakba"
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Fatah Facebook post threatens "the world's dwarfs" with violence 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, May 13, 2015

A post on Fatah's Facebook page warned "the world's dwarfs" to "remain in their burrows" when "the storm" - the name of Fatah's military wing - "roars." This warning appeared on a photo of an armed member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades beside the Fatah logo, which also encourages the use of arms against Israel. The Fatah logo shows two rifles crossed over a map that includes the PA areas and all of Israel:
"When the 'storm' Al-Asifa (i.e., a reference to Fatah's military wing in the 1960's and 1970's) roars and the nation applauds the eternal Fatah, the world's dwarfs should remain in their burrows."
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Fatah posts image of youth painting ‎Fatah logo, with rifles and map erasing ‎Israel 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Mar. 27, 2015

Fatah posted a photo to its Facebook page ‎showing a young man painting the Fatah ‎logo, with rifles, flags of “Palestine” and a ‎map including both PA areas and all of ‎Israel, on a brick wall. ‎
Posted text: “Anyone who thinks Fatah’s ‎flame has been extinguished, just wait. ‎Under the ashes lies a volcano.”‎
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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."
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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’”‎

Note: Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
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.
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