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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 posts image of armed fighters with machine gun  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Apr. 1, 2018

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: “Fatah, revolution, and rifle
Beirut 1982”

The image shows men in military uniform armed with assault rifles on the back of a truck, which has a mounted heavy machine gun on it.
Logo of Fatah student movement at Al-Quds University shows map of “Palestine” which replaces Israel next to an assault rifle 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Apr. 1, 2018
Image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

The image shows the logo of the Fatah Shabiba Student Movement at Al-Quds University. The logo shows former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat, the Dome of the Rock with a Palestinian flag above it, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas with a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) pattern on it. In front of the PA map is an AK-47 assault rifle.
Text under logo: “[Fatah] Shabiba Student Movement of Al-Quds University 2016-2017”
 
 
Fatah posts image of rifle with text: “They will leave and we will remain, and the land will remain ours” 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Mar. 31, 2018

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: “They will leave and we will remain, and the land will remain ours”

The image shows a Palestinian flag around a tree, and above the flag is an AK-47 assault rifle with a key symbolizing the “return” of the Palestinian refugees hanging on it and a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) draped over its ammunition magazine. In the background is the Dome of the Rock.

Text on image: “The land will remain free (the last letter in the word “free” is in the shape of a key –Ed.)”
Fatah Facebook post glorifies violence: “O Fatah, this is my rifle… its fire is the death of the enemies and music to my ears” 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Mar. 22, 2018

Text and image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: "Fatah was here"

The image shows a man in a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) holding a machine gun and another man in a keffiyeh next to him feeding the ammunition chain into the weapon, as two aircraft are seen exploding in mid-air.

Text on image: “O Fatah, this is my rifle in my hand hugging my ribs, and its fire is the death of the enemies and music to my ears"
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Abbas’ Fatah glorifies terrorist murderer of 9 and members of terror group on its Facebook page, with photo showing the terrorists behind crossed rifles 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Jan. 11, 2018
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text:
“A few days separate us from the anniversary of the assassination of the Martyrs (Shahids)
Martyr commander Salah Khalaf Abu Iyad (i.e., head of the Black September terror organization)
Martyr commander Hayel Abd Al-Hamid Abu Al-Hol (i.e., one of the founders of Fatah who was assassinated together with Salah Khalaf)
Martyr commander Fakhri Al-Omari Abu Muhammad (i.e., a founding member of Black September who was assassinated together with Salah Khalaf)
Martyr commander Raed Al-Karmi (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 9), the eagle of the [Al-Aqsa Martyrs’] Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s armed wing)
Jan. 14, 2018”

The image shows Salah Khalaf, Fakhi Al-Omari, Raed Al-Karmi, and Hayel Abd Al-Hamid in clockwise order starting from the top, with crossed AK-47 assault rifles seen above them. Al-Karmi is wearing a military uniform carrying an M-16 assault rifle. Each of them has his name and date of death written by his picture.

Text on image:
“Heroes and leaders who died as Martyrs on this date [Jan. 14]”

Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) - PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat’s deputy, one of the founders of Fatah, and head of the terror organization Black September, a secret branch of Fatah. Attacks he planned include the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972) and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (March 1, 1973). It is commonly assumed that his assassin, a former Fatah bodyguard, was sent by the Abu Nidal Organization, a rival Palestinian faction.
Fatah promotes armed violence by posting 1970s Fatah poster of child with masked fighter holding rifle  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 28, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “One of the posters of the revolution in the mid-1970s
We are fighting for the future of our children”

The image shows a child reading from a book, and behind him is a masked Palestinian wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) with a rifle over his shoulder.

Text on image:

“We are fighting for the future of our children
Fatah
(The following is in English –Ed.)
He fights so that I live”
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Fatah poster calls for violence: “O fighters, tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 28, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “From the posters of the revolution on the anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa):
O fighters,
Tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory, the decision is yours and the future and victory are yours”

Text on image: “O fighters,
Tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory, the decision is yours and the future is yours
[Former PLO and PA Chairman] Yasser Arafat”
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Fatah Facebook post calls for violence with image of hand clutching rifle: "Strap on your weapon" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 14, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: Strap on your weapon over your wound, and tomorrow you will awaken to a morning of freedom #Rage_for_Jerusalem #Rage_for_Al-Aqsa_Mosque #Jerusalem_our_capital #Jerusalem_the_capital_of_Palestine
#HandsOffAlQuds”

The image shows a hand holding a weapon. The text and image are in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Text on image: “Strap on your weapon over your wound, and tomorrow you will awaken to a morning of freedom”
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PA TV filler on US Jerusalem decision quotes Arafat: “Do not cause the green branch to fall from my hand” and be replaced with a rifle 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 6, 2017

Official PA TV interlude on US President Donald Trump’s impending decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem

The interlude plays recordings of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat from his well-known 1974 UN speech, in which he said: “The olive branch is in my hand, and the rifle of the revolution is in my hand. Do not cause the green branch to fall from my hand.”

Visual: At the end of the recordings of Arafat’s statements the words: “Jerusalem, a red line” appear on a black screen, with two red lines behind the text. In the upper left corner of the screen appears a special logo showing a scene of Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock, with the Palestinian flag below it, and below it the words: “Jerusalem is ours.”
Hamas military wing: "Our weapons that have been mixed with the blood of thousands of Martyrs are the symbol of victory… [and] will continue to be legitimate against the thieving Zionist entity" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Nov. 28, 2017
Headline: “The Al-Qassam [Brigades]: The weapons of the resistance are against the occupation”
      “The [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas Movement, emphasized that the weapons of the Palestinian resistance will continue to be legitimate against the oppressive ‘Israeli’ occupation. On their Twitter account this evening, Tuesday [Nov. 28, 2017], the brigades said: ‘Our weapons that have been mixed with the blood of thousands of Martyrs (Shahids) are the symbol of victory, and the headline of the discourse with the “Israeli” occupier,’ and they emphasized that, ‘Our weapons will continue to be legitimate against the thieving Zionist entity.’”

Rifle appears in wall mural at PA school in Nablus 
Source: Facebook page of PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam, Nov. 16, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam

Posted text: “An evening of the keffiyeh (Arab headdress) of the free people on Keffiyeh Day at our schools inside and outside the homeland, a clear national holiday that we experienced together at the schools of beloved Nablus, and here are the pictures:”

The image shows a wall mural at a PA school in Nablus. The mural includes a drawing of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat wearing a keffiyeh. On the mural is written: “The keffiyeh unites us,” and at the start of the word “keffiyeh” appears a drawing of an AK-47 assault rifle (marked by an arrow) .
Guest on PA TV calls on the PA to give a rifle to every citizen, and for Fatah to return to armed conflict “as long as the occupation continues”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 14, 2017
Author and political analyst Hani Abu Zaid: "We are still pulling out the rifle as long as there is an occupation, and as long as there are settlements… The intifada - even if it has stopped and those who returned have returned to the homeland - it is a tide. We are still witness until this moment to an intifada that has been going on for the last 100 years. It is sometimes motionless and [sometimes] continues to flare up, and it will flare up much more as long as the settlement continues, and as long as-"
PA TV host: "The occupation continues."
Hani Abu Zaid: "And as long as the two-state solution is on the verge of death. As long as the settlers carry and pull out weapons, there is no choice but to talk through weapons, and our people will begin [to do so] again. We must give a gift to our people, a rifle for every citizen, as the occupation is currently planting a weapon in the home of every settler – every Israeli citizen has a weapon. It cannot be that we will refrain from pulling out weapons – and [all of] this will come in the future if the situation continues.”

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Fatah official: “The weapons of the resistance are pure… Whoever harms the weapons is not a patriot” but “a traitor” “Let these weapons multiply” 
Source: Al-Alam, local Hebron radio station, Nov. 9, 2017

Alam radio host:
"In Israel, everyone is always asking: 'What will happen with the weapons of the resistance?'”
Fatah Movement Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: "The weapons of the resistance are pure, and must be kept. We are increasing our training daily and strengthening our capabilities for the appropriate day, because we are not like sheep going to the slaughter. Whoever harms the weapons of the resistance is not a patriot, and we must look at him in a different light, because these weapons are being used under occupation in a manner that is in accordance with the national decision. They can be beneficial if they are used, and they have a great effect on the other side, Israel. If there was peace and Israeli withdrawal, then perhaps this [issue] could be raised, and we would not treat one who raises it as a traitor... It is forbidden to talk about the topic of the weapons at all... We have brigades in the Gaza Strip, and now we will resume arming them even more... In the Fatah Central Committee we forbid raising the topic [of disarmament]. Let these weapons multiply and become more sophisticated... All talk of disarmament is consistent with [the interests of] Israel, while the talk of controlling [the weapons] is preparation for the coming day of battle."
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Fatah FB posts girl’s drawing of Hamas head and Arafat together with rifles 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 6, 2017

Image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows a drawing made by a Palestinian girl, Nedaa Abu Rawaa (name in upper right corner.) The drawing shows former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat on the left and Hamas founder and former head Ahmed Yassin on the right. Between them at the top is a picture of the Dome of the Rock with clasped arms above it, a rifle behind it, and a handshake below it between a green hand representing Hamas and a yellow hand representing Fatah - referring to the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation. To the left and right of the hands is written "Palestine." Behind all of this is a sun in the colors of the Palestinian flag. At the bottom are two crossed rifles with "Palestine" written between them, and below them is a handshake - also between green and yellow hands, referring to the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation.
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Ahmed Yassin - Founder and former head of the terrorist organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous terror attacks and the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians.
Fatah branch posts image of rifle 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Oct. 26, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: “Fatah person, raise your forehead”

The image shows an AK-47 assault rifle, a handgun, and bullets against a background of 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 under the logo: “Fatah Movement, Bethlehem branch”
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Fatah Facebook glorifies the second Intifada with image of masked armed men 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Oct. 26, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text:
“A souvenir picture from the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005)
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s military wing) – Bethlehem”

The image shows rows of masked men dressed in black clothes wearing keffiyehs (Arab headdresses) on their heads along with yellow Fatah headbands, and carrying various t ypes of rifles.
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Students in Gaza participate in Hamas night patrol with rifles, are educated in Ribat, in order to “plant the spirit of resistance and Jihad in their souls” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 25, 2017
Headline: “Students of the Knights of Al-Aqsa [summer] camps participate [in Ribat] together with the Murabitin of the [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam [Brigades] for one night”
       “Approximately 200 students from among the students of the Knights of Palestine summer camps participated in a night patrol held by the public activity department of the Hamas Movement at the Bureij refugee camp, in the center of the Gaza Strip, under the title ‘Just Not the Al-Aqsa Mosque.’ The students visited the points of Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) of the [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam Brigades (i.e., Hamas’ military wing) in the refugee camp, and stayed with the Murabitin (i.e., those carrying out Ribat) until dawn.
The Hamas Movement emphasized that the goal of this patrol is to raise the morale of the students and plant the spirit of resistance and Jihad in their souls, so that they will be educated on them.”

The article includes pictures from the night patrol, in which the child camp participants are seen wearing military uniforms and carrying actual Kalashnikov assault rifles.


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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.
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