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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.

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. ‎When we approached you, you said these ‎were individual acts and that they would ‎cease. We wanted to believe [you], and ‎did this due to the tragedy in which our ‎people and its cause are in – and behold, ‎these acts are escalating.‎
Why did you place hundreds of our ‎people (i.e., Fatah members) under house ‎arrest and prevent them from leaving their ‎homes for any reason? Why did you leave ‎the General Commander of the Al-Aqsa ‎Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing) ‎Zaki ‎ Al-Sakni in your prisons, along ‎with scores of others, including Nael ‎Hareb, Shadi Ahmed, etc. etc.?‎
What was their crime besides belonging to ‎Fatah?‎ ...‎
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. Did the Martyrs who died in Gaza ‎until now, whose number has reached ‎‎2,100, in addition to the 10,000 wounded ‎and 40,000 destroyed homes, belong to ‎Hamas alone?‎
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

"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.
Fatah: "Turn these rifles toward Jerusalem" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, July 5, 2014
Posted on Fatah’s Facebook page, “Fatah ‎‎– The Main Page”‎
Text: “A day will come in our generation ‎when we will play the melody of freedom ‎on the black rifles, as we turn these rifles ‎toward Jerusalem, the eternal capital of ‎Palestine.”‎

Note:‎ The Facebook page where this item was ‎posted, called "Fatah - The Main Page," is ‎an official Fatah Facebook page. The page ‎defines itself as belonging to the Fatah ‎Mobilization and Organization Commission. ‎Each Fatah commission has an official ‎website. The official website of Fatah's ‎Mobilization and Organization Commission ‎links to this Facebook page.‎
Fatah Facebook video celebrates terrorist "heroes" who "are proving themselves a pure and stubborn rifle in the face of the Zionist" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, May 14, 2014
An Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades movie named "The Revolutionists of the Land"
Narrator: “The heroes Yasser Arafat, Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar, Kamal Nasser, Kamal Adwan, Abu Sabri, Abu Al-Hol, Abu Ali Shahin and others maintained the campaign against the Zionist enemy everywhere: the great operations (i.e., terror attacks) reached the shores of Tel Aviv [with] Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., bus hijacking in 1978, 37 killed) and [Dimona with] the Dimona operation (i.e., bus hijacking in 1988, 3 killed)...
The great operations of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s military wing, continued with missile bombardment of Israeli settlements, sniper operations, the blowing up of tanks and mortar fire from the Gaza Strip...
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, with their mighty Nidal Al-Amoudi division, still embody the spirit of Fatah’s armed resistance, through their active and high-quality participation in the wars being initiated [ by Israel], one after the other, against the Gaza Strip. They are proving themselves a pure and stubborn rifle in the face of the Zionist enemy.
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades still have a finger on the trigger."
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For a longer transcript and descriptions of the terrorists, click "full article."
Fatah "warning" sign shows assault rifle and map erasing Israel 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, May 13, 2014
On one of its official Facebook pages the Fatah movement, which is headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, posted a warning to Israelis. A sign showed an assault rifle and a map of "Palestine" that included both PA areas and all of Israel. In Arabic, Hebrew, and English it said: "Warning. This is a land of a Palestinian state and the occupation to leave immediately" (English original).
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Hamas official: "Our path is Jihad and resistance, our path is the rifle" 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Apr. 30, 2014
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) broadcast a speech by Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Mashaal
Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Mashaal speaking over the phone:
“These Martyrs… after their bodies returned, we are told: Jihad and resistance are the path, and there is no other path. Yes, I say to my brothers in Fatah and to my brothers in all the factions… our choice is resistance, our path is Jihad and resistance, our path is the rifle. Yes, we are in favor of politics, in favor of diplomacy, in favor of persecuting Israel in the international arena, and bringing it to trial on the platforms of the UN and its organizations, but our brothers in the [Palestinian] Authority, our brothers in the Palestinian presidency, in the Fatah movement and all the factions – the history that created us, that created our factions and symbols, was nothing other than Jihad and resistance… We have nothing to commemorate us, we have no honor, no history and will have no future other than with Jihad and resistance. During [Jihad and resistance], and in the shadow of the strategy of resistance, the other operations will grow in strength. Politics will be strengthened, diplomacy will be strengthened, activities and populism will be strengthened. This is the path, brothers!”
Song on PA TV broadcast celebrating terrorist release: "With our rifle we have produced this victory" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 10, 2014
Official PA TV program For You broadcast the celebrations marking the release of prisoner Amjad Jarbouni in his hometown of Al-Mazra’a Al-Sharqiya (Palestinian town north of Ramallah).
Song in the background:
"Through the victorious opposition and rifle fire, we have liberated the prisoners from captivity and broken the chains…
Through our free will we have torn down walls and with our rifle we have produced this victory.”

Note: Amjad Jarbouni – released after serving 12 years in prison. PMW was unable to obtain any further information about this prisoner.
Prisoner's son sings on PA TV: "Dad gave me a rifle and a machine gun as a gift... Defeat America and Israel" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 9, 2014
Official PA TV program Link in a Chain hosted the son of prisoner Rami Al-Ayleh

Son of prisoner Rami Al-Ayleh:
“Dad gave me a rifle and a machine gun as a gift.
When I’ll be very [big], I’ll join the liberation army.
The liberation army taught us how to defend our homeland.
Our homeland is dear, dear [to us].
[He is prompted from the background:] [We will] defeat, defeat America and Israel.”

Rami Al-Ayleh was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
Fatah: We are "fighting nation engaged in Ribat," and we "bear the rifles of the revolution‎" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 29, 2014
‎     “Unidentified individuals opened fire ‎yesterday [March 28, 2014] on the vehicle ‎of the Secretary of the Fatah branch in ‎Jenin, Ata Abu Rmeileh. …‎
Fatah’s Jenin branch issued a statement ‎in response to the attack, in which it said: ‎‎‘We will strike with an iron fist anyone ‎tempted to wreak havoc among the ranks ‎of our fighting nation engaged in Ribat ‎‎(i.e., religious conflict/war over land ‎claimed to be Islamic) at this politically ‎difficult stage of our national cause.’ The ‎statement emphasized that ‘[our] men bear ‎the rifles of the revolution on their ‎shoulders only to confront the oppressive ‎occupation, and the rifles that fired on the ‎car of [our] warrior brother, the Secretary of ‎the branch, Ata Abu Rmeileh… are the ‎rifles of mercenaries, rifles [of] civil war, ‎that received their orders from the Israeli ‎General Security Services.’”‎
From Ma'an, independent Palestinian ‎news agency
Fatah official: “The rifle is here, and it can go off at any moment” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Mar. 17, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a ceremony supporting the Palestinian state and national principles in Jericho.
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi:
"A national enterprise cannot succeed without the National Liberation Movement, Fatah. We in this movement have not cast down the rifle and have not let go of the rifle. The rifle is here! The method of struggle we are adopting now (i.e., negotiations) is [only] one of the methods of struggle. But the rifle is here, and it can burst forth at any moment, with a new method and a new leadership. It will burst forth from this [current] leadership if we remain alive, because we are its people; and if we are no longer alive, [then] our sons, our young lions and you will be its people. Revolution until victory, until victory, until victory."
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Fatah cartoon calls for return to armed struggle 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, Mar. 11, 2014
Cartoon shows a small boy pulling the hand of a man who is carrying a rifle, dressed in a military uniform and wearing a traditional Palestinian headscarf. The child says to the armed man:
"We have missed you,
come back."
Song played at terrorist’s funeral praises “the man with Kalashnikov (assault rifle)” 
Source: Al-Fajer TV (local independent Palestinian station), Feb. 24, 2014
Al-Fajer TV broadcast the funeral of terrorist Sarhan Sarhan, posted on YouTube Feb. 24, 2014:
Song played at the funeral: "Fatah man with Kalashnikov (assault rifle), Only you please me, the man with Kalashnikov!"
Shouts during the funeral: "Sarhan, rest in peace, we will continue the struggle!"  "With soul and with blood we will redeem you, Sarhan!"...
Announcer: "As we cry, [you should] laugh. You are now the bridegroom of the Dark-Eyed (i.e., virgins of Paradise)." ...
Tulkarem District Governor Abdullah Kamil (representing President Mahmoud Abbas): "In the name of Allah the Merciful. Allah said: 'And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision.' (Quran, Sura 3:169, translation Sahih International) Masses of the heroic Palestinian people wherever you are, members of our nation, today we escort this great heroic Martyr like a bridegroom. [He] who sacrificed his life for Palestine... [Behold], here he is returning today and once again our masses are proving that they are committed to the promise and the oath, and they continue on the journey of sacrifice and giving."
Tulkarem District Governor Abdullah Kamil in an interview after the funeral: "All our Martyrs who were buried in the 'numbered cemeteries' (i.e., Israeli cemeteries for terrorists and enemy soldiers) will certainly return and be buried... They will be escorted as bridegrooms, as this heroic Martyr was escorted."
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For the full transcript and a description of the terrorist, click "full article.''
Fatah official claims “results of negotiations are a big, round zero,” praises “using rifles” as an alternative 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 11, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a cultural event in support of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, held under the auspices of the Mayor of Jenin.
The event was attended by Abbas’ advisor and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein and Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi.

Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq [Tirawi]: “We negotiated with our heads held high. We fought using rocks, and we became Martyrs (Shahids). We fought using rifles, and we became prisoners, heroes. Some of them are [out there] among you. Heroes who made this movement [Fatah] and all of us proud. Some of you are still waiting for freedom. Martyrs who ascended to Heaven, whom we remember with admiration…
And we know that the results of negotiations are a big, round zero. Nonetheless, we tried. And we say with heads held high: ‘No!’ Whoever from among the Zionists who thinks that Beit El and all the settlements are Israeli land, is deluded. Haifa, Jaffa, and Acre will remain Palestinian forever, and they will be nothing other than Palestinian.”
[Applause from the audience]

Note: Tawfiq Tirawi is a member of the Fatah Central Committee (since the General Fatah Conference, Aug. 4-6, 2009) and is former head of General Intelligence in the West Bank.

Aim rifle at Israeli enemy, says Fatah leader 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 20, 2014
Official PA TV program on the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria hosted Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad. Hamad talks about how the soldiers (does not specify whether Syrian or Palestinian) near the refugee camp are capable of turning their guns against the camp, but weren’t able to confront the Israelis in the Golan Heights:
     “Our weapons – we Palestinians – their purpose is clear – our Palestinian weapons are [aimed] against the Israeli occupation, and I hope this weapon will be raised against the Israeli occupation alone, and not against any Palestinian or Arab party…The rifle must be aimed at the Israeli enemy.”
EU-funded PA TV program: "With the rifle we will impose our new life"  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 19, 2014
Singers: "Oh Palestinians, [the Zionist] shot you with the rifle,
the Zionists are killing your doves in your sacred area.
Oh Palestinians, I want to go and be with you...
Oh Palestinians, the revolution is certain,
with the rifle we will impose our new life...
Fire is in my hands, and with you attack the snake's head (Israel)..."
TV host: "Thank you for this beautiful song and your fine voice."

Co-produced with PYALARA (EU-funded NGO)
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