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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Glorifying terrorists and terror
Palestinian society’s habitual glorification of terrorists as heroes and role models is one of its most effective means of promoting terror. In honoring the worst killers, the PA is simultaneously giving approval to murder and enticing future terrorists with assurances of glory and honor if they succeed in killing. Terror and murder become the Palestinian’s ticket to fame, honor and glory.

The terrorists honored most highly amongst Palestinian society are those who have killed the greatest number. Abd Al-Baset Udeh, killer of 30 at the Passover Seder massacre, had a soccer tournament for 14-year-olds named for him. His brother was honored with distributing the trophies. Dalal Mughrabi, terrorist bus hijacker (led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children) has had summer camps, schools, graduation ceremonies and sporting events named for her, as well as many TV documentaries honoring her. Palestinian newspapers also frequently glorify Mughrabi, as in the Al-Ayyam article which described Mughrabi as writing "the most glorious page of heroism in the history of the Palestinian struggle. [Aug. 2, 2009]. Thaer Hammad, who as a lone gunman murdered 10 Israelis in 2002, was glorified by the official PA daily as “the hero of the Intifada."

This adulation of the worst terrorists and praise for their heroism reflects the policy of the leadership of the Palestinian Authority. This video shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas,
issuing “greetings of honour and esteem” to mass murderers, whom he publicly names, one by one:
“I send greetings of honour and esteem to all prisoners...
Said 'Ataba (serving life sentence for murder in terror attack)…
Marwan Barghouti (serving 5 life sentences for planning murderous terror attacks)
Ahmad Sa'adat (serving 30 years in prison for heading the terrorist organization PFLP; honored on PA TV for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister Ze'evi in 2001, but never tried)
Aziz Dweik (Hamas leader, chairman of Palestinian parliament)
Jamal Huweil (life sentence for planning terror attacks)
Jamal Tirawi (life sentence for café suicide terror attack).
Greetings to you from our people.”
[PA TV (Fatah), April 17, 2008]
PA government calls on Palestinians to protest against US Jerusalem decision, says those who “stood upright” during previous unrest “will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city" and to "Judaize" it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017
     “During its weekly meeting, which was held yesterday [Dec. 5, 2017] in Ramallah led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government called on the masses of our people – with all of its groups and wherever it is located – to express their opposition to the dangerous American intentions to transfer the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…
The government emphasized that the members of our people – who stood upright during the last Jerusalem uprising and presented a spectacular example of resolve and sacrifice – will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city [of Jerusalem], Judaize it, and change its characteristics and its eternal Arab-Islamic cultural identity. The government emphasized that transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem or recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will threaten the peace and security in our region and the world.”
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Fatah Facebook post glorifies imprisoned terrorist who murdered an Israeli, with map of "Palestine" replacing Israel in the background 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 29, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “Freedom is drawing near”

The bottom left of the image shows a picture of terrorist Muhammad Falana, who murdered 1 together with an accomplice. Above him appears the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, with a picture of Arab women walking inside it, and above it is the Palestinian flag.
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Fatah Facebook glorifies female terrorist bombmaker as a "self-sacrificing fighter" and a "Martyr" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 28, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “On this exact day in 1968, self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’iya) Shadia Abu Ghazaleh (i.e., terrorist, prepared bombs for many attacks) died as a Martyr (Shahid) in the explosion of a bomb, while preparing it for carrying out an operation (i.e., terror attack) against occupation targets.”

The picture shows terrorist Shadia Abu Ghazaleh as a child.
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Shadia Abu Ghazaleh - active in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization and prepared bombs for many attacks against Israel. While she was preparing a bomb for an attack in Tel Aviv in 1968, it accidentally detonated and killed her.

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.’”


Parents express pride in the Martyrdom of their sons at event honoring student Martyrs at Palestinian college 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 20, 2017
Headline: "Memorial service for the Martyrs of Modern University College"
       "The student council at Modern University College yesterday (Sunday) [Nov. 19, 2017] held a memorial service for its student Martyrs (Shahids) at the college's building in Ramallah, in the presence of Fatah Movement Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen… In his speech, Jamal Muhaisen spoke about the central stages of the Palestinian cause... He also emphasized the significance of the young Palestinian people's role in the struggle…
The mother of Martyr Mahmoud Alyan gave a speech on behalf of the families of the student Martyrs in which she said that 'The blood of the Martyrs has watered the ground and made gardens bloom'… She expressed pride at being the mother of a Martyr who did not hesitate to sacrifice his blood and soul for his homeland and people.
The father of Jaafar Awad emphasized that the blood of the Martyrs is a beacon that lights the path to liberation and freedom.”
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PLO official: Taylor Force Act proves US is biased in Israel’s favor; “The allowances of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners are a red line, and they cannot be harmed” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 18, 2017
Headline: “Abu Yusuf: The allowances of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners are a red line and they cannot be harmed”
        “Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Yusuf emphasized that the fact that the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the American House of Representatives passed the law stopping the financial aid to the PA if it pays allowances (mukhassasat) to prisoners (i. e., the Taylor Force Act, which passed the committee on Nov. 15, 2017) unequivocally proves that it is biased and is adopting the occupation’s positions. He also emphasized that the allowances of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners are a red line, and they cannot be harmed.”

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Kids read poem dedicated to first intifada on PA TV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 17, 2017
Official PA TV, Palestinian children read a poem for the 30th anniversary of the Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel (the first Intifada, 1987-1993)

Host: “What do you want to read?”

Omar: “A poem about the anniversary of the [first] Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993).”

Host: “Go on.”

Palestinian children Abd Al-Rahman and Omar: “Palestine, Palestine,
Land of the revolution and the prophets.
We are your children, Palestine,
Land of the revolution and the prophets.
We are self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) for your soil,
On the land of my ancestors we stand firm.
Large, small, we are marching..."

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Palestinian boy recites quote by Arafat: “In spirit and in blood we will redeem you, Palestine“ 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 17, 2017

Official PA TV program The Best Home, on the 13th anniversary of the death of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat.

TV host: "What do you want to tell us?"
Boy: "About Yasser Arafat..."
Palestinian boy Zaid: "Do not cheer for me, rather cheer for Palestine and Jerusalem
In spirit and in blood we will redeem you, Palestine
Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem."
Official PA TV host: "Bravo, clever."
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PA education official glorifies Martyrdom at high school event: “The Palestinian keffiyeh has been colored with the purest blood… of the Martyrs of Palestine”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2017
Headline: “The homeland’s schools are celebrating Keffiyeh Day”
       “Director of the [Qalqilya district] Directorate of Education (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Education) Naela Fahmawi Oudeh participated in the school radio broadcasts at the Ali Iyad High School for Girls, which were dedicated to Palestinian Keffiyeh (Arab headdress) Day and to Independence Day (declared by Arafat in Tunis in 1988 –Ed.) Fahmawi reviewed the symbolism of the Palestinian keffiyeh… and added that the Palestinian keffiyeh has been colored with the purest blood, the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) of Palestine during their resistance to the occupation, and the keffiyeh has become the shroud of the Palestinian fighter who has sacrificed his soul for the homeland.”
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Murderer of 3 honored as “Martyr” by official PA daily, murderous attack was “an operation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2017
Headline: “The occupation’s escalation in Jerusalem: Martyr Nimr Al-Jamal’s home was destroyed”
      “The occupation forces destroyed the home of Martyr (Shahid) Nimr Al-Jamal (i.e., terrorist, murdered 3) from the village of Beit Surik west of occupied Jerusalem yesterday [Nov. 15, 2017]. In September, Martyr Al-Jamal (37 years old) [parentheses in source] carried out an operation (i.e., terror attack) next to the entrance to the settlement of Har Adar, northwest of the holy city [of Jerusalem], in which 3 occupation security members were killed. Afterwards he was shot by the occupation forces and died as a Martyr.”

Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal - Palestinian terrorist who shot and murdered an Israeli border police officer and 2 security guards and wounded another Israeli at the entrance to Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem, on Sept. 26, 2017. Al-Jamal was shot and killed during the attack by other border police officers.

Fatah calls for freedom for imprisoned terrorists, including a murderer 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement's Nablus Branch, Nov. 16, 2017

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

Posted text: “Prisoner Ahmad Othman Kafina (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1) from the village of Al-Sawiya, who is sentenced to life and another 20 years, during a visit by his parents at the Hadarim Prison
#Freedom_for_the_prisoners”

The image shows terrorist Ahmad Othman Kafina with his parents.

Ahmad Othman Kafina – Palestinian Fatah-affiliated terrorist who murdered Israeli Kinneret Ben Shalom Hajbi, and wounded 4 others in a stabbing attack on a taxi shuttle van from Petah Tikva to Tel Aviv on Feb. 5, 2006. After boarding the van, Kafina pulled out a knife and began stabbing passengers. Kafina pursued passengers who fled the van until he was subdued by an Israeli security guard and an Israeli civilian. Under investigation Kafina said that he had come to Petah Tikva to murder Jews. Kafina is serving 1 life sentence.

Fatah branch glorifies terrorist who participated in Church of Nativity Siege 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Nov. 15, 2017

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

The image shows a picture of Zaid Salem, a terrorist deported during the 2002 siege of the Church of the Nativity. To his right is 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 on image: “The expelled Zaid Salem”

Siege of the Church of the Nativity - In 2002, during the PA terror campaign (second Intifada, 2000-2005), Israel launched Operation Defensive Shield in the West Bank to prevent future terror attacks. 39 terrorists took over the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, using dozens of hostages and the religious site as shields. After 39 days of siege by the Israeli army, the terrorists released the hostages and were deported to Gaza and Cyprus. During the siege, the church was damaged in exchanges of fire between the terrorists and the Israeli army. One clergyman was murdered by the terrorists and 8 terrorists were killed by the Israeli army.

Fatah branch glorifies terrorist who was deported for participating in Church of Nativity Siege 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Nov. 15, 2017


PA District Governor glorifies Martyrs in Abbas’ name, and says leadership “opposes all of the pressures whose goal is to harm the allowances of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2017
     “The National Association of the Families of the Martyrs (Shahids) [of Palestine] in Tulkarem held the branch’s preparatory conference, with the participation of District Governor of Tulkarem Issam Abu Bakr … At the beginning of the meeting, District Governor Abu Bakr conveyed to the Martyrs’ family members the blessings of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, who always emphasizes the status of this group from among our people, which has sacrificed its blood in order to reach freedom, independence, and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem. District Governor Abu Bakr emphasized the leadership’s position – which President Mahmoud Abbas represents – which opposes all of the pressures whose goal is to harm the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners and to stop them. This is in order to protect this right, and out of loyalty to those who sacrificed their lives for the homeland, freedom, and liberation from the occupation.”

Fatah branch glorifies terrorist driver of suicide bomber 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Nov. 15, 2017

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

The image shows the face of terrorist Khalil Sarahneh, who drove a suicide bomber who murdered 1. In the upper right corner appears 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 on image: “Prisoner Khalil Sarahneh (i.e., terrorist, participated in murder of 1)
Sentence: Life”

Khalil Sarahneh – Israeli Arab terrorist who drove a suicide bomber to Jerusalem on April 1, 2002. Israeli police officer Tomer Mordechai, 19, stopped the car to ask for documentation, at which point Sarahneh fled the car and the bomber detonated, murdering Mordechai. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s armed wing) took responsibility for the attack. Sarahneh is serving a life sentence and 20 additional years.

Fatah branch in Gaza: Palestinians have proven by past terror campaigns that they will adhere to their goals “whatever the cost may be;” commemorates "great" terrorist “Martyr leaders”  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 15, 2017
      “The eastern Gaza branch of the Fatah Movement today [Nov. 15, 2017] blessed the Palestinian Arab people for the 29th anniversary of the [Palestinian] announcement of the document of independence (see note below –Ed.)…
The [Fatah] Movement added that a long path of resolve, struggle, and resistance still stands before this declaration in order to turn it into reality on the ground through full national sovereignty over the Palestinian country... The movement commented that our Palestinian people has proven in the first and second Intifadas (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993; and PA terror campaign 2000-2005) that it has a national dream and goals to which it adheres, whatever the cost may be, and noted that the Palestinian Arab people aspires and calls on all of the peoples of the world, its governments, and its international institutions to support its struggle and resistance in order to be liberated and rid itself of the yoke of the occupation… The movement turned to the masses of its people and said on the anniversary of the declaration of independence: 'We remember our great Martyr (Shahid) leaders... We remember the wounded and the sacrifice of the prisoners and the long path of struggle that our proud people has travelled.'"

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PLO legislative body will “remain tall and loyal to the blood of the Martyrs… [and holds] Israel fully responsible for the crime of Arafat’s murder” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2017
Official PA TV News, special broadcast of the central rally in Gaza to mark the 13th anniversary of the death of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat

Official PA TV newsreader:
“In an announcement on the 13th anniversary of the Martyrdom-death (Istish’had) of commander Yasser Arafat, the [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO)... [stated] that it will remain tall and loyal to the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the sacrifices of the prisoners and wounded, while again holding Israel fully responsible for the crime of Arafat’s murder.”

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Palestinian women hold pictures of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi at rally commemorating Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 10, 2017

Images published in the official PA daily

The images show women marching in Ramallah to mark the 13th anniversary of the death of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat. The women are carrying Palestinian flags and various posters, including a poster showing Dalal Mughrabi (lower right), the terrorist murderer who in 1978 led the killing of 37 Israelis, 12 of them children.

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, murdering 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.

PA-funded Prisoners’ Club: Imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are “fighters who have fought for the freedom of their homeland,” not criminals 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 9, 2017
Headline: “The Prisoners’ Club has launched a campaign to correct the widespread historical and statistical mistakes regarding the prisoners”
     “The [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club has launched a campaign to gradually correct the historical, informative, and statistical mistakes that have clung in recent years to the media and cultural discourse regarding the documentation and investigation of the phenomenon of the Palestinian and Arab prisoners… As part of this campaign, the Prisoners’ Club has emphasized that the prisoners are not held in ‘prisons,’ but rather in ‘detention camps’ or ‘temporary security installations’ (sic., terrorists jailed in Israel are held in prisons). From this the first difference can be seen between a ‘prison’ – which is a place intended for the imprisonment of people who have committed a crime – and a ‘detention center’ – which is a place intended for the imprisonment of prisoners of war or in order to steal the freedom of political detainees. From the dawn of its existence, ‘prison’ has been intended for criminals, and it is not logical to attribute it to fighters who have fought for the freedom of their homeland. This is the second difference between considering the place where prisoners of war or political detainees are held a ‘detention camp’ or [considering it] a ‘prison,’ as this is a place meant for imprisoning criminals in the eyes of civilian law.”


Fatah Facebook: Blood of terrorist who murdered Israeli "will not be in vain" as "the ground [will] sprout a thousand others" 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Nov. 9, 2017

Posted text:
“The 17th anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of Martyr commander Hussein Abayat (i.e., terrorist, involved in numerous attacks including murder of 1)
When the men cried over the passing of the one who fired the first bullet of the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) in the first assassination operation that was carried out by the Israeli planes of hatred (sic., Abayat was killed by an Israeli army helicopter)…
Martyr Hussein’s blood and the blood of all the Martyrs who today are writing the lines of the future history will not be in vain
When the monster kills one rebel, the ground sprouts a thousand others
O pride of the wound, if we die, the graves will fight.”
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Hussein Abayat - Commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in the West Bank. He was involved in shooting attacks against civilians and military in the Bethlehem area, including the murder of Sgt. Max Hazan and the injuring of border policeman Shimon Ohana. Abayat was killed in November 2000 when he was hit by a rocket fired by an Israeli Army helicopter.