Violence-Diplomacy strategy
Palestinian leaders from both Fatah and Hamas argue that terrorism -- including ‎suicide terror against Israel, which they call “resistance” or “armed struggle” -- is a ‎legitimate political tool. PA leaders quote UN resolution 3236, which "recognizes the ‎right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all ‎means" as including violence against civilians. However, the PA ignores the ‎continuation of the resolution, which states that the use of "all means" should be "in ‎accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations," ‎which prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. ‎

The PA not only legitimizes its use of violence against Israel, it employs a strategy that ‎combines violence with diplomacy, timing it to achieve optimum political impact. ‎
Fatah Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi explained this policy on Ma’an TV:‎
‎“In the Fatah political program of the Sixth Conference [in 2009]… it says ‎liberation of the lands and resisting the occupation through all means of ‎resistance. We haven’t omitted any type of resistance. However, we know ‎that for each method of resistance there is a right time and circumstances, ‎which are not right for another method. Since we are interested in a [political] ‎achievement, in a state, freedom, and independence for the Palestinian people, ‎we know what the interests and basic principles of the Palestinian people ‎are. Hence, we want to realize its interests, and not to concede our basic ‎principles. These might be temporary interests or achievements until conditions ‎are ripe to end all other issues.”‎ ‎[Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 11, 2015]‎

Muhammad Dahlan, a former Fatah MP, described it as follows:‎
‎“This is our right, our legal right (i.e., referring to the use of violence). The ‎international community affirms it for us. But it is the responsibility of the ‎leadership to use it when it wants, in the proper place and at the proper time. We ‎cannot leave in the hands of youth who use their own judgment. This is the ‎difference between [PA] using this right and just anyone using it.”
[Official Palestinian Authority ‎TV, July 22, 2009]‎
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Since the primary motivation for Palestinian terror is the advancement of political goals, ‎the PA employs a strategy of alternating violence and negotiations. They often refer to ‎violence as “seeding,” meaning that terror is used to inflict suffering and fear on Israeli ‎society and the international community, after which the terror is stopped temporarily, ‎in order to let diplomacy “reap” the fruits of the terror. The ongoing threats of renewed ‎terror are seen by Palestinians as a primary motivation for Israeli leaders to give in to ‎Palestinian demands.‎
Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf explained:‎
‎"Fatah… [is] the only movement that successfully employed all types of ‎resistance in order to achieve the goal… Fatah did not say that its only option ‎was armed struggle. We always said, 'the rifle sows and diplomacy reaps.'... The ‎rifle always had one target, and it was a political target: achieving the ‎Palestinian people's goals of freedom and independence. That is why we went ‎down two parallel paths: armed resistance and political activity.”‎
‎[Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 31, 2012]‎

Similary, Diab Al-Luh, member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council explained:‎
‎“We have learned in the struggle that there is a stage of planting and cultivation. ‎The struggle of the rifle seeds and the diplomatic struggle reaps. We, the ‎Palestinians, have planted in the many years of our struggle, our Martyrs (Shahids), our wounded and our brave prisoners, who have planted productive ‎seeds.” [Official PA TV, Dec. 5, 2004]‎

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Mahmoud Abbas himself has also stated the importance of timing violence properly. ‎The criterion he stressed was the potential to be successful:‎
‎“Now we are against armed conflict because we are unable. In the future ‎stages, things may be different. I was honored to be the one to shoot the first ‎bullet in 1965 [Fatah terror against Israel began in 1965], and having taught ‎resistance to many in this area and around the world, defining it and when it is ‎beneficial and when it is not.” [Al-Dustur (Jordan), Feb. 28, 2008]‎

Thus, the use of Palestinian terrorism is determined by its profitability and the PA’s ‎capabilities. Former Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei (Abu Alaa), when asked if the ‎Palestinians should be using armed “resistance,” stated: "I see and analyze. And if it ‎‎[resistance] gives me [benefit] without costing me, yes." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 5, ‎‎2010]‎

Palestinians across the political spectrum view “armed resistance” as a legitimate ‎political tool. An article in the official PA daily described Yasser Arafat as the champion ‎of this model, and the “expert on the timing of seeding the [armed] struggle and reaping ‎diplomacy.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 9, 2006] Hamas has also supported the strategy ‎of alternating violence with diplomacy: “Praise to Allah, we [Hamas] have demonstrated ‎glowing success in combining diplomacy and resistance.” [Hamas representative ‎Ayman Taha, Al-Rissala, May 17, 2007]

The following section documents statements and attitudes on the violence-‎diplomacy strategy, across the Palestinian political sphere:‎
PA district governor: The uprising must ‎stay “peaceful” and “need[s] to remain ‎under control” in order not to lose world ‎opinion 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 20, 2015
Headline: “Governor of Nablus district: We ‎will not agree to the return of the loss of ‎security control”‎
     ‎“Nablus District Governor Akram Rajoub ‎emphasized that they will not allow the ‎loss of security control to return, and will ‎not allow the popular uprising to stray ‎from its peaceful path. Akram Rajoub said yesterday [Nov. 19, ‎‎2015] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: ‎‎‘The events in the Palestinian arena ‎need to remain under control so that we ‎do not expose our people to danger, as ‎this situation shows the Israeli enemy to ‎the world in its most abominable form ‎and brings benefits to our people.’‎
He added: ‘We will not agree to a return of ‎the loss of security control of the ‎Palestinian arena, as this is a real call to ‎the occupation to act with all its power to ‎kill and destroy the elements of the ‎Palestinian people.’‎ Rajoub said: ‘The [PA] government and ‎civilian committees in the Nablus district ‎will rebuild the homes of the prisoners’ ‎relatives that the occupation forces ‎destroyed (i.e., the homes of the Henkins’ ‎murderers) in the last few days.’”‎

The Henkin murders - Israelis Naama ‎and Eitam Henkin (also an American ‎citizen) were murdered in a shooting attack ‎on Oct. 1, 2015, on the road between ‎Itamar and Elon Moreh in the West Bank. ‎Their four children, aged 9, 7, 4, and 4 ‎months, were also in the car and witnessed ‎the murders, but were not physically ‎injured. ‎
Five suspects in the murder, members of a ‎Hamas terrorist cell, were arrested by ‎Israel and confessed to the murders. The ‎leader of the group, Ragheb Ahmad ‎Muhammad Aliwi, has served time in an ‎Israeli prison for security related crimes.‎

PA district governor: The uprising must stay “peaceful” and “need[s] to remain under control” in order not to lose world opinion 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 20, 2015
Headline: “Governor of Nablus district: We will not agree to the return of the loss of security control”
       “Nablus District Governor Akram Rajoub emphasized that they will not allow the loss of security control to return, and will not allow the popular uprising to stray from its peaceful path.
Akram Rajoub said yesterday [Nov. 19, 2015] in an interview with Radio Mawtini: ‘The events in the Palestinian arena need to remain under control so that we do not expose our people to danger, as this situation shows the Israeli enemy to the world in its most abominable form and brings benefits to our people.’
He added: ‘We will not agree to a return of the loss of security control of the Palestinian arena, as this is a real call to the occupation to act with all its power to kill and destroy the elements of the Palestinian people.’ Rajoub said: ‘The [PA] government and civilian committees in the Nablus district will rebuild the homes of the prisoners’ relatives that the occupation forces destroyed (i.e., the homes of the Henkins’ murderers) in the last few days.’”

The Henkin murders - Israelis Naama and Eitam Henkin (also an American citizen) were murdered in a shooting attack on Oct. 1, 2015, on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh in the West Bank. Their four children, aged 9, 7, 4, and 4 months, were also in the car and witnessed the murders, but were not physically injured.
Five suspects in the murder, members of a Hamas terrorist cell, were arrested by Israel and confessed to the murders. The leader of the group, Ragheb Ahmad Muhammad Aliwi, has served time in an Israeli prison for security related crimes.

PA PM refers to Palestinian terror wave as “popular and peaceful struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2015
      “The [PA] Prime Minister’s Office emphasized that [Palestinian] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s meeting with Mayor of London Boris Johnson two days ago [Nov. 11, 2015] was intended to inform him [Johnson] of the [PA] government’s dissatisfaction with the statements he made during his visit to Israel, which are biased in favor of the occupation’s policies, at the expense of the Palestinian people’s rights, and go against the British government’s policy which supports the two-state solution… The [Prime Minister’s] Office emphasized that the prime minister also expressed to Johnson the anger of the Palestinians over the statements of a number of world presidents and international officials, who consider as terror the Palestinian popular and peaceful struggle, and our people’s self-defense using all means and which is stipulated in international law, while they justify the occupation’s crimes and its severe violations of humanitarian and international law.”

PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."

PA PM affirms the Palestinian right to “struggle” “using all means” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 13, 2015
       “The [PA] Prime Minister’s Office emphasized that [Palestinian] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s meeting with Mayor of London Boris Johnson two days ago [Nov. 11, 2015] was intended to inform him [Johnson] of the [PA] government’s dissatisfaction with the statements he made during his visit to Israel, which are biased in favor of the occupation’s policies, at the expense of the Palestinian people’s rights, and go against the British government’s policy which supports the two-state solution…
The [Prime Minister’s] Office emphasized that the prime minister also expressed to Johnson the anger of the Palestinians over the statements of a number of world presidents and international officials, who consider as terror the Palestinian popular and peaceful struggle, and our people’s self-defense using all means and which is stipulated in international law, while they justify the occupation’s crimes and its severe violations of humanitarian and international law.”

PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."

Fatah official: We support intifada but don't want military escalation because "the price is very high" 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 28, 2015
     "Asked about his expectations regarding the possibility of escalation of the popular insurgency, [Fatah Central Committee member Nabil] Shaath refused to describe it by this term (insurgency) [parentheses in source], and said: ‘I do not like to call it popular insurgency (habba jamahiriya). As far as I am concerned, it is the third intifada, (intifada thalitha) and this time it is our young who started it, particularly in Jerusalem.’… Regarding the concern of losing control over the situation and the popular insurgency turning into an armed intifada, Shaath clarified that he is not interested in things deteriorating and getting out of control, and turning into a military intifada, as happened in the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), and explained this by saying: ‘It is not because we are against armed conflict. We carried out armed conflict for 38 years, and the Fatah Central Committee sacrificed 14 Martyrs. The reason is that we think that according to how things appear at the moment, the situation cannot continue as it is, and Hamas already tried this in Gaza, and we tried it in the West Bank.’ In addition, he noted that the price is very high... Shaath added: ‘We did not choose military resistance because facts have shown that we cannot liberate the homeland by that means, at least not at this stage, as it has a high price, and will drag us into the cycle [of violence] in which Israel is interested. This does not mean that we do not see armed conflict as a main means, but we are opposed to it [at the moment], but we have the right to choose it, as we are fighting against Israeli soldiers who are occupying our land.”

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Fatah officials says all "options of resistance" are open, today it is "knives" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 27, 2015
Headline: “Fatah organizes a demonstration with many participants in Gaza to show support for prisoners”
      “Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad said that the popular insurgency has one message: The homeland is the same homeland, the blood is the same blood, and our people are ready to make sacrifices in order to protect the national endeavor and its legitimate rights. He emphasized that our people will not reject any option among the options of resistance… and clarified that [in the past] there was battle with bullets and artillery, and now it is with knives, in order to instill a new concept from the lessons of the resistance to occupation.”

Fatah official supports “non-violent” “uprising” because Israel would benefit from Palestinian violence 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 13, 2015
Headline: "Abbas Zaki to 'Donia Al-Watan': 'Severing of ties with Israel within a week'
       “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki clarified that the settlers' wild behavior and the current actions require a large effort in order to turn [the uprising] into a greater public uprising, that will be of a non-violent nature and capable of continuity, and announced: 'We fear that the actions will gradually become military and Israel will be the one to benefit.'
Zaki noted that if the confrontations remain as they are now, it will be suicide [for the PA], and noted that a united leadership with organized plans is necessary, which will daily enlist thousands of people and international solidarity activists… 'in order to take a greater part in the destruction of the Israeli economy and the undermining of its stability, so that the whole world will feel the occupation’s racism, and the world needs to bear responsibility. However, if the situation remains as it is, action after action, the world's perception, which favors Israel, will be that it is an issue of terror that can be eliminated.'"

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PA daily columnist writes that "the bullet, knife, bomb" are "our right" but "we will not be dragged" into violence 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 13, 2015
Op-ed by Fatah Revolutionary Council member Bakr Abu Bakr, regular columnist for official PA daily
Headline: “The_rage_of_Jerusalem”
     “Without me encouraging them to talk, many of the men of the field activity told me: ‘We will not be dragged, drawn near, or be tempted by [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s tricks. We know where our power lies. It is not in the bullet, knife, bomb, or firearm, which is our right in all cases, but at this time, and in these internal and regional circumstances, is not available. It [the power] lies in the cry of the stone, the human strength, Jerusalem’s rage, the olive trees, the people’s determination and the all-out popular uprising in the geographic arena, as it must stretch the length and breadth of the country, and in the demographic arena, as we strive for the participation of all groups – young and adults as one…
We will not be dragged into the cycle of violence and killing, for terror today is linked to the triple alliance between the Israeli government, the [Israeli] army, and the settlers, and this is the way it should stay.”

PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."

Only days after 4 Israelis murdered, Abbas calls “uprising” “peaceful”, inflames Palestinians, says Israel desecrates Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 12, 2015
Headline: “Mahmoud Abbas: The occupation is responsible for what is happening, and the continuation of the settlers’ provocations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead to disastrous consequences”
     “The president met yesterday [Oct. 11, 2015] evening with Secretaries of [Fatah’s] sub-branches and representatives of Fatah’s Shabiba (i.e., Fatah student movement) in the homeland’s northern districts (i.e., the West Bank), at the Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah. He briefed them on the latest political developments and expressed his appreciation of their efforts to establish the Palestinian cause as a central cause in the region which must stand at the top of the international community’s priorities.  The president stated that the one responsible for what is happening is the occupation, which continues to desecrate our holy sites in Jerusalem, protects the settlers in their attacks against our people, and avoids fulfilling its obligations as stipulated in the agreements signed between the two sides until a permanent arrangement is reached. He added that the Israeli government gives free rein to the settlers, who are attacking our holy sites and our people, blocking roads, and burning crops.  The president emphasized that the Fatah movement will remain the backbone of the Palestinian revolution, and continue to lead the struggle for liberation through popular peaceful resistance, and to adhere to national principles, especially the establishment of our independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

Abbas made these statements only a few days after 4 Israeli civilians were murdered by Palestinians.

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Fatah official: Israel has “instruments of great destruction” and “at this time, armed intifada does not serve our interests” 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Oct. 11, 2015
Headline: “Abbas Zaki: ‘The “faultless” Oslo Accords are over, and our power now lies in our unity’”
     “In order to better understand the expected scenario of what will soon take place in the heated Palestinian arena, in view of the escalating confrontation between the Palestinians and occupation soldiers in dozens of points of conflict, and in order to understand what is now required of the responsible institutions, [Palestinian News Agency] Al-Hadaf spoke with Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki…
Regarding the ‘armed intifada,’ Zaki stated that the events of the second Intifada (i.e., Al-Aqsa Intifada, PA terror campaign 2000-2005) must not be forgotten, ‘for Israel has instruments of killing and great destruction, and at this time an armed intifada does not serve our interests…’
Regarding the historical mistakes of the Palestinians’ conflict with the Zionist enemy, Abbas Zaki stated that the ‘faultless’ Oslo Accords are over, and the misleading peace has stopped fooling the Palestinians."

Abbas expresses “support” for “our brothers who protect Al-Aqsa Mosque and suffer greatly to defend it” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 9, 2015
Headline: “President Abbas: We do not attack anyone, but we do not want them to attack us”
     “President Mahmoud Abbas stated: ‘ We do not attack anyone, but we also do not want them to attack us. Moreover, we do not want them to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque. We will not be dragged into their cycle [of violence], and will not use violence or force. We believe in peace and non-violent popular resistance, which is our right, and we must continue with it as long as there is [Israeli] aggression.’ This was said while president Abbas inaugurated a CCC (Consolidated Contractors Company) building... The president stated: ‘ We support our brothers who protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque and who suffer greatly to defend it. However, we say to the Israeligovernment: Stay away from the holy sites of Islam and Christianity. We want peace, and our hands reach out for peace in spite of all the suffering you inflict on us, but after all we are pacifists, and if there is peace here, it will include the whole world.’ He added: ‘ We stated in the UN and we will repeat that Israel must fulfill its obligations, and we will fulfill our duties. Yet if they do not want to fulfill their obligations, they are responsible for what will happen here, and for the chaos taking
place here.”

Fatah senior official supports armed struggle but only when “beneficial” and “causes heavy losses to the enemy” 
Source: Official Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Oct. 8, 2015
Official PA TV program Inside, hosting Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “There are several means and arenas of resistance. Resoluteness is resistance. The economy is resistance. Science is resistance. Diplomacy is resistance. Regarding armed struggle, in which Israel has power and an advantage, with all its arsenal of weapons, I do not say we have to abandon it, but I do say that sometimes we need to use it, when it is beneficial to us and causes heavy losses to the enemy. We cannot begin with it with weapons it is doubtful will last two weeks, and in the end Israel will rule the world, and will claim it won the battle as it won against the Arabs in the past.”

Broadcast on official PA TV on Oct. 7, 2015 and posted on Abbas Zaki's Facebook page on Oct. 8, 2015.

After Palestinians murder 4 Israeli civilians Abbas says “the Palestinian side did not attack… We have to protect our holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 7, 2015


Originally aired on PA TV on Oct. 6, and published in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Oct. 7, 2015.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "In these difficult days, the Israeli government is escalating its strong offensive against the Palestinian people everywhere… Honestly, we do not know what the reason is for this, since the Palestinian side did not attack and did not do anything against the Israelis. If they [Israelis] think that the [Palestinian] people in Jerusalem are protecting themselves, that is our right. We have to protect our holy sites, Islamic and Christian. If they think to divide the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], it is unattainable, and they will not succeed…
We do not want a military and security escalation between us and them. We do not want that. We do not want that. We do not want that. We said it clearly. All our orders to our [security] forces, to our organization, to our young and our public, are that we do not want an escalation. We wish to defend ourselves. How should we react when a group of settlers attack a village? How should we react? Keep away from it! We do not start and we do not initiate. Israel has to cease and accept the hand held out to it."
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PA MP calls for “increasing popular resistance in all its forms” 
Source: Wattan TV website, Sept. 29, 2015
     "[Member of PA Parliament and] Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) Movement Dr. Mustafa Barghouti stated that the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Israel's attempts to divide it according to areas and times will surely lead to an explosion... Barghouti called the entire Palestinian people to unite and stand up against Israel and its actions, and to join the popular resistance and the campaign to boycott it and impose sanctions on it. In addition, he demanded the implementation of what was concluded in the last meeting of [PLO's] Central Committee, the national consensus program that includes a national strategy we have long been calling for, which is based on national unity, completion of national reconciliation (i.e., between Fatah and Hamas), increasing popular resistance in all its forms, expanding the boycott campaign, imposing sanctions on Israel and ceasing security coordination with the occupation state."

"Division according to areas and times" refers to a proposed law (May 2013) being reviewed in Israeli Parliament that would allow for both Jews and Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount. The law seeks to designate separate prayer times and areas of the site for Muslims and Jews.

Fatah official: “Fatah’s present program [is] to adopt resistance in all its forms” and “has not abandoned the option of armed struggle” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan News website‎, Aug. 11, 2015
Headline: “Fatah may be forced to return to armed struggle…”
     “Secretary General of Fatah's Revolutionary Council Amin Maqbul said that Fatah’s present program to adopt resistance in all its forms is the same as the program of the Sixth Conference, and that it will also be adopted at the Seventh Conference… ‘The struggle for liberty and independence is legitimate in all its forms, such as popular or financial resistance, or a boycott of Israeli goods. Likewise, the movement has not abandoned the option of armed struggle, and a stage might come when the movement will have to return to armed struggle in the sense of resistance in all its forms.’”

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.’”

Palestinian umbrella organization: “All options are open to our people” and Israel is “a legitimate target of resistance” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 10, 2015
Headline: “Ramallah and El-Bireh forces: ‘Expressions of the occupation’s presence on our land are legitimate targets for resistance’”
      “National and Islamic forces in the Ramallah and El-Bireh district… emphasized in an announcement they issued after their meeting in Ramallah yesterday [Aug. 9, 2015] afternoon, that all options are open to our people and its forces in order to deal with the terror of the occupation state and its striking arm in the Palestinian territories, namely, the herds of settlers, who do as they please with everything Palestinian as part of the ethnic cleansing plans to empty the land of its owners.
The forces emphasized that the occupation, in all its expressions and modes of existence on our land, is a legitimate target of resistance for our people, and the daily [Israeli] acts of killing will not go unpunished. Likewise, they stressed that the illegal settlements on our land are centers of aggression and massacres against our children, and are factories of death and intimidation against Palestinian villages, which makes it necessary to deal with this aggression with all possible means specified in international law for a people under occupation.”


Fatah official: Fatah believes in "resistance in all its forms," which includes "armed resistance" 
Source: Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London newspaper), Aug. 10, 2015
     “[Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul revealed in an interview to Al-Quds Al-Arabi that the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, will remain at the head of the movement in the near future. Likewise, he emphasized that the political program which the approaching Seventh General Conference of the [Fatah] movement will adopt the option of resistance in all its forms to confront the occupation...
Al-Quds Al-Arabi asked if Fatah will make any changes to the political plan that the Sixth Conference adopted in 2009. Al-Aloul stressed that the program will almost certainly go through a ‘development process,’ but that its essence will not change. He added: ‘The political program will be developed, but we will retain the political declaration that appeared in the introduction to the program in the previous conference. Regarding this, he emphasized that the Fatah movement will continue to define itself in its program and in its internal charter as a ’national liberation movement which is fighting for the liberation and independence of its people.’ Likewise, he stressed that the political program will emphasize that the Fatah movement ‘believes in resistance in all its forms as part of the plan to confront the occupation.’ From Al-Aloul’s words it can be understood that Fatah, which has adopted the option of armed resistance since the 60s of the previous century, has still not abandoned this option, despite the fact that at the moment it is implementing the option of ‘popular resistance.’

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Fatah official: Palestinians will "open all of the options in the conflict with the enemy" 
Source: Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and member of Fatah Central Committee Sultan Abu Al-Einein, July 29, 2015
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on NGOs and Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein

Posted text: “Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein stated that the Israeli enemy only understands the language of confrontation, and that we need to remain completely alert and prepared to deal with every attack. Abu Al-Einein added that Israel has a policy of organized assassinations against our youth and cold-blooded murder under false pretexts...

Abu Al-Einein said that in the shadow of Arab silence and the international tendency [to favor Israel], the Palestinian people will not continue to be silent, but rather will open all of the options in the conflict with the enemy, in order to protect its land, children, and resources.”

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Palestinian Center for Human Rights director supports armed struggle 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 23, 2015
Headline: “Raji Al-Sourani: The UN report regarding the war in Gaza provided all that we want as Palestinians”
     “The moment the UN report regarding the war against Gaza last summer [2014] was published, Israel immediately attacked it strongly, while the responses of the Palestinians regarding the report ranged from blessings to those who said it compares the victim and the hangman.
In order to examine this report and the other legal matters pertaining to the Israeli aggression and the occupation’s violations against our people, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida met with Palestinian Center for Human Rights Director Attorney Raji Al-Sourani…
Regarding the benefit of pursuing the leaders of ‘Israel,’ Al-Sourani stated: ‘We are in a battle that requires us to use all of the weapons at our disposal: humanitarian, legal, ethical, armed struggle, and ending in the freedom flotilla, as there is nothing better than having the elite of the international community coming to you on a flotilla in order to support you and your cause.’”