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:‎
Official PA daily promotes "resistance in all its forms – from the bullet ‎to the stone, the slogan and the poem, to ‎political and diplomatic activity" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 9, 2014
     ‎“The Israeli occupation knows better than ‎anyone else that the most efficient ‎resistance is resistance in all its forms – ‎from the bullet to the stone, the slogan ‎and the poem, to political and diplomatic ‎activity, even cultural activity, through ‎humane statements of resistance, which ‎strive for truth, justice and beauty… The ‎President [Mahmoud Abbas] emphasized, ‎through his official spokesman Nabil Abu ‎Rudeina, that ‘our people will not sit idly ‎watching the unrestrained massacre of ‎our children, wives and elderly. It is our ‎people’s right to challenge aggression ‎and protect ourselves by all legitimate ‎means.’ From such a precise, clear, ‎reliable, and legitimate position, we learn ‎that we are moving towards the option of ‎challenge and resistance, in all their ‎legitimate forms…”‎

Note: This article was published as Hamas was firing hundreds 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.

Official PA daily: The Palestinian "lacks military capacity" and therefore turns to the UN, but "without forfeiting its resistance using all available means" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 23, 2014
Op-ed by Fathi Al-Bis, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     "With the excuse of the disappearance of three settlers (i.e., On June 12, 2014, three Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped while hitchhiking in the West Bank.) who were on a land which did not belong to them, while robbing and challenging the owners of the land, Israel does as it pleases in the West Bank, and threatens Gaza... The Palestinian knows that at the moment, he lacks military capacity, but he [also] knows that the nations of the world are becoming disgusted by Israel's arrogance and racism, and that its isolation is now only a matter of time.
Therefore, he [the Palestinian] turns to the world, from the [UN] Security Council to all the UN institutions, asking for protection from the arrogance of power and savage racism, which it needs and deserves - without forfeiting its resistance using all available means, with its modest capabilities, first among which is resolve on the ground, patience and endurance...
The Palestinian, with [his] Arab loyalty and identity which knows no sectarianism, confronts Israel. He observes with sadness the flames that surround him and that divert the people of the Arab nation from the duty of the basic and central confrontation, which is with the barbaric Israel. He looks forward to the day when the flames of [this] abhorrent sectarianism will be extinguished, so that everyone will be free to bury the [Israeli] myth that is being lived by the bloodthirsty, helmet-clad and rifle-bearing soldier out of the self-deception that this is the way to protect his existence and security. But the soldier of the helmet will not win and will continue to live in fear."
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Fatah defends Abbas' condemnation of kidnapping, claims he spoke for diplomatic reasons 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, June 18, 2014
Fatah’s Facebook page, “Fatah – The Main Page” posted a response to the criticism PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has received for his speech to the foreign ministers of the Islamic countries in which he condemned the kidnapping of the three Israeli youths Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel, who were abducted on June 12, 2014:
     “People, think just a little logically, do you know what the re-arrest of the prisoners who were released in the Shalit deal means?
Do you know what the arrest of hundreds [of people] – and the operation is still going on – and the threat of their expulsion and the demolishing of their homes means?
Do you know what a difficult and destructive battle awaits the Gaza Strip?
Do you know how many assassinations are expected along the way?
Do you know what a siege of the West Bank cities and their dismemberment means?
Do you know what tightening the economic blockade once again and cutting the power means?
[And do you know the meaning of] the arrest of wanted persons whose status has been resolved, and many additional matters?
This was the intention of the President’s [Abbas’] speech, to make sure Israel does not get a chance [to carry out the above] and to curb its killing, destruction and devastation, in order to tell the world we are fulfilling our obligations.
I know there are those who will be angry and criticize this speech – and that’s natural – and there are those who will beat drums, play the flute (i .e., cause a disturbance, protest), accuse [the President] of treason and use this opportunity to attack the President. They will not rejoice for long, because people will soon understand the correctness of the President’s speech and position.”

Hamas official: Fatah recognizes Israel "on the political level" but not an organizational level; its real position is "very close to Hamas' position" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 5, 2014
     “Deputy Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau Dr. Musa Abu Marzouq said Fatah’s weight in the PLO has helped it become the organization’s backbone. He noted that there was no connection between recognition of Israel and the positions of the factions, and that Fatah’s [recognition], for example, expresses the political level and not the level of the organization, which does not recognize Israel and still adheres to the armed struggle. In addition, he noted that [Fatah’s] political position is very close to Hamas’ position, and explained that the real unity will be reflected through the PLO and not the PA Parliament (Legislative Council), and that no alternative to the organization enjoys international and Arab recognition.”

Fatah official: "We haven't abandoned our strategy... of armed struggle... but the current stage is of peaceful resistance and negotiations" 
Source: Al-Jazeera, May 1, 2014
Al-Jazeera interviewed Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: : “We in the Fatah movement haven’t abandoned our strategy, through which we taught the parties of the region – all the parties of the region – the meaning of armed struggle.”
Interviewer: “[So] this reconciliation [between Fatah and Hamas] and this agreement don’t clash with the issue of Fatah having chosen the path of reconciliation and Hamas, the path of struggle? will you not argue about this issue?”
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “No, no. First of all, brother Ahmed, the current facts are: In the National Reconciliation Document of 2006, we agreed to the Arab Peace Initiative, and to a state within the June 4, [1967] borders, and Hamas signed it.... We began discussing peaceful popular resistance, for the time being. Even after Oslo, we engaged in armed struggle with Israel. Have we forgotten that in the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), over 4,000 Martyrs (Shahids) fell – most of them from among the [PA] security personnel? Have we forgotten this?”
Interviewer: “Meaning, Fatah hasn’t ruled out the option of armed resistance?”
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “No. We haven’t ruled it out. Read our charter – we haven’t ruled it out, but the current stage is the stage of peaceful resistance and negotiations. If we are forced to return to the other forms [of struggle] – to violence and so on – Israel will be responsible for that – since it didn’t abide by what it had signed – and the United States, which favored Israel and shirked the decisions of the international institutions.”

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Hamas official to Fatah: We are "in favor of diplomacy," but our future is with "Jihad and resistance" 
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!”

Fatah official: Like Hamas, Fatah values "armed struggle," but at the right time - "We are a project of liberation, not a project of suicide" 
Source: YouTube, Apr. 24, 2014
El-Hadath, ‎ sister channel of Al Arabiya ‎News, posted an interview with Deputy ‎Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee ‎Jibril Rajoub to Youtube.‎
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central ‎Committee Jibril Rajoub: “We were the ones who led the ‎armed struggle, and the resistance is still ‎part of our national principles. ‎Nevertheless, we agreed on May 4, 2011 – ‎all factions of the Palestinian activity, and ‎it was [Hamas leader] Khaled Mashaal ‎who read out the plan on their behalf – ‎‎[we agreed] that at this stage, popular ‎resistance was a strategic choice. We are ‎a project of liberation, not a project of ‎suicide. We are a project for the ‎establishment of a state, not a project that ‎won’t lead anywhere, or lead to anarchy. ‎Sir, [armed] resistance is still [in] the ‎genetic code of all Fatah members. But ‎the resistance our people will be able to ‎endure is a resistance that encircles the ‎occupation..."
El-Hadath interviewer: “That is, Fatah is ‎not against the [armed] resistance; it ‎‎[resistance] is one of its principles, but the ‎choice at this time is the negotiation ‎option.”‎...
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central ‎Committee Jibril Rajoub: “What we agreed upon on May 4 is the ‎political plan for the Palestinian people’s ‎struggle. The Palestinian state is our first ‎priority; popular resistance has the ‎consent of the people... I hope that ‎our brothers in Hamas will understand ‎this, and that they will re-examine [things] ‎to guarantee the unity of our political ‎conduct and our struggle. Resistance as ‎an idea and as [a mode of] behavior is still ‎part of the national and organizational ‎principles of all Fatah members.”‎

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PA official: Compromise on 1967 borders will only be temporary, ultimate goal is Palestine "from the river to the sea" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Apr. 16, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast an event ‎honoring the prisoners released in the ‎third phase of prisoner releases.‎
Palestinian PA Parliament (Legislative ‎Council) member and PFLP ‎representative Khalida ‎Jarrar:
“First ‎of all, in principle, we must not give up ‎any option for freeing the prisoners. I’m ‎not saying who will do this or how they ‎will do so. [We] must not give up any ‎option. That includes the option of the ‎struggle and the revolutionary option. ‎I’m not saying we are calling on people ‎to start a revolution – that’s not the ‎point – but we must not give up this ‎option, and this means we must cease ‎security coordination [with Israel]. ‎
There is a minimum and a maximum. ‎The maximum, or the truth, is that ‎Palestine belongs to the Palestinians, ‎from the [Jordan] River to the ‎‎[Mediterranean] Sea (i.e., replacing all of Israel). We must not cede ‎this narrative. From the River to the ‎Sea, Palestine for the Palestinians. ‎Now they’re talking about a political ‎compromise, about a country within the ‎‎1967 borders, that’s called a political ‎compromise, and it hasn’t materialized, ‎‎[but] will only materialize [in the ‎future]‎, because, to this day, we ‎haven’t accepted the 1967 borders ‎either – but even a compromise on the ‎‎1967 borders must not lead us to ‎renounce that Palestine from the River ‎to the Sea belongs to the Palestinians; ‎and the heart of the matter is the right ‎of return, our cause is the right of ‎return.”‎

Fatah official: “Armed resistance is a right" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 9, 2014
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day hosted Fatah political advisor Dr. Husam Zamlat.
Fatah political advisor Dr. Husam Zamlat: “There is a real, strategic Palestinian attempt, entitled ‘popular resistance.’ This popular resistance is a right, and armed resistance is a right, and all [forms of] resistance are a right. The form of resistance is not binding. The people and its leadership choose the most efficient form according to the need.”

Official PA TV host: “Peaceful popular struggle at this stage … two years from now, we’ll say we want to wreak havoc in the land’” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 3, 2014
Official PA TV Program Speak Plainly hosted Hamas Member Ismail Radwan and Fatah Member Abdallah Abdallah. On the phone was former Israeli-Arab MP Taleb Al-Sana.
PA TV Host Maher Shalabi: “The minimum, according to Hamas – as brother Khaled Mashaal, head of the Hamas Political Bureau has said, [and as] Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister of the deposed Hamas government in Gaza, has demonstrated several times – is the 1967 borders, and he has emphasized this, as you have said. [Who knows] what the intentions are after that. Brother, you include Haifa and Jaffa [in the discussion] – and I, Maher Shalabi, sitting here, am I supposed to tell you I don’t want them?! Brother, we will take them. But, Doctor, there is a logic that says: the strong perform disgraceful acts, and those who are unable [to overcome their enemies] must bide their time and they will dwell on this land; so let’s talk according to reason and the chief interests of the land. The minimum, for now, which all [our] people’s factions have agreed on, is peaceful popular struggle, at this stage – and perhaps two years from now, we’ll say, ‘no, we want to wreak havoc in the land.’”

Palestinian officials advocate from prison for multiple "methods of resistance, peaceful and violent... economic, political, and cultural" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2014
     “Fatah Central Committee Member Marwan Barghouti (serving 5 life sentences planning terror attacks, -Ed.) and Secretary General of the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] Ahmad Sa’adat (serving 30 years for heading terror organization, -Ed.) have issued a call to stop counting on the negotiations with Israel, since they have been proven futile. They called for bolstering the resistance in all its forms and for consolidating the reconciliation according to the Prisoners’ Document (a document signed by five Palestinian prisoners in Israel in 2006 and calling for national unity between the Palestinian factions –Ed.).
The two leaders made [their] statements during interviews conducted by the Journal of Palestine Studies through the prison bars. The [interviews] will be published in the journal’s 98th edition (spring 2014) [parenthesis in source], which will be distributed in hardcover starting the beginning of next week…
Sa’adat rejected limiting the resistance to one form [only]. He emphasized that it is necessary to have ‘the capacity to give preference to one method or another [of resistance] over the other methods in any [given] situation, according to what is required in that situation, or according to the political period.’
He [Sa’adat] said: ‘Proposing popular resistance as an option for struggle does not require choosing [one] preferred method from among the [various] forms and methods of struggle… Limiting popular resistance to peaceful resistance empties it of its revolutionary meaning, since the great popular Palestinian Intifada was a model for popular resistance, and a guide for several distinct forms and methods of resistance: peaceful and violent [resistance]; [resistance] of the masses and factions; economic, political, and cultural [resistance].'"

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Fatah retains the principle of "armed struggle," but uses it only "when it exacts a heavy price‎" 
Source: Elyaum, Tunisian on-line newspaper, Mar. 30, 2014
Tunisian on-line newspaper Elyaum‎ ‎interviewed Fatah Central Committee ‎Member Abbas Zaki. The interview was ‎posted on YouTube on March 30, 2014.‎
Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas ‎Zaki: “We in Fatah still retain the principle ‎of armed struggle – but it should be used ‎‎[only] when it is useful to us and when it ‎exacts a heavy price from the enemy…‎
Our Middle East is rich in energy. I believe ‎the time has come for people to know why ‎Israel was established ‎…‎
They said it was necessary to establish a ‎human barrier, which is Israel, which ‎would separate the western parts of the ‎Arab world from its eastern parts, would ‎control the region’s resources – that is, oil ‎and industry – and prevent the Arabs from ‎regaining their unity and culture, which the ‎West had taken from them.”‎

Fatah official: Fatah committed to "armed struggle (i.e., violence), but it should be used when it is useful to us" 
Source: Elyaum, Tunisian on-line newspaper, Mar. 30, 2014
Tunisian on-line newspaper Elyaum interviewed Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki. The interview was posted on YouTube on March 30, 2014.
Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki: “We in Fatah still retain the principle of armed struggle – but it should be used [only] when it is useful to us and when it exacts a heavy price from the enemy… Our Middle East is rich in energy. I believe the time has come for people to know why Israel was established… They said it was necessary to establish a human barrier, which is Israel, which would separate the western parts of the Arab world from its eastern parts, would control the region’s resources – that is, oil and industry – and prevent the Arabs from regaining their unity and culture, which the West had taken from them.”

Struggle “begins with a word and ends with a bullet” – Fatah leader 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 22, 2014
Official PA TV News interviewed Fatah Revolutionary Council member Jamal Al-Shati:
     “The national struggle has no fixed form. The truth is, the national struggle is flexible. [It] begins with a word and ends with a bullet.”

Fatah spokesman: "We adhere to armed resistance as well as to popular and political resistance" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 19, 2014
Official PA TV broadcast a press conference held by Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf in Cairo.
Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf:
"If I have a weapon, if you’re carrying a gun, can you use it at any time? I’ll decide when I want to use it. When using [it] helps me and achieves my goals, I will use it at the appropriate time and place…
At the [Fatah] movement’s Sixth Convention, it was clearly stated that armed resistance is one form [of resistance], not the only form… All the revolutions in the world adopted prolonged, armed resistance, and it achieved results. We adhere to armed resistance as well as to popular and political resistance. However, it will be used according to the interests of the Palestinian people.”

Abbas' advisor: Israelis "are deluding themselves if they think the negotiations are our only choice" 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Mar. 17, 2014
Mahmoud Abbas' advisor on NGOs Sultan Abu Al-Einein: "I am greatly honored to be standing [here] today, so days that are important to us all will never be erased from our memory. In March, [we mark] Palestinian Women’s Day, in March, Palestinian Mother’s Day also occurs, in March [we remember] that dark-skinned young woman from the Shatila [refugee] camp [Dalal Mughrabi], who would not agree to anything other than to establish her state between Jaffa and Lebanon in her special way; that young woman who fought along with her comrades until her ammunition ran out. Yes, March is honored by this Palestinian blood... They [Israelis] are deluding themselves if they think the negotiations are our only choice. Let the young people hear me: Allah, honor us with Martyrdom (Shahada). Allah, give us the honor of being part of the procession of Martyrs."
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Note: Dalal Mughrabi - led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

Fatah official: “The method of struggle we are adopting now is [only] one of the methods of struggle” 
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 youth: We adhere to “all options” of struggle 
Source: Official website of Fatah's Mobilization and Organization Commission,, Mar. 10, 2014
     “Fatah’s Shabiba [youth] movement in the West Bank published a press release in response to the declarations made by the extreme right-wing Prime Minister of the occupation, Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding that President Mahmoud Abbas [publicly] declare his recognition of Israel as a Jewish state at Birzeit University…
Fatah’s Shabiba said that any solution failing to realize the aspirations of our people – a free and independent homeland without the occupation and its herds of settlers; the right of return for refugees according to the decisions of the international institutions and [UN] resolution 194; freedom for our prisoners and the right of our people to full sovereignty over its land and natural resources –would be completely unacceptable. It [Fatah’s Shabiba] called on the international community to take concrete and effective steps to strengthen and implement the decisions regarding the boycott of the occupation and the imposition of sanctions on it. In addition, it emphasized that [our people] should draw inspiration from the experience of South Africa in this area…
Fatah’s Shabiba concluded its message by underscoring its intention to continue the popular resistance in all arenas and its preparedness for all options. It [the movement] called the third generation of Palestinians, after the generation of the grandfathers and fathers, the generation of adherence to principles and resistance.”

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Speaker at Fatah rally: “Negotiations and armed activity are [both] necessary to free the prisoners.” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2014
     “[At a Fatah rally held in Gaza in support of prisoner Fuad Al-Shubaki,] Fatah reiterated its support of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the [PA] leadership. It [the movement] expressed its appreciation of the efforts being made to free the prisoners, and demanded that all legitimate measures be adopted to empty the prisons.
This [support was expressed] during a well-attended rally organized by Fatah in cooperation with the Nidal Al-Amoudi division of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, as a sign of solidarity with the prisoner and national leader, Fuad Al-Shubaki…
Abu Muhammad, a spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, said that the Brigades are committed to the promise, and will reach the prisons to free the prisoners…
Muwaffaq Hmeid, director of the Gaza-based Association of Prisoners and Released Prisoners (Husam)… noted that Fatah was the first to kidnap occupation soldiers with the aim of freeing prisoners… He emphasized that negotiations and armed activity are [both] necessary to free the prisoners.”

Note: Fuad Al-Shubaki - a senior PA official serving a 20-year prison term. He was behind the attempt to smuggle 50 tons of illegal weapons into the Palestinian Authority aboard the Karin-A weapons’ ship in 2002.

Fatah official: “International legitimacy allows us to resist with all means” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, Feb. 26, 2014
Official PA TV Live broadcast a program under the heading, “What will happen after the negotiations?”
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “Had Fatah not taken decision-making and the Palestinian national will into its own hands using bullets, it would not have been possible for our cause to change from a refugee cause into a statehood cause. I’m not saying that on April 30 [2014] (i.e., when the negotiations with Israel are scheduled to end), we should pick up rifles and take to the streets, but neither do I rule this out – provided that the struggle be a means, and not an end. Therefore, the most important thing for us to do is… start an internal national dialogue to define our national agenda and our national strategy. In addition to the fact that the Palestinian cause, or Palestine as a state, is now on the international agenda, we have achieved something great and important over [the past] 50 years: We have attained moral supremacy over this criminal, fascist, Nazi occupation…
International legitimacy allows us to resist with all the means, including armed struggle – provided that it take place on the occupied lands, against the symbols of the occupation and the occupation, in order to bring about the end of the occupation. But this has to be a practical, realistic choice capable of harming the occupation. At the same time, I’m telling you, there will be those among us who will go out and start heating [things] up right now. Therefore, we must mold the Palestinian national consciousness in order to define the red lines. It is forbidden for anyone to define the Palestinian national agenda.”

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