Official PA daily marks 52 years since Fatah’s first terror attack on “occupied Palestinian land” (i.e. Israel)
Headline: "52 years since the outbreak of the modern Palestinian revolution"
(The article surveys important milestones in the history of the "Palestinian revolution," beginning with Fatah’s attempt to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier in 1965, continuing with the Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel (the first Intifada, 1987-1993) and the 1993 Oslo Accords, and concluding with UN Resolution 2334, passed on Dec. 23, 2016, condemning Israeli settlements, including East Jerusalem. It should be noted that although the first Intifada is mentioned, the PA terror campaign - the second Intifada, 2000-2005 - was not mentioned. –Ed.)
"Our people in the homeland and in the diaspora marks today [Jan. 1, 2017] the 52nd anniversary of the outbreak of the modern Palestinian revolution, the Launch (Intilaqa) of the Fatah Movement, which began on Jan. 1, 1965…
On Jan. 1, 1965, there was the beginning, and then the first bullet was shot; the first self-sacrificing squad of Fatah entered the occupied Palestinian land and blew up the Eilabun tunnel (sic., referring to unsuccessful attack of the Israeli National Water Carrier), through which water was transported from the Jordan River to the Negev Desert for the purpose of establishing settlements and housing the Jewish immigrants in them…
The [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) emphasized in a statement it published yesterday [Dec. 31, 2016] that the modern revolution, which has maintained the rifle and the making of independent national decisions, continues towards its goals. It added that the struggle of our people continues until the achievement of all of the rights for which the revolution began, primarily the right of return, self-determination, and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem.”
The poster accompanying the article shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas waving and Yasser Arafat making a "V" for victory with his hand. Between them and over their heads is the logo for the 52nd anniversary of the "Launch" (Intilaqa) of Fatah, which features the PA map of "Palestine" that presents all of Israel as "Palestine" together with the PA areas, a keffiyeh (Arab headdress), and the Fatah logo with a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of "Palestine." Below them can be seen Palestinian flags and the Dome of the Rock.
At the top of the poster is the Fatah logo and the following text:
"The Palestinian National Liberation Movement 'Fatah'
The revolution continues
The 52nd [anniversary] of the Launch"
Bombing of Israel's National Water Carrier - On Jan. 1, 1965, Palestinian terrorists attempted to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier. This was the first attack against Israel carried out by Fatah. Fatah refers to the attack as the “Intilaqa”, meaning “the Launch” of Fatah.
UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was passed on Dec. 23, 2016, by a vote of 14-0 with one abstention.
The resolution condemned the establishment of Israeli "settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem," saying it "has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace." It demanded that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities” in the area. The resolution further said “it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines” other than changes made through negotiations, in reference to the 1949-1967 ceasefire line between Israel and the neighboring Arab countries following Israel's 1948 War of Independence.