Abbas’ Fatah vows to rebuild terrorist monument in Jenin after Israel dismantled it
Palestinian Media Watch's recent exposure of the PA's new square in Jenin named after terrorist Khaled Nazzal who was responsible for the murders of 31 Israelis, among them 22 children, led to public protests by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and others. As a result, the mayor of Jenin briefly took down the monument in the square. However, only two days later, he changed his mind and put the monument up again. On Friday, the Israeli army entered Jenin and dismantled the terror-glorifying monument.
Now Abbas' Fatah Movement has pledged to restore it:
"It does not matter how many times the occupation removes the monument in memory of the Martyr - it is our obligation to rebuild it."
[Official Fatah Facebook page, June 30, 2017]
Fatah further announced that - as an act of solidarity with Jenin - a monument in honor of terrorist Nazzal has been placed by "young people" in Ramallah (See photo above). Fatah stressed that terrorist Nazzal "remains in our hearts, in our memory, in our squares, and in our streets":
Text on monument: "This is a monument in memory of Martyr (Shahid) Khaled Nazzal, which was established as a challenge to the occupation authorities#The_Palestinian_people"[Official Fatah Facebook page, June 30, 2017]
Posted text: "An initiative of the young people in Ramallah; Khaled Nazzal remains in our hearts, in our memory, in our squares, and in our streets, and the monument will return to Jenin in order to serve as testimony to the period, to the history, and to a special kind of fighter"[Official Fatah Facebook page, June 30, 2017]
Already a makeshift sign marked with the logo of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) has been set up in the square in Jenin where the monument stood, announcing the "Martyr Comrade Khaled Nazzal Square." Fatah posted a photo of it and its "inscription":
"Martyr (Shahid) comrade Khaled Nazzal Square,Member of the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine"
Posted text: "'The Martyrs remain'... young people have placed a picture of Martyr Khaled Nazzal at the site of the monument that was destroyed by the occupation forces in Jenin in the early hours today"[Official Fatah Facebook page, June 30, 2017]
"All the streams of our people and its leading activists have expressed adherence to the value of the Martyrs and pride in their heritage and status, as all members of our people, throughout its generations, are proud of it."[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 1, 2017]
The Front emphasized that terrorist "Martyr" Khaled Nazzal, together with "all the fighters for Palestine's freedom and independence," will "live on forever in the souls of the members of their people."
In another Facebook post, Fatah even suggested that Israel and Fatah's rival Hamas are working for the same goal. Hamas apparently changed the name of a school named after a Fatah "hero" - terrorist Abu Jihad who was responsible for the murder of 125 Israelis. Fatah sees this as Hamas' "completion" of Israel's aim to harm the Palestinian "memory":
Text at top of image: "This is how Hamas is completing the role of the occupation in Gaza, by fighting the names of the leaders and Martyrs"
Text on left of image: "The occupation removes the monument in memory of Martyr Khaled Nazzal in Jenin"Text on right of image: "Hamas removes the name of Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir [Abu Jihad] from a school in Gaza"[Official Fatah Facebook page, June 30, 2017]
The following are longer excerpts of the reports on the reactions to Israel's removal of the monument in Jenin glorifying terrorist who planned murders of 31:
Text and images posted on the official Fatah Facebook page
Khaled Nazzal – Palestinian terrorist and Secretary of the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), and commander of its military branch. He was responsible for terrorists taking school children as hostages and murdering 22 children and 4 adults in Ma’alot (May 15, 1974), the murder of 4 hostages in an apartment building in Beit Shean on Nov. 19, 1974, and a shooting and grenade attack in central Jerusalem in which 1 was murdered and 47 others were wounded on April 2, 1984.
Mahmoud Darwish is considered the Palestinian national poet. He published over 30 volumes of poetry and 8 books of prose and has won numerous awards. He joined the Israeli Communist Party in 1961 and the terrorist organization PLO in 1973, becoming a member of the PLO Executive Committee in 1987. He left the PLO in 1993 because it signed the Oslo Accords with Israel. Many in Israel see his poetry as inciting hate and violence. One poem he wrote in 1988 at the height of the Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel in which approximately 200 Israelis were murdered (the first Intifada, 1987-1993) calls to Israelis: “Take your portion of our blood - and be gone… Live wherever you like, but do not live among us… Die wherever you like, but do not die among us… Leave our country, our land, our sea, our wheat, our salt, our wounds, everything, and leave the memories of memory.” In 1964, he wrote a poem entitled "ID Card" in which he said: "I do not hate people, And I do not steal from anyone, But if I starve I will eat my oppressors' flesh; Beware, beware of my starving, And my rage." He also wrote “Silence for the Sake of Gaza” in 1973, which many see as glorifying terror: “She wraps explosives around her waist and blows herself up. It is not a death, and not a suicide. It is Gaza's way of declaring she is worthy of life.” His defenders have claimed that Israel misinterprets his poetry and that he sought reconciliation with Israel. One wrote in 2017: “Darwish arranged meetings between Palestinian and Israeli intellectuals, and published essays on their discussions. He was optimistic that, through mutual understanding, the two sides could eventually reconcile.” [https://www.bcalnoor.org/]
Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page
The picture (appears above -Ed.) shows a sign placed at "Khaled Nazzal Square" in Jenin, named after a terrorist responsible for the murder of 31. At the top of the sign is terrorist Nazzal's picture, with the text "Martyr Khaled Nazzal June 9, 1986" underneath it. The logo of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine appears on each side of Nazzal's picture, containing a star featuring the map of "Palestine" that presents all of Israel as "Palestine," and above it the text: "The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine."
Pictures from an article published by the independent Palestinian news agency Donia Al-Watan on June 30, 2017, show the site of the removed monument, as well as a notice in Arabic left by the Israeli army.
who was responsible for terror attacks against citizens of the State of Israel"
Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page