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Fatah official: "On its 53rd anniversary the Fatah Movement says that it is not putting aside its options of struggle"

Official PA TV, special broadcast following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, hosting Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of NGOs Dalal Salameh

Official PA TV host: “We spoke about the subject of going to the international frameworks, the international institutions and organizations, and found that this Palestinian excellence in the right– and the power of the Palestinian right in the international [UN] Security Council: 14 states said ‘yes’ to Palestine and the American administration remained alone in an isolated position (refers to a vote condemning US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital –Ed.). Honestly, this would not have happened if there had not been an active political and diplomatic effort, which relied on the impetus of the popular action of our sons and people.”
Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of NGOs Dalal Salameh:
“Certainly, there would not have been and will not be any political achievement if there is no impetus, and what is impetus basically? The Palestinian revolution, the armed struggle, your rifle, your struggle, your movement from capital to capital when you are far from your country and homeland, your people that is under the occupation in its struggle, its sacrifice, [and] in the rocks of the first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993)-”
Host: “Today the legitimate non-violent struggle.”
Dalal Salameh: “In other words, all of these constant things in the different forms of struggle, certainly they are what will lead to political content in one way or another, and to the Palestinian revolution, as it has a goal. In other words, it is an idea, it strives to get rid of the occupation and establish an independent sovereign state, and for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, the achievement of these legitimate rights for the Palestinian people; it has a path – a path of struggle for our people, and on its 53rd anniversary the Fatah Movement says that it is not putting aside its options of struggle. It continues with its options of struggle. Now– meaning in '88, since the [Palestinian] declaration of independence, and since '74 when the eternal Martyr (Shahid), [former PLO and PA Chairman] Yasser Arafat, turned to the UN and declared a peace attack on the world in one way or another...
Now, we are in this framework, we have built our policy regarding this and [the result] was the establishment of the [Palestinian] National Authority and these achievements. We have begun to enter the political and diplomatic path, and let us say that what we have achieved on this side is part of the continuation of the revolution...
And the popular activity, the state of the struggle, must always be flammable and burning; and therefore we say the struggle must continue because the popular state of the struggle and the struggle of our people and community is burning and it supports the political steps...
You put 14 in the Security Council, you now– this state of solidarity, I think that the [Fatah] Central Committee must step up to this responsibility - in other words, [must determine] what our strategy of struggle is in a way that we will maintain the international solidarity with us so that it won’t fall apart. And the struggle on the ground needs to also be in a way that will maintain this state of solidarity, so that it won’t fall apart around us. Let’s not give the occupation state the means by which it can undermine the state of solidarity with us, and this will not happen as we have said. We will continue our popular resistance, our public movement, we are continuing in this direction; and the occupation, yes, it is not free, [the occupation state] must pay the price for the continuation of its occupation, and our popular struggle continues and escalates.”

Palestinian declaration of independence - On Nov. 15, 1988, before the Palestine National Council (PNC), the Palestinian parliament in exile in Algeria, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Yasser Arafat declared the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Although the borders were not specified in the declaration, it recognized the UN partition plan of 1947, which called for the creation of a Jewish state and an Arab state in the former British Mandate for Palestine.