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Fatah defends terror glorification that PMW exposed

Headline: “Israeli attack against Fatah, its Launch posters, and its self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen)”
    “Israeli websites have launched an attack against the Fatah Movement over posters that the movement published on the 53rd anniversary of the Palestinian [Fatah] Movement’s Launch (Intilaqa), which was yesterday [Jan. 1, 2018]. These websites (i.e., PMW) published one of these posters , which include a picture of Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children), and wrote about it: ‘On the day of its Launch, the Fatah Movement publishes posters praising Martyrs who led to the death of many Israelis.’ […]
In a special statement to [the London newspaper] Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Fatah emphasized its adherence to the [Fatah] Movement's history and struggles, and the continuation of the resistance to the occupation until achieving Palestinian national independence on the ground. Head of the Communications Department of the Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission Munir Al-Jaghoub said that ‘The Fatah member is an inseparable part of his history, people, land, revolution, leadership, and culture, whether concerning the military or civilian history. He is an inseparable part of the Palestinian experience. This is because history constitutes ammunition and praise for all of the Palestinians for more than 4,000 years, in other words since the first Arab Canaanite period.
Despite all of the disasters, troubles, and difficulties, the Arab Palestinian people has always rushed to defend its land and resisted its hangmen throughout the different periods, and it has not hesitated to do this also in the modern period, and under the leadership of the Fatah Movement it has waged an armed struggle and all of the types of struggle for its land.’
He added: ‘The Israelis are proud of their gangs that murdered Palestinians in massacres witnessed by history such as in Deir Yassin, Qibya, and others like them, and they consider this ‘the war of liberation,’ and also in Sabra and Shatila, Jenin, Nablus, and Gaza. Their books are filled with praise for the leaders of the Zionist military groups that led to the establishment of the Hebrew state, and also for all of the leaders that committed atrocities against the Palestinians not long ago. We in Fatah are also proud of our Martyrs (Shahids) who fought these gangs.’ He said: ‘We in the Fatah Movement throughout 50 years on the path of freedom and independence have not changed and will not change the priorities of our struggle against the Israeli occupier. The Fatah Movement’s language [remains] as it was and has not changed. On the contrary, every day it is renewing its official and popular demand to end the Israeli occupation and establish a Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem. Therefore, the publication of the pictures of the Martyrs of the Palestinian revolution, starting with the first Martyr, on through Dalal Mughrabi, and ending with the last Martyr that ascended [to Heaven] in Palestine, is a type of true popular expression of our legal right to defend our Palestinian land on the 1967 borders and the borders of our Palestinian state based on the decisions of the international bodies.’”

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, murdering 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.

Deir Yassin - On April 9, 1948, Jewish fighters from the Irgun and Lehi military groups, part of the forces opening the blockaded road to Jerusalem, attacked the Arab village of Deir Yassin. When the battle was over, the village had fallen and in addition to the Arab fighters killed, 107 civilians were also killed. Narratives differ as to whether the civilians were killed in the crossfires or were intentionally murdered by the Irgun and Lehi fighters.

Qibya – On Oct. 14, 1953, a special Israeli cross-border counter-terror unit, Unit 101, led by Commander Ariel Sharon, carried out an operation in Qibya in Jordan, in response to an attack the previous day in which Jordanian terrorists infiltrated the border and murdered an Israeli woman and 2 children in Tiryat Yehuda with a grenade, and following hundreds of cross-border attacks since 1949 in which at least 124 Israelis had been murdered. In the counter-terror operation in Qibya, Unit 101 destroyed 50 homes with explosives, killing 69 Jordanian civilians who were hiding in the houses. Sharon reported that his forces were unaware of their presence.

Sabra and Shatila are Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. In 1982, during the first Lebanon War, Muslim residents of the camps were massacred by Christian Phalangists. The PA has a longstanding policy of falsely accusing Israel of committing the massacre or actively helping to carry it out.

Jenin – refugee camp north of Nablus that was a major hotbed of terrorism in the PA terror campaign 2000-2005 (the second Intifada). To reduce the attacks, Israeli forces entered Jenin on April 3, 2002, to conduct searches as part of Operation Defensive Shield, which was carried out to destroy the terror infrastructure in the West Bank, and several days of intense fighting against Palestinian terrorists in booby-trapped houses ensued. While the PA claimed that the Israeli forces committed a “massacre” and killed hundreds of civilians, a UN report refuted these claims, confirming that 52 Palestinians were killed in the battle of which the majority were terrorists. 23 Israeli soldiers were also killed in the fighting.

Nablus – Nablus was a major hotbed of terrorism in the PA terror campaign 2000-2005 (the second Intifada). Israeli forces launched a counter-terror operation on Nablus on April 3, 2002, as part of Operation Defensive Shield, which was carried out to destroy the terror infrastructure in the West Bank, and several days of intense fighting against Palestinian terrorists in booby-trapped houses ensued. Approximately 70 Palestinians terrorists were killed in the fighting, as were 4 Israeli soldiers.

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