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Fatah congratulates Islamic Jihad on “Martyrdom” of its commander; glorifies terrorism

Headline: "The Fatah Movement congratulated the Islamic Jihad Movement over the death as a Martyr of commander Baha Abu Al-Ata"

"Today [Nov. 14, 2019] we are eulogizing Martyr Commander Baha Salim Hassan Abu Al-Ata (i.e., terrorist, responsible for numerous attacks) while expressing our pride in our Palestinian people, in the brothers in the [Palestinian] Islamic Jihad Movement (PIJ) and in all of the Palestinian factions that have offered up Martyrs, sacrifices, and blood, and in so doing have colored the Gaza Strip in blood.

And in these few minutes in the schedule, I do not want to speak at length, but I will say that the Gaza Strip is the Palestinian national strip in which the Palestinian resistance and Palestinian national movement have lived since the beginning of the 20th century. It has had a number of rounds [of fighting], and from the beginning of the launch of the PLO and the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, the resistance against Zionism and its project has not rested. We all know the squads and also the first leaders who paved the way. We will not forget 'Abu Jihad' [Khalil] Al-Wazir (i.e., terrorist, responsible for the murder of 125) and [Muhammad Al-Aswad] ‘the Guevara of Gaza’ (i.e., PFLP terrorist), and we will not forget many of the heroes and symbols who sprouted and grew in this strip, and among them also [Fathi] Shaqaqi (i.e., founder of the PIJ terror organization); and we will not forget the Gaza Strip in which the forces were unified through their Martyr leaders [former PLO Chairman and PA  President] Yasser Arafat and Ahmed Yassin (i.e., founder of Hamas terror organization). This is the Gaza Strip…

On behalf of the Fatah Movement, I wish to congratulate our brothers in the [Palestinian Islamic] Jihad Movement over the death as a Martyr of military commander Abu Al-Ata who is known throughout Gaza, and over the role that he fulfilled that caused this Israeli anger and this demonization by the enemy who thinks day and night about blood, killing, and annihilation.

Fatah Revolutionary Council member

Rifat Shanaah"

The article is accompanied by a picture of Fatah Revolutionary Council member Rifat Shanaah eulogizing senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror organization in Gaza Baha Abu Al-Ata. Behind him is a poster with a picture of Abu Al-Ata, and the following text: "Great Martyr Commander Baha Abu Al-Ata." In the upper right corner is the PIJ logo that contains the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, clenched fists to either side of the map and the Dome of the Rock behind it, rifles pointing in the air behind the Dome of the Rock, the text "Allahu Akbar (i.e., “Allah is greatest”)" above the Dome of the Rock, the text "Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine" below it, and at the top is Quran Sura 29:69 – which includes the Arabic for the verb "strive," which contains the same root as the word "Jihad": "And those who strive for Us - We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good." [Sahih International Translation]

The poster in the back to the right includes a picture of PIJ founder Fathi Shaqaqi.

Baha Abu Al-Ata – senior commander of the Islamic Jihad terror organization in Gaza who was responsible for most of the organization’s terror activity and planned numerous rocket, sniper, drone, and other attacks against Israel.Abu Al-Ata was assassinated in an Israeli targeted rocket strike on Nov. 12, 2019. In response to Israel’s assassination Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired over 450 rockets at Israel over a period of 48 hours until a ceasefire was reached on Nov. 14, 2019, which Islamic Jihad promptly breached by firing 5 more rockets.

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) - was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960s - 1980s. These attacks, in which a total of 125 Israelis were murdered, included the Coastal Road attack that (until Oct. 7, 2023) was the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and murder of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

Muhammad Al-Aswad "The Guevara of Gaza" - Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) member who was killed in a confrontation with Israeli soldiers in Gaza in March 1973.

Fathi Shaqaqi - Founder of the terror organization Islamic Jihad, which has carried out more than 1,000 terror attacks, murdering and wounding hundreds of Israeli civilians. Shaqaqi was killed in 1995 in an operation attributed to Israel but for which Israel never took responsibility.

Yasser Arafat – Founder of Fatah and former chairman of the PLO and PA. During the 1960s, 70s and 80s Arafat was behind numerous terror attacks against Israelis. Although he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 together with then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and then Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East" after signing the Oslo Accords peace agreement, Arafat launched a 5-year terror campaign - the second Intifada (2000-2005) – in which more than 1,000 Israelis were murdered. Arafat died of an illness in 2004.


Ahmed Yassin - Founder and former head of the terror organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous terror attacks and the murder of hundreds of Israeli civilians. Yassin was killed by Israel in 2004.

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