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Fatah admits it supported Hamas "with money, weapons, and political cover" during the intifada terror campaign 

Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Itamar Marcus  |

  • Fatah boasts of its terror against “the Zionist enemy”

In a documentary posted on Fatah’s official Facebook page, Fatah admits it “supported” Hamas “with money, weapons, and political cover” during the time of Yasser Arafat. 

In the video, which boasts of Fatah’s terror accomplishments, photos of Arafat with Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin are shown while the narrator explains: 

Narrator: “Fatah has led and will continue to lead the national project…Instead of crushing its opponents, Fatah supported them with money, weapons, and political cover.”

[Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 5, 2019]

Earlier in the video, Fatah brags of its terror against “the Zionist enemy,” that it has “sacrificed 190,000 Martyrs,” and that “92% of prisoners – i.e., terrorists and murderers – are “Fatah members, officers, and fighters.” As major accomplishments, the video highlights the Palestinian terror waves – the first intifada in which 200 Israelis were murdered – and the PA’s 5-year terror campaign, the second intifada, in which more than 1,100 Israelis were murdered, mostly in suicide bombings: 

Narrator: “The Fatah Movement has sacrificed 190,000 Martyrs… Fatah was pioneering in its operations (i.e., terror attacks) during the first Intifada, and it was the first Palestinian faction to reach the nuclear reactor in Dimona (i.e., terror attack, 3 murdered).”

Photo of PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat with arch-terrorist Khalil Al-Wazir “Abu Jihad”

Photo of Terrorist murderer Dalal Mughrabi who led the murder of 37, 12 of them children

Narrator: “Fatah has sacrificed most of its leaders as Martyrs… Fatah was the first to fight in the second Intifada.”

Photo of Arafat with Marwan Barghouti, terrorist, orchestrated murder of 5

Narrator: “Most of the prisoners, 92% of them, are Fatah members, officers, and fighters, and foremost among them heroic prisoner Marwan Barghouti. Fatah was the first to defeat the Zionist enemy in the Karameh battle. Fatah has led and will continue to lead the national project." 

[Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 5, 2019]

While Fatah and Hamas politically are fierce enemies competing for political control, in this documentary Fatah wanted to prove that in terror they are partners, and supporters of Hamas. 

Palestinian Media Watch has reported that Mahmoud Abbas in the past has stressed that Fatah and Hamas agree on all crucial issues

Abbas: "There is no disagreement between us [Fatah and Hamas]: About belief? None! About policy? None! About resistance? None!" 

[Official PA TV Dec. 31, 2009]

Abbas’ Fatah has also stressed this, referring to the terror organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad as its “brothers-in-arms” – united by “One God, one homeland, one enemy, one goal." Last year, senior Fatah official Abbas Zaki came to the defense of Hamas when a UN resolution proposed to condemn Hamas for firing rockets into Israel. Zaki stated that if Hamas is a terror organization, then everyone else is a terrorist too:

Zaki: "If Hamas, which is involved in resistance, is considered a terrorist movement, this means that all groups of the Palestinian people are involved in terrorism. This contradicts reality, as Hamas and the rest of the Palestinian factions are national liberation movements that are involved in resisting an Israeli occupation that is implementing terrorism against the members of our people... Hamas is part of us and we are part of it if a resolution is passed against it that defines its resistance as a crime. This is because Hamas - regardless of the internal and political differences of opinion - constitutes a state of resistance, whether we want it or not. It has a broad Palestinian presence, and we cannot abandon it to fight alone on the battlefield."

[Palestine Today, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 2, 2018]

The following are details of the terror attacks and terrorists mentioned in Fatah’s documentary:

Text posted with the video on Facebook: “Video – why I am a Fatah [member]
Prepared and narrated by Dr. Hashem Sidqi Abu Younes”

[Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 5, 2019]

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.

Mothers’ Bus attack – 3 Israelis – Miriam Ben-Yair, Rina Shiratzky, and Victor Ram – were murdered when the bus they were on that was carrying workers to the Negev Nuclear Research Center in Dimona was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists Muhammad Abd Al-Qader Muhammad Issa, Muhammad Khalil Saleh Al-Khanafi, and Abdallah Abd Al-Majid Muhammad Kallab on March 7, 1988. The attack is referred to as the Mothers' Bus attack because many of the passengers were working mothers. The terrorists were all killed by an Israel Police counter-terrorism unit.

Dalal Mughrabi – female Palestinian terrorist who 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.

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 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, in which a total of 125 Israelis were murdered, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and murder of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

The second Intifada (the Al-Aqsa Intifada) - PA terror campaign 2000-2005, more than 1,100 Israelis murdered.

Marwan Barghouti – Palestinian terrorist and member of the Palestinian Authority parliament who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks in which 5 people were murdered: one attack on the Jerusalem-Maale Adumim road (June 12, 2001) in which Greek Orthodox monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorists Ismail Radaida and Yasser Ah'Rabai, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Seafood Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, Yosef Habi, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, were murdered by terrorist Ibrahim Hasouna. When arrested by Israel in 2002, Barghouti headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected as a member of the Palestinian Authority parliament. On Dec. 4, 2016, he was elected to Fatah's Central Committee.

The Karameh battle, or Al-Karameh - On March 21, 1968, Israeli army forces attacked the town of Karameh in Jordan, where Fatah terrorists had been launching attacks on Israel. Although Israel prevailed militarily, Arafat used the event for propaganda purposes, declaring the battle a great victory that erased the disgrace of the 1967 Six Day War defeat.