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Kids participate in “Day of Rage” rallies against US settlements announcements, honor terrorist who died of cancer

Images and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “Processions of rage in Jenin condemning the crime of prisoner [Sami] Abu Diak’s execution (i.e., Diak died of cancer while he was serving 3 life sentences; see note below), and condemning the American decisions regarding the settlements (refers to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement that they are not illegal; see note below –Ed.)”

The images show the processions protesting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement that the Israeli towns in the West Bank are not illegal according to international law. In some of the images Palestinian schoolchildren wearing backpacks can be seen participating in the procession, following the PA Ministry of Education’s decision to stop school for an hour to enable the students to participate.

In the image children are seen holding posters including pictures of Sami Abu Diak; in the top center is the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Text on posters: “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, the Fatah Movement – Jenin branch, and the [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club are leading [the way] with great pride to the wedding (i.e., Martyr's funeral is considered wedding to the 72 Virgins in Paradise in Islam) of Martyr prisoner leader Sami Abu Diak, who was executed in the Israeli occupation prison by medical means on Nov. 26, 2019 (sic., Abu Diak died of cancer despite treatment he received in prison from Israel).”

Sami Ahed Abu Diak - Palestinian prisoner arrested in 2002 during the 5-year PA terror campaign, the Intifada, and serving 3 life sentences and an additional 30 years. Abu Diak died in prison of cancer on Nov. 26, 2019; Israel had provided cancer treatment for him in prison. PMW has been unable to determine the details of his crimes.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the US administration’s new position on Israeli towns in the West Bank on Nov. 18, 2019, stating: "After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate... the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law."


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