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PLO calls for “all types of popular resistance” to resist proposed Israeli annexation of the Jordan Valley

Headline: “Rafat: We call on the Palestinian people to stand against the Israeli steps with all types of popular resistance”

“PLO Executive Committee member and Secretary-General of the Palestinian Democratic Union FIDA Saleh Rafat… said in an interview with the official [PA] radio [station] The Voice of Palestine today, Thursday [Dec. 12, 2019]… regarding the Israeli government’s intent to annex the Jordan Valley: ‘The leadership will turn to the [UN] Security Council and General Assembly on this matter that contradicts the decisions of the international bodies,’ and he called on our Palestinian people to resist the Israeli steps and actions with all types of popular resistance ‎(i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror).”

The terms “all means,” “all means of resistance,” “all forms,” are ‎used by PA leaders to include using all types of violence, including deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as stabbings and shootings, as well as throwing rocks and Molotov Cocktails.

The terms "peaceful uprising/resistance,” and “popular uprising/resistance" are used by PA leaders at times to refer to peaceful protest and at times to refer to deadly terror attacks and terror waves. For example, ‎Mahmoud Abbas defined as “peaceful popular” the murderous terror during the 2015-2016 ‎terror wave (“The Knife Intifada”), in which 40 people were killed (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans and 1 Eritrean) and hundreds wounded in stabbings, shootings, and car ramming attacks. Abbas said: "We want peaceful popular uprising, and that’s what this is."

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