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PA TV explains how Fatah started its support for prisoners and Martyrs program

Official PA TV filler The Revolution Lexicon

Official PA TV host: “The Association to Care for the Families of Palestine’s Jihad Fighters and Martyrs (Shahids).

The Association to Care for the Families of Palestine’s Jihad Fighters and Martyrs was established by [former PLO Chairman and PA] President Martyr Yasser Arafat, and this was when he received a large amount of money amounting to £15,000 in March 1965 – in other words, three months after the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution (refers to “the Launch” of Fatah with its first failed terror attack against Israel; see note below –Ed.) – as a financial grant to aid the Palestinian revolution and the Fatah Movement, whose budget amounted to just £300 at the time.

About this, [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas tells that an acquaintance of his, an Egyptian citizen named Izz Al-Din Ibrahim, asked him one day that March if he had any connection to the self-sacrificing operations that the Arab world and the [entire] world were dealing with at the time. After confirming President Mahmoud Abbas’ connection [to them], he said to him: ‘I asked you in order to help you.’ Mahmoud Abbas adds: ‘The man traveled to Morocco and met there with Secretary-General of the Algerian [National] Liberation Front and Director of the Nusrat Al-Jaza'ir Association Mohamed Khider. The Algerian revolution succeeded and the treasury of the [Algerian] revolution remained in Mohamed Khider’s hands. Izz Al-Din Ibrahim asked him for financial aid for the Palestinian revolution, and he immediately agreed. Izz Al-Din Ibrahim returned with the amount and asked Mahmoud Abbas: ‘Who should I give the money to?’ [Mahmoud Abbas] answered him: ‘To Yasser Arafat,’ and this is what he did. Mahmoud Abbas added that Yasser Arafat did not believe it when he heard the amount, and immediately ordered to establish the Association [to Care for] the Families of Palestine’s Jihad Fighters and Martyrs. [Arafat] said: ‘We have Martyrs and prisoners, and we want to guarantee their families a dignified life.’ In practice, the association’s activity began after 1967.”

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.


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.