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Fatah official celebrates arch-terrorist Abu Jihad for his "armed struggle," at ceremony in his honor

Official PA TV broadcast the central ‎rally to mark Palestinian Prisoners’ ‎Day and the anniversary of the death ‎of Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir)‎.
Fatah Central Committee member ‎Azzam Al-Ahmad: "We are marking the ‎‎22nd anniversary of the Martyrdom-‎death of the first bullet and first stone, ‎our eternal Martyr, leader Abu Jihad ‎‎(Khalil Al-Wazir), who played a ‎central and leading role in spreading ‎the culture of the armed struggle and ‎of the long-term war of the people. ‎Already before the foundation of ‎Fatah, when he was still a student at ‎the University of Cairo, the idea of the ‎armed struggle and the renewal of the ‎Palestinian struggle for the restitution ‎of our nation’s rights took root in his ‎mind. This great commander, who, ‎together with his first friends, foremost ‎among whom was our eternal Martyr ‎‎(Shahid) Yasser Arafat, ignited and ‎contributed to the start of the armed ‎popular revolution in the most ‎important region in the world – the ‎Middle East... He was the first stone, ‎engineering the first Intifada (i.e., the ‎first Palestinian wave of violence ‎against Israel, 1988-1993) in 1987...‎
He [Khalil Al-Wazir] combined the ‎bullet and the stone, popular ‎resistance and armed struggle [and] ‎special operations (i.e., terror attacks) – ‎the first of which was the operation of ‎Martyr Dalal Mughrabi, who ‎commanded the first Martyrdom-‎seeking (Istish'had) operation in the ‎history of the making of our modern ‎Palestinian revolution... ‎
There were operations of capturing ‎Israeli soldiers, the first of which was ‎probably carried out by my brother ‎‎[Fatah Central Committee member] ‎Mahmoud Al-Aloul, who is here with ‎us today (i.e., in the audience). He took ‎part in the first operation of capturing ‎Israeli soldiers in order to exchange ‎them for our heroic prisoners. Today, ‎we mark [Palestinian] Prisoners’ Day ‎and the 22nd anniversary of the ‎Martyrdom-death of our leader Abu ‎Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir), and we are ‎determined to continue on this path, ‎determined to continue so that the ‎flame of the armed struggle, the flame ‎of Fatah and the flame of the ‎resistance will continue to burn, and ‎not be extinguished until we ‎accomplish the goals we have set out ‎‎[to achieve]...‎
I will also take this opportunity to give ‎you greetings from our leader and ‎President, brother Mahmoud Abbas, ‎who has sworn to continue on the ‎same path, the path of Martyrdom ‎‎(Shahada) and struggle, the path of the ‎struggle using all possible means. In ‎his most recent statements, he has ‎reiterated that when we chose political ‎struggle as one of the paths of struggle ‎for our nation’s goals, this does not ‎imply subjugation and compliance with ‎Israel’s conditions, but rather [that] ‎from the very beginning, we have ‎strived and carried the rifle to achieve ‎peace, not to fight merely for the sake ‎of fighting and to shoot ‎indiscriminately. [Our] goal is to ‎achieve a just, comprehensive and ‎viable peace, which can be attained ‎only through a full restoration of the ‎rights of our Palestinian people.”‎

Notes:‎ 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 ‎planned many deadly Fatah terror ‎attacks killing 125 Israelis. This ‎included the most lethal in Israeli ‎history, the hijacking of a bus and ‎killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them ‎children.‎

Dalal Mughrabi 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, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them ‎children, and wounding over 70. ‎Palestinians often refer to the attack as ‎the “Kamal Adwan operation.”‎