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Abbas unwavering, terrorists' salaries must be paid

Headline: "The [PA] president on the anniversary of the [Fatah] Launch (Intilaqa): We are at a dangerous turning point that demands we stand strongly and determinedly in order to defend our national project"

"[PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas… gave a speech yesterday [Dec. 31, 2019] for the 55th anniversary of the outbreak of the modern Palestinian revolution and the Fatah Movement: …

‘Our national cause is at a dangerous turning point due to the continued aggressive Israeli activities and policies against our land and our people in an attempt to perpetuate facts on the ground, eliminate the two-state solution, and pass the so-called 'deal of the century' (i.e., US President Donald Trump's as yet unpublished Middle East peace plan) and the rest of the plans whose goal is to eliminate our national cause. This requires us to stand together, with full force and determination, in order to defend our national project, adhere to [the decisions of] the international bodies, mobilize international support against the settlement [enterprise], end the occupation of our land and people, and adhere to political and diplomatic activity and peaceful popular resistance (i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror) ‎on the path to achieving our national goals…

We again emphasize that the cause of our prisoners, wounded, and Martyrs is a red line that we will not agree to bargain or negotiate over, regardless of the cost, and we will continue to pay the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs and the prisoners as they are, even if it is the last thing we have. This is a commitment on our part to these heroes.’"

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.

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." https://palwatch.org/page/9276

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