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Fatah threatens burning of Jewish towns

Itamar Marcus  |

  • "With cleavers and knives, with grenades we announced a popular war"
  • "I swear, you won't escape, my enemy"
  • "We will light a fire under your feet! … We will cause volcanoes to erupt under your feet!"
  • "Fatah of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades will return to be as it was!"
  • All at event attended by Abbas' deputy Mahmoud Al-Aloul

The repeating theme of Fatah’s numerous public events this year commemorating its first terror attack against Israel on January 1, 1965, and marking Fatah’s anniversary, was that Fatah was the first to use terror and that Fatah has not stopped and will not stop using terror.

At one event, Fatah built a model of a Jewish town, poured gasoline over it, and set it on fire to the cheers of the crowd. While the model was burning, a song was played promising that Fatah’s terror will continue:

"I'm coming towards you, my enemy, 
from every house, neighborhood and street
Our war is a war of the streets.
I'm coming towards you, my enemy
We're going down from every house with cleavers and knives
With grenades we announced a popular war
I swear, you won't escape, my enemy, from the revolution and the people.

[Official Fatah Facebook page, Facebook page of Fatah – Nablus Branch, Jan. 6, 2020]

Moments before, Abbas’ deputy chairman of Fatah, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, spoke glorifying past Fatah terror and promising to continue terror. “Fatah was the first bullet” he shouted to the crowd of cheering Palestinians, and then added “and it remains like that, and continues – without a doubt.” He then glorifed by name specific terrorists who murdered dozens of Israelis as well as specific terror attacks in which dozens were murdered:

Fatah Deputy Chairman Mahmoud Al-Aloul: "Fifty-five years in which there have been battles, 55 years in which there was Dalal [Mughrabi] ((i.e., hijacked a civilian bus on Israel's coast), who established the Republic of Palestine on the coast, 55 years in which there was the coastal battle (i.e., murder 37), 55 years in which there were the people's intifadas, when Fatah was the first bullet and the first stone – and it remains like that, and continues – without a doubt! … Our land is ours. We are holding onto it, and we are determined to liberate it – without a doubt… Do you know what the heavy price is that we are paying for freedom and independence? Rivers of blood. Blessings to the Martyrs! And great suffering by the prisoners, who are almost 40 years within the prison cells. Blessings to all of them! To my brother Marwan [Barghouti] (i.e., terrorist, planned attacks murdering 5), to my brother Karim [Younes] (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1), to my brother [Fuad] Al-Shubaki (i.e., terrorist, attempted to smuggle 50 tons of terror weapons), to Ahmad Sa’adat (i.e., terrorist, head of PFLP terrorist organization), to all of these fighters!”

[Official Fatah Facebook page, Facebook page of Fatah – Nablus Branch, Jan. 7, 2020]

Another speaker at the Fatah event likewise promised continued terror, saying “our hand still holds the weapon… We will light a fire under your feet”:

"Fatah is a revolutionary people. It set out on the path 55 years ago, and our hand still holds the weapon, we are still involved in resistance…Our hand is still outstretched in peace, but it won’t remain outstretched forever…We will light a fire under your feet! … We will cause volcanoes to erupt under your feet!"

[Official Fatah Facebook page, Facebook page of Fatah – Nablus Branch, Jan. 6, 2020]

At another Fatah anniversary event, Al-Aloul – standing next to Abbas - also stressed his and Fatah’s reverence for Palestinian murderers and terrorists: 

Fatah Deputy Chairman Mahmoud Al-Aloul: "How great is the suffering and pain of the prisoners who are dear to our hearts, who have sacrificed their freedom. We send regards to all of them – Marwan [Barghouti], Karim [Younes], [Fuad] Al-Shubaki, Ahmad Sa'adat, and all of these wonderful fighters of whom we are proud."

[Official PA TV, Dec. 31, 2019]

Palestinian Media Watch has documented many times that Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah has made it clear that it has not stopped using terror – “the armed resistance” - against Israel.

PMW first exposed this song promising gruesome murder with “cleavers and knives” when Fatah posted it on Facebook in November 2014, right after Palestinian terrorists slaughtered five worshippers in a synagogue with knives and axes. 

Bombing of Israel's National Water Carrier - On Jan. 1, 1965, Palestinian terrorists attempted to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier. This was the first attack against Israel carried out by Fatah. Fatah refers to the attack as the “Intilaqa”, meaning “the Launch” of Fatah.

Dalal Mughrabi – female Palestinian terrorist who 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, murdering 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.

Coastal Road Massacre - In March 1978, a group of Fatah terrorists from Lebanon led by Dalal Mughrabi hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway. Confronted by the Israeli army, the terrorists murdered many of the passengers on the bus, in total 37 civilians,12 of them children, and wounded more than 70. The attack, orchestrated by arch-terrorist Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir), is known in Israel as the Coastal Road Massacre.

Marwan Barghouti – Palestinian terrorist and member of the Palestinian Authority parliament who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks in which 5 people were murdered: one attack on the Jerusalem-Maale Adumim road (June 12, 2001) in which Greek Orthodox monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorists Ismail Radaida and Yasser Ah'Rabai, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Seafood Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, Yosef Habi, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, were murdered by terrorist Ibrahim Hasouna. When arrested by Israel in 2002, Barghouti headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected as a member of the Palestinian Authority parliament. On Dec. 4, 2016, he was elected to Fatah's Central Committee.

Karim Younes - Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012. In May 2017 Younes was appointed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the Fatah Central Committee.

Fuad Al-Shubaki - senior PA official serving a 20-year prison term. He was behind the attempt to smuggle 50 tons of illegal weapons to the Palestinian Authority aboard the Karine A weapons’ ship in 2002.

Ahmad Sa’adat - serving a 30-year sentence for heading the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization. A song at a PFLP event also praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.