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Fatah greets 2020 with terror glorification fest

Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Itamar Marcus  |
  • Fatah-produced video focuses on Palestinians marching with knives, rifles, and mock explosive belts at anniversary rally in Ramallah

Even before Fatah’s violent threats in response to the US peace plan, Fatah showed its true colors, promising that it will continue on the path of violence in 2020. 

Looking at Fatah’s recent anniversary rallies, it is clear that Abbas’movement wants to remind its people and the world that it adheres to the use of violence and terror. In a Fatah-produced video from its anniversary rally in Ramallah, Fatah chose to include almost entirely footage showing masked Fatah members carrying knives and Qurans, assault rifles, and mock explosive belts – complete with detonators in hand. The video, which opens and closes with the logo of Fatah’s youth movement Shabiba and was posted by Fatah on its official Facebook page - also included Fatah members shooting in the air.

Posted text: "The Fatah Shabiba [Youth Movement] at the Ramallah and El-Bireh branch on the 55th anniversary of [Fatah’s] Launch”

[Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 15, 2020]

The mock suicide belts and detonators held by the marching Fatah members can be seen clearly in the following raw footage from the same Fatah rally in Ramallah: 

Fatah members: “Shabiba” (i.e., Fatah’s Shabiba Youth Movement)

Tweeted text: “This is how masked men from the Fatah Movement celebrated the anniversary of the beginning of [Fatah’s] activity in Ramallah

#Palestine #The_West_Bank”

[Twitter account of Quds News Network, Dec. 31, 2019]

Another video shows Fatah members shooting in the air, and participants holding posters of terrorists Fuad Al-Shubaki – who attempted to smuggle 50 tons of illegal weapons into the PA - and Marwan Barghouti – who orchestrated terror attacks in which 5 Israelis were murdered. Two PA and Fatah officials - Fatah Movement Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen and General Supervisor of the Official PA Media Ahmad Assaf – also participated in this rally: 

Text on screen throughout video:

“The 55th anniversary; Fatah marks the 55th anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution”

[YouTube channel Elia Post, Dec. 31, 2019]

Palestinian Media Watch exposed that Abbas’ movement strode into 2020 flaunting terror at similar rallies in different cities marking Fatah’s anniversary at the end of 2019:

[Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 1, 2020]

The following are the lyrics of the song in Fatah’s edited video of the terror promotion rally:

Text on logo of Fatah’s youth movement Shabiba: "Volunteering, giving, sacrifice, devotion."

Song played with Fatah’s edited video of terror promotion rally:

"On the first of January, the rebels set forth

The entire world heard the sound of the explosion

Visual: masked men with mock explosive belts

They asked: 'Is that a storm, or did a volcano erupt?'

We answered: 'It is a storm of Fatah that was here'"

Narrator reads Fatah’s announcement from Jan. 1, 1965, after their attack against the Israel's National Water Carrier.

Posted text: "The Fatah Shabiba [Youth Movement] at the Ramallah and El-Bireh branch on the 55th anniversary of [Fatah’s] Launch”

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.

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.

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.