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Trump is "new colonialist emperor", Palestinians will defend goals through "peaceful popular resistance" - PA daily op-ed

Excerpt of an op-ed by Muwaffaq Matar, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline: “Our president is in danger, however!”

“It may be that we are not exaggerating if we say today [Jan. 28, 2020] that our [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas is in danger. This is natural, especially since the president is uncompromisingly, uprightly, and proudly standing in the front line and at the front of the Palestinian people…

But what is not natural and not obvious is that they are letting the new colonialist emperor and the second [former British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour, [US President] Donald Trump, do as he pleases with the Palestinian people and its leadership…

We will defend our president and defend our people’s hopes and goals through our national unity, through our peaceful popular resistance ‎(i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror), and through our loyalty to the Martyrs whose souls have ascended to Heaven on the way to achieving our national enterprise. We will defend our president with a firm faith that we have a present and future only on our land.”

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."

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