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Fatah: “We are still loyal to the path of struggle, the path of resistance”

Official PA TV program Reporters in the Field, on a rally in Nablus for the 55th anniversary of “the Launch” of Fatah, counted from its first terror attack against Israel

Fatah member: “How can Fatah forget its Martyrs and leaders, while we are living their memory? [The memory] of Martyr leader Abu Iyad (i.e., terrorist, responsible for at least 13 murders) and Martyr leader Abu Al-Hol (i.e., one of Fatah’s founders)… Greetings are conveyed to you as you, by being here at Martyrs’ Square, are sending a message to the occupier that we are still loyal to the path of struggle, the path of resistance, the path of the Martyrs, and the path of Martyr, leader, lord of the Martyrs [former PLO Chairman and PA President] Yasser Arafat.”

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.

Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) - PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat’s deputy, one of the founders of Fatah, and head of the terror organization Black September, a secret branch of Fatah. Attacks he planned include the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972) and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (March 1, 1973). It is commonly assumed that his assassin, a former Fatah bodyguard, was sent by the Abu Nidal Organization, a rival Palestinian faction.

Abu Al-Hol (Hayel Abd Al-Hamid) – One of the founders of Fatah.

Yasser Arafat – Founder of Fatah and former chairman of the PLO and PA. During the 1960s, 70s and 80s Arafat was behind numerous terror attacks against Israelis. Although he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 together with then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and then Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East" after signing the Oslo Accords peace agreement, Arafat launched a 5-year terror campaign - the second Intifada (2000-2005) – in which more than 1,000 Israelis were murdered. Arafat died of an illness in 2004.