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Top PA official promotes terror: “All the types of resistance” are valid “against all expressions of the occupation”

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
  • Top PA official Jibril Rajoub praises terrorist murderers: They carried out “glorious acts that teach generations”

Following the peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, top PA official Jibril Rajoub stressed to Palestinians that terror is an option in “the struggle” against Israel.

Since Rajoub and other Palestinians have presented terror as an option - after a long period of quiet - there have been two serious Palestinian terror attacks. One Palestinian terrorist stabbed an Israeli man last weekend in Rosh Haayin, wounding him critically, while another murdered an Israeli four days ago in Petach Tikva.
Using the Palestinian euphemism for violence and terror, Rajoub stated that “all the possibilities are open to all the types of resistance”:

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “Our interest is that the struggle will damage the occupation, and that the cost of the occupation will be on the occupation and not on us. But all the possibilities are open to all the types of resistance in the occupied lands against all expressions of the occupation, the symbols of the occupation.”

[Official PA TV, Aug. 17, 2020]

Rajoub’s advocacy for violence and praise for terror is not new. Palestinian Media Watch has documented his views in favor numerous times. During the wave of Palestinian terror attacks in 2015/16, Rajoub praised the terrorists – including murderers – as “heroes and a crown on the head of every Palestinian.”

But it isn’t necessary to search for such statements in the past. Rajoub continues to reiterate his support for violence and murder of Israelis. Earlier this year, he mentioned several murderers by name, calling their attacks “glorious acts that teach generations”:

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “[This month] saw the death as a Martyr of the spiritual father of the national situation in the occupied territories in his time, brother 'Abu Jihad' (i.e., terrorist, planned murder of 125) – our Prince of Martyrs… [This month] also saw the kidnapping of the national commander brother Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist, planned 3 attacks, 5 murdered)… Brother Marwan is a national commander for us and a [Fatah] Central Committee member with many of his brothers: Karim Younes, who is also a Central Committee member, brother Maher Younes (i.e., terrorists, murdered 1), brother Diya Al-Agha (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1), brother Abu Shadi [Muhammad] Al-Tous (i.e., terrorist, involved in murder of 9), and 26 others… This month and this day we are committed and loyal to their path, to their sacrifice, Martyrs or prisoners… Every one of them [carried out] glorious acts-"

TV host: "Many."

Jibril Rajoub: "-that teach generations."

[Official PA TV, Personal Meeting, April 16 and 17, 2020]

There is no doubt that Rajoub is anxious to prevent peace with Israel. In The Rajoub File, PMW documented his anti-Israel views and his numerous statements against “normalization” with Israel.

Jibril Rajoub also serves as Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

Israel-UAE peace agreement (Abraham Accords) – an agreement normalizing diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which was announced on Aug. 13, 2020, under the mediation of US President Donald Trump. Pursuant to the agreement, the countries will discuss bilateral cooperation on a number of topics. In exchange for the agreement, Israel agreed to suspend its previously announced plans to apply Israel's civilian law to parts of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley as per the Trump peace plan. The US announced that “Muslims throughout the world who wish to come in peace to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque, will now be able to fly to Tel Aviv through Abu Dhabi to do so and will be welcomed.”

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."

Kamal Adwan and Kamal Nasser were both senior members of Black September, a secret branch of Fatah, who were killed by Israeli forces in April 1973. Kamal Nasser was also the spokesperson for the PLO and Fatah. Kamal Adwan was responsible for Fatah terrorist operations in Israel.

Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar - was Arafat's deputy and among the founders of Fatah. He was the Commander of Al-Asifa, Fatah's military unit, and member of Fatah's Central Committee and PLO's Executive Committee. He also was the Commander of Operations of the terror organization Black September, a secret branch of Fatah, and involved in the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972). He was killed by Israel in 1973.

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) - was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, in which a total of 125 Israelis were murdered, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and murder of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

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 terrorist who kidnapped and murdered 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. Younes is serving a 40-year sentence. In May 2017 Younes was appointed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the Fatah Central Committee. Younes was released from prison on Jan. 5, 2023.

Maher Younes

Diya Zakariya Shaker Al-Agha "Al-Faluji" - Palestinian terrorist who beat Israeli citizen Amatzia Ben Haim to death with a shovel in Ganei Tal in the Gaza Strip on Oct. 11, 1992. Al-Agha is serving a life sentence.

Muhammad Al-Tous - Palestinian terrorist and Fatah member who was the commander of a terrorist cell that attacked 5 civilian buses in September 1985, wounding 16 passengers. He also issued the command to murder Zalman Abolnik in March 1984 and Meir Ben Yair and Michal Cohen in July 1985, and took part in the murder of Mordechai Suissa and Edna Harari in October 1985. Al-Tous is serving life in prison.