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Violence – “struggle in all its forms” – is our right, according to international resolutions, says Fatah official

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of NGOs Dalal Salameh: “The [joint] statement emphasized our legal right – according to all the international resolutions – to struggle in all its forms. But at this stage, we say the struggle is popular resistance, and for this popular resistance committees are being established so that it will be more comprehensive and more intensive and strong against this occupation.”

Salameh refers to the “joint statement” from the meeting of the secretary-generals of the Palestinian “factions,” which include several terror organizations, on Sept. 3, 2020. Following the meeting, the United National Leadership of the Popular Resistance was established to oversee and direct the “popular resistance.” In this committee, Fatah is coordinating openly with representatives of internationally designated terror organizations such as Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

The terms “all means,” “all means of resistance,” “all forms,” are ‎used by PA leaders to include using all types of violence, including deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as stabbings and shootings, as well as throwing rocks and Molotov Cocktails.

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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