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Hamas leader: Joint committee to “develop the popular resistance, which may develop into a popular intifada”

Chairman of Hamas’ Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh: "There will be a committee [of Fatah, Hamas, PFLP and others] to examine the way to develop the popular resistance, which may develop into a popular intifada, and therefore we will have a united national leadership on the ground to direct this resistance."

Haniyeh is referring to the United National Leadership of the Popular Resistance – A committee to oversee and direct the “popular resistance” that was established following the meeting of the secretary-generals of the Palestinian factions - which include several terror organizations - on Sept. 3, 2020. In this committee, Abbas’ 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 "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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