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Fatah TV host presents murderers as the essence of Fatah

Fatah-run Awdah TV host: “[Fatah] is Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas. Despite ‎the difference in tone of speech and external appearance, it is Khalil Al-Wazir [‘Abu ‎Jihad’], Salah Khalaf [‘Abu Iyad’], and Dalal Mughrabi. It is Karim Younes, Mahmoud ‎Bakr Hijazi, and Fatima Barnawi. It is the Martyrs, the prisoners, the wounded, the ‎deported, and the self-sacrificing fighters.

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.

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.

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.

Dalal Mughrabi – female Palestinian terrorist who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, murdering 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.

Karim Younes - Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering 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. In May 2017 Younes was appointed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the Fatah Central Committee.

Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi - Palestinian terrorist who attempted to blow up the Nehusha Water Institute in central Israel on Jan. 7, 1965. Hijazi was serving 30 years in prison, but was released on April 17, 1971, to Lebanon in an exchange deal with Fatah for Shmuel Rozenvasser, an Israeli citizen who was abducted by Fatah terrorists in 1970. Palestinian Prisoner's Day is celebrated annually on the anniversary of his release.

Fatima Barnawi - Palestinian female terrorist who placed a bomb in a movie theater in Jerusalem in 1967. The bomb failed to explode. She was sentenced to life in prison but was released in 1977 after serving 10 years. In 2015, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas honored Barnawi with the Military Star of Honor.

“The deported” refers to terrorists who took hostages and sieged the Church of ‎the Nativity - In 2002, during the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005), ‎Israel launched Operation Defensive Shield in the West Bank to prevent future terror ‎attacks against Israelis. During the operation, 39 terrorists fled to the Church of the ‎Nativity in Bethlehem, using dozens of hostages and the religious site as shields. After ‎‎39 days of siege by the Israeli army, the terrorists released the hostages and were ‎deported to Gaza and Cyprus. During the siege, the church was damaged in ‎exchanges of fire between the terrorists and the Israeli army. One clergyman was ‎murdered by the terrorists and 8 terrorists were killed by the Israeli army.‎

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