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On anniversary of its murder of Israeli minister, PFLP vows to continue terror

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
  • PLO-member PFLP celebrates its assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze’evi and promises to “continue the resistance” until destroying Israel entirely

  • “Our rifles are clean and pure against the enemy” says PLO member, praising arch-terrorists

  • “The best example” of PFLP “influence and presence” was the murder of 17-year-old Rina Shnerb

Praising its assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze’evi 20 years ago as a “quality operation,” the terror organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) - which is a member of the PLO – celebrated its “blow” to Israel:

“Regarding the 20th anniversary of the quality operation to assassinate Israeli Minister [of Tourism] Rehavam Ze’evi, which the PFLP carried out… PFLP Political Bureau member Jamil Mazhar said: ‘The October 17 operation – the killing of Ze’evi – was a blow to the occupation system.”

[Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 17, 2021]

PFLP official Mazhar also took pride in the PFLP’s murder of 17-year-old Rina Shnerb two years ago when she and her family were hiking by the Danny Spring near the town of Dolev north of Ramallah.

Having stated that the “resistance is a strategic choice from the PFLP’s perspective,” and that “the PFLP will continue this regardless of how great the sacrifices may be, because this is the only path to liberation and return,” Mazhar mentioned the murder of Shnerb as an example of this “resistance” – a well-known PA euphemism for terror:

“[Mazhar] emphasized: ‘We will continue the resistance, and will not be dissuaded by the incessant pursuit that the occupation is carrying out in the West Bank because it is aware of the influence and presence that the PFLP has there publicly and militarily. The best example of this was the Ein Bubin operation (i.e., the murder of Rina Shnerb; see note below).’”

Mazhar vowed that the PFLP will continue on the path of terror until Israel is destroyed:

“Despite the pursuit and the great sacrifices, the PFLP will remain firm and strong and will not withdraw from resistance until the expulsion [of the occupation] from the entire homeland, from Rafah to Rosh HaNikra (i.e., an Israeli town on the northern border with Lebanon).”

It should be recalled that the PFLP has been designated by the the US, EU, Israel and others as a terror organization. Despite the terror designation, the PFLP remains a member of the PLO.

Recently Palestinian Media Watch exposed another PFLP official similarly stressing that PFLP chooses the path of terror with “clean and pure rifles against the enemy”:

PFLP Political Bureau member Maryam Abu Daqqa: “Our compass is clear, our rifle is clear, in one direction. The enemy is one, the homeland is one, the people is one, our path and our rifles are clean and pure against the enemy… [Former PFLP Sec.-Gen.] Abu Ali [Mustafa] is the Martyrs, the prisoners, and the loyalty. We’ve always said: Whoever follows us, whoever follows our path, what do they see? Either Martyrdom-death or blessing. Our path is known, O Abu Ali, loyalty is our custom…”

Newsreader: “How is it possible to restore [this unity] and restore its spark, as Martyr commander Abu Ali Mustafa aspired to do? …”

Maryam Abu Daqqa: “[Through] loyalty to the Moon of the Martyrs Martyr Abu Ali, to Martyr Yasser Arafat, to Ahmed Yassin, to [Fathi] Shaqaqi, to Haidar Abd Al-Shafi, [Marwan] Barghouti, and all the Martyrs.”

[Official PA TV News, Aug. 27, 2021]

Ten years ago, PMW documented the existence of a PFLP song that celebrates the murder and mocks the victim, Rehavam Ze’evi.

The following is a longer excerpt of the report on the PFLP’s statements:

Headline: “The Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine]: The October 17 operation was a blow to the occupation system, we will continue the resistance”

“Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Political Bureau member Jamil Mazhar said that resistance is a strategic choice from the PFLP’s perspective, and that it is impossible to compromise on this in any way. He added that the PFLP will continue this regardless of how great the sacrifices may be, because this is the only path to liberation and return.

Regarding the 20th anniversary of the quality operation to assassinate Israeli Minister [of Tourism] Rehavam Ze’evi, which the PFLP carried out… Mazhar said: ‘The October 17 operation – the killing of Ze’evi – was a blow to the occupation system, as was the extraordinary activity of the resistance in the Gaza Strip during the Sword of Jerusalem battle (i.e., Fatah/Hamas riot and rocket war 2021; see note below), in which the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades (i.e., PFLP’s military wing) participated.’ …

He emphasized: ‘We will continue the resistance, and will not be dissuaded by the incessant pursuit that the occupation is carrying out in the West Bank because it is aware of the influence and presence that the PFLP has there publicly and militarily. The best example of this was the Ein Bubin operation (i.e., the murder of Rina Shnerb; see note below).’

Mazhar noted: ‘Despite the pursuit and the great sacrifices, the PFLP will remain firm and strong and will not withdraw from resistance until the expulsion [of the occupation] from the entire homeland, from Rafah to Rosh HaNikra (i.e., an Israeli town on the northern border with Lebanon).’”

[Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 17, 2021]

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) - a socialist Palestinian terror organization and one of the largest factions in the PLO. Founded by George Habash in 1967, PFLP has planned and carried out numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians since its founding and throughout the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005). One of its most high profile attacks was the murder of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi on Oct. 17, 2001. PFLP has been designated as a terror organization by several states including the US, Japan, Canada, Australia, and the EU.Terrorist prisoner Ahmad Sa’adat has served as PFLP’s secretary-general since 2001; he is serving a 30-year sentence in an Israeli prison for heading the PFLP.

Fatah/Hamas Riot and Rocket War 2021 – On April 30, 2021, facing certain electoral defeat, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas cancelled the first PA elections scheduled in 15 years. Hamas, which expected to win the elections, denounced it as a “coup.” In need of a conflict to divert public discontent, Abbas artificially generated a crisis over Jerusalem. His Fatah party called for "raising the level of confrontation,” and Abbas' spokesman told Palestinians "the battle of all battles is here.” Jerusalem Arabs responded by attacking Jews with rocks and Molotov cocktails. Hamas, Abbas' political rival, could not allow Abbas to lead the battle, so on May 10, 2021, Hamas launched rocket barrages targeting Israeli population centers including Jerusalem. Over the next 11 days, Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired over 4,300 rockets into southern and central Israel from the Gaza Strip, killing 9 Israelis and 3 foreign nationals, and wounding hundreds. In response, Israel launched Operation Guardian of the Walls to target Hamas terror leaders and terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. Already in mid-April, a planned eviction of some Palestinian families illegally living in Jewish-owned buildings in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem had led to clashes between Palestinian residents and Israeli police. This dispute provided Palestinians with a pretext for violent rioting. Adding to the crisis, Israeli Arabs started rioting throughout Israel, especially in cities with a mixed Jewish and Arab population. Two Jews were murdered and many were wounded. According to Walla, an independent Israeli news site, 10 synagogues were wholly or partly burned down; fires were set in 112 Jewish homes and 1 Arab home mistaken for a Jewish home; 386 Jewish homes were plundered and 673 were damaged; 849 cars were set ablaze; and there were 5,018 rock-throwing attacks. In response, Jews started attacking Arabs and their properties as well, but on a much smaller scale. No mosques were burned; 13 Arab homes were damaged; 13 Arab-owned cars were burned; and there were 41 rock-throwing attacks by Jews. [Walla, May 16, 2021] The fighting between Israel and Hamas ended with a ceasefire on May 21, 2021.

Dolev attack – 17-year-old Rina Shnerb was murdered, and her father and brother wounded, when when Palestinian terrorists used a remote detonator to activate a bomb next to them as they visited the Danny Spring near the town of Dolev north of Ramallah on Aug. 23, 2019. Three terrorists who committed the attack were caught on Aug. 26, 2019.

PFLP Political Bureau member Maryam Abu Daqqa: “Our compass is clear, our rifle is clear, in one direction. The enemy is one, the homeland is one, the people is one, our path and our rifles are clean and pure against the enemy… [Former PFLP Sec.-Gen.] Abu Ali [Mustafa] is the Martyrs, the prisoners, and the loyalty. We’ve always said: Whoever follows us, whoever follows our path, what do they see? Either Martyrdom-death or blessing. Our path is known, O Abu Ali, loyalty is our custom…”

Newsreader: “How is it possible to restore [this unity] and restore its spark, as Martyr commander Abu Ali Mustafa aspired to do? …”

Maryam Abu Daqqa: “[Through] loyalty to the Moon of the Martyrs Martyr Abu Ali, to Martyr Yasser Arafat, to Ahmed Yassin, to [Fathi] Shaqaqi, to Haidar Abd Al-Shafi, [Marwan] Barghouti, and all the Martyrs.”

[Official PA TV News, Aug. 27, 2021]

Abu Ali Mustafa - Secretary-General of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP, which rejected the Oslo Accords (1993), has planned and carried out numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians since its founding in 1967 and throughout the Palestinian terror campaign between 2000-2005 (the Intifada).

Ahmed Yassin - Founder and former head of the terrorist organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous terror attacks and the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians.

Fathi Shaqaqi - Founder of the terror organization Islamic Jihad, which has carried out more than 1,000 terror attacks, murdering and wounding hundreds of Israeli civilians. Shaqaqi was killed in 1995 in an operation attributed to Israel but for which Israel never took responsibility.

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.