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Palestinian terror is “legitimate” claims Fatah – armed resistance is "a legitimate means of struggle, anchored in the texts of international law

Headline: “Fatah: We adhere to the [Palestinian] declaration of independence, we will not relinquish one iota of the principles that appear in it”




“The Fatah Movement emphasized the ongoing legitimate struggle for the sake of independence and establishing the sovereign Palestinian state whose capital is East Jerusalem.


In a statement issued by the [Fatah] Commission of Information, Culture, and Ideology for the 33rd anniversary of the issuing of the [Palestinian] declaration of independence, Fatah emphasized the declaration of independence’s historical significance given that it is a fundamental turning point in the path of the Palestinian people’s struggle, and also a natural outcome of the endless sacrifices that it made in the great popular revolution and intifada.


It emphasized the national unity that is expressed in national consensus on the declaration [of independence] and on the political plan put forward in it in order to achieve independence in a Palestinian state in the June 4, 1967 borders…


Fatah emphasized that the declaration of independence would not have seen the light of day… without the great sacrifices made by the Palestinian people since the outbreak of its modern revolution in 1965 (refers to “the Launch” of Fatah counted from its first terror attack against Israel; see note below -Ed.) and without the commitment of its leaders and fighters to the legitimate means of struggle, which are anchored in the texts of international law…


[Fatah] again expressed the adherence of its leadership and fighters to the Palestinian people’s historical and natural right to the land of its homeland Palestine, and its right to use means of popular struggle and legitimate resistance, in parallel to the political, legal, and diplomatic means of struggle in the international forums.



Palestinian declaration of independence - On Nov. 15, 1988, before the Palestine National Council (PNC), the Palestinian parliament in exile in Algeria, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Yasser Arafat declared the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Although the borders were not specified in the declaration, it recognized the UN partition plan of 1947, which called for the creation of a Jewish state and an Arab state in the former British Mandate for Palestine.


Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.


[WAFA, official PA news agency, Nov. 14, 2021]