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Fatah "emphasized that there will be no peace or stability without the release of all Palestinian prisoners without any conditions or restrictions"

Headline: “The Fatah Central Committee welcomes the [PA] president’s order regarding elections: An important step for uniting the Palestinian ranks”




“The Fatah Movement Central Committee welcomed how [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas issued the presidential order determining the date for [PA] general elections. It emphasized the importance of this step in uniting the Palestinian ranks and strengthening the principle of pluralism and democracy in Palestinian political life.


This was during a meeting that the Fatah Central Committee held yesterday evening, Sunday [Jan. 24, 2021], led by President Mahmoud Abbas…


The committee emphasized that it is necessary to motivate the peaceful popular resistance (i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror)… in a manner that will contribute to our people’s security and its protection. It called on the international community to provide protection to our people against the settlers’ attacks, which have allowed the killing of Palestinians under the auspices of the occupation’s army and government.


The Fatah Central Committee saluted our heroic prisoners in the occupation’s prisons and emphasized that there will be no peace or stability without the release of all of them without any conditions or restrictions. It again emphasized that it will not allow harming their rights, regardless of how heavy the pressures may be.





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."