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Fatah Officials "emphasize the need to increase the popular resistance" violence and terrorism against Israel

Headline: “Tubas: A political conference for the 46th anniversary of Land Day”



“Yesterday, Thursday [March 31, 2022], at a political conference for the 46th anniversary of Land Day (see note below -Ed.), speakers emphasized the need to increase the popular resistance (i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror) against the Israeli occupation’s attempts to take control of the Palestinian land…

Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner of NGOs] Dalal Salameh… called to revive the popular resistance and continue it, called for it not to be seasonal, and called for the participation of all our Palestinian people in it in light of the escalation of the Israeli attacks against the Palestinians and their lands.

[Fatah] General Commissioner of Political [Affairs and PA Security Forces Spokesman] Talal Dweikat said that… the Israeli occupation is still continuing its policy of taking control of the land and the residents whom it is attempting to expel from their homes and their lands, and he called to strengthen the popular resistance.




Land Day – annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and building purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.

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."