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Fatah Deputy Chairman says Palestinians must "focus on increasing and escalating popular resistance at points of friction with the occupation"

Headline: “Al-Aloul: The torch lighting for the 56th anniversary of the outbreak of the revolution will take place on Thursday evening next to Martyr Yasser Arafat’s mausoleum”





“Fatah Movement Deputy Chairman [and Fatah Central Committee member] Mahmoud Al-Aloul announced that the torch lighting for the 56th anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution (i.e., the anniversary of “the Launch” of Fatah, counted from its first terror attack against Israel) will take place on Thursday evening [Dec. 31, 2020], next to [former PLO Chairman and PA President] Martyr leader Yasser Arafat’s mausoleum at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

Participation will be limited due to the Coronavirus.

In an interview with [the official PA] radio [station] The Voice of Palestine yesterday, Al-Aloul added that the torches of the outbreak of the revolution will be lit in all the districts, and that the activities on the following day… will focus on increasing and escalating the popular resistance (i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror) at the points of friction with the occupation and at the sites that are threatened by the settlement enterprise…

Regarding the American decision to mark products from the settlements as Israeli, Al-Aloul said that the decision is ‘an illegal step and part of a series of decisions whose goal is to legalize the settlement enterprise.’ He noted that there is a decision by the united national leadership to begin reviving the economic resistance, and to boycott all the Israeli goods and not just those from the settlements.






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.


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.


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."