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Despite international pressure, PA will continue to support prisoners

“The Fatah Movement Central Committee held a meeting in the office of Fatah Deputy Chairman [and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul] and in the presence of the committee’s members…

It saluted our brave prisoners in the occupation’s prison and emphasized that their cause is the Palestinian people’s central cause and that we will not agree to harming them or their rights, no matter how heavy the pressures may be.

The committee also welcomed the resolve of our people throughout the homeland and their stand against the occupation forces and extremist settlers. It emphasized that everyone must participate in the peaceful popular resistance (i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror) as the strategic choice for the struggle against the dangerous Israeli escalation against our people and its sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity.”



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."