Video: Arafat deliberately started the Intifada terror campaign - testimony by Arafat’s advisor who was there
The video shows part of an interview with former Advisor on Internal Affairs to PA Chairman Yasser Arafat, Mamdouh Nawfal, which was posted on the Facebook page of Fatah’s Commission of Information and Culture, Sept. 6, 2022. It was first posted on Al-Jazeera TV’s YouTube channel on Feb. 11, 2009.
Mamdouh Nawfal, former Advisor to Arafat: "When [Sharon’s] visit was held, Arafat said that the time had come for the second Intifada. He said: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque will cause the Palestinian people and all the Arab and Islamic peoples to take action.’’ … From the day of Sharon’s visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Arafat decided to dispatch many people under the name Guardians of Al-Aqsa. He increased the number of the Guardians of Al-Aqsa, and he asked the commanders of the [PA] Preventive Security Forces to send groups to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque. As I recall [Sharon’s] visit was held on a Thursday, and the orders and instructions to the Security Forces and the Tanzim (i.e., Fatah terror faction) were to take action after the Friday prayers. The activity was not limited to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The instructions to the Fatah organizations were to take action in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and everywhere".
[Facebook page of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture, Sept. 6, 2022]
Posted text on Facebook page: “Watch how the moment of igniting the [second] Intifada arrived.
[Former PLO Chairman and PA President] #Yasser_Arafat”
The second Intifada – PA terror campaign (2000-2005) in which more than 1,100 Israelis were murdered.
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.