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Educating its members to become terrorist murderers like killer of 3 in Tel Aviv is “Fatah’s philosophy,” says Fatah official

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
  • It is Fatah “that is sacrificing Martyrs, fighting in the streets, and resisting the occupation” 

  • Murderer of 3 exemplifies Fatah’s “philosophy”: 
    "This is the philosophy of Fatah with all its elements, and Fatah’s members are not waiting for any political decision of any leader in order to carry out a patriotic action. Their Fatah education and conscience is what motivates them. Did Ra’ad Hazem (i.e., terrorist, murdered 3) – a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a Fatah member… wait for a decision by someone? No, only the Palestinian national Fatah education that Fatah educated him on is what motivated him to carry out this operation"

During the current wave of Palestinian terror attacks, a Fatah official has openly explained that Abbas’ movement’s “philosophy” is to “educate” its members to become terrorist murderers. As an example of a Fatah role model, Fatah Revolutionary Council member Muhammad Al-Lahham named Ra’ad Hazem - the terrorist who murdered 3 when he opened fire on a crowded bar on Dizengoff Street in central Tel Aviv on April 7, 2022. 

Al-Lahham stressed that the murderer was “a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a Fatah member,” and underlined that the terrorist didn’t “wait for a decision by someone” to order him to attack. Rather it was Fatah’s education that taught him terror: “The Palestinian national Fatah education that Fatah educated him on is what motivated him to carry out this operation.”  

Al-Lahham gave additional specific examples of “glorious and great names that Fatah has” who should be emulated, such as the two Fatah Central Committee members, and “Fatah commanders” Karim Younes – terrorist who murdered 1 with an accomplice, and Marwan Barghouti – terrorist who orchestrated attacks in which 5 were murdered: 

Fatah Revolutionary Council member Muhammad Al-Lahham: “This is the Fatah Movement whose president, His Honor [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, speaks about policy, and this is the same Fatah that is sacrificing Martyrs, fighting in the streets, and resisting the occupation. There are two options – the political option and the option of the ground, of the struggle, of self-sacrifice and sacrifice. This is the philosophy of Fatah with all its elements, and Fatah’s members are not waiting for any political decision of any leader in order to carry out a patriotic action. Their Fatah education and conscience is what motivates them. Did Ra’ad Hazem (i.e., terrorist, murdered 3) – a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a Fatah member… wait for a decision by someone? No, only the Palestinian national Fatah education that Fatah educated him on is what motivated him to carry out this operation (i.e., terror attack). There are hundreds and thousands of other Martyrs, fighters, and self-sacrificing fighters. In the occupation’s prisons there are Karim Younes (i.e., murdered 1) and Marwan Barghouti (i.e., planned murder of 5) - [Fatah] Central Committee members, and Fatah commanders. Ahmad Sa’adat (i.e., former head of PFLP terror organization), our great sheikh, [Fuad] Al-Shubaki (i.e., PA official and weapons smuggler), and all the glorious and great names that Fatah has. 

[Official PA TV, Topic of the Day, Oct. 12, 2022] 

Note that the Fatah official also highlighted the fact that it is “Fatah that is sacrificing Martyrs, fighting in the streets, and resisting the occupation,” a point Palestinian Media Watch has shown Fatah is eager to make at the moment. Trying to win the population’s support while distinguishing itself from the terror organization Hamas, Abbas’ Fatah presents itself as leading the “resistance” against Israel, bragging that it carries out the most terror attacks. In fact the movement gloated that its members have carried out as many as 7,200 attacks so far in 2022 - while Hamas sits idle. 

Ra'ad Hazem - 28-year-old Palestinian terrorist who shot and murdered 3 Israeli civilians - 27-year-olds Tomer Morad and Eytam Magini and 35-year-old Barak Lufan - and wounded 14 others when he opened fire on a crowded bar on Dizengoff Street in central Tel Aviv on April 7, 2022. Hazem escaped the scene of the attack and was found hiding near a mosque in Jaffa by Israeli security forces several hours later. He opened fire on them and was killed in the ensuing shootout.

Karim Younes - Israeli Arab serving a 40-year sentence for kidnapping and murdering Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1980 together with his cousin Maher Younes. Younes was originally sentenced to life in prison, but Israeli President Shimon Peres reduced his sentence in 2012. In May 2017 Younes was appointed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the Fatah Central Committee.

Marwan Barghouti – Palestinian terrorist and member of the Palestinian Authority parliament who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks in which 5 people were murdered: one attack on the Jerusalem-Maale Adumim road (June 12, 2001) in which Greek Orthodox monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorists Ismail Radaida and Yasser Ah'Rabai, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Seafood Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, Yosef Habi, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, were murdered by terrorist Ibrahim Hasouna. When arrested by Israel in 2002, Barghouti headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected as a member of the Palestinian Authority parliament. On Dec. 4, 2016, he was elected to Fatah's Central Committee.

Ahmad Sa’adat - serving a 30-year sentence for heading the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror organization. A song at a PFLP event also praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.

Fuad Al-Shubaki - senior PA official serving a 20-year prison term. He was behind the attempt to smuggle 50 tons of illegal weapons to the Palestinian Authority aboard the Karine A weapons’ ship in 2002.