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Fatah: "Land more blows on the enemy” who is “weaker than cobwebs”

Itamar Marcus  |


There are terrorists and there are terror multipliers. Hamas committed the atrocities of torturing, murdering, decapitating, raping, and kidnapping Israelis. But it is the PA and Fatah who by joining with full-fledged support have galvanized the Palestinian population behind the ISIS-like atrocities. Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the PA and Fatah  are actively celebrating the atrocities, urging Palestinians in the West Bank and inside Israel to join the terror, and to “strike the sons of apes and pigs” and “slaughter everyone Israeli.”


Fatah and the PA are now calling for the end of Israel, urging Palestinians to “land more blows” on Israel – “the main enemy.” Hamas’ massacre of civilians has prompted them to present Israel as weak “as a cobweb.” These were the words of a Fatah official at a rally in support of the Hamas terror war against Israel near Nablus: 

Fatah Tubas Branch Secretary Mahmoud Sawafta: “We support all those who have taught the occupation (i.e., Israel) one lesson after another, and it is clear that this occupation did not understand this [Palestinian] people well. In these moments we say to it that 27 occupations have come to this area and all the occupations were defeated. We are certain that this occupation – as you saw last night and everyday - this occupation is weaker than cobwebs and in the end it will be defeated. Therefore, crowd the ranks more, unite more, and land more blows on this occupation, because this occupation is the main enemy.”

[Official PA TV, Oct. 8, 2023]

The PA term “the occupation,” refers to all of Israel and not merely the West Bank. This statement echoes a Fatah member who also mocked Israel, gloating that its “undefeatable army is weaker than cobwebs.”


In a speech in 2019, Hezbollah leader Nasrallah bragged that he was “confident of victory” against Israel and that “Israel is weaker than a spider web.” Possibly, these comparisons of Israel to a cobweb are inspired by a verse from the Quran that compares “those who take allies other than Allah,” to a spider whose home is “the weakest of homes.” [Quran 29:41, Sahih International translation]


The PA has stressed its support for the massacre of hundreds of Israeli civilians by Hamas from day one. Right after Hamas’ attack, “the [mosque] minarets in the West Bank began making calls of ‘Allahu Akbar’ (i.e., “Allah is greatest”) in an expression of support” and “processions of support” took place in several PA cities. Below is a celebration in Ramallah:


 [Al-Jazeera, Qatari state-owned news agency, Oct. 7, 2023]


The following is a longer excerpt of the Al-Jazeera report cited above:

"When the start of the ‘Al-Aqsa Flood’ battle was announced, the [mosque] minarets in the West Bank began making calls of ‘Allahu Akbar’(i.e., “Allah is greatest”) in an expression of support for the resistance, and many cities in the West Bank set out in processions of solidarity with the Palestinian resistance as a sign of support for the battle.

Massive processions set out in a number of places in the West Bank, such as a large gathering in a square in central Nablus, and mass-participant processions also set out in Jenin, Tubas, Ramallah, Ibn Rushd Square in Hebron, and Bethlehem, and also in Jerusalem a procession set out meant to celebrate the ‘Al-Aqsa Flood’ battle.”

[Al-Jazeera, Qatari state-owned news agency, Oct. 7, 2023]

Hamas war on Israel October 2023 - At least 900 Israelis were murdered and over 2,700 wounded, in addition to approximately 150 Israelis who were abducted into the Gaza Strip, when hundreds of Hamas terrorists broke through Israel's security fence at the Gaza Strip border and launched a surprise attack, taking control of several Israeli towns on the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret (Simchat Torah), which fell on the Sabbath, Oct. 7, 2023. Hamas terrorists also fired at least 3,000 rockets at Israeli population centers. In response, Israel launched Operation Iron Swords to counter the Hamas terror threat. Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon joined Hamas' terror war starting from the following day, attacking Israel from the north.