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Fatah upset: Israel denies Palestinian children their right to slaughter Jews

Itamar Marcus  |

Palestinian children in Gaza are being killed by Israel, which is denying them the right to grow up and commit another massacre like October 7. This is the shocking message from PA Chairman Abbas’ Fatah Movement on its Bethlehem Telegram channel, which Palestinian Media Watch has confirmed is promoted by Fatah officials.


Fatah has routinely blamed Israel for the deaths of Palestinian children in Gaza, even though it is Hamas who is using them as human shields and is solely responsible for every death.


What is unique about this post, is that Fatah is upset because Israel is not allowing Palestinian children to grow up to “repeat” the massacre of October 7. Fatah presents a repeat of the murder of over 1,200 people, wounding of over 4,800 and the capture of 243 hostages as a Palestinian goal and right:

“This [Israel’s] war is against children, so that they won’t grow up and October 7 won't repeat.”

[Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch, Telegram, Oct. 23, 2023]

Fatah did not complain that Israel’s war prevents Palestinian children from growing up to be doctors, engineers, or farmers, raise a family, travel the world, or any other positive goal in life. Fatah sees children in Gaza being killed as a tragedy because they won’t be able to commit another slaughter of Jews, and for this, Israel is to blame.


This corresponds to another Fatah message documented by PMW that children should not expect happiness in life because they are merely ammunition destined to die as “Martyrs.”


Another PA leader, Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, also disseminated the libel that Israel is targeting Palestinian children:  

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Abbas’ Advisor Mahmoud Al-Habbash: The fact that they [Israel] are targeting the [Palestinian] children is as if they are trying to target the Palestinian future, as these children are the future. But I say to them and to others and to those who stand behind them: We are the future, Palestine is the future. Palestine will remain and they will go and the occupation (i.e., Israel) will leave.

Posted text: “Al-Habbash to [Egyptian] channel ETC [TV]: “… Women and children are the occupation state’s targets in the war of annihilation that it is waging against us.”

[PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Facebook page, Oct. 29, 2023]  

Combining the two messages shows that the PA/Fatah are upset that many Palestinian children are being killed in Gaza, because it denies them the opportunity to commit additional October 7 style massacres of Israelis/Jews in the future to achieve their goal that Israelis “will leave.” During the current war, the PA has been repeating its fundamental ideology that Palestinians are an ancient nation while Israel is a colonial implant with no right to exist. As Muhammad Abbas’ advisor said at the beginning of this war, only when Israel is destroyed will there be peace:

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Abbas’ advisor Mahmoud Al-Habbash: Once the occupation (i.e., Israel) comes to an end there will be no violence or bloodshed from any side. As long as the occupation exists, they must understand that they have no hope of living securely and safely... For more than seven decades already (i.e., since Israel's establishment in 1948) the Palestinian people has been in this situation and wants to be rid of the occupation and achieve its freedom, honor, and state.”

[PA Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Facebook page,
Oct. 9, 2023]


Hamas war on Israel October 2023 - At least 1,200 Israelis, including over 1,000 civilians, were murdered and over 4,800 wounded, in addition to approximately 244 (including 110 later released or liberated and 7 found murdered) who were abducted into the Gaza Strip, in a Hamas terror war that began when approximately 3,000 Hamas terrorists broke through Israel's security fence at the Gaza Strip border and launched a surprise attack, taking control of several Israeli towns and attacking a music festival on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, which fell on the Sabbath, Oct. 7, 2023. During the massacre the terrorists tortured, raped, shot, beheaded, and burned their victims alive, murdering entire families and leaving at least 21 children without parents. Hamas terrorists also fired at least 5,000 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. Occasional rocket launches and shootings continued from Lebanon throughout the war. A ceasefire and prisoner exchange deal began on Nov. 24, 2023, in which Israel agreed to release 150 terrorist prisoners, pause drone surveillance in the Gaza Strip, and allow movement between the northern and southern Gaza Strip, in return for 50 Israeli female and child hostages held by Hamas. The deal was subsequently extended with additional releases, until Hamas violated the agreement and resumed attacking on Dec. 1, 2023.