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Fox News on Fatah Facebook post exposed by PMW

Paul Alster  |

Fatah boasts of killing Israelis even as it seeks
to end fighting in Gaza

by Paul Alster

In a post (exposed by PMW - PMW Ed.) seemingly aimed at reminding Palestinians it hates Israel as much as Hamas, the U.S.-designated terrorist organization that governs Gaza, the Fatah party seems to take issue with the idea that it isn't doing enough to fight the Jewish state. The belligerent Facebook message - containing fabricated statistics - was posted on the official home page of Fatah’s Facebook even as representatives of the party founded by the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat were in Cairo for the peace talks.

“Listen well! To whoever does not know Fatah and argues with this giant movement:

Fatah has killed 11,000 Israelis; Fatah has sacrificed 170,000 Martyrs (Shahids)...; Fatah was the first to carry out operations (i.e., terror attacks) during the first Intifada... Fatah was the first to fight in the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005)... Fatah led the Palestinian attack on Israel in the UN... Fatah leads the peaceful popular resistance against Israel... Stop and think before you attack [Fatah]."

Fatah has been led since 2005 by Mahmoud Abbas whose benign international media persona portrays an image of a venerable elder statesman. But
Palestinian Media Watch, which first raised attention to the post, believes Fatah’s highlighting of its terror activities is a tactic designed to appease radicals within its own West Bank, as well as remind elements of Palestinian society clearly attracted by Hamas’ armed opposition to Israel, that Fatah also has terror options at its fingertips - and a track record to prove it.