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PA not a suitable peace partner, as shown by PMW documentation

Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn  |

The Palestinian Authority
is Not the Answer in Gaza

by Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

The PA was created in 1994 by the Palestine Liberation Organization. The dominant faction of the PLO is Fatah. In those days, Yasser Arafat was chairman of Fatah, the PLO, and the PA. His successor, Mahmoud Abbas, now chairs all three. How has Abbas’ Fatah responded to the current Gaza conflict?

On the very first day of the war, Fatah’s official Facebook page, called “Fatah – The Main Page” posted what it called “A message to the Israeli government and the Israeli people.” Here’s what Abbas’ Fatah had to say to Israelis as hundreds of rockets were being fired at them from Gaza: “Death will reach you from the south to the north. Flee our country and you won’t die. The KN-103 rocket is on its way toward you.”

And that was just the beginning.

On July 9, a cartoon on the Fatah Facebook page, titled “Israel Fires Rockets at Gaza,” showed an Israeli bomb, adorned with a huge swastika, about to strike a Palestinian child. (It’s worth recalling that years ago, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, among others, has said that comparing Israel to the Nazis was anti-Semitic.) (PMW Ed. note: Click to view the cartoon on PMW's website)

Perhaps the most telling item of all on Fatah’s Facebook page is a dramatic full-color illustration of three heavily-armed Palestinians – one from Hamas, one from Islamic Jihad, and one from Fatah, standing together. The text reads: “Brothers in Arms: One God, one homeland, one enemy, one goal!” If anyone doubts whose side Fatah is on, this makes it crystal clear. (PMW Ed. note: Click to view the PMW bulletin on this)

A video segment on Fatah’s Facebook page shows a masked Fatah member standing amidst a huge arsenal of rockets, declaring: “Praise Allah, our jihad fighters have managed to develop these rockets so they will reach the Zionist depth, Allah willing, to a distance of 45 kilometers inside the occupied Palestinian territories…With these rockets we will liberate our Jerusalem. With these rockets we will crush the Zionist enemy…” (PMW Ed. note: Click to view the video on PMW's website.)

And Fatah’s assault has not been limited to words. On July 7, Fatah’s Facebook page announced that Fatah’s military unit, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, “targeted the enemy’s bases and settlements with 35 rockets.” ‎(All translations courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch.) (PMW Ed. note: Click to view the item on PMW's website)


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