Adherence to the “armed struggle” still prominent in Abbas' Fatah party
adherence to the "armed struggle"
[Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page", Jan. 21, 2015]
by Nan Jacques Zilberdik
On a poster showing an olive branch, a white dove, a rifle and a bullet, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party stated that it has not "thrown down the rifle." :
"Fatah - We have not taken up the olive branch in order to throw down the rifle. We have taken up the olive branch in order to give the land of the olive trees its identity back. Let all those who lose their way know that Fatah will remain the beacon of the [Palestinian] cause."
[Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page," Jan. 21, 2015]
To further legitimize its continued commitment to the armed struggle, Fatah quoted Mahmoud Abbas in another Facebook post, showing that he is an advocate of armed struggle:
Abbas' phrase "everything in its time" alludes to the PA policy of alternating between the use of terror and diplomacy, whichever the PA deems the most beneficial at any given time.
Fatah and its senior officials often reiterate their adherence to the armed struggle. Recently, Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki "emphasized that it is the right of the Palestinian people to use all forms of resistance, including armed struggle." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2015] Fatah also continues to express its veneration for the rifle, as documented by Palestinian Media Watch. Fatah does this extensively on Facebook using visuals, as in the following examples:
A poster marking Fatah's 50th anniversary
shows a large bullet, and a masked man
armed with a rifle inside the bullet's tip. The text in Arabic and
English repeats Fatah's slogan "Revolution until
victory" and additional text says: "For Palestine - the nation and the land." [Facebook page of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission, Dec. 28, 2014] This picture also appears as the profile picture of the official Facebook page of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission.
Text on image: "Fatah - the first stone and the first bullet."
Jan. 24, 2015]
To emphasize the praiseworthiness of the armed struggle, Fatah also honored one of the planners of the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972."Yours is the greatness of men and the pride of heroes, for you fell as a Martyr while fighting," Abbas' movement wrote, honoring Ali Hassan Salameh, "the Red Prince," who was a commander of operations of the Black September terror group. In the same post on Facebook, Fatah praised itself as "the ongoing revolution and the torch of the armed struggle." [Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page", Jan. 21, 2015]