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Fatah official: Prisons and graves are filled with Fatah members who fought with Israel “without being instructed to do so by the leadership”

Al-Quds, Palestinian daily  |
Headline: “2016 will be the closing of the page of relying on talks and negotiations and the beginning of self-fulfillment in the field”
“Fatah Central Committee Member [and Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China] Abbas Zaki told… the Al-Quds [newspaper]: ‘On the occasion of this event (i.e., the celebrations of the anniversary of the launch of Fatah), we ask Allah, first, to have mercy on the Martyrs’ (Shahids) souls, and we recall the heroic acts, the first prisoner, the first Martyr, and the large number of Israeli fatalities in the Hijazi operation (Mahmoud Hijazi attempted to blow up Israel’s National Water Carrier in 1965. In contrast to Zaki’s statement, Israel did not suffer any casualties –Ed.)… The Fatah Central Committee member added: ‘Despite the deceptive peace process, the [Israeli] prisons are filled with Fatah members, and the graves are also overflowing with them.’ In addition, he emphasized that history will bear witness that most young people who walked the path of light to Heaven are Fatah members, [who have done it] without being instructed to do so by the leadership. He stated: ‘We now concur that the Intifada will soon become a civil rebellion, and that we should regulate our internal situation and restore the appreciation and veneration of the PLO which almost disappeared in the absence of its departments and plans.”

Intilaqa – "The Launch" – the launch of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison but was released in 1971 and returned to Lebanon in an exchange deal with Fatah for Shmuel Rozenvasser, an Israeli citizen who was abducted by Fatah terrorists in 1970.

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