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PA Terror Campaign - October 2015 - 2016
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Confusion about Israel-Arab affairs is often the result of incomplete or false historical information. This section clarifies some of the pressing questions of Israeli-Arab history by showing actual events, eye witness accounts, and other documentation of historical significance.
PA Terror Campaign - October 2015 - 2016

In the beginning of October 2015, Palestinans launched a wave of terror attacks against Israelis. The attacks included numerous stabbings, shootings, rock throwings, car rammings and Molotov cocktail throwings. In total, 40 people were killed (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans and 1 Eritrean) and hundreds were wounded:
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/ForeignPolicy/Terrorism/Palestinian/Pages/Wave-of-terror-October-2015.aspx]
46.4% of West Bank youth support knife attacks; 47.4% oppose them 
Source: The Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, Apr. 1, 2016
Poll carried out by The Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, which interviewed "a random sample of 1000 people over the age of 15-29" in the West Bank and Gaza between April 13-19, 2016.
     "While 47.4% of youths in the West Bank opposed knife attacks, 78.6% of youths in the Gaza Strip supported their continuation. Furthermore, 21.1% of respondents from Gaza opposed knife attacks while 46.4% of youths polled in the West Bank support them. "
Majority of Palestinian youth believe current terror wave "serves the Palestinian cause" 
Source: The Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, Apr. 1, 2016
Poll carried out by The Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, which interviewed "a random sample of 1000 people over the age of 15-29" in the West Bank and Gaza between April 13-19, 2016.
     "As for the current uprising/unrest, 40.9% of youths polled in the West Bank and 66.6% of those in Gaza believe it serves the Palestinian cause, while 23.3% in the West Bank and 17.8% in Gaza said it harmed the Palestinian cause.
29.3% of Palestinian youth believe terror wave will end when "its goals are reached"; 29.2% believe it will end "without achieving its goals" 
Source: The Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, Apr. 1, 2016
Poll carried out by The Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, which interviewed "a random sample of 1000 people over the age of 15-29" in the West Bank and Gaza between April 13-19, 2016.
     "29.3% of youths polled believe in general that the uprising will end when its goals are reached while 29.2% believe it will end without achieving its goals. Furthermore, 35.3% said it would develop into a fully-fledged uprising. "
51.5% of West Bank youth support the continuation of the current uprising while 44.3% oppose it 
Source: The Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, Apr. 1, 2016
Poll carried out by The Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, which interviewed "a random sample of 1000 people over the age of 15-29" in the West Bank and Gaza between April 13-19, 2016.

Fatah praises those carrying out "car rammings" and "stabbings" as having "boldness" and "courage" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Mar. 31, 2016
Headline: “Wattan publishes a worksheet for the members of the Fatah Revolutionary Council regarding the revolution and the popular resistance, and the internal situation”

“The [independent Palestinian] Wattan news agency has obtained a worksheet from members of the Fatah Revolutionary Council regarding the revolution and the popular resistance (reference to wave of Palestinian terror attacks, September 2015-April 2016 –Ed.), and the internal situation of the movement.

Wattan is publishing the full text as it was received.

The main lesson from the present wave of popular revolution is that our heroic people is a living people with a living and just cause, which has inherited its revolution from [previous] generations, and that all the various [bodies] and factors acting against the revolution have not weakened the willpower of this people and its determination to liberate its land from the occupation. The generation that is now participating in this revolution has grown up under different conditions from those of previous generations, and yet it continues its (i.e., the people’s) will, but through different ways and means that require exceptional personal and collective boldness and courage. All of these have been expressed in the car ramming and stabbing operations carried out by individuals, with the active participation of all parts of our people of all ages, men and women alike, and in the fact that this revolution has spread over the entire homeland – the cities, villages, refugee camps, and the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel)…"

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PLO calls “to expand the popular uprising” (i.e., terror wave) “in order to protect Jerusalem, the holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 31, 2016
     Headline: “The Department of Refugee Affairs demands to expand the popular uprising and join efforts to deal with the settlements”
“The PLO Department of Refugee Affairs emphasized yesterday [March 30, 2016] that Land Day was a day of fierce Palestinian defiance against the stealing of the land and its expropriation by the occupation, and a significant turning point in the history our people’s struggle in the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel) in the West Bank and Gaza…
The department saluted our people in the West Bank and Jerusalem and their uprising, which has been going on for 5 months (i.e., wave of Palestinian terror attacks 2015-2016), in order to protect Jerusalem, the holy sites, and the land. [It also saluted] our people in the territories occupied in 1948 (i.e., Israel), who stand firm in the face of the occupation’s racist policy.
The department stressed that our people will turn each and every one of its days into a day of protecting the land from the [Israeli] plans and actions to erode it, swallow it, and establish the despicable occupation on it. It stressed that the popular resistance to the settlement enterprise, the occupation, and its settler herds must be escalated, until it (i.e., Israel) is banished from all the territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Palestine.”

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Jenin district and Fatah official honor families of "Martyrs" from 2015-2016 terror wave as well as two terrorists who murdered Israelis in the 80s and 90s 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2016
Headline: “Jenin marked Land Day by honoring the Martyrs of the popular uprising”
     “The National Union of Martyrs’ Families in the Jenin district marked Land Day yesterday [March 29, 2016] by honoring the families of the popular uprising’s (i.e., reference to wave of Palestinian terror attacks, 2015-2016) Martyrs (Shahids) from the district and from within the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel). The ceremony for the event took place in the hall of the [PA] National Security Forces’ camp Horsh Al-Saada, sponsored by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, and in the presence of Jenin district Deputy Governor Kamal Abu Al-Rub and Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki…
Zaki stated: ‘Land Day is an important event in the Palestinian memory and a day of Palestinian confrontation of the Israeli settlement policy and the Judaization, uprooting, and land levelling actions.’ He praised the sacrifices made by the Martyrs, prisoners, and injured, who give us hope to continue the struggle until the achievement of the legal rights of our people, first among them the emptying of the prisons, and the release of our people’s leaders. Likewise, he condemned the fact that the world is silent and leans towards Israel, which continues its terror against our people, and called for national unity and the ending of the rift [between Fatah and Hamas]… The ceremony included… the honoring of relatives of 21 Martyrs, and the honoring of the families of Martyrs Omar Al-Naif and Ayman Jaradat.”

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PA governor representing Abbas: Israel “massacres” Palestinians and “kills any Palestinian based on suspicion alone”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2016
Headline: “Ramallah: The Political and National Orientation Authority marked Land Day”
     “The Political and National Orientation Authority marked the 40th anniversary of the eternal Land Day yesterday [March 29, 2016] in a ceremony it held in Ramallah.
Present at the ceremony were District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, as representative of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, Official Spokesman of the PA Security Forces Adnan Al-Damiri, and the head of the Committee of Arab Monitoring in the 1948 Territories (i.e., Israel), Muhammad Barakeh.
Ghannam said in a speech she gave on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas: ‘The occupation insists on carrying out many massacres against our people, and there is a decision to kill any Palestinian based on suspicion alone, while the world maintains its silence. Therefore, we must act to expose the occupation’s crimes.’ …
Barakeh said: ‘All the acts of struggle being carried out by our people are only intended to achieve freedom and honor and the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.’ … Likewise, he noted that the occupation forces are destroying villages in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel) in order to expel their residents and establish settlement blocs.”

Land Day – an annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and settlement purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.
Palestinian scout leader presents killer of 3 as role model for kids: He was "an example for every scout," "died as a Martyr while fulfilling his holy duty" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 30, 2016

Headline: “The Jenin scout group in the Al-Badawi [refugee camp in Lebanon] celebrates the anniversary of its founding”
     “As part of the events held by the Jenin scout group in honor of the 14th anniversary of its founding, under the title “Scouting in your way, O [scout] leader Baha [Alyan],” an activity to determine [the members’] blood type was held at the group’s headquarters. The [scout] leader Jamal Fa’our said that the [scout] leader Martyr (Shahid) Baha Alyan is an example for every scout, and noted that Baha died as a Martyr while fulfilling his holy duty.”
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Jerusalem line 78 bus terror attack - On Oct. 13, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists, Baha Alyan (22) and Bilal Ghanem (23) boarded Israeli bus no. 78 in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood with a gun and a knife and attacked passengers, killing Israelis Chaim Haviv (78) and Alon Govberg (51), and wounding 4 Israelis. Alyan was shot and killed by an Israeli security guard at the scene and Ghanem, a Hamas terrorist who served time in Israeli prison in 2013-2014, was wounded. Two weeks after the attack on Oct. 27, a 3rd victim in the attack, Richard Lakin (76), died from his wounds.
PMW letter to Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs: Fatah promotes terror  
Source: PMW, Mar. 29, 2016
PMW sent a letter to the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs responding to his statement that Fatah is moderate. PMW proves that Fatah engages in terror glorification and promotion and calls on the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs to reasses Denmark's relation to Fatah.
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Fatah official Zaki encourages "the current uprising" to be "as widespread as possible" – in lecture at a university in Ramallah 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 29, 2016
Headline: “Abbas Zaki lectures at Modern University College on the developments of the Palestinian cause”
      “Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki gave a lecture yesterday at the Modern University College in Ramallah, in honor of the approaching anniversary of the Karameh battle…
Zaki demanded that public popular activity in the current uprising be as widespread as possible, as the participation of all parties, factions, movements, and groups of society will guarantee achievement of the goals. Zaki saluted the souls of the [Martyrs of the] popular uprising, including four Martyrs from the University College.”

The Karameh battle, or Al-Karameh - On March 21, 1968, Israeli army forces attacked the town of Karameh in Jordan, where Fatah terrorists had been launching attacks on Israel. Although Israel prevailed militarily, Arafat used the event for propaganda purposes, declaring the battle a great victory that erased the disgrace of the 1967 Six Day War defeat.
At stabber’s funeral, PA official and Fatah rep. both stressed “adherence to the peaceful struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 29, 2016
Headline: “Jenin bids Martyr Samer Al-Sirisi farewell”
      “Crowds in Jenin accompanied the body of Martyr (Shahid) Samer Al-Sirisi to burial after the occupation authorities handed over the body to his family two days ago [Dec. 27, 2015]. Al-Sirisi died as a Martyr near the Tapuach checkpoint south of Nablus, after he was shot near the checkpoint, under the pretext that he attempted to carry out a stabbing operation (i.e. knife terror attack) on the 26th of last month...Jenin district Deputy Governor Mansour Al-Sa’adi, conveyed the condolences of the district governor and the district family to the Martyr’s relatives and his family, and emphasized the adherence to the peaceful struggle until the establishment of the Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital... [Director of the Palestinian prisoner’s club in Jenin] Ragheb Abu Diak, emphasized the continuation of the peaceful struggle in a speech in the name of Fatah and [Palestinian] National and Islamic Forces in Jenin, and at the same time sent a message to the world, concerning the need to act to put an end to the Israeli occupation’s violations against our Palestinian people... The Fatah movement and the Martyr’s family announced the opening of a mourning tent to receive those coming to console [them] on Sirisi’s Martyrdom, after the family was finally able to bury him in the ground of Jenin.”

Samer Al-Sirisi – a 51-year-old Palestinian terrorist who attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at the Tapuach junction south of Nablus. Al-Sirisi was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.
50.7% of Palestinian youth are following the Palestinian news and social media about the 2015-2016 terror wave 
Source: Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD), Mar. 28, 2016
Q: “Which statement best describes your level of interest in the ongoing protests since October 2015 (demonstrations, confrontations at contact areas, attacks on settlers and other Israelis)?”


Note: “[On] March 18-22, AWRAD conducted a survey of 1,200 Palestinian youth (18-52 years old) in the West Bank and Gaza.”
Fatah official claims PA did not lead the terror wave but that "it must be guarded and legitimized"  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Mar. 27, 2016
Headline: "Abbas Zaki: We must utilize all of the changes for the benefit of the Palestinian cause"
        "Fatah Central Committee member… [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas] Zaki emphasized that the popular uprising is a prime example of the Palestinian people being ahead of its leadership, and mentioned the pride of the late president Yasser Arafat in being connected to a people that is ahead of its leaders. Likewise, he emphasized that this uprising must be guarded and legitimized, politically and publicly, and noted that this uprising has shamed the occupation and exposed its nudity."
Fatah Twitter posts image of knife, claims Israel is “forcing” young Palestinians to stab Israelis  
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Mar. 27, 2016

Text and image tweeted from the official Fatah Twitter account on March 27, 2016

Tweeted text: "Israel is forcing the young Palestinians to follow this path to Jerusalem. Leave our land, you, your occupation, and your soldiers, and let us live in peace."

The image shows a knife with the Dome of the Rock in the center of it.
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Israeli soldier as stabber and executor 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 26, 2016


Text in upper right corner:
"Stabbing attempt"
Text attributed to soldier: "We tried to stab him and did not succeed, so we shot him"

The image shows an Israeli soldier holding a knife and a smoking gun. It libels Israelis as the ones carrying out violence and trying to kill Palestinians with all means.
This appeared 6 months into a wave of Palestinian terror attacks that included stabbings, shootings and car rammings in which more than 30 Israelis were killed.

This cartoon was published shortly after an incident in Hebron on March 24, 2016, in which terrorist Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sharif , who stabbed an Israeli soldier, was shot and killed by an Israeli soldier after appearing to have already been neutralized. The soldier who shot him stated that he suspected that Al-Sharif was about to blow up an explosive belt hidden under his clothing. The incident was investigated by Israeli authorities and the soldier was charged with manslaughter.
Fatah official at event honoring mothers of prisoners “emphasized the importance of the continuation of the popular resistance” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 25, 2016
Headline: “The Prisoners’ Club honored the mothers of the prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment”
     “The [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club, together with the Ramallah and El-Bireh district and Fatah’s [Ramallah and El-Bireh] branch, organized a ceremony yesterday [March 24, 2016], in the building of the Orthodox Club in Ramallah, honoring the mothers of prisoners [serving] life sentences… Secretary of Fatah’s [Ramallah and El-Bireh branch] Muwaffaq Sahwil warmly blessed the prisoners’ mothers in honor of Mother’s Day, and mentioned the important events that have befallen the Palestinian people during this month, including the anniversary of the Al-Karameh battle and Land Day which approaches. Likewise, he emphasized the importance of the continuation of the popular resistance in response to the occupation’s crimes… At the end of the ceremony, 87 mothers of prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment were honored.”

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Official PA daily calls two terrorists who stabbed and ran over Israelis “Martyrs”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 22, 2016
Headline: "The occupation decided to hand over the bodies of the Jerusalem Martyrs Manasrah and Eskafi"

"The occupation authorities decided yesterday, Monday [March 21, 2016], to hand over the bodies of two Jerusalem Martyrs (Shahids) (i.e., terrorists who stabbed and tried to kill Israelis by car ramming) to their families after midnight so that they can bury them in the Lion's Gate cemetery in the city, after they were held in refrigerators for several months…

It should be noted that the child Martyr [Hassan] Manasrah ascended [to Heaven] on Oct. 12, 2015 in the settlement of Pisgat Ze'ev, which is located on the lands of Beit Hanina, while Martyr [Omar] Eskafi ascended [to Heaven] on Dec. 6, 2015 in West Jerusalem."

Pisgat Ze'ev stabbing attack - On Oct. 12, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists, Hassan ‎Manasrah (15) and Ahmad Manasrah (13), stabbed Yossef Ben Shalom (21) in the Pisgat ‎Ze'ev neighborhood of East Jerusalem, and then repeatedly stabbed Naor Ben Ezra (13) who was riding his bike. Hassan Manasrah was killed while fleeing the scene, and Ahmad Manasrah was shot by Israeli police and hospitalized. Both victims of the attack were seriously injured. The terrorists, who were cousins, came from the nearby Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina.

Omar Eskafi – 21-year-old Palestinian terrorist who rammed his car into 2 Israelis on Yermiyahu St. in Jerusalem on Dec. 6, 2015, and then got out of his car and stabbed an Israeli policeman. Eskafi was shot and killed by an Israeli soldier.
UN bodies and European governments support Palestinian NGO that honored killer of 3 with human reading chain 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 22, 2016
Headline: “Chain of readers in Hebron to commemorate Martyr Alyan”
     “Dozens of female activists and mothers took part in a chain of readers to commemorate Martyr (Shahid) Baha Alyan, on the occasion of National Reading Day, March 8 [International Women's Day], and Mother’s Day [March 21], in the presence of the Martyr’s parents. The activity was held in Ibn Rashed square in the center of Hebron, by the Rural Women's Development Society and the Union of Working Palestinian Women's Committees, under the title ‘Do not turn me into another number, which you count today and forget tomorrow.’
The participants emphasized that the concept of reading should be rooted [in the Palestinian people] due to its significance to the national awakening, and held signs condemning the occupation’s actions and others that encourage citizens to read.”
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Jerusalem line 78 bus terror attack - On Oct. 13, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists, Baha Alyan (22) and Bilal Ghanem (23) boarded Israeli bus no. 78 in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood with a gun and a knife and attacked passengers, killing Israelis Chaim Haviv (78) and Alon Govberg (51),and wounding 4 Israelis. Alyan was shot and killed by an Israeli security guard at the scene and Ghanem, a Hamas terrorist who served time in Israeli prison in 2013-2014, was wounded. Two weeks after the attack on Oct. 27, a 3rd victim in the attack, Richard Lakin (76), died from his wounds.

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Fatah official praises “Martyrs who sacrificed their blood in order to obtain Martyrdom for Allah” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Mar. 22, 2016
    “[Fatah’s] student movement Shabiba’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs cell at the Palestine Polytechnic University held a rally today [March 22, 2016] to honor the outstanding students... [and was held] in the presence of Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki… In a speech [in the name of] Fatah, Abbas Zaki praised… the Martyrs of Al-Karameh and of the Palestinian rebellion, and added: ‘Their belief in their ideology and their adherence to the Palestinian right [to statehood] is the path that has led the Martyrs of the Jerusalem uprising (reference to wave of Palestinian terror attacks 2015-2016 –Ed.), who have been guided by nothing but absolute faith.’ Likewise, he mentioned the importance of the adherence to the basic principles and what the great Martyrs - Yasser Arafat, Abd Al-Qader Al-Husseini (i.e., Arab commander in the 1948 war) and Ahmed Yassin (i.e., founder of terrorist organization Hamas), the anniversary of whose death falls today – died for. In addition, he expressed appreciation of the enormous sacrifices made by the Palestinian people and its students, and in particular the Martyrs who sacrificed their blood in order to obtain Martyrdom (Shahada) for Allah and for the freedom of the land that was stolen.”

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