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Azzam Al-Ahmad
Member of Fatah’s Central Committee since 2009, and is responsible for advancing Fatah’s reconciliation with Hamas (official title: Fatah Commissioner of National Relations). In addition, he serves as the head of Fatah’s parliamentary faction. He is also a member of the PLO Executive Committee. On Aug. 2, 2018, he was named as the head of the PLO Department of Arab and Parliamentary Affairs. He is also the Fatah Commissioner for Relations with Lebanon.
Fatah official: We must pursue the occupation “by all the ways and means at our disposal,” whether directly or indirectly through international institutions
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 27, 2016
Official PA TV News, on funeral of Palestinian terrorist murderer Yasser Hamdouni who died while in prison

Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “This crime really drives us to continue pursuing the occupation by all the ways and means at our disposal, whether by direct confrontation with the thieving occupation, or indirect confrontation [with Israel] through the various relevant international institutions. We will not stop and will not be silent until the occupation comes completely to an end, as its crimes will only be eliminated by getting rid of it.”

Yasser Dhiab Hamdouni was serving a life sentence for participating in the murder of Israeli citizen Avner Maimon in the Palestinian town of Ya'abad in the West Bank (June, 12, 2003). Hamdouni, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing), died on Sept. 25, 2016, after collapsing while exercising in the Israeli Rimon Prison yard.

The terms "all means," "peaceful uprising,” and “popular uprising" are ‎often used by PA leaders to refer to events that include violence and deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as rock-throwing, stabbings and even shootings. See ‎Mahmoud Abbas' reference to murderous terror as "peaceful" during the 2015-2016 ‎terror wave (“The Knife Intifada”), which included numerous stabbings, shootings and car ramming attacks in which 40 people were killed (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans and 1 Eritrean) and hundreds wounded:
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=16437
PA and PLO launch campaign to nominate terrorist imprisoned for 5 life sentences for Nobel Peace Prize
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: "National campaign for the candidacy of the prisoner Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize"
     "At the press conference, Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake, Ramallah and El-Bireh District Governor Laila Ghannam, head of the Fatah parliamentary faction Azzam Al-Ahmad, Coordinator of the National and Islamic Forces in the Ramallah and El-Bireh District and Secretary of Foreign Relations of the Supreme Council for Monitoring Prisoners' Affairs Issam Bakr, and Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein spoke one after the other, while Secretary-General of the People's Party and head of the Al-Badil list Bassam Al-Salhi gave a speech in the name of the national forces... Al-Salhi called to increase the efforts and widen the scope of the campaign through the launch of a popular campaign to gather as many signatures as possible in support of Marwan Barghouti's candidacy for the prize, out of an understanding of its significance in refuting the false Israeli version which attempts to define Barghouti and the prisoners as criminals."
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Fatah and PLO official: Israeli “occupation” has been “one of the main sources of terror for more than 60 years”
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Mar. 21, 2016
Headline: "The National Council demands the determination of a definition of terror and its reasons"
     "Azzam Al-Ahmad, [Fatah Central Committee member and] head of the Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union taking place today [March 2, 2016] in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, demanded that a clear definition of the concept of terror and its causes be determined so that we will be able to specify the means to deal with it and remove all its causes… Al-Ahmad emphasized that we, as Palestinians, oppose the Israeli occupation, which has been one of the main sources of terror for more than 60 years, and see how some of the international forces still hold double standards regarding global issues. Al-Ahmad demanded that the world apply international law to the Israeli occupation, which is one of the sources of terror in the Middle East, and wondered why some of the international powers insist on continuing to provide many Arab countries with reasons for anarchy and destruction, and to support the civil wars taking place within them."
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Fatah expresses pride in the “peaceful popular uprising” (i.e., terror wave”)
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Feb. 18, 2016
Headline: "The Fatah parliamentary faction emphasized the importance of establishing a comprehensive national partnership"
     "The parliamentary faction of Fatah held a meeting yesterday, Wednesday [Feb. 17, 2016] in the faction's headquarters in Ramallah, led by Fatah Central Committee member and head of its parliamentary faction Azzam Al-Ahmad… The faction saluted our Palestinian people that is standing strong before the occupation and settlement, and expressed pride in the peaceful popular uprising being waged by our Palestinian people everywhere in order to protect its land and its holy sites, and in an effort to achieve its national rights."
Collection of items honoring Samir Kuntar, "heroic" murderer of 4
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 23, 2015
Samir Kuntar was a Lebanese terrorist who in 1969 infiltrated Israel and murdered four Israelis. Kuntar murdered his youngest victim, four-year-old Einat Haran, by repeatedly smashing her head with his rifle butt. After being released from Israeli prison in 2006, Kuntar joined Hezbollah and was planning terror attacks against Israel when he was killed in an explosion in Syria on Dec. 19, 2015. He was glorified by various PA and Fatah and media outlets as "heroic", a "Martyr" (Shahid), and a "great fighter." 
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Fatah spokesman welcomes "popular uprising" as a "natural response to the escalating crimes of the occupation"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015

Headline: “Fatah’s Nablus [branch] commemorated the anniversary of the Martyrdom of the founder and symbol Yasser Arafat”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad stated that the Fatah movement continues to realize the Palestinian national interest, and called on the Hamas movement to distance itself from anything that delays the reconciliation.
This was stated during the Flag and Keffiyeh Carnival, held yesterday [Nov. 16, 2015] by the Fatah movement in Nablus, with the participation of governmental, national and civil institutions, for the commemoration of the anniversary of leader Yasser Arafat’s Martyrdom…
Moreover, Al-Ahmad referred to the popular uprising and welcomed it, and emphasized that it came as a natural response to the escalating crimes of the occupation against the Palestinian people…
In the same context, the movement organized a central mourning rally to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Martyr Yasser Arafat, and the declaration of the [Palestinian] document of independence in the village of Beit Furik, in the presence of Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul."

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Fatah expresses condolences for terrorist who murdered 2 in the Old City
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2015
Headline: “Fatah delegation expresses condolences over the death of the Martyr Muhannad Halabi and visits the wounded of the aggression (i.e., having killed 2 Israelis, the terrorist was shot and killed)”
       “A Fatah leadership delegation expressed condolences yesterday [Oct. 10, 2015] over the death of Martyr (Shahid) Muhannad Halabi in El-Bireh. Likewise, the delegation visited the wounded of the non-stop Israeli aggression against our people on the West Bank…
In the mourners’ tent, brother Azzam Al-Ahmad spoke in the name of the delegation. He expressed condolences in the name of the Fatah movement, and emphasized that the Palestinian people will continue to protect itself against this aggression, and that it is more determined to fight – whatever the sacrifices might be – until the occupation disappears and its independent state with its capital in Jerusalem will be established.”

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Fatah official: Terrorist who stabbed 1 was “Martyr”, killed by Israel with “false claims”
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 19, 2015
Headline: “Israel will have to account for the crime of murdering Al-Tras, and for all its crimes”
       “Fatah Central Committee member and chairman of its parliament faction Azzam Al-Ahmad said that the occupation will have to account for the crime of the murder of the Martyr youth Muhammad Al-Atras and for all of the crimes it committed against our people. Al-Ahmad added today [Aug. 19, 2015], Wednesday, during his visit to the house of condolences of the Martyr Al-Atras in Kafr Ra’i in the Jenin district, that the killing of Al-Atras is an atrocious crime, and that all of Israel’s attempts to erase it or mislead international public opinion with its false claims will not succeed.”

Muhammad Bassam Abu Amsheh Al-Atras stabbed an Israeli border policeman on Aug. 17, 2015, at the Tapuach checkpoint, and was shot and killed.
PA daily: Abbas refused to not form government with Hamas when asked by the Americans
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 27, 2015
Headline: “Azzam Al-Ahmad, in charge of the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation: Hamas does not want to end the rift”
From an interview with Fatah Central Committee Member Azzam Al-Ahmad, who is in charge of the reconciliation with Hamas, to the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida 
     “Three days after we received the Egyptian document (i.e., the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, under Egyptian patronage), US Senator George Mitchell phoned. This was at 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2009. He started speaking in a most honorable, polite manner. I remember he began by saying: ‘Mr. President, [US] President Obama and the US government respect you, and we request that you not send a representative on your behalf to Cairo to sign the document.’ Later, Mitchel shifted to a threatening language and said: ‘We, the government, cannot control Congress, which threatens to halt aid to the Palestinian Authority if you sign the document with Hamas.’
President Mahmoud Abbas responded immediately: ‘Mr. Mitchel, the unity of our people means more than the satisfaction of Congress, and all the money in the world.’”
Fatah official: "We haven't abandoned our strategy... of armed struggle... but the current stage is of peaceful resistance and negotiations"
Source: Al-Jazeera, May 1, 2014
Al-Jazeera interviewed Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: : “We in the Fatah movement haven’t abandoned our strategy, through which we taught the parties of the region – all the parties of the region – the meaning of armed struggle.”
Interviewer: “[So] this reconciliation [between Fatah and Hamas] and this agreement don’t clash with the issue of Fatah having chosen the path of reconciliation and Hamas, the path of struggle? will you not argue about this issue?”
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “No, no. First of all, brother Ahmed, the current facts are: In the National Reconciliation Document of 2006, we agreed to the Arab Peace Initiative, and to a state within the June 4, [1967] borders, and Hamas signed it.... We began discussing peaceful popular resistance, for the time being. Even after Oslo, we engaged in armed struggle with Israel. Have we forgotten that in the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), over 4,000 Martyrs (Shahids) fell – most of them from among the [PA] security personnel? Have we forgotten this?”
Interviewer: “Meaning, Fatah hasn’t ruled out the option of armed resistance?”
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “No. We haven’t ruled it out. Read our charter – we haven’t ruled it out, but the current stage is the stage of peaceful resistance and negotiations. If we are forced to return to the other forms [of struggle] – to violence and so on – Israel will be responsible for that – since it didn’t abide by what it had signed – and the United States, which favored Israel and shirked the decisions of the international institutions.”

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Fatah official claims active PA involvement in second Intifada
Source: Jordanian TV, Dec. 27, 2013
Interview with Fatah Central Committee Member Azzam Al-Ahmad on Jordan TV’s Third Opinion program.
Al-Ahmad: “Armed operations serve the negotiations. All freedom movements end up sitting at the negotiating table.”
Host: “In other words, you – the Palestinian Authority – don’t oppose armed resistance to the occupation?”
Al-Ahmad: “Certainly not. It is the PLO, not the [Palestinian] Authority, who is in charge of the negotiations… In ’82, they wanted to eliminate the Palestinian revolution. After ’82,
they didn’t [succeed], and the [armed] operations continued – albeit on a lower scale… We moved away from the border. The first Intifada (i.e. the first Palestinian wave of violence against Israel, 1988-1993) was born in ’87 and did wonders, and in its wake, in ’88, came the declaration of independence. (i.e., when Arafat declared Palestinian independence in Algeria).
Therefore, the struggle and the operations continued. We came to Oslo, even in Oslo, even after Oslo, [in] the ‘Prisoners’ Intifada’… Martyrs (Shahids) were killed. Operations did not stop. And because of Israel – the Tunnel Intifada, the excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the Palestinian people rose up and there were military confrontations. Afterwards, after the failure of the second Camp David [summit], (sic; should be Arafat, Ed.) told Clinton: ‘We will never give up Jerusalem and the right of the refugees. Before I sign, you’ll see my funeral in Palestine.’ Then came the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign, 2000-2005) in which Martyrs. So the resistance does not stop.”
[Jordanian TV Dec. 27, 2013; posted on YouTube on Jan. 27, 2014]

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Abbas Rep.: "We struggle, negotiate, fight… we choose the forms of struggle according to existing conditions”
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 4, 2013
Palestine Live TV broadcast a rally held in honor of released terrorists from Jenin, which was attended by many PA officials. A large sign announced that the event was held under the auspices of Abbas.
Host of the event: “Now, we call on Azzam Al-Ahmad - Abu Nidaa - member of the Fatah Movement’s Central Committee, to deliver the President [Abbas]’ speech, we will now all salute His Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas, Abu Mazen.”
Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad: “Mothers and families of our brave prisoners, brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen, I send you President Mahmoud Abbas’ greetings in this celebration of the release of a new group of our heroes, our brave prisoners, who have been a new example of endurance, resolve and giving, and who taught how to sacrifice… We say to Marwan [Barghouti] and to Ahmad Sa’adat and to our thousands of prisoners: Be assured that we will celebrate [your release] shortly. There are no life sentences under any circumstances. Our revolution that has been described as the revolution of the impossible, yes, it is the longest revolution in history. We do not know despair, true, we are taking a circuitous route but we will achieve our goals. We struggle, negotiate, fight – the popular resistance is escalating and expanding, and we choose the forms of struggle according to the existing conditions.”

Note: Click "full article" below to view a longer transcript of the event. The "full article" also includes descriptions of the released terrorists who were being honored as well as descriptions of the imprisoned terrorists mentioned by Azzam Al-Ahmad.
Song educating children to carry weapons performed at PA ceremony honoring released terrorists
Source: Official PA TV Live, Nov. 4, 2013
Palestine Live TV broadcast a rally held in honor of released terrorists from Jenin, which was attended by many PA officials. A large sign announced that the event was held under the auspices of Abbas.
During the event, a singer sang songs praising the prisoners, including “Mother, marry me off,” which promotes educating children to carry weapons, while the audience danced and lifted the released prisoners up on their shoulders:

Lyrics of “Mother, marry me off:
"My country is Arab, filled with freedom,
Oh mother, marry me off to a Palestinian girl.
Mother, a daughter of the land, with a happy nature,
who will raise my children on carrying the rifle."

Note: Click "full article" below to view a longer transcript of the event. The "full article" also includes descriptions of the released terrorists who were being honored.
Fatah official propagates libel that Israel wants to rule “from the Nile to the Euphrates”
Source: Official PA TV Live, Jan. 4, 2013
Azzam Al-Ahmad, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, spoke on a PA TV Live broadcast from a Jordanian celebration of Fatah Day.
     Azzam Al-Ahmad: “Our campaign against the Zionists was not a Palestinian-Israeli campaign, but rather an Arab campaign against the forces of old-style colonialism and the Zionist dream, [a campaign] that aimed to defend the entire Arab region. We, as Palestinians, remain the spearhead, and we were never anything else… We defended Lebanon, we defended Medina. Do we not know that they (i.e., the Jews) dream of a state reaching from the Nile to the Euphrates? ...We say to our brothers who do not grasp the reality of the situation (lit. 'who have been struck by color blindness'): ‘We are involved in a campaign of the entire Arab nation. We aren’t in a campaign that is Palestine’s alone. This puts us all in the same trench.’”
Fatah official: The PA "continues in the path" of terrorist Abu Jihad, "the Prince of Martyrs"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 23, 2012
     "Member of the Fatah Central Committee, Azzam Al-Ahmad, said that if Israel continues to maintain its positions rejecting our people's rights, all options – including the armed struggle – are open to us. He added, 'The Fatah movement, which has engaged in the armed struggle since the start of its activity, is ready to return to that option if Israel continues to deny the rights of the Palestinian people - but within the framework of national consensus regarding the use of the armed struggle approach, far removed from conflicts and opportunism.'… He emphasized: 'The Palestinian authority continues in the path of the Martyrs (Shahids) – the prince of Martyrs, Abu Jihad, and the master of Martyrs, Yasser Arafat. We shall fight the occupation through more activity on the ground, and our message to the occupation is that this is our land, and that we will establish more projects on it. This land is ours, it will be ours alone, and the occupation will disappear.'"

Note: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
PA Chairman Abbas supports Sudanese president accused of Darfur genocide
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 28, 2010
In addition to glorifying Palestinian terrorists, Mahmoud Abbas, recently glorified the Sudanese President, who is under indictment for genocide and war crimes connected to the slaughter of 2 million in Darfur.
Azzam Al-Ahmad, member of Fatah Central Committee:

     "President Abbas's letter says that the Palestinian people and its leadership stand side by side with the brother country Sudan, and that they have complete faith in the wisdom of President Omar Al-Bashir in coping with these dangers. We emphasize our complete willingness to stand with Sudan in everything it wants and in the way it wants, in order to support the unity of the land of Sudan and its people."
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