"One God, one homeland, one enemy, one goal"
unites Hamas, Fatah and Islamic Jihad
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah announced this morning in a Facebook post that the military wings of Hamas, Fatah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are "brothers-in-arms," united by "one God, one homeland, one enemy, one goal."
Text on picture:
One God, one homeland, one enemy, one goal"
[Facebook, "Fatah - The Main Page," July 9, 2014]
The picture shows three fighters from the three organizations' military wings: Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Hamas' Izz A-Din Al-Qassam and Islamic Jihad's Al-Quds Brigades.
Note: The Facebook page where this item was posted, called "Fatah - The Main Page," is an official Fatah Facebook page. The page defines itself as belonging to the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission, and the commission's official website links to this Facebook page.
Fatah's message that they all have "one goal" is significant, as the declared goal of Hamas is destruction of Israel and killing of Jews in the name of Islam. (See Hamas charter.)
Palestinian Media Watch reported that as early as 2009 Mahmoud Abbas said there was no disagreement between Hamas and his Fatah movement:
"There is no disagreement between us [Fatah and Hamas]: About belief? None! About policy? None! About resistance? None! So what do you [Hamas] disagree about? Why are you not signing the [reconciliation] agreement?"
[Official PA TV Dec. 31, 2009]
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PMW has also reported that in Arabic, Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah and PA often stress that their goal is Israel's destruction and eventual replacement by "Palestine" through a series of stages. The killing of Jews has likewise been promoted by senior PA and Fatah officials.