Macabre demonstration of borders of
"Palestine" by Fatah
Dying terrorist's blood photo-shopped to form
map of "Palestine"
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Abbas' Fatah and the Palestinian Authority never miss an opportunity to demonstrate to their people that their vision of "the State of Palestine" encompasses all of Israel, leaving little meaning to Abbas' claim that he accepts the two-state solution, which he repeats when addressing international forums.
Illustrating "Palestine's" borders, Fatah's official Facebook page sported the macabre photo above, of a dying terrorist and her trickling blood, with the text:
"This is the blood that drew the borders of the State of Palestine"
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 14, 2016]
The photo-shopped image shows the shape of the map of "Palestine" including the PA areas as well as all of Israel, formed by the blood of terrorist Yasmin Al-Zaru Tamimi, a 20-year-old female terrorist, who was shot when she tried to stab an Israeli soldier near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron on Feb. 14, 2016. Part of the map is her actual blood, while some was added to the photo. Tamimi later died of her wounds in an Israeli hospital.
The PA Presidential Guards posted a similar message on Facebook, linking "children" with the ideal of spilling one's blood for "Palestine" and a map that includes the PA areas as well as all of Israel with a Palestinian flag over it:
Text on image, under map: "Children of a people like the people of Palestine, which watered the freedom with blood, will undoubtedly be victorious
The Palestinian Presidential Guards"
[Official Facebook page of the PA Presidential Guards, Nov. 19, 2015]
The identical message denying Israel the right to exist is presented by the dozens of pictures posted by the PA National Security Forces on Facebook, misrepresenting all of Israel as an "occupation." Two examples among many:
"Good evening, occupied Jaffa"
[Facebook page of the Palestinian National Security Forces, Nov. 20, 2015]
Jaffa is part of Tel Aviv.
"Good evening, occupied Acre"
[Facebook page of the Palestinian National Security Forces, Jan. 14, 2016]
Acre is in northern Israel.
The message that the PA's goal is destruction of Israel is also expressed verbally. A member of Fatah's youth movement Shabiba, Haitham Abu Radwan, explained on Fatah TV that that for Fatah the goal and "primary principle" remains "a Palestinian state from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River," which means Israel's destruction:
"Today, after decades of Zionist occupation, the young Palestinians and the current Fatah generation prove each day that the Fatah movement is the pioneer, the movement that did and still does bring about the victories, because its primary principle is the liberation of Palestine from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River. This is the principle upon which we have been educated and which was taught to us by the elder, Yasser Arafat. For this reason, the young Palestinians began the popular uprising, which still [continues] today with stabbing and car-ramming operations (i.e., terror attacks) and popular uprising through rock-throwing at every point of confrontation and conflict with the Zionist. The establishment of Fatah 51 years ago, and its anniversary today, are a single message: That its goal is the liberation of Palestine and a Palestinian state from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River with Jerusalem as its capital."
[Fatah-run Awdah TV, Jan. 1, 2016]
Dozens of maps presenting a world without Israel appear every month at PA and Fatah events, on PA TV and in the official media. The following are some of these many recent examples:
Today, Fatah posted the above image of a girl with the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in the background, with PA flags flying over them, and the outline of a map of "Palestine" that includes the PA areas, as well as all of Israel, superimposed over her.
Text posted and in image: "A happy morning to you"
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 18, 2016]
Fatah's logo for its celebrations of its 51st. anniversary incorporated the map of "Palestine," which erases all of Israel. The number "1" in the number "51" on the logo is shaped like the PA's map of "Palestine." This logo started appearing on posts on Fatah's Twitter account and Fatah's Facebook page a few weeks prior to the anniversary on Jan. 1, 2016:
Text above image: "A promise is a promise, and an oath is an oath, the anniversary is approaching Jan. 1"
Text on image: "A promise is a promise, and an oath is an oath
Long live the anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian revolution
Jan. 1, 1965
Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission"
[Fatah Twitter account, Dec. 12, 2015]
Fatah also applied this logo to a poster showing PA Chairman Abbas waving a document on which is written "The State of Palestine." It is a picture from his UN speech in 2011, in which he formally announced the submission of a request that Palestine be accepted as a member of the UN. Paired with the logo that erases all of Israel, this is a strong statement of Fatah's definition of the future borders of "the State of Palestine":
"The revolution continues
Text in image: "Palestinian National Liberation Movement - Fatah
Long live the 51st anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa) of the Palestinian revolution
The revolution continues"
[Official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement, Dec. 23, 2015]
The same logo appeared as a sculpture at a Fatah celebration:
Text above photos: "Photos of the Qalqilya branch of Fatah's celebration of the anniversary of the launch (Intilaqa) of the Fatah rebel."
Photos show a sculptured sign on which is written "51" with the number "1" shaped as the map of "Palestine" including the PA areas as well as all of Israel. Under "51" is written: "The revolution continues"
[Official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement, Dec. 31, 2015]
Fatah posted this picture of someone climbing a flag pole, with the Palestinian flag.
Text above picture: "Good morning to you"
Text in picture: "Good morning" - the third letter in the word "morning" is drawn as a map of "Palestine" including both the PA areas and all of Israel.
[Official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement, Nov. 7, 2015]
A cartoon in the official PA daily creatively shaped the door of a tent like the PA map of "Palestine" that erases all of Israel:
Text in cartoon: "Tents of Martyrs' (Shahids') families whose homes were destroyed"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 16, 2016]
"Homes destroyed" refers to Israel's demolition of homes belonging to terrorists who carried out attacks against Israelis.
At an event marking the anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death, Deputy Secretary of the Fatah
Central Committee and Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs Jibril Rajoub awarded plaques with the PA map of "Palestine" to "students from different districts of the homeland":
"I was honored to participate in the events to mark the anniversary of the late leader Yasser Arafat's death as a Martyr (Shahid), which were organized by the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs at the Al-Ummah College in the Al-Ram neighborhood of Jerusalem, in the presence of academics, official figures, and our children the students from different districts of the homeland, who emphasized the slogan: 'We take an oath to you, and are loyal to you.'"
[Jibril Rajoub's official Facebook page, Dec. 2, 2015]
The same PA map of "Palestine" was also an integral part of honoring PA educational values at another occasion, when it appeared on a plaque presented by PA official, Nablus District Governor Akram Al-Rajoub, when he honored a teacher:
"Nablus District Governor Akram Al-Rajoub honored the teacher Fidaa Za'atar who teaches at the Al-Khansa Elementary School in Nablus, for being among the finalists in the world's 50 best teachers competition (sic., Global Teacher Prize - Varky Foundation)...Headline: "Honoring the teacher Za'atar for her participation in the best teacher competition"
[In the photo:] District governor Al-Rajoub during the honoring [ceremony] of the teacher Fidaa Za'atar."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 18, 2015]
A cartoon published on Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon also exemplified the centrality of teaching Palestinian children that "Palestine" encompasses all of Israel. The cartoon shows a Palestinian teacher holding a map of "Palestine" that includes the PA areas as well as all of Israel. The teacher is holding a book with the Palestinian flag on its cover:
Headline and text in cartoon: "Palestinian teachers' day"
[Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Dec. 14, 2015]