Young girl at Fatah rally:
"Death is insignificant...
I love Palestine, blood is spilled for it"
- Fatah rally honors 2 murderers, giving "plaques of glory and honor" to their families
- Fatah added songs that encourage violence against Israel and glorify death to the video of the rally posted on Facebook
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
At a recent Fatah rally celebrating the Fatah Movement's anniversary, part of the ceremony featured a young Palestinian girl who recited a poem. The girl's chant encouraged death for "Palestine," for which "blood is spilled":
"I belong to Fatah, so I have no fear
I love Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], Gaza, Haifa, and the Negev
I walk in the path of heroes who wrote the book of Fatah
I love the dear homeland - death is insignificant, O Arabs
I love Palestine - the blood is spilled for it
This is what Yasser [Arafat] called for...
He announced: For the sake of Jerusalem my path is burning"
[Fatah rally in Asira Al-Shamaliya, north of Nablus,
Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 8, 2017]
A video from the rally that included the girl’s chant was posted by Fatah on Facebook and also showed that two murderers were glorified during the ceremony, as “plaques of glory and honor” were given to their relatives. Editing the video, Fatah added a soundtrack including songs that promote violence against Israel and glorify death:
Songs: "From my wounds, my weapon has emerged. O, our revolution, my weapon has emerged
No force in the world can remove the weapon from my hand
He who offers his blood does not care if his blood flows upon the ground
As the weapon of the revolution is in my hand, so my presence will be forced [upon Israel]
My weapon has emerged..."
"Whoever doesn't protect the land isn't one of its men
To its men, to its men, the revolution calls to its men..."
Speaker at ceremony: "The one with great determination, engineer of the clashes - the prisoner Zaid Younes (i.e., involved in suicide attack and murder of 2) who is serving a life sentence... The prisoner's relatives are invited to receive the plaque of glory and honor...
We stand in honor of the prisoner who encountered [Israelis] at the closest range... Nael Yassin (i.e., murdered 1)... who is serving 3 life sentences..."
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 8, 2017]
Zaid Younes - a Palestinian terrorist of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah's military wing) who drove suicide bomber Safwat Khalil (17) to carry out an attack in Tel Aviv on Jan. 25, 2002 in which 25 people were injured. Younes also aided the escape of a terrorist involved in the murder of Binyamin and Talia Kahane on Dec. 31, 2000, in a shooting attack in which 5 of their daughters were also wounded. Younes is serving a life sentence and 25 additional years.
Nael Yassin - Palestinian terrorist of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (Fatah's military wing) and PA policeman who shot and murdered Israeli border policeman Yosef Tabjeh, 27, and injured another border policeman on Sept. 29, 2000, when they participated together in a joint Israeli-PA patrol near Qalqilya. Yassin, who received instructions and funding from Hezbollah, escaped and continued terrorist activity including recruiting new terrorists, and being involved in dozens of shooting, bombing, and suicide bombing attacks until he was arrested in 2006 and sentenced in 2008. He is serving a life sentence and 30 additional years.