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Violence and terror
After demonizing Jews and Israelis, including citing Islamic sources that depict Jews negatively, and culminating with ongoing lies and libels that portray Jews as an immediate threat to Palestinian life and existence, the Palestinian Authority foment violence against Jews and Israelis, presenting it as legitimate and even heroic self-defense.

PA terror promotion takes many forms. Nationalistically, the PA actively elevates violence as a valid and heroic means to achieve political goals, while religiously, fighting and killing Jews has been presented repeatedly by PA religious and academic leaders as Allah’s will. On the social level, Palestinian leaders and society honor even the most loathsome of murderers portraying them as heroes and role models: Dalal Mughrabi, who led a bus hijacking in which 37 were killed, has schools, summer camps, and many other events and places baring her name to immortalize and glorify her and her terror attack.
 
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The success of the PA’s promotion of violence is readily evident: A majority of Palestinians support killing and suicide terror against civilian Jews and Israelis. A poll conducted after the murder of eight teenagers who were studying in a Jerusalem high school in 2008, found that 84% of Palestinians supported the murder [NY Times, March 19, 2008, citing the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research].


This violent image of a dagger being thrust into the Star of David has appeared hundreds of times in a video clip for children on PA TV, from 2001 – 2008.

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Promoting violence & terror
Palestinian political, religious, and social frameworks justify and promote violence and terror. On the one hand, Imams on Hamas and PA TV, political leaders and even children routinely express calls for future terror attacks against Jews and Israel. Citing the inherent evil Jewish nature, they proclaim that it is an Islamic and Palestinian duty to defend against the immediate threat and kill Jews.

On the other hand, the PA and Hamas actively glorify terrorists, particularly suicide terrorists, praising the killer and the act of killing as righteous and honorable.
At a PA cultural festival in June 2010, in the presence of the PA Minister of Culture, singers and dancers promote and glorify violence.
[PA TV (Fatah), The song was broadcast live on PA TV on June 4 and was rebroadcast June 24, July 9, July 13, July 16, July 20, Sept. 21, and Dec. 31, 2010. It was rebroadcast in 2011 on Oct. 3, 4, and 7]

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The Palestinian Authority, Fatah and Hamas have created vast educational, social and cultural networks aimed at children that promote and glorify violence and terror. Palestinian children are taught through educational videos, schoolbooks, TV mascots and cultural events, to see violence and the “armed conflict” as heroic and to see themselves as future fighters against Israel:
"I came here following the conference elections. I hope that there will be more conferences like the 6th Fatah Conference (August 2009). These conferences are important for us because it makes us aware of leadership and that we will be combatants and wage resistance (violence) against the Israelis."
[PA TV (Fatah), July 8, 2010] Click here to view

At a Fatah high school graduation event, under the auspices of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the student graduates explained what they were taught by Fatah:
Male graduate: "In the name of the Shahids (Martyrs), in the name of the prisoners, in the name of the stone and the rifle."
Female graduate: "In the name of Fatah, the school that taught us the meaning of nationalism."
Male graduate: "In the name of Palestine: Haifa, Acre, Jaffa, and our Arab Jerusalem."
Female graduate: "In the name of Palestine: Gaza, the West Bank and the flag of national unity."
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Male graduate: "Fatah is [still] with the rifle. And our rifles are not rusty even if they have fired thousands of bullets." [Al-Filistiniya (Fatah), July 28, 2009] Click here to view
Prizewinning dance accompanied by song promoting Jihad at folk dance competition for kids at European-funded Palestinian cultural center  
Source: Website of the Yafa Cultural Center in Nablus, Feb. 12, 2017
Headline: “The Yafa Cultural Center completed the first Yafa Folk Dance Competition by honoring three young winners”
        “The Yafa Cultural Center (a Palestinian center supported by European governmental contributions, see note below –Ed.) completed the first Yafa Folk Dance Competition in which 17 groups of children that performed choreography to folk dance routines competed, and which ended with the declaration of three winners from among the participants in the competition…
Winning first place was participant Ru’a Ahmed Sa’id Hamdan, 14, who performed her dance to the sound of the song Pull, For You Are Pulling [the Trigger], and won a golden map of Palestine that was given to her by the center.
Winning second place was participant Tharaa Muhammad Abu Muslim, 13, who performed her dance to the sound of the song O Sower of the Sesame, and won a silver map of Palestine. Winning third place was participant Amir Abu Jaafar, 14, who performed his dance to the sound of the song O Mountain Unmoved by the Wind, and won a bronze map of Palestine.”
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Young kids on PA TV children’s program recite poem promoting escalation of violence: “My rock has turned into an AK-47” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 20, 2017

Two children recite a poem on official PA TV program The Best Home:
"We want to speak openly, with no hesitation and with no fear
World, hear and see, my rock has turned into an AK-47 [assault rifle],
Your words are true, Yasser Arafat
O mountain, the wind will not move you."
PA TV host: "Bravo! You’re so talented!"
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Girl chants at Fatah rally: “Death is insignificant… I love Palestine, blood is spilled for it” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 8, 2017
Fatah rally in Asira Al-Shamaliya, north of Nablus


Young girl at rally:
"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.
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The Palestinian Authority justifies all terror as legitimate armed conflict, coining it “resistance,” the Palestinian euphemism for violence ranging from the terror to suicide bombings to stone throwing:
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and former PA senior official, Jibril Rajoub:
"Building a school and throwing a hand grenade, in my opinion, are resistance. I build the school in order to strengthen the reasons for my people's resolve, as one of several aspects of the resistance, and when there is a need to throw a grenade [or launch] a rocket, I'll do that as well out of my belief in the inevitable victory of my cause and its justness." Click here to view [PA TV (Fatah), May 12, 2010]
The PA at times adds that violence must be used wisely as an effective political tool. Depending on the political circumstances the Palestinian Authority alternates active calls for violence and terror with periods when they say that terror is being postponed because of temporary conditions:
Dr. Nabil Shaath, Fatah Foreign Affairs Commissioner:
"The popular struggle is a fundamental principle whose importance equals that of the armed struggle, since it is the responsibility and task of all the people. The current distancing from the armed struggle does not mean its absolute rejection." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 21, 2010]
Fatah leader Diab Al-Louh once worded it this way on PA TV: “The rifle seeds and diplomacy reaps.”
Fatah student movement chants “Blow up the head of the settler” at Birzeit University  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Shabiba student movement at Birzeit University, Feb. 13, 2017

Video posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Shabiba student movement at Birzeit University, from a ceremony marking “the Launch” (Intilaqa) of Fatah in which masked Fatah Shabiba members holding assault rifles and dressed in military uniforms and keffiyehs (Arab headdresses) chant slogans while marching in place. The source of the video is a Facebook page called “Supporters of Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat.”

Chanting students: “We are guarding the border. There will be no concessions on our cause. Shabiba (i.e., Fatah student movement), become an army! Shabiba, become an army! Blow up the head of the settler! Blow up the head of the settler!”
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PLO official calls for "popular uprising" and unity with Hamas 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 7, 2017
Headline: “Al-Salehi: Trump and Netanyahu are two sides of the same coin”
     “Secretary-General of the Palestinian People’s Party (i.e., a PLO faction) Bassam Al-Salehi said that the new American administration led by [US President] Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu are two sides of the coin of racism and the occupation’s perpetuation.
Al-Salehi added in a statement that reached Ma’an that ‘The previous American administrations were biased and partners of the occupation, and strove to defend it in all of the international circles, alongside the military and material support that they provided it. However, the new American administration is also an ideological partner of the idea of occupation and racism that the Netanyahu government is implementing, and this presses the occupation towards greater expansion, aggression, and annexation, including ratification of what is called the Regularization Law that legalizes the theft of Palestinian lands.’ …
He called on the young Palestinians to broaden the campaign of creating contact, including through the social networks, with the forces opposing Trump and racism, and also to broaden the boycott campaign, and to organize activities in conjunction with their struggle with the forces opposing racism in a manner that will serve our people’s struggle against the occupation and racism.
He said: ‘This reality confirms, in a manner that leaves no room for argument, the failure of the policy that gambles on the US, and strengthens the need to immediately end the rift [between Fatah and Hamas], to strengthen the resolve of our people, and to build a unified front for the popular uprising (i.e., including violence).’”

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Fatah official calls on Palestinian people to escalate "popular resistance" 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Feb. 7, 2017
Headline: “Muhaisen: We are in an open battle with the setter occupation, and in a struggle against its racist laws”
     “Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen called on the Palestinian people to escalate the popular resistance (i.e., including violence) in order to deal with the Israeli occupation’s crimes and its racist acts and laws.
Muhaisen said in an interview with Radio Mawtini… in response to the ratification of a law that legalizes taking control of Palestinian lands by the Israeli Parliament: ‘We are in an open battle and in a confrontation with the settler occupation.’”

The terms "all means," "peaceful uprising,” and “popular resistance" 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.

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