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Violence and terror
Promoting violence & terror
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."
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
PA TV filler praises Palestinian girl who physically assaulted Israeli soldiers 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 21, 2017
Official PA TV filler praising Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi who physically assaulted two Israeli soldiers together with her cousin and mother, see note below; the filler features video from the incident as well as images and text

Text on screen:
“Palestinian courage knows no bounds. Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old young woman, stood before the soldiers. This armed soldier received slaps he will never forget, and [Tamimi] does not fear him. Despite her youth, this is not the first confrontation between them [Tamimi and her cousin] and the occupation soldiers. And regarding Ahed, winner of the 2012 Handala Courage Award, [she has] a long history of struggle. Social media stormed in solidarity with #Ahed_Tamimi. It should be noted that 339 prisoner minors [are imprisoned] in the oppressive occupation’s prisons. Our children were born for freedom!”

Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, 16, physically assaulted two Israeli soldiers together with her cousin and mother on Dec. 15, 2017, in Nabi Saleh north of Ramallah, in a filmed incident evidently intended to provoke the soldiers. Tamimi was later arrested along with her cousin and mother.
Fatah posts guide to stone throwing with image of child using a slingshot 
Source: Fatah Twitter account, Dec. 16, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Twitter account

The image shows a Palestinian child using a slingshot as a fire burns behind him.

Posted text:
“In order to hit the target, there are three conditions:
1. Stand stably and balance your legs, arms, and body well
2. Focus your gaze on the center of the target, and do not look at anything other than it
3. Keep the desired balance between your body and your weapon; you are the one that controls the weapon, and not the other way around
If you did not understand this, read it again, and if you still have not understood, here is an example picture for you”
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Fatah youth movement: US announcement on Jerusalem means “opening of all the doors and options before us in order to defend the Arabness of holy Jerusalem” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 5, 2017
Headline: "Fatah Shabiba: All of the options are open for Jerusalem"
      "The Fatah Shabiba Secretariat in the West Bank said that any step by the American administration that is in complete alignment with the settler government in Israel means the opening of all the doors and options before us in order to defend the Arabness of holy Jerusalem.
Shabiba said in a notice it published today, Tuesday [Dec, 5, 2017], that the young people of Palestine, led by Fatah Shabiba, will not hesitate to overturn the table and change all of the equations for holy Jerusalem, which is the pride and honor of the Arabs and Muslims."
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The terms "all means”, "all means of resistance," “all forms,” “all options,” are ‎used by PA leaders to include using all types of violence, including deadly terror ‎against Israeli civilians such as stabbings and shootings, as well as throwing rocks and Molotov Cocktails.
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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 official: “Our blood is a small price to pay for our homeland… the path of Martyrdom will remain open until the liberation of the homeland [and] Fatah is continuing on the path of Martyrdom” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 9, 2018
      “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization in the Gaza Strip Ahmed Helles said that Fatah is continuing its path of struggle until the establishment of our independent state whose capital is Jerusalem.
At a rally to mark the Martyrs (Shahids) of the Khuza’a massacre in Khan Yunis, Helles added that our blood is a small price to pay for our homeland and our honor. This is particularly so because our commanders are in the field before our soldiers in order to sacrifice of themselves, and today is the day of loyalty to the Martyrs and the blood, as our blood that has been spilled for the land and homeland raises the souls of our people and our nation. He also emphasized that the path of Martyrdom (Shahada) will remain open until the liberation of the homeland, that Fatah is continuing on the path of Martyrdom, and that the most beautiful thing among us is our Martyrs. Fatah will continue to go on this path until the liberation of our national land and the establishment of our independent state whose capital is Jerusalem.”

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“Fatah will bring back armed struggle” unless international peace conference is held, says Palestinian political analyst 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 9, 2018

Political analyst Hani Abu Zaid:
"This is the last chance for the president's [Abbas’] initiative, and it should be benefited from, because if the conditions change and the situation changes, the Fatah Movement will not sit idly by, but will bring back armed struggle once again. There are many voices and many calls and the Israeli public opinion needs to understand this."
[Official PA TV, Inside, March 6, 2018; March 9, 2018]
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”The president’s initiative” refers to PA Chairman Abbas’ suggestion that an international peace conference replace US mediation.
Imprisoned Palestinian terrorist serving 11 life sentences for “heroic operation,” sends letter demanding return of “resistance”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 7, 2018
Headline: “In a letter he sent from his cell in Nafha [Prison] – Prisoner Thaer Hammad: Bringing back the idea of resistance is the ideal way to protect our existence”
      “Prisoner Thaer Hammad (i.e., terrorist, murdered 10) said in a letter that he sent from his cell in Nafha Prison: ‘Bringing back the idea of resistance and unity, ending the [Fatah-Hamas] rift, and implementing the reconciliation agreement [between them] are the source of power and the protection for the Palestinian cause. They are the proper response to all the plans and plots the occupation is devising...’
Hammad demanded to resume and revive the spirit of the revolutionary movement, from which the Fatah Movement arose, and the idea of resistance, given that it is the ideal way to protect our cause and our existence in the shadow of the great challenges and dangers that surround us…
Hammad’s letter comes 16 years after the heroic operation (i.e., terror attack) that he carried out in 2002, which is known as the Wadi Al-Haramiya operation. In mentioning it, Hammad noted that his motive for carrying out the operation was his belief in the national obligation and his attempt to inculcate the continuation of the way of resistance on which the Palestinian people has gone throughout the years of its rebellion against the occupation…"
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