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Fatah official criticizes March of Return riots: "We do not need to be happy when a Martyr falls; when a child or woman's foot is severed… our wealth should not be our fallen Martyrs"  
Source: Official PA TV Live, May 15, 2018
Official PA TV Live, special broadcast of activities to mark the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day, hosting Fatah leader in the Gaza Strip Muhammad Joudeh Al-Nahal in the Gaza studio

Fatah leader in the Gaza Strip Muhammad Joudeh Al-Nahal: "When this March [of Return] (i.e., violent riots at the Gazan border with Israel; see note below) was some distance from the border at its beginning, it succeeded in conveying to the whole world the message that we will never forget our villages and cities that we left. However, when the Palestinian factions and everyone who is taking part raise the level of expectations of our Palestinian people as if there is no longer a barbed wire fence, and that we will succeed in entering [Israel], we must call things by their name and not allow ourselves and our children to have casualties and thousands of crippled and wounded people. Peaceful popular resistance has its foundations and methods... No! When this resistance will truly be popular resistance, we will have to cause the occupation to miss the opportunity [to kill us]. We do not need to be happy when a Martyr (Shahid) falls here and there; when a child or woman's foot is severed; or [a woman] is wounded here or there. Therefore we must rethink this matter, and there should truly be a comprehensive leadership for the popular resistance with its popular foundations; and we should not be easy prey for this occupation under the slogan that ‘we will break through this fence’ and gamble with our lives. The matters need to be clear to the members of our people, and we will distance ourselves from much bloodshed and many wounded, and our wealth should not be our fallen Martyrs."

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Abbas advisor accuses Hamas of gambling with the lives of Gazan women and children 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 27, 2018
Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “I will talk about what is happening in Gaza, this gamble on children and women in a campaign that has no connection to Palestine (refers to March of Return protests on the Gaza border; see note below –Ed.). They said, and we say: peaceful resistance, peaceful action, peaceful popular resistance. Therefore, why are you sacrificing children before the occupation soldiers and throwing them to their doom? For Palestine? No, by Allah. Palestine has no desire for this, Palestine has no part in this, and the religion has no part in this. Yesterday I heard something – one of the satans, an accursed satan who calls himself a mufti, said: ‘This is the greatest Jihad.’ What great Jihad? Throwing children? So that they will be killed or their limbs will be cut off? While your leadership is enjoying itself, and its entire mission is to take part in the funerals, just that, and visiting houses of mourning, and not of their children… O members of our people in Gaza, our beloved, do not accede to these gamblers, and guard yourselves in every move you make and every action you take. Do not obey the words of the exaggerators, and do not obey the words of the gamblers, adventurers, and those with agendas, who want blood in order to reinvent themselves…"

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Hamas is sending civilians to die for media coverage, says Abbas' advisor 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 6, 2018

Official PA TV, excerpt of sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the mosque in the PA headquarters in Ramallah; in audience: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah Central Committee member and PLO Central Council member Jamal Muhaisen, and Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki


Mahmoud Al-Habbash
: “The Palestinian people... doesn’t care about those [Hamas] with ‘the emotional stories of heroism,’ those with the slogans of heroism - slogans that when you hear them, you think that the people saying them are inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque after they liberated it. And afterwards you discover that they’re only selling illusions, trading in suffering and blood, trading in victims, [saying]: ‘You Palestinians, our people, go and die so that we’ll go to the TV and media with strong declarations.’ These [Hamas] acts of ‘heroism’ don’t fool anyone anymore. The Palestinian people... sides with the PLO.”
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Fatah official: The tunnels in Gaza will be sealed under PA sovereignty  
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 29, 2017
Headline: "A senior figure in the PA: All of the tunnels in Gaza must be sealed"
        “Fatah Movement Advisory Council member Sarhan Dweikat said: 'Under the PA's sovereignty, the legitimacy of the tunnels in the Gaza Strip cannot be approved, as legitimizing the tunnels means limiting the role of the state and its leadership. The state and its leadership are the only rulers on the ground, and applying their rule means rule above and below ground.'…
He explained that when we talk about borders, the meaning is that it is necessary to regularize the crossings and seal all of the tunnels in Gaza, so that the Palestinian [PA] Security Forces are the ones controlling the borders. How is it possible to place a soldier of the national [PA] Security [Forces] on the border when there is a tunnel underneath him? In this case, there will be no sovereignty or control…
Regarding the resistance's weapons, Dweikat said: 'They must be regularized and subject to the PA decisions, as there is no excuse for the existence of militias acting secretly or openly. The decision regarding peace or war is a political decision, to which no one has an exclusive right, and it must be a general Palestinian decision.’"
Hamas official on PA-Hamas unity talks: Hamas “will never hand over its weapons”  
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Nov. 14, 2017
Headline: "What did Al-Zahar say in response to demands to disarm the resistance?"
        "Hamas leadership member Mahmoud Al-Zahar emphasized today, Monday [Nov. 13, 2017], that the [PA] government and the PA are placing conditions in order to make the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation fail so as not to bear their responsibility and to avoid the Egyptian initiative. He also emphasized that it is necessary to 'determine the mechanisms for implementing what the factions agreed upon in 2011' including the emphasis that the security doctrine considers Israel an enemy.'
Al-Zahar explained in a TV interview that no one can come near the resistance's weapons or disarm it. He responded to the statements of [PA] Police Director in the West Bank Hazem Atallah, who promised to disarm the [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam [Brigades] (i.e., Hamas' military wing): ' Hazem Atallah cannot disarm the resistance, and the resistance will never hand over its weapons. The resistance is the guarantee of Gaza's security.'"
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PLO official on Fatah-Hamas unity talks: Hamas will not be allowed to keep their weapons 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 22, 2017
Official PA TV program State of Politics, on the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation process

Secretary-General of the terror organization Palestinian Popular Struggle Front and PLO Executive Committee member Ahmed Majdalani: "The matter of the weapons is not an end unto itself. We are all in the PLO, we are all armed factions, all of us. [We had weapons] 25 years before Hamas, or more than that. When Hamas, or the Muslim Brotherhood movement, discovered the [armed] struggle, they joined it. Therefore, the subject of [armed] resistance is not a monopoly of one faction or another. And no faction has the sole right or ownership over it.
The resistance is the resistance of the Palestinian people, in all forms of resistance, and not just the armed struggle. The resistance has tangible forms, according to the actual circumstances. The actual circumstances – which we agreed upon with the Hamas Movement in the national unity document in 2006 – are popular resistance. And therefore we are not opening a discussion about the weapons of Hamas or another [organization] now, as we wish for the success of the [Hamas-Fatah] reconciliation [and] the success of the national effort for our people... We are talking about one state, one regime and law, and one [authority over the] weapons. That is the end of the process…"

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PA Security Forces arrest students of Hamas-affiliated student bloc 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Sept. 19, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] Security Forces arrested the Islamic Bloc coordinator at Birzeit University and confiscated the students’ documents"
     "The [PA] Security Forces arrested Islamic Faction Coordinator at Birzeit University Osama Mafarjeh after it stopped the car of Student Council Head Omar Kiswani and confiscated his personal computer, which includes the students' documents, and also his car.
Osama Mafarjeh declared a hunger strike from the moment of his arrest, which was a result of his union activity in the service of the Birzeit University students. In the same context, the Palestinian [PA] Security Forces continue to hold Student Council Secretary of the Faculties Committee Yahya Alawi in detention for the third day without any charge, and also continue to hold students Asid Al-Bana and Asid Abu Adi in detention for the second day. Birzeit [University] Student Council Head Omar Kiswani emphasized on behalf of the council that the campaign [of arrests] against the students of Birzeit and the representatives of the Islamic Bloc in the student council will not lessen their determination to continue to serve the students."

Hamas MPs to be given their salaries that were being held by the PA 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Aug. 15, 2017
Headline: “After the end of the crisis of the prisoners and released [prisoners’] salaries, the issue of the Hamas parliament members is on the way to being resolved”
    “Several issues and topics were raised in [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s meeting with a delegation of the Hamas Movement in the West Bank, which was held in his office yesterday [Aug. 14, 2017]. Hamas [PA] Parliament Member Abd Al-Jaber Fuqaha… noted that they spoke about the salaries of the parliament members that were stopped, and the delegation received promises to return the salaries, but without a specific time being determined for this. The [PA] Parliament members also obtained promises several days ago from Head of [PA General] Intelligence Majed Faraj to return the parliament members’ salaries, during the delegation’s meeting with [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas.”


Fatah official on Fatah-Hamas reconciliation: “We respect the weapons of resistance and revere the resistance,” but Hamas must put away its weapons  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 9, 2017
Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “As I have said, [Hamas’] manifestations of control need to end. Tthere is no executive committee (i.e., the Hamas government in Gaza) and no shadow government. This also means that the phenomena of weapons, armed people, and militias need to end.”
Official PA TV Host: “But there are weapons of resistance in Gaza.”
Jibril Rajoub: “… We respect the weapons of resistance and revere the resistance and the weapons of resistance, but that doesn’t justify there being [Hamas] militias that behave like a governmental authority. Sir, let them hide the weapons of resistance, we do not want to collect their weapons; and by the way, we told them that [at the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation talks] in Cairo. Sir, we also don’t want to force sponsorship on the weapons of the resistance. Put them in storage rooms, and afterwards, sir, if there is a call for help at a time of war – or if Heaven forbid [there is a war in Gaza], I say that Gaza will not withstand this, it has been enough for Gaza, my brother. [Gaza] has sacrificed, done, and gone through enough. Dear sir, [the weapons of the resistance] will not be a problem unless [Hamas] actively behaves like an illegal militia.”

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PA government cuts salaries of 37 Hamas parliamentarians  
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, July 9, 2017
Headline: "A Hamas member of parliament confirmed that the salaries of 37 PA parliament members were stopped"
       "Member of [PA] Parliament (Legislative Council) Naif Al-Rajoub from the Hamas Movement in the West Bank revealed that the [PA] government has published an official decision to stop the salaries of 37 members of parliament. Al-Rajoub said in a statement to the Hamas website Al-Risalah Net today, Sunday [July 9, 2017], that the [PA] Ministry of Finance in Ramallah 'officially notified us that we will not receive salaries this month, based on a government decision.' Al-Rajoub explained that the decision includes 37 members of parliament in the occupied West Bank, and noted that they have tried to clarify why their salaries were stopped, but did not receive any answer. The member of parliament said that this decision is part of the policy of punishment that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and the [PA] government are implementing against the members of parliament from Hamas in the West Bank, and emphasized that this is a violation of the law that must have action taken against it."
PA sends 6,145 civil servants in Gaza to early retirement, as part of its feud with Hamas 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 4, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] government decides to make 6,145 employees take an early pension in the southern districts"
      "The [PA] national unity government, in its weekly meeting today (Tuesday) [July 4, 2017], decided to make 6,145 employees in the southern districts (the Gaza Strip) [parentheses in source] take an early pension.  Official [PA] Government Spokesperson Yusuf Al-Mahmoud explained that the government emphasized that this step, the steps that preceded it, and every other step likely to be taken in this framework are temporary steps, [whose cancellation] depends on Hamas abandoning the rift [with Fatah]… The government emphasized that the Hamas Movement collects hundreds of millions of [Israeli] shekels a month and does not return them to the public coffers, while the [PA] government is allocating more than 450 million shekels a month for the southern districts."

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Fatah official: Hamas is a political rival, but not a terror organization 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, July 2, 2017
    "Fatah Movement Central Committee member, [Fatah] Commissioner of Mobilization and Organization [in the West Bank, and PLO Central Council member] Dr. Jamal Muhaisen said... that Hamas is indeed a political rival, but it is part of the fabric of the Palestinian people, and we will not agree to any Palestinian organization being placed on the terror list. He also demanded that the Arab regimes place the Israeli occupation and the settlers on the terror list."
Fatah on Israel’s removal of terrorist monument, Hamas’ change of school name: Hamas and Israel work for same goal, erasing Palestinian memory 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, June 30, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “#Share_and_spread
This is how Hamas is completing the occupation’s role in Gaza, by fighting the names of the leaders and Martyrs (Shahids)
Hamas changed the name of Khalil Al-Wazir [Abu Jihad] High School in Gaza (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125) to Hassan Al-Harazin School (apparently a private donor to the school –Ed.), as part of its chain of ongoing attacks on the schools bearing the names of the fighters and Martyrs of the Palestinian revolution (i.e., from Fatah).
Memory is the main enemy of Israel and Hamas.”
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PA daily: Hamas lied by accusing PA of denying hospital referrals to terminally ill Gazans 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 30, 2017
Headline: "Documents expose that Hamas lied regarding the medical referrals"
     "Activists and journalists yesterday [June 28, 2017] exposed on social media the lie and deceit of the de-facto Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip in the matter of the medical referrals and the ill that died due to their inability to reach the hospitals in the West Bank.
Activists published names and documents proving that Hamas is dealing in the suffering of the sick people in Gaza, and that everyone whose death was declared due to what the de-facto regime called 'a prevention of referrals from outside [the Gaza Strip] by the PA’ had received [hospitalization] dates from the hospitals. This is while the others died as a result of sudden illnesses without any referral being submitted for them to the department of external treatment [in Gaza]."
PA blocks 11 websites of political opponents 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, June 15, 2017
       “A senior source in the PA revealed to a journalist [of the independent Palestinian news agency] Ma’an in Ramallah the reason for the blocking of 11 websites, which [PA] Attorney General [Ahmed Barrak] is checking lawsuits that have been submitted against them.
The source vehemently denied that the reason for blocking these websites is their association with [exiled Fatah leader Muhammad] Dahlan’s movement, or that they are close to the Hamas movement. He said that the real reason is the many lawsuits that were submitted against them to the attorney general, and the request to sue them on charges of cursing, fabrication, and harming the freedoms of individuals and organizations, as he put it."

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Abbas rescinds decision to cut salaries of Hamas MPs 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, June 7, 2017
Headline: "A source to Amad: The Qatari ambassador renewed the salaries of the Hamas Members of Parliament after their payment was stopped on Abbas' order"
      "Palestinian media outlets have published that Ramallah Authority (i.e., PA) Chairman Muhammad Abbas ordered to stop payment of the salaries of the [PA] Members of Parliament that disagree with his position, without differentiating between the Hamas faction and the Fatah faction. The order included 47 Hamas Members of Parliament and seven Fatah Members of Parliament... But a source verified to [the independent Palestinian news website] Amad that Abbas rescinded his decision as a result of a phone call from Qatari Ambassador in Gaza Muhammad Al-Emadi, who told him that this decision would be considered a step against Qatar, especially since it was made after several states announced the breaking off of ties with it, which is liable to be considered a position that identifies with the decision of the states that announced the breaking off of diplomatic ties."

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PA cuts salaries to released Hamas terrorists at U.S. request 
Source: Al-Hayat (London), June 5, 2017
Headline: “The PA has stopped the salaries of released prisoners from Hamas in Gaza”
     “The PA has stopped the payment of the salaries (rawatib) of a number of released prisoners who hold positions of leadership in the Hamas movement, including Director of the movement’s Political Bureau in the Gaza Strip Yahya Al-Sinwar.
Released prisoners in Gaza said that they were surprised yesterday [June 4, 2017] when they went to the banks to receive their salaries [and discovered] that they were not transferred by the [PA] Ministry of Finance in Ramallah. Hamas sources in Gaza noted that 277 released prisoners did not receive their salaries at the beginning of the month as is customary. The Ministry of Finance in Ramallah did not deny or confirm the news item, but sources in the [PA] government estimated that the stopping of these released prisoners’ salaries is part of a series of steps that the PA has decided to take in Gaza in order to press Hamas to hand over the rule of the Gaza Strip to the [PA] government. Knowledgeable sources also told the [independent Palestinian news] agency Sama that the stopping of the salaries was done in response to an American and Israeli request, and that this is only the first group, which additional groups will join later on.”

Fatah official: Fatah will work to ensure that Gazans continue to be paid not to work for Hamas, PA at war to preserve salary payments to terrorists 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), May 28, 2017
Headline: “Nazzal: The employees’ salaries are secure, the PA is standing before an economic war and we want to save Gaza and not turn it into Singapore”

“Fatah Movement Spokesman and [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Dr. Jamal Nazzal emphasized the efforts of his movement to ensure the PA employees’ salaries [in Gaza], and that Fatah expects that the issues will return to order regarding the partial salaries. He also added that talk of a future meeting on the salaries is not expected, and that the deductions that took place have no connection to the PA’s steps towards the Hamas Movement…
He revealed that the PA is standing before an unprecedented war, after the American Congress voted two days ago to reduce the annual American [financial] aid to the PA with 30% (sic., the bill apparently referred to was introduced, not voted on, on May 25, 2017, not May 26, and does not seem to have specified 30%, see note below –Ed.). This is in conjunction with Israeli pressures that are being exerted on international bodies to impose a siege on the PLO on charges of terror, because it is responsible for the payment of the allowances (mukhassasat) of the relatives of the Martyrs (Shahids), prisoners, and wounded.”

The article apparently refers to a bill introduced in Congress on May 25, 2017 that calls: “To impose sanctions with respect to foreign support for Palestinian terrorism, and for other purposes.”
Hamas won student elections at Birzeit University 
Source: Al-Ayyam, May 11, 2017
Headline: “The Islamic group won in the student council elections of Birzeit”

“The Islamic Trust group (i.e., Hamas student group) yesterday evening [May 10, 2017] won the Birzeit University student council elections.
The Trust group received 3,778 votes, which granted it 25 seats, while the Martyr Yasser Arafat group received 3,340 votes, which granted it 22 seats.”
Fatah accuses Hamas of collecting money from citizens for electricity and medications that the PA supplies for free 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 21, 2017
Headline: "Al-Aloul: We will not give up on our residents in the Gaza Strip and Hamas is taking advantage of what the [PA] unity government is giving it"
     "Fatah Movement Central Committee member and Deputy Chairman Mahmoud Al-Aloul emphasized the support of the Palestinian leadership and people for the battle being waged by the prisoners inside the prisons until they achieve their just demands. Al-Aloul said in a TV interview: …'Hamas is collecting money from the citizens for electricity, even though we in the [PA] unity government are paying for the electricity. It is also collecting taxes and customs duties, and taking the medicines that the [PA] Ministry of Finances sends it for free and [Hamas is] selling them in the markets.’"
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