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Fatah official claims active PA involvement in second Intifada 
Source: Jordanian TV, Dec. 27, 2013
Interview with Fatah Central Committee Member Azzam Al-Ahmad on Jordan TV’s Third Opinion program.
Al-Ahmad: “Armed operations serve the negotiations. All freedom movements end up sitting at the negotiating table.”
Host: “In other words, you – the Palestinian Authority – don’t oppose armed resistance to the occupation?”
Al-Ahmad: “Certainly not. It is the PLO, not the [Palestinian] Authority, who is in charge of the negotiations… In ’82, they wanted to eliminate the Palestinian revolution. After ’82,
they didn’t [succeed], and the [armed] operations continued – albeit on a lower scale… We moved away from the border. The first Intifada (i.e. the first Palestinian wave of violence against Israel, 1988-1993) was born in ’87 and did wonders, and in its wake, in ’88, came the declaration of independence. (i.e., when Arafat declared Palestinian independence in Algeria).
Therefore, the struggle and the operations continued. We came to Oslo, even in Oslo, even after Oslo, [in] the ‘Prisoners’ Intifada’… Martyrs (Shahids) were killed. Operations did not stop. And because of Israel – the Tunnel Intifada, the excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the Palestinian people rose up and there were military confrontations. Afterwards, after the failure of the second Camp David [summit], (sic; should be Arafat, Ed.) told Clinton: ‘We will never give up Jerusalem and the right of the refugees. Before I sign, you’ll see my funeral in Palestine.’ Then came the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign, 2000-2005) in which Martyrs. So the resistance does not stop.”
[Jordanian TV Dec. 27, 2013; posted on YouTube on Jan. 27, 2014]

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PA official Nabil Shaath: Arafat knew that a second Intifada would put pressure on Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 3, 2013
Part of the fourth episode of the 2011 Palestinian-produced documentary “Arafat” was broadcast on PA TV again in January 2013 as an introduction to a PA ceremony. The film states that at Camp David, Arafat was subjected to fourteen days of heavy American-Israeli pressure to abandon Palestinian claims for the Right of Return and for Jerusalem.
Part of the film shows Arafat speaking about Camp David:
    
“Everyone will understand that no one in the Palestinian people or in the entire Arab nation can bow down or surrender. Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) march to Jerusalem! Millions of Martyrs march to Jerusalem! Millions of Martyrs march to Jerusalem!”
Narrator: “The Camp David summit failed, and [Bill] Clinton held Arafat responsible for the failure. This was the preface to very serious events. [Then Israeli Prime Minister] Ariel Sharon violated the Noble Sanctuary (i.e., The Temple Mount), and the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) – known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada – began on Sept. 28, 2000 as a direct reaction to this [Sharon’s] violation. This was, however, also a reaction to years of determined Israeli efforts to subject the Palestinians and their national authority.
Nabil Shaath: “He (Arafat) saw that a repeat of the first Intifada, in new forms, would provide the necessary popular, international, and Arab pressure on Israel, since it was already impossible to continue denying our right to Jerusalem and the right of the refugees, the two principal issues.”
[The film relates the destruction of buildings in the PA’s Muqata'a headquarters, other than Arafat’s office building, that took place during the siege, and it then broadcasts his well-known statement]: ‘They want me prisoner, they want me exiled, they want me dead, but I say: Martyr, Martyr, Martyr!’”
Nabil Shaath: The PA terror campaign ("second intifada") was planned by Arafat to put pressure on Israel 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 13, 2011
Excerpt from PA TV four-part documentary Arafat
Part 4:
"The Besieged President"
Narrator: "The Camp David Summit [in 2000] failed, and [US President Bill] Clinton held Arafat responsible for the failure. This was a prelude to very grave events: [Israeli Parliament Member] Ariel Sharon invaded the Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem (i.e., the Temple Mount), and the second Intifada, known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada, broke out on Sept. 28, 2000 as a direct response to this invasion. However, it was also an outburst against Israel's insistence over the years on suppressing the Palestinians and (speech unclear) their National Authority."
Nabil Shaath, member of the negotiating team: "[Arafat] saw that repeating the first Intifada in new forms, would bring the necessary popular, international, and Arab pressure upon Israel, because it was already impossible to continue denying our right in Jerusalem and the right of the refugees, which are the two main topics [of conflict]."
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Arafat to kids: Child-Martyr is role model 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 4, 2003
     "Faris Ouda left home with a slingshot, having made a wreath with his picture, and writing: 'The Brave Shahid Faris Ouda'."
He said to his mother, "Don't worry, mother, Shahada (Martyrdom) is sweet.'"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30, 2000; Feb. 3, 2001]

Yasser Arafat, in a speech to children
:
     "We are saluting the spirit of our hero Shahid, Faris Ouda! Faris Ouda! Faris Ouda! We are proud of you [youth] who represent the steadfastness and the sacrifice of your companion, the hero Shahid, Faris Ouda! Oh, children of Palestine! The peers, friends, brothers and sisters of Faris Ouda."
[PA TV (Fatah), Aug. 4, 2003, July 22, 2003, Aug. 18, 2002]
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Note: Faris Ouda is a 14 year-old who prepared his own memorial before going off to become a Shahid.
Arafat: Dead child-martyrs "greatest message" to world 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 15, 2002
Interviewer: "Mr. President, what message would you like to send to the Palestinian people, in general, and in particular to the Palestinian children?"
Arafat: "This child, who is grasping the stone, facing the tank – is it not the greatest message to the world when that hero becomes a Shahid? We are proud of them."
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Arafat planned that Oslo Accords would chase away Israelis 
Source: ANB TV, Feb. 16, 2006
Al-Quds al-Arabi Editor-in-Chief, Abd al-Bari 'Atwan:
     "After the Oslo Accords were signed, I went to Tunisia to visit him [Arafat] in July. I told him: 'We disagree. I don't support this agreement. It will harm us.'
[Arafat] told me: 'By Allah, I will drive them crazy. I will make these [Oslo] Accords a disaster for them [Israel]. It won't be in my lifetime, but you will see the Israelis run away from Palestine. Have a little patience.'
The Al-Aqsa Brigades [Fatah terrorist wing] were founded and armed by him [Arafat] as a reply, as a counterweight to the historic mistake of the Oslo Accords."
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PLO did not amend PLO Charter which calls for Israel's destruction, as agreed to in the Oslo Accords 
Source: Private recording, Apr. 24, 1996
Historic vote of Palestinian National Council meant to fulfill PLO obligation under Oslo Accords to amend articles in PLO Charter calling for Israel's destruction:

Before vote:
Salim Za'noun, Chairman of meeting: "[Goal of vote is] an extension of 6 months… and then the Central Committee will discuss it [amending the articles]."
"I want to tell you before the voting begins that the judicial committee, when I attended it, was totally convinced, with a majority of 43 out of 44 members, that we must fulfill the commitment demanded of us [by Oslo Accords] at the lowest possible cost. Therefore, it was said, if we amend those articles [calling for Israel's destruction] whose amendment is demanded [by Oslo Accords] it will mean that we have paid a very high price. Putting forth a new proposal for the national charter is less damaging than the first thing [amending articles].
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After the vote:
Marwan Kanafani, Arafat spokesman: "It's not an amendment. It is a license to start a new, to found a new resolution, a new charter."
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Arafat compares Oslo Accords to Muhammad's temporary agreement 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 16, 1995
     "When the Prophet made the peace of Hudaybiya, [Muhammad's followers] Omar Ibn al Khattab and Ali Ibn Abi Talib said: "How can we accept an agreement like that?" "How can we accept such humiliation of our religion, Oh, Messenger of Allah?" And when we signed the agreement in Oslo if anyone has an objection to that agreement, I have a hundred."
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Note: Arafat compares the Oslo Accords with the Hudaybiya Pact, a ten-year peace treaty signed by Muhammad with the tribes of Mecca when his army was weak. Two-years later when Muhammad’s army was stronger he went and conquered Mecca.
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