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Tulkarem governor honors Palestinian arch-terrorists at Fatah event celebrating Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2015
Headline: “Crowds in Tulkarem mark the 11th anniversary of Arafat’s death as a Martyr”
     “Crowds in Tulkarem marked the 11th anniversary of the death as a Martyr of the founding leader Yasser Arafat, in a rally organized by the Tulkarem branch of the Fatah movement at the Palestine Technical University Kadoorie. Tulkarem District Governor Issam Abu Bakr delivered greetings from President Mahmoud Abbas to the participants, and emphasized that Martyr (Shahid) Arafat protected the national identity in a fitting way, and died as a Martyr supporting our people’s rights. Likewise, he mentioned Martyrs Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’, Salah Khalaf, Abu Ali Iyad, George Habash, Fathi Shaqaqi, Ahmed Yassin, and the other Martyrs who have left a clear stamp on the national battle for liberty, independence, and the establishment of an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital… Secretary of the Fatah movement Muayyad Sha'aban emphasized the loyalty to the path of Martyr Yasser Arafat and all the Martyrs and prisoners who sacrificed what is dear to them above all for the freedom of our people and the establishment of its independent state. He clarified that the occupation strives, through its daily crimes against our people, to bury alive the Jerusalem insurgency, which comes to protect the Palestinian honor, and emphasized the importance of the popular peaceful insurgency in confronting the occupation and its daily crimes against our people.”

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Fatah posts famous Arafat quote encouraging violence and Martyrdom death: “Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 6, 2015

The image shows Yasser Arafat.
Text on image: “Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) are marching to Jerusalem”
PA TV broadcast from cemetery includes poster with map erasing Israel and poster commemorating terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 12, 2015
Official PA TV program One Day We will Return from the Al-Badawi Refugee camp in Lebanon
First image shows a map of Israel in a cemetery with pictures of “the Martyrs” (Shahids) of Fatah, among them terrorists Abu Jihad and Abu Iyad.


Second image shows a cemetery with pictures of Yasser Arafat and terrorist Dalal Mughrabi.


Notes: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) - Founder of Fatah and head of the terrorist organization Black September. Attacks he planned included the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972) and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (March 1, 1973).

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
PA official: Arafat provided medical insurance for Fatah fighters 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 1, 2015
Official Palestinian TV program A Nation is Built.
Haidar Ibrahim, past Deputy Minister of Minstry of Labor: “First of all, we want medical insurance [for workers]. There are workers who can’t pay for a loaf of bread. It’s already been a year or two [that the insurance has been halted]. President Arafat, may his memory be blessed, paid for insurance for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades soldiers, and then the funds were given to the most needy workers, etc. After that it was halted. It’s the government’s responsibility.”

Note: The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades - established by Arafat in 2000, when he started the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada). He unified separate Palestinian armed groups into a single body under the name The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, which is still Fatah’s official military wing today, and is on the US and EU list of terror organizations.
Arafat initiated the PA practice of paying salaries to imprisoned Palestinian terrorists 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2014
Official PA TV News report on the weekly demonstration near the central headquarters of the Red Crescent in Gaza, at which families of the prisoners honored Yasser Arafat on the anniversary of his death. 

Muwaffaq Hamid of the Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs: “These prisoners’ families are marking this anniversary [of Yasser Arafat’s death]. Each year, the prisoners’ families return and hold a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Martyrdom-death of the symbol and commander Yasser Arafat, out of loyalty to the prisoners and their families. For deceased Chairman Yasser Arafat, may he rest in peace, the man who founded the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and initiated the [paying of] military salaries to every prisoner in the Israeli prisons, which suffices for the families of these prisoners to live in dignity.”
Fatah Facebook video: The "triumphant brigades" carried out the second Intifada under Arafat's leadership 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, May 14, 2014
An Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades movie named "The Revolutionists of the Land"
Narrator: “The heroes Yasser Arafat, Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar, Kamal Nasser, Kamal Adwan, Abu Sabri, Abu Al-Hol, Abu Ali Shahin and others maintained the campaign against the Zionist enemy everywhere: the great operations (i.e., terror attacks) reached the shores of Tel Aviv [with] Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., bus hijacking in 1978, 37 killed) and [Dimona with] the Dimona operation (i.e., bus hijacking in 1988, 3 killed)...
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades were established in 2000 in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, by order of the late Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat, as Fatah’s military wing. The triumphant brigades began their military operations (i.e., terror attacks) during the second Intifada, the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005)...The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, with their mighty Nidal Al-Amoudi division, still embody the spirit of Fatah’s armed resistance, through their active and high-quality participation in the wars being initiated [ by Israel], one after the other, against the Gaza Strip. They are proving themselves a pure and stubborn rifle in the face of the Zionist enemy."
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Official PA daily: Arafat employed 'revolving door' policy of releasing terrorists soon after their arrest 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 18, 2014
Headline: “The Palestinian-Israeli ‎Negotiations: The Essence of the Solution,” ‎by Adel Abd Al-Rahman, columnist for ‎official PA daily
     ‎“The occupation forces have turned to ‎the ‘revolving door’ policy,” the policy that ‎Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat established ‎the other way around, when, under the ‎pressure of security coordination with ‎Israel, he arrested Palestinian fighters and ‎released them soon after. For whenever ‎they [Israel] free prisoners, after much effort ‎‎[on our part], they come back soon and ‎arrest them again, one after the other, ‎along with hundreds of others. ‎Furthermore, they are now turning to [the ‎policy of] killing some of them with the ‎excuse that they were resisting arrest.‎
The world convened the ‘Geneva 1’ ‎international convention over Syria… and ‎why shouldn’t the Palestinians have their ‎own ‘Geneva’? ... Yet turning to the UN or ‎convening a ‘Palestinian Geneva’ does not ‎mean giving up the program of struggle for ‎the land through popular resistance – ‎‎[resistance which is,] at this stage, ‎peaceful, but which leaves the path open ‎for the various [other] forms of resistance in ‎the future. For whatever is not achieved by ‎peaceful means will be achieved by other ‎means.”‎
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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Former head of Arafat’s office: Fatah slogan was and still is "All rifles towards the enemy" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 12, 2011
PA TV program Topic of the Day. Topic: the anniversary of Arafat's death.
Guests: Former assistant for security matters to the Supreme Commander (Arafat), Ismail Jabr [currently advisor to Abbas on district affairs] and former head of Arafat's office, Sami Musallam.

PA TV host [addressing Jabr]: "You were at [military] bases and you trained many people, Palestinians and Lebanese. People also say that the Shahid (Martyr) Yasser Arafat instructed that brothers from the Hezbollah and the like should train at Fatah bases – I mean, the bases of the revolution. Is that correct?"
Jabr: "We don't deny that. We do not deny that. There were people from the Hezbollah leadership, who had originally been in Fatah, and they acknowledge this. We are proud of that."
Host: "That is our pride."
Jabr: "The Amal movement (i.e., Shiite national movement in Lebanon, which began as a militia) was among those [that trained]. We are proud of that. We trained them and armed them and withheld no effort from the Lebanese National and Islamic Movement."
Musallam: "Our slogan was always, and still is – [corrects himself] – at that time – ‘All rifles towards the enemy.’ Any rifle which, together with us, was against the enemy – the Fatah movement and the PLO leadership supported it. We are in favor of the national liberation of all the nations which are under colonialism and are under oppression, and we used to help, just as others helped; we used to help others to achieve, or to take part as far as possible so that they would achieve their aims. We helped in Africa, we helped in Latin America, we helped in Asia, in all countries, all nations. The help wasn't necessarily military. The help could [also] be adopting fighters."
PA daily: Arafat developed the strategy of kidnapping Israel soldiers, civilians, and settlers 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 12, 2011
Headline: "Factions and prominent social figures call to maintain the principles and the rights for which Yasser Arafat fought and died as a Shahid (Martyr)"
     "In the same regard, [released prisoner and expert on prisoners' affairs, Abd Al-Nasser] Farawneh stated that the Martyr Arafat believed in the importance of the determined and intensive effort to liberate the prisoners by all means. From the outbreak of the modern Palestinian revolution he developed the doctrine of capturing and kidnapping occupation soldiers, civilians and settlers within Fatah and by the PLO factions."
Arafat's wife: Arafat planned Intifada after Oslo Accords and Camp David failure 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 12, 2011
Suha Arafat about Arafat planning the Intifada::
     “On the personal level, I miss him very, very much. [Our daughter] Zahwa also misses him, you can't imagine. She didn't know him. She knows that Arafat sent us away before the [Israeli] invasion of Ramallah. He said: “You have to leave Palestine, because I want to carry out an Intifada, and I'm not prepared to shield myself behind my wife and little girl.” Everyone said: “Suha abandoned him,” but I didn't abandon him. He ordered me to leave him because he had already decided to carry out an Intifada after the Oslo Accords and after the failure of Camp David [July 2000].”
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Arafat: “We believe in only one means, and that is armed resistance” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2011
A film about Arafat's life includes a clip showing Arafat talking about armed struggle. He is shown holding a weapon and says:
     "We believe in only one means, and that is armed resistance, in which we have complete faith, to liberate our country."
Fatah official: Arafat taught Palestinians to wage “armed struggle” for Jerusalem 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 11, 2011
      "Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, recalls the Shahid (Martyr) Yasser Arafat on the anniversary of his death, as he was during the years of the siege. He says, 'Yasser Arafat had the idea that 'the shortest route to Jerusalem is the armed struggle'… Along with other slogans, such as: 'A million Shahids are marching to Jerusalem'. He knew that he was planting in the Palestinians of that generation [the idea] that Jerusalem needs millions of Shahids, for it is the mother of battles and of Ribat (religious conflict/war defending Islamic land) until the Day of Judgment."
PA daily: Arafat started the Intifada 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 11, 2010
Op-ed by member of Fatah Revolutionary Council and regular columnist for official PA daily Bakr Abu-Bakr:
     “He [Arafat] refused to give in, just as he rejected the billions that [US President Bill] Clinton promised him. Arafat came back and ignited the Al-Aqsa Intifada (the PA terror campaign, 2000-2005), and paid for it with his life.”
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Senior Fatah leader: Arafat and Fatah started the Intifada 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 28, 2010
Interview with Muhammad Dahlan, member of the Fatah Central Committee:
     PA TV host: “Yesterday or the day before, Mahmoud Al-Zahar, the Hamas leader, said that they [Hamas] used to carry out operations (i.e., terror attacks) at the request of the late President, Yasser Arafat. In other words, there was high-level coordination [between Fatah and Hamas]. What is your response to that?”
Dahlan
: “I’m not surprised at these reckless statements by Al-Zahar… These are not the words of a responsible person, or a person who appreciates what responsibility is. It’s also humiliating, because the President, Arafat, didn’t lack fighters. In the Intifada, when Arafat wanted something, he asked his security services, 40% of which were either killed, Shahids (Martyrs) or prisoners. I want to take advantage of this opportunity to express all our love, honor and gratitude for the role of those brothers who died as Shahids in the second Intifada from among Fatah and from among the Palestinian civilians and fighters, who defended our national rights. And also those who have paid a heavy price in the Israeli prisons, first and foremost Marwan Barghouti, who served as the example and the symbol of this Intifada, while Hamas was still hiding, thinking that Arafat brought about the Intifada because he wanted to cover up the secret agreement that had been drawn up at Camp David. Those are Al-Zahar’s statements, by the way… The second Intifada – Hamas joined it late. We [the PLO and PA security services] are the ones who started it.”
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Dahlan: Arafat deceived world when condemning terror 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 22, 2009
Muhammad Dahlan, senior Fatah MP: "Regarding negotiations with Israel, we have to set a logical time limit of two years, in my opinion. The political plan guarantees the continuation of our national struggle in all its forms, in a way that will fulfill our national aspirations within this period of time."
PA TV host: "If so, the [violent] resistance and struggle continue."
Muhammad Dahlan: "This is our right, a legal right. The international community affirms it for us. But it is the responsibility of the leadership to use it when it wants, in the proper place and at the proper time. We cannot leave it in the hands of youth who use their own judgment. This is the difference between [PA] using this right and just anyone using it. I lived with Chairman Yasser Arafat for years. Arafat would condemn [terror] operations by day while at night he would do honorable things. I don't want to say any more about this."
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The Intifada "belongs to Yasser Arafat alone" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 29, 2009
Ashraf Al-Ajrami, former PA Minister of Prisoners, speaking the same week that Israel approved the transfer of 1,000 additional AK-47 rifles to PA security forces:
     "The master of resistance is, without doubt and without question, the Shahid (Martyr) Yasser Arafat. Even this Intifada, whose flag Hamas has tried to wave unjustly, forcibly, falsely and fraudulently - that [Intifada] flag belongs to Yasser Arafat alone...
These [Palestinian Authority security] forces paid the heavy price in the second Intifada [Terror campaign], both as Shahids [Martyrs] and as prisoners. The greatest number of prisoners is from the security forces sector. They are the ones who bore arms and carried out the greatest and most important operations [terror attacks] against the Israeli occupation - and especially against soldiers, and some of the most famous operations [terror attacks] in the West Bank - Ein-Arik, Wadi Al-Haramiyeh, Sorda, and others. These were carried out by the heroes of the Palestinian security forces, who protected the homeland and the national interest, while Hamas merely looked on for many months before embarking [on terrorist attacks]."
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Fatah official: Arafat financed suicide terror while also condemning it 
Source: Al-Quds TV, Apr. 6, 2009
Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Fatah Secretary General in Lebanon:
     "Yasser Arafat used to condemn Martyrdom operations (i.e., suicide attacks). He used to condemn these operations in very severe terms, but at the same time, it is clearly determined that the Martyr Yasser Arafat financed these military operations."
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