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PA admits responsibility for 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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PA admits responsibility for terror

PLO official rejects court decision ordering the PA to pay damages to families of Israelis killed in a terror attack that it aided  
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Nov. 20, 2017
Headline: “Majdalani: The occupation’s request of financial compensation for the families of three who were killed is unacceptable”
        “PLO Executive Committee member [and Secretary-General of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF)] Ahmed Majdalani rejected the decision of the Israeli occupation court obligating [the PLO] to pay financial compensation to the families of three settlers who were killed in a Palestinian operation in 2001 (i.e., 3 victims of a terror attack, see note below).
Majdalani said in a statement: ‘The aforementioned decision is a new Israeli way of stealing the money of the Palestinian people.’”

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Fatah official: Abbas, like Arafat, used to support “armed struggle,” but now supports “popular resistance… [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle… the means need to serve the political goal”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2017
Official PA TV host: “I’m returning with you, [Fatah Movement Spokesman] Dr. Osama Al-Qawasmi, to the history of Yasser Arafat.... At the time of the self-sacrificing operations and armed struggle, Yasser Arafat and the Fatah Movement were at the head of the self-sacrificing operations that dealt with military activity on the ground. And when the time for policy came, Yasser Arafat excelled in this path as well, and it may be that he achieved more from it than was achieved in the military activity. [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing the diplomatic political activity, embarrassing Israel in the halls of the UN, and achieving the [fitting] status for Palestine.”

Fatah Movement Spokesman and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi: “Certainly, when Fatah was established at the beginning of January 1965 relying on armed struggle, it did [not] think that armed struggle was the goal, but rather that the rifle was a means, and that this is a legitimate right for all of the peoples who are bowing under occupation. There was a disagreement in the [Fatah] Central Committee... President Mahmoud Abbas supported armed struggle because they wanted to let the world hear the complaint of the Palestinian people through the rifle, bomb, and battles… The wars have changed. Today we rely on the popular resistance and building the institutions, [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle at all, but because we have a goal – and the means need to serve the political goal – we rely on the popular resistance, national unity, strengthening of the Palestinian people’s resolve, and building of the institutions..."


Abbas advisor boasts that Fatah is "the largest force" behind the "popular uprising" but warns against violence while at the same time justifying it 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 20, 2015
     “[Advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs and] Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein… said that most of the Palestinian political forces are participating in the popular uprising, but emphasized that the Fatah movement is the largest force and primary one advancing it... Abu Al-Einein emphasized in an interview with [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that the Palestinian leadership is afraid that this uprising and popular activity will become military, and emphasized that turning it into such will cause damage and be more dangerous to the [Palestinian] public than the Israeli gunfire. Therefore, he called to form a political leadership in the field, so that the uprising will not deviate from its goals. What does the political leadership want from the popular uprising? Abu Al-Einein answered that the popular uprising exhausts Israel and its force, sows fear, and causes financial damage and damage security-wise, and that as long as the Israeli street worries, this is the value of popular uprising… Abu Al-Einein noted that the popular uprising will develop into an intifada in the coming days, but it will not be armed. However, on the same subject, he condemned the American bias, as American law in Texas matches the Palestinian situation, as it states that it is the right of every citizen to kill any armed person who intrudes on his land. According to Abu Al-Einein, the settlers are intruding on lands considered Palestinian, and taking over lands considered Palestinian according to international law, and therefore it is their right to fight the occupation by all means at their disposal.”

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PA Security Forces spokesman states that the PA security establishment “participates with its people in the struggle and defense of Jerusalem” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 7, 2015
        “Official spokesman of the PA Security Forces [and General Political Commissioner] Adnan Al-Damiri condemned the notice of the Hamas movement on the topic of the arrest of the cell that carried out the 'Itamar operation' (i.e., terror attack in which 2 Israelis were shot to death) and the lies, incitement, and fabrications it included, in order to divert attention from the occupation's crimes and the settlers. He stated: 'The continuous attempts of the Hamas leadership to harm the image of the [PA] security establishment, which participates with its people in the struggle and defense of Jerusalem and the Palestinian land, to accuse it of treachery and to slander it, have turned into a broken record whose shame is publicly exposed. [This is] an attempt by Hamas to escape the crisis and distress in of its leadership as a result of its total absence from the defense of Al-Aqsa and blocking the settlers, at a time when we are most in need of unity, cohesiveness and resoluteness against the occupation and its settlers' terror.' He added: 'In these difficult circumstances, the leaders and activists of the Hamas movement have to reevaluate their performance in national terms, and to stop persecuting our people in the dear Gaza Strip, and preventing them from fulfilling their tasks in fighting the occupation, even by peaceful means, and stop exporting its crisis to others."

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Fatah claims responsibility for murder of young Israeli couple in front of their children 
Source: Facebook page of Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Fatah Central Committee Member, Oct. 1, 2015
Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul posted:  “The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah, accepted responsibility for the Itamar operation (i.e., murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin), carried out against settlers, leading to their deaths.”
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The Henkin murders - Israelis Naama and Eitam Henkin (also an American citizen) were murdered in a shooting attack on Oct. 1, 2015, on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh in the West Bank. Their four children, aged 9, 7, 4, and 4 months, were also in the car and witnessed the murders, but were not physically injured.
Five suspects in the murder, members of a Hamas terrorist cell, were arrested by Israel and confessed to the murders. The leader of the group, Ragheb Ahmad Muhammad Aliwi, has served time in an Israeli prison for security related crimes.
Fatah official cites 2nd Intifada as model to confront Israel “against recurring invasions” at Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Sept. 28, 2015
       "Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad, called on our people and the factions of the national activity to go out against the recurring invasions of the first direction of prayer and the third [holiest] Islamic sanctuary (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) by the occupation's forces and settler herds. [Fatah Central Committee member Hamad] stated: 'What distinguishes the fierce popular uprising that followed the outbreak of the second Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005), is the fact that the Palestinian factions united and confronted together against the Israeli unjustified aggression, under the leadership of the eternal late leader Yasser Arafat. This is the sight that we are lacking today."
PA security forces participated in the Intifada 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 16, 2013
Hafez Al-Barghouti, former Editor-in Chief of the official PA daily:
     "It is likely that the wave of criticism being leveled by certain parties against the [PA] security forces is not the ideal way to resist the occupation, since most people active in the resistance came out of those forces, beginning with the Tunnel Intifada in Netanyahu's time in the 90's (1996) up until the [second] Intifada (i.e., the Palestinian terror campaign 2000-2005), during which the security forces bore the brunt of the fighting against the occupation."

Note: “The Tunnel Intifada” refers to 3 days of Palestinian-Israeli fighting in September 1996. When Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu opened a tunnel near the Temple Mount to ease access to and from the Western Wall, Arafat called Palestinians to protest violently.
PA official Nabil Shaath: The Palestinian leadership initiated the armed struggle 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 8, 2011
Headline: “In spite of international threats and pressure that the PA is contending with – Shaath declares that the leadership is determined to apply to the UN, and the price will not be taken into account”
     “In spite of international threats and pressure on the PA to dissuade it from applying to the UN General Assembly for recognition of the Palestinian state as an ‘observer state’ at the UN, the leadership has declared that it will continue with this step. Fatah Central Committee Member and Governor for International Relations Nabil Shaath told WAFA: ‘The price is not being taken into account in the Palestinian leadership’s agenda. Otherwise, we would not have initiated the armed struggle. Any nation that confronts its enemy and wants to end an occupation, pays a price.’ He added: ‘But I’m sure that the Arab states will stand with us and support us in this step and in its ramifications.’
Shaath recalled what the Saudi Arabian Kingdom did two weeks after the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) broke out, when it transferred half a billion dollars and committed to and transferred an additional half billion dollars from the Gulf states. He declared that if the Israelis dare [to act against the PA] or if the United States does anything stupid to cause the Palestinian leadership and people to pay a price, the Great Arab Nation will not abandon the Palestinian people, [but] will stand by it…
He declared that in spite of its limited capabilities and resources, the Palestinian people is rooted on its land. It will not leave and it will oppose the occupation by various ways and means.”
Official PA daily: The PA leadership pushed society into conflict in the second Intifada 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 11, 2011
PLO Ambassador to India and official PA daily columnist, Adli Sadeq:
     “On the Palestinian level, no one disagrees that the armed struggle is difficult, or impossible, under the current conditions. Our obligation right now is to prevent the violation of our commitment to a work plan which will maintain public order, protect society from disruptions, and allow the political players to compensate for the abstention from the most noble means of resistance (when it is strategically possible) –i.e., the armed struggle – by means of advantages and achievements in our political standing. …
The armed forces and groups, wherever they may be, must gather together under the flag of the national entity, with their weapons and with their vision, and must willingly forego their ability to coerce on the internal level. The use of resistance as an excuse is not convincing; Palestinian experience has show us that when the moment of resistance arrives, whether the estimates are mistaken or accurate, it is the legitimate leadership that will be on the frontlines, and that is who will push society into the conflict – as happened in the lengthy second Intifada, when the [PA] security services and Hamas fought together.”
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Official PA daily: During the Intifada the PA permitted use of weapons 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 10, 2011

PLO Ambassador to India and Official PA daily columnist, Adli Sadeq:
     “[During the Intifada] the [Palestinian] Authority gave free rein, maintained unity among all the forces (i.e., PA, Fatah, Hamas and others) in the struggle, permitted [use of] weapons, and showed def iance… In the penultimate chapter, without any rest, brothers who are our partners in the blood tax (i.e., Hamas) fell upon the Palestinian [Authority] entity which unites us, murdering and engaging in accusations of treason. They justif ied their actions with the claim that their brothers (i.e., Fatah) were collaborators. Were the opposite not the case, there would have been no Al-Aqsa Intifada! When the results forced us to return to the option of politics and national resolve upon the land, unity was withheld from us [by Hamas]… the strategic aims of the occupiers (i.e., Israel) having been, and still being, to destroy our ability to realize the two opposite options: politics and resistance!"
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Abbas: “We tried… the Second Intifada” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 24, 2011
     "[Abbas] emphasized that he supports the options that the Arabs will choose, and added: ‘I have said more than once that if the Arabs want war – we are with them. I cannot fight alone. We tried military action during the Second Intifada and during the attack on Gaza at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, after the [Hamas] refusal to renew the ceasefire, and it brought destruction upon us. 25% of the homes in Gaza are still in ruins.’
He noted that he opposes military action and that he believes that popular operations resisting settlement and the [security] fence lead to clear positive results for the Palestinian cause. He noted that 50% of the participants in these demonstrations are Israelis, while 25% are foreigners.
He added: ‘We are determined to continue this activity, and we do not wish to turn to armed struggle, because our capabilities and the international atmosphere do not allow for it.'"
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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Abbas: "We tried the Intifada in 2000" 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Sept. 6, 2010
“We tried the Intifada (PA terror campaign, 2000-2005) in 2000, and it destroyed everything that we had built. If the Arabs would want to fight, we’d be the first to fight. I told them at the [Arab] Summit in Sirt [Libya]: ‘If you want war, take the lead.’ It’s not possible for us [Palestinians] to go ahead alone; they must be first, with us behind them. We shall not permit them to fight using us. One of them [Arab leaders] spoke about resistance. I said to him, ‘The Palestinian people is not interested in resistance. We, as the [National] Authority, are not interested in resistance, Hamas has abandoned resistance, they are preventing [launch of] rockets and they speak of a tahadiyeh [ceasefire]. Therefore, if he [the Arab leader] is interested in resistance, let him carry it out himself. Nothing is easier than raising a banner [that says], ‘Forward, men!’ And half an hour later we’ll get a slap in the face and find ourselves on the floor. It’s not possible for a responsible person to behave this way.”
Former PA Minister: The Intifada "belongs to Yasser Arafat" and the PA security forces 
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]."
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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Dahlan: PA security forces aided Hamas during Intifada 
Source: Al-Arabiya TV, June 16, 2007
Contrary to the popular idea that the Palestinian Authority is pursuing a peace process with Israel and is opposed to the terrorism advocated openly by Hamas, Muhammad Dahlan, a senior PA (Fatah) official, here states openly that PA security forces hid and protected Hamas military leaders and fighters during the Intifada.
Muhammad Dahlan, Senior Fatah MP:

     "Forty percent of the Martyrs in this Intifada belonged to the Palestinian security forces. The Palestinian security forces were those who protected and hid half of the Hamas [military] leadership and of the Hamas military force during the Intifada."
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Abbas admits sending terrorists to kill Israelis 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 14, 2005
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas:
     "I demand [the release of] prisoners because they are human beings, who did what we, we, ordered them to do. We - the [Palestinian] Authority. They should not be punished while we sit at one table negotiating. This is war. One (i.e., Israel) ordered a soldier to kill, and I ordered my son, brother, or others, to carry out the duty of resistance (i.e., euphemism for terror). This person killed and the other person killed. So why say this person's hands are stained with blood, and [he] must be kept in prison?"
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Former PA PM: Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades are part of Fatah and will not be dismantled 
Source: A-Sharq Al Awsat, June 20, 2004
“Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei (Abu Alaa) in an interview to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper during his recent visit to Cairo
Question: “What is the future of the resistance, in light of the Egyptian move, and what about the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – will they be dismantled?”
PM Ahmed Qurei: “Concerning the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, we have already announced clearly that they are part of Fatah, and that we are committed towards them. Fatah takes full responsibility, and we are obliged to ensure three things concerning them, on the basis of their commitment to the PLO political program:
a. Within Fatah – they have the right to carry out political activity. This is the right of every member.
b. To act to assure their personal security, because they are wanted and under threat. We shall achieve this through cooperation between the Quartet, the international community, and the Israelis.
c. To ensure their sustenance, financially and socially, like any member of the fighting personnel in the Fatah ranks, in order that they will have means of sustenance with dignity.
The debate concerning the question of ‘who the Al-Aqsa Brigades are’ has already been clearly decided. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades will not be dismantled, and the question is how we could dismantle them – they are part of Fatah. They will be absorbed within the Fatah institutions, like any other faction.”
Arafat planned every step of Intifada terror 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 28, 2002

Deputy Director of the PA's Political and National Education Authority, Mazen Izz Al-Din:   
     "The Al-Aqsa Intifada (PA terror campaign, 2000-2005) - if we want to be truthful and open, history will reveal one day - that it (the Intifada) and all its directives belong to the President and Supreme Commander Yasser Arafat."
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