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Violence and terror
Palestinian responses to terror attacks
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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Palestinian responses to terror attacks

PA daily falsely claims that murdered young Israeli woman was a “soldier” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 10, 2019
Headline: "The occupation claimed that the young person that was arrested in Ramallah is suspected in the murder of a female soldier…"
      "The occupation police spokesman announced that during the raid the occupation army carried out yesterday [Feb. 8, 2019] in Ramallah, a young person was arrested who is suspected in the murder of a female soldier in the occupation army (sic., Ori Ansbacher was not a soldier, she was a civilian volunteer performing national service; see note below)… The body of Ori Ansbacher (19) was found on Thursday evening [Feb. 7, 2019] in southern occupied Jerusalem, and she was buried on Friday at the settlement of Tekoa. In a statement, the Israeli Security Agency revealed the identity of the ‘central suspect in the crime’ – in its words – and he is Arafat Arfia (29)."
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Ori Ansbacher –19-year-old Israeli woman who was brutally attacked and stabbed to death in Jerusalem on Feb. 7, 2019. The suspect, 29-year-old Palestinian Arafat Arfiah, was apprehended on Feb. 8, 2019.
PA minister criticizes Israel for searching in mosque for murderer as “cowardly attack against a religious and sacred place of worship… [which] constitutes part of a series of daily attacks against our... holy sites” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 9, 2019
      "A special Israeli force of undercover soldiers raided the Jamal Abd Al-Nasser Mosque in the heart of El-Bireh yesterday evening [Feb. 8, 2019] and took the film from its security cameras (in order to find the suspect in the brutal murder of an Israeli woman; see note below –Ed.)…
[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida'is condemned the attack against the sanctity of the Jamal Abd Al-Nasser Mosque under baseless and unacceptable pretexts. Ida'is said in a press statement that this cowardly attack against a religious and sacred place of worship, without any consideration for its sanctity and its religious and spiritual value, constitutes part of a series of daily attacks against our Islamic and Christian holy sites, and particularly the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the pearl of Palestine, by the occupation forces and unbridled settlers and under political cover of the right-wing occupation government. Ida'is demanded that the international community defend the Islamic and Christian holy sites in Palestine from these attacks, which have become systematic."
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Fatah official praises terror attack as a “great thing” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 16, 2018
Headline: "Abbas Zaki to SHMS News: We are proudly following the Givat Assaf operation, and you will soon hear of the absolute cessation of the security coordination"
     "Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki today (Thursday) [Dec. 13, 2018] welcomed the Givat Assaf operation in which 4 Israelis were murdered and wounded (i.e., 2 murdered and 2 wounded) by shooting east of Ramallah. Abbas Zaki said: 'We are proudly following the events in the West Bank. The young Palestinians are avenging a blood vengeance – three Martyrs (Shahids) (refers to terrorist murderers Ashraf Na’alwa and Saleh Barghouti who were killed resisting arrest, and possibly terrorist Majdi Mteir who was killed while committing a stabbing attack; see notes below –Ed.) for three Israelis. (Not clear who Zaki is referring to as there have been 5 Israeli murder victims in recent attacks –ED.) This is a great thing.'"

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Fatah official “welcomes” terror attack in which 2 Israelis were killed: “We are proudly following the events” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 16, 2018
This article appeared in the following locations: SHMS News Agency, Dec. 13, 2018; official Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, Dec. 13, 2018; official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 16, 2018

Headline: "Abbas Zaki to SHMS News: We are proudly following the Givat Assaf operation, and you will soon hear of the absolute cessation of the security coordination"
     "Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki today (Thursday) [Dec. 13, 2018] welcomed the Givat Assaf operation in which 4 Israelis were murdered and wounded (i.e., 2 murdered and 2 wounded) by shooting east of Ramallah). Abbas Zaki said: 'We are proudly following the events in the West Bank. The young Palestinians are avenging a blood vengeance – three Martyrs (Shahids) (refers to terrorist murderers Ashraf Na’alwa and Saleh Barghouti who were killed resisting arrest, and possibly terrorist Majdi Mteir who was killed while committing a stabbing attack; see notes below –Ed.) for three Israelis. (not clear who Zaki is referring to as there have been 5 Israeli murder victims in recent attacks –ED.) This is a great thing.'"
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In wake of deadly terror attacks, the Palestinian Democratic Union calls for escalation of violence, “particularly next to the settlements” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 15, 2018
Headline: “FIDA called to strengthen the popular cohesion and national unity, and to escalate the means of popular resistance”

The Palestinian Democratic Union FIDA called on the members of our people wherever they are throughout historical Palestine (i.e., Palestinian term that includes all of Israel and the PA areas), and particularly in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, to escalate all of the means of popular resistance and to go out to the field, particularly at the points of conflict with the occupation forces and the areas of friction with the settlers, and particularly next to the settlements and the racist annexation and expansion wall. It also called on them to stand against the occupation soldiers and its settler herds to block them and force them to stop the series of attacks that have been strengthening over the recent hours against the citizens, their vehicles, and their property.
FIDA emphasized that the message sent by the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) (apparently refers to terrorists Saleh Barghouti and Ashraf Na’alwa who were killed resisting arrest and terrorist Majdi Mteir who was killed while committing a stabbing attack; see notes below –Ed.) is directed to the occupation and its arrogance, and its message is that the continuation of this occupation and arrogance will not remain without a cost, and that every action has a response and our people will not calm down and will not be silent over the continuation of these crimes.”

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Fatah official justifies terror attack in which 2 were murdered: Terror attacks are responses to Israel’s alleged “policy of summary execution” against innocent Palestinians 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 13, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “When the occupation army soldiers do as they please on the Palestinian land and sow ruin and destruction in it, and when Israeli soldiers implement a policy of summary executions against the members of our people and execute three young Palestinians in one night, Israel must understand that the extent of the Palestinian response will be according to the extent of these attacks. Its leaders must understand that they are unable to defend even their soldiers (refers to Givat Assaf attack in which 2 Israeli soldiers were murdered –Ed.). They have attempted all of the criminal means to force our people to submit and wave a white flag, but all of their attempts have failed. Only one path remains for Israel that will ensure the wellbeing of its soldiers and settlers: full withdrawal by the occupation and its murderous settlers to the June 4, 1967 borders.
- Head of the Fatah Movement Mobilization and Organization Commission’s Information Office Munir Al-Jaghoub"
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Fatah justifies terror attack in which 2 Israelis were killed as a legitimate reaction to threats against Abbas 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 13, 2018

The image shows the scene of the Givat Assaf shooting attack in which 2 Israelis were murdered. An armed Israeli soldier is standing next to a cement block at the bus stop where the attack occurred. On the cement block is a poster showing PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ face inside of rifle sights and the text: “Eliminate those who fund murder!”

Text on image:
“Every action has a reaction”
Posted text: “A picture from the site of the operation (i.e., terror attack, 2 murdered) today [Dec. 13, 2018]”

Givat Assaf shooting attack – a terrorist shot and murdered 2 Israelis and seriously wounded 2 others in a shooting attack next to Givat Assaf, near Ramallah, on Dec. 13, 2018. The terrorist fled the scene in a car driven by another terrorist. As of Dec. 13, 2018, they have not been apprehended.
Following terror attack in which 2 were killed, Abbas' office condemns “unacceptable wave of violence” but blames it on Israel: "Our constant policy is the rejection of violence, invasions, and settler terror" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Dec. 13, 2018
     "In response to the events taking place in the West Bank (apparently referring to fatal terror attacks in Ofra and Givat Assaf and the killing of terrorists involved in the Ofra and Barkan attacks; see notes below –Ed.), the [PA] Presidential Office said in a statement that the atmosphere that has been created by the policy of recurring invasions of the [Palestinian] cities, the incitement against His Honor [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas], and the lack of a prospect of peace is what has led to this unacceptable wave of violence, which we condemn and reject, and the price of which the two sides are paying. The Presidential Office emphasized that our constant policy is the rejection of violence, invasions, and settler terror, [and] that it is necessary to stop the incitement and avoid creating an atmosphere that will contribute to tension.
The Presidential Office emphasized that the president’s constant position is to end the occupation, establish the independent State of Palestine whose capital is East Jerusalem in the June 4, 1967, borders, and [honor] the decisions of the international institutions and international law – [all of] which will provide everyone with security, stability, and peace."
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Image posted on official Fatah Facebook page shows Israeli Military Advocate General Sharon Afek, falsely claims he was wounded in terror attack 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 10, 2018
Image posted on official Fatah Facebook page shows Israeli Military Advocate General Sharon Afek, falsely claims he was wounded in terror attack

Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The picture shows Israeli Military Advocate General Sharon Afek.

Posted text: "[Israeli] Military Advocate General of the occupation army [Sharon Afek] was severely wounded in the shooting operation (i.e., terror attack) next to Ofra (sic., there is no indication that Afek was present or wounded in the attack).
#Ofra_Operation""

Ofra shooting attack - Palestinian terrorists shot and wounded 7 Israelis - a pregnant woman, her husband, another man, and 4 teenagers - in a drive-by shooting attack next to Ofra, north of Jerusalem, on Dec. 9, 2018. The pregnant woman was severely wounded and doctors had to deliver her baby prematurely before operating on her. The baby died three days later. The terrorists fled the scene but were located three days later. One terrorist, Saleh Omar Saleh Barghouti, was shot and killed by the Israeli army during the attempt to apprehend him, while other terrorists were taken into custody. The Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas' military wing) claimed responsibility for the attack.
 
Image posted on official Fatah Facebook page shows a missing Israeli woman, falsely claims she was killed in terror attack 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 10, 2018
Image posted on official Fatah Facebook page shows a missing Israeli woman, falsely claims she was killed in terror attack

Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The picture shows a woman that the official Fatah Facebook page claims was murdered in the terror attack near Ofra on Dec. 9, 2018. At the time of the posting of the picture no one injured in the attack had died. The photo is apparently that of an Israeli woman in her 50ies who went missing a few days before the attack, according to Russian websites.

Posted text: "A picture of the 30-year-old female settler who was murdered (sic., severely wounded, photo apparently that of an Israeli woman in her 50ies who went missing a few days before the attack -Ed.) in the shooting operation (i.e., terror attack) next to Ramallah."

Ofra shooting attack - Palestinian terrorists shot and wounded 7 Israelis - a pregnant woman, her husband, another man, and 4 teenagers - in a drive-by shooting attack next to Ofra, north of Jerusalem, on Dec. 9, 2018. The pregnant woman was severely wounded and doctors had to deliver her baby prematurely before operating on her. The baby died three days later. The terrorists fled the scene but were located three days later. One terrorist, Saleh Omar Saleh Barghouti, was shot and killed by the Israeli army during the attempt to apprehend him, while other terrorists were taken into custody. The Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas' military wing) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Image posted on Fatah Facebook page in wake of terror attack shows armed men in military uniform, refers to attack as “the shooting operation” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 9, 2018
Image posted on Fatah Facebook page in wake of terror attack shows armed men in military uniform, refers to attack as “the shooting operation”

Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The picture shows masked men in military uniforms with assault rifles and yellow Fatah headbands, some of them holding Fatah flags.

Posted text: "The occupation's doctors are attempting to resuscitate the female settler who was wounded in the shooting operation (i.e., terror attack) next to Ofra."

Ofra shooting attack - Palestinian terrorists shot and wounded 7 Israelis - a pregnant woman, her husband, another man, and 4 teenagers - in a drive-by shooting attack next to Ofra, north of Jerusalem, on Dec. 9, 2018. The pregnant woman was severely wounded and doctors had to deliver her baby prematurely before operating on her. The baby died three days later. The terrorists fled the scene but were located three days later. One terrorist, Saleh Omar Saleh Barghouti, was shot and killed by the Israeli army during the attempt to apprehend him, while other terrorists were taken into custody. The Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas' military wing) claimed responsibility for the attack.
 
Fatah illustrates informative post on terror attack that wounded 7 with photo of armed Fatah militants 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 9, 2018

Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The picture shows masked men in military uniforms with assault rifles and yellow Fatah headbands, some of them holding Fatah flags.

Posted text: "The occupation's doctors are attempting to resuscitate the female settler who was wounded in the shooting operation (i.e., terror attack) next to Ofra."
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Ofra shooting attack – terrorists shot and wounded 7 Israelis - a pregnant woman, her husband, another man, and 4 teenagers - in a drive-by shooting attack next to Ofra, north of Jerusalem, on Dec. 9, 2018. The terrorists have not been apprehended as of Dec. 12, 2018.
PA TV presents car ramming attack as a car accident, terrorist driver is a "Martyr" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 26, 2018
Official PA TV News, on car ramming attack by terrorist Ramzi Adnan Abu Yabes

Official PA TV reporter: “Martyr (Shahid) Ramzi Adnan Abu Yabes (i.e., terrorist, wounded 3), 32, from among the residents of the Deheisheh [refugee] camp south of Bethlehem, was about to encounter a despicable crime of execution by occupation soldiers, after they were involved in a traffic accident with him between the towns of Beit Ummar and Halhul, such that he became a new victim of the occupation’s aggression...
Eyewitnesses said that young Abu Yabes lost control of his car near the settlement of Beit Ummar, after he was surprised by a group of occupation soldiers on the road as his car hit some of them, before the occupation soldiers showered him with heavy fire, denied him medical assistance, and afterwards took his body.”

Ramzi Adnan Abu Yabes – Palestinian terrorist who rammed his car into Israeli soldiers near Hebron on Nov. 26, 2018, wounding 3. Other soldiers shot and killed him at the scene.
Hamas TV broadcasts message from Hamas during clash with Israel expressing pride in “our wonderful people, who stood behind the resistance and supported it”  
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 13, 2018
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), message from Hamas during direct broadcast from the Gaza Strip

Visual:
Text on screen:
“Urgent news item
Hamas: We express our appreciation of and pride in our wonderful people, who stood behind the resistance and supported it.”

Israel-Hamas clash in November 2018 – an Israeli special forces unit entered the Gaza Strip on a secret mission on Nov. 11, 2018, and exchanged fire with Palestinian terrorists after being exposed. An Israeli lieutenant colonel and 7 terrorists – including Hamas Commander of Khan Yunis Nour Barakeh – were killed in the exchange. Following the incident Hamas fired hundreds of missiles at Israeli civilian targets, wounding a number of Israelis and killing a Palestinian worker in Ashkelon, and Israel bombed a number of terror targets in Gaza. A ceasefire was reached on Nov. 14, 2018.

Fatah Facebook mocks Israeli civilians fleeing to bomb shelters from Hamas rockets 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 13, 2018

Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: "Going down to the shelters, their hearts filled with fear"

The picture shows Israeli ambulances and an emergency medical team in the street at night, apparently somewhere in Southern Israel while hundreds of missiles were being fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Nov. 12 and 13, 2018.
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Hamas-aligned news site mocks Israelis seeking shelter from rockets: Ashkelon became a "ghost town" 
Source: Facebook page of the Palestinian Information Center, independent Palestinian news website, Nov. 13, 2018

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Palestinian Information Center, an independent Palestinian news website aligned with Hamas

Posted text: "The Palestinian resistance is turning the occupied Ashkelon settlement into a ghost town as a result of the repeated missile attacks."

The image shows a woman with a doll sitting in a rocking chair with ghosts around her in the middle of a street. In the forefront are two street signs.

Text on upper sign: “Ashkelon is a ghost town”
Text on lower sign: “Emigration from Palestine under the resistance’s missiles”
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Note: The picture of the woman in the chair is taken from the cover of a 2013 American horror movie The Conjuring
Hamas-aligned news site encourages Israelis in Hebrew to flee Hamas rockets 
Source: Facebook page of the Palestinian Information Center, independent Palestinian news website, Nov. 13, 2018

Cartoon posted on the Facebook page of the Palestinian Information Center, an independent Palestinian news website affiliated with Hamas

The cartoon shows a woman and child walking away from Ashkelon, which is marked by a sign with the city’s logo and its name in English and Hebrew. A building with “IAI” (Israel Aerospace Industries) written on it alongside the IAI logo is seen sending signals through a transmitter to aircraft flying overhead. Transmitters are also seen sending signals from on top of residential buildings in the background.

Text on image in Hebrew: "The army is using the city [of Ashkelon] in the cruel operations against us, and therefore we will respond to this.
It is preferable to move as far away from the city as possible."
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Israel-Hamas clash in November 2018 – an Israeli special forces unit entered the Gaza Strip on a secret mission on Nov. 11, 2018, and exchanged fire with Palestinian terrorists after being exposed. An Israeli lieutenant colonel and 7 terrorists – including Hamas Commander of Khan Yunis Nour Barakeh – were killed in the exchange. Following the incident Hamas fired hundreds of missiles at Israeli civilian targets, wounding a number of Israelis and killing a Palestinian worker in Ashkelon, and Israel bombed a number of terror targets in Gaza. A ceasefire was reached on Nov. 14, 2018.
Hamas TV station shows young Palestinians celebrating “the Palestinian resistance’s great achievement” of firing hundreds of rackets at Israeli communities 
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 13, 2018

Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), live broadcast from the Gaza Strip


Al-Aqsa TV host: “In a live broadcast we are seeing young Palestinians waving flags of Palestine, expressing the Palestinian resistance’s great achievement (see note below –Ed.).”

Israel-Hamas clash in November 2018 – an Israeli special forces unit entered the Gaza Strip on a secret mission on Nov. 11, 2018, and exchanged fire with Palestinian terrorists after being exposed. An Israeli lieutenant colonel and 7 terrorists – including Hamas Commander of Khan Yunis Nour Barakeh – were killed in the exchange. Following the incident Hamas fired hundreds of missiles at Israeli civilian targets, wounding a number of Israelis and killing a Palestinian worker in Ashkelon, and Israel bombed a number of terror targets in Gaza. A ceasefire was reached on Nov. 14, 2018.
Hamas TV station reports on Palestinians in Gaza holding spontaneous demonstrations “out of joy” over the “resistance’s achievements,” i.e., launching hundreds of rockets at Israeli cities  
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 13, 2018
Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) newscast

Al-Aqsa TV newsreader: “Spontaneous demonstrations were held in the streets of the Gaza Strip today [Nov. 13, 2018] after the evening prayers, out of joy over the Palestinian resistance’s achievements in the latest round of escalation with the Zionist enemy.”

Israel-Hamas clash in November 2018 – an Israeli special forces unit entered the Gaza Strip on a secret mission on Nov. 11, 2018, and exchanged fire with Palestinian terrorists after being exposed. An Israeli lieutenant colonel and 7 terrorists – including Hamas Commander of Khan Yunis Nour Barakeh – were killed in the exchange. Following the incident Hamas fired hundreds of missiles at Israeli civilian targets , wounding a number of Israelis and killing a Palestinian worker in Ashkelon, and Israel bombed a number of terror targets in Gaza. A ceasefire was reached on Nov. 14, 2018.
PA Foreign Ministry condemns terror attack in Pittsburgh synagogue: "This type of terror… targets anyone who differs in their appearance, race, religion, or path" 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 28, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemns the terror attack against a synagogue in Pennsylvania”
     “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned the terror attack that was carried out yesterday (Saturday) [Oct. 27, 2018] against a synagogue in Pittsburgh, which is in the state of Pennsylvania in the US, and which cost the lives of Jewish American citizens and police officers (11 people were murdered and others were injured in the attack –Ed.) The ministry also condemned the harming of houses of worship by the same terrorists filled with an inherent and decayed fascist ideology, which is based on the supremacy of the white race and its hegemony. It added: ‘This type of terror is the most dangerous because it is inside the society and targets anyone who differs in their appearance, race, religion, or path.’ The ministry emphasized our solidarity with the American people, who is suffering in an ongoing manner from the phenomenon of terror, and [emphasized] our condolences for the bereaved families."
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