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Violence and terror
Rifle veneration
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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Rifle veneration
One expression of Palestinian Authority support for violence is veneration of the rifle. Both in visual and verbal expression, the PA reveres the rifle as a Palestinian symbol as it vows to continue the “armed struggle” against Israel until achieving all its goals. Numerous music videos broadcast on PA TV revolve around the theme of the rifle. In this video, the rifle is presented as “a brother” that will never be “thrown down”:

[PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 4, 2012]

Music videos broadcast on PA TV not only glorify the rifle through song lyrics, but also through dance. This music video, broadcast at a PLO cultural festival, features dancers carrying rifles who sing: “There is no force in the world that can remove the weapon from my hand... He who offers his blood doesn’t care if his blood flows upon the ground... My weapon has emerged.”

[PA TV (Fatah), Oct. 7, 2011] 

This section documents that “the rifle” and glorifying violence is central to PA discourse. Songs at Palestinian cultural events and broadcast on PA TV call for the “liberation of Palestine” and destruction of Israel through violence. The PA’s assurances expressed in international forums that it has abandoned violence and does not seek Israel’s destruction do not correspond to the messages expressed internally. To the world, the PA leaders say they have given up violence and terror. Among Palestinians, violence, symbolized by “the rifle,” continues to be embraced as a Palestinian ideal.

 
Hamas military wing: "Our weapons that have been mixed with the blood of thousands of Martyrs are the symbol of victory… [and] will continue to be legitimate against the thieving Zionist entity" 
Source: Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency)‎, Nov. 28, 2017
Headline: “The Al-Qassam [Brigades]: The weapons of the resistance are against the occupation”
      “The [Izz A-Din] Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas Movement, emphasized that the weapons of the Palestinian resistance will continue to be legitimate against the oppressive ‘Israeli’ occupation. On their Twitter account this evening, Tuesday [Nov. 28, 2017], the brigades said: ‘Our weapons that have been mixed with the blood of thousands of Martyrs (Shahids) are the symbol of victory, and the headline of the discourse with the “Israeli” occupier,’ and they emphasized that, ‘Our weapons will continue to be legitimate against the thieving Zionist entity.’”

Rifle appears in wall mural at PA school in Nablus 
Source: Facebook page of PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam, Nov. 16, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Minister of Education Sabri Saidam

Posted text: “An evening of the keffiyeh (Arab headdress) of the free people on Keffiyeh Day at our schools inside and outside the homeland, a clear national holiday that we experienced together at the schools of beloved Nablus, and here are the pictures:”

The image shows a wall mural at a PA school in Nablus. The mural includes a drawing of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat wearing a keffiyeh. On the mural is written: “The keffiyeh unites us,” and at the start of the word “keffiyeh” appears a drawing of an AK-47 assault rifle (marked by an arrow) .
Guest on PA TV calls on the PA to give a rifle to every citizen, and for Fatah to return to armed conflict “as long as the occupation continues”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 14, 2017
Author and political analyst Hani Abu Zaid: "We are still pulling out the rifle as long as there is an occupation, and as long as there are settlements… The intifada - even if it has stopped and those who returned have returned to the homeland - it is a tide. We are still witness until this moment to an intifada that has been going on for the last 100 years. It is sometimes motionless and [sometimes] continues to flare up, and it will flare up much more as long as the settlement continues, and as long as-"
PA TV host: "The occupation continues."
Hani Abu Zaid: "And as long as the two-state solution is on the verge of death. As long as the settlers carry and pull out weapons, there is no choice but to talk through weapons, and our people will begin [to do so] again. We must give a gift to our people, a rifle for every citizen, as the occupation is currently planting a weapon in the home of every settler – every Israeli citizen has a weapon. It cannot be that we will refrain from pulling out weapons – and [all of] this will come in the future if the situation continues.”

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Fatah official: “The weapons of the resistance are pure… Whoever harms the weapons is not a patriot” but “a traitor” “Let these weapons multiply” 
Source: Al-Alam, local Hebron radio station, Nov. 9, 2017

Alam radio host:
"In Israel, everyone is always asking: 'What will happen with the weapons of the resistance?'”
Fatah Movement Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: "The weapons of the resistance are pure, and must be kept. We are increasing our training daily and strengthening our capabilities for the appropriate day, because we are not like sheep going to the slaughter. Whoever harms the weapons of the resistance is not a patriot, and we must look at him in a different light, because these weapons are being used under occupation in a manner that is in accordance with the national decision. They can be beneficial if they are used, and they have a great effect on the other side, Israel. If there was peace and Israeli withdrawal, then perhaps this [issue] could be raised, and we would not treat one who raises it as a traitor... It is forbidden to talk about the topic of the weapons at all... We have brigades in the Gaza Strip, and now we will resume arming them even more... In the Fatah Central Committee we forbid raising the topic [of disarmament]. Let these weapons multiply and become more sophisticated... All talk of disarmament is consistent with [the interests of] Israel, while the talk of controlling [the weapons] is preparation for the coming day of battle."
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Fatah FB posts girl’s drawing of Hamas head and Arafat together with rifles 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 6, 2017

Image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows a drawing made by a Palestinian girl, Nedaa Abu Rawaa (name in upper right corner.) The drawing shows former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat on the left and Hamas founder and former head Ahmed Yassin on the right. Between them at the top is a picture of the Dome of the Rock with clasped arms above it, a rifle behind it, and a handshake below it between a green hand representing Hamas and a yellow hand representing Fatah - referring to the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation. To the left and right of the hands is written "Palestine." Behind all of this is a sun in the colors of the Palestinian flag. At the bottom are two crossed rifles with "Palestine" written between them, and below them is a handshake - also between green and yellow hands, referring to the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation.
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Ahmed Yassin - Founder and former head of the terrorist organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous terror attacks and the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians.
Fatah branch posts image of rifle 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Oct. 26, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: “Fatah person, raise your forehead”

The image shows an AK-47 assault rifle, a handgun, and bullets against a background of the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Text under the logo: “Fatah Movement, Bethlehem branch”
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Fatah Facebook glorifies the second Intifada with image of masked armed men 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Oct. 26, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text:
“A souvenir picture from the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005)
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s military wing) – Bethlehem”

The image shows rows of masked men dressed in black clothes wearing keffiyehs (Arab headdresses) on their heads along with yellow Fatah headbands, and carrying various t ypes of rifles.
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Fatah student movement post features terrorist Marwan Barghouti and a rifle 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Apr. 14, 2017


Image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Post by Fatah's Shabiba student movement for the elections at An-Najah University. The image shows a rifle and a picture of Marwan Barghouti, an imprisoned Palestinian terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered, making the "V" for victory with his handcuffed hands. Barghouti is also a PA parliament member and a Fatah Central Committee member.

Text to right of rifle: "2 – the number [to vote for Fatah] in the elections"
Text on the rifle: "The Martyrs' (Shahids') cell"
Text at bottom: "[Fatah's] Shabiba Student Movement
The university of siege and victory [An-Najah University]
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Marwan Barghouti – Palestinian terrorist who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one attack in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001) in which Greek monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorist Ismail Radaida and another unidentified terrorist, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen, 45, was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Sea Food Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, 53, Yosef Habi, 52, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, 33, were murdered by terrorist Ibrahim Hasouna. When arrested by Israel in 2002, Barghouti headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament. On Dec. 4, 2016, he was elected to Fatah's Central
Relief commemorating terrorists depicts map of “Palestine” together with gun 
Source: Facebook page of Adnan Al-Damiri, the official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, Apr. 13, 2017

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Security Forces Official Spokesman Adnan Al-Damiri

Posted text: “The history of the struggle and culture throughout Dura, in front of the wall reliefs of the giants Mahmoud Darwish (i.e., Palestinian poet), Majed Abu Sharar (i.e., senior Fatah and PLO leader from the 1970s), and Bajes Abu Atwan (i.e., Fatah terrorist killed while fighting against Israel in 1974), with friends from the good times in prison and university, hosted by Al-Quds Open University, its [Fatah student movement] Shabiba, and its administration.”

The image shows a wall relief of Bajes Abu Atwan. In the center of the relief appears the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, with the right edge of the map formed by an assault rifle.
Text above relief: “Wall relief of Martyr (Shahid) Bajes Abu Atwan ‘Abu Shanar’:”
 
Fatah posts image of masked armed man on Facebook, calls to end Hamas “coup” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Apr. 8, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows an old Fatah logo featuring the head of a man masked in a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and armed with an assault rifle. The word “Fatah” appears over his face on a red background. Underneath, the Palestinian flag and an olive branch are seen.
Text on image: “Fatah – The eternal revolution and Storm (i.e., “Al-Asifa,” Fatah military unit) and the flame of the armed struggle”

Posted text: “The processions that will be held tomorrow [April 7, 2017] in Gaza need to focus on ending the [Hamas] coup (see note below –Ed.), because its end is the prelude to solving all of the Gaza Strip’s problems, and not just the reduction of the [public employees’] salaries”

2007 Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip - Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah won the 2005 Palestinian Authority Presidential election. However, Hamas won the 2006 parliamentary elections in both the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with a majority of 74 out of 132 seats, to Fatah’s 45 seats. Fatah’s rule of the PA Presidency and Hamas’ rule of the PA government led to friction and eventually armed conflict between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas defeated Fatah militarily in the Gaza Strip in 2007, and since then Hamas rules in Gaza while the PA continues to rule the West Bank under Fatah.
First prize in competition funded by U.S. and E.U. goes to drawing of Palestinian family holding AK-47 next to map of "Palestine" erasing Israel 
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 29, 2017
Headline: “Ru’a Amjad – young talent rises in professional drawing”


     “Seventeen-year-old student Ru’a Amjad from the Salfit High School for Girls won first place in the "What is a Fighting Woman in Your Eyes?" competition, which was organized by the [PLO -affiliated] Women’s Technical Affairs Committee in partnership with the Salfit school…
It should be noted that the "What is a Fighting Woman in Your Eyes?" competition was held by the Women’s Affairs Technical Committee as part of the youth initiatives that it is holding in 20 regions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in order to support the political participation of women. This is part of the My Right to [My] Future project, which is being held in partnership with the CARE organization (i.e., a relief organization with US governmental funding) and with European Union funding.”

The article includes an image of Ru’a Amjad holding her drawing that won first place. The drawing shows the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas in the colors of the Palestinian flag, symbolizing political sovereignty over the entire area. Next to it a man, woman, and child are seen standing alongside an AK-47 assault rifle.
Child on PA TV sings: "See how the rifle has opened the prison gates" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 27, 2017
Official PA TV program I Call You, hosting the niece of prisoner Saleh Abu Shusha - who is serving a 14 year sentence (Palestinian Media Watch has been unable to verify the nature of his crimes) - who sings him a song
Niece of prisoner Saleh Abu Shusha: “Place sword against sword,
The owner will get back what is coming to him,
See how the rifle has opened the prison gates,
We will hear joy and great celebration,
In the name of Allah, we will not leave a prisoner
Whose mother will shed tears because of his absence”
Fatah FB: "I will live as a self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’i)" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 21, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text and text on image: “I will live as a self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’i) until [Palestine] returns”

The image shows a man masked in a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) holding an assault rifle, and behind him the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. In the upper left corner appears the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine.”
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Fatah FB post shows Fatah logo with AK-47 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 19, 2017
Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “The idea did not die with the deaths of its creators, but rather is igniting, rising, and growing in strength and intensity. Whoever thinks that it can be extinguished and die is mistaken, as this is an idea that is not prepared to do anything but spread.”

The picture shows an AK-47 assault rifle laid over the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
Text at top right of image: “#52_Fatah”
Text at bottom of image: “Fatah is eternal and its giving is eternal”
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Fatah Facebook post promotes violence: "From my wounds, my weapon has emerged" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 7, 2017

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows armed men.

Posted text: "My weapon has emerged"
Text on image:
"From my wounds, my weapon has emerged.
Oh, our revolution, my weapon has emerged.
There is no force in the world that can remove the weapon from my hand.
My path is bitter, your path is bitter, tread on my ribs and advance
How much this revolutionary people has sacrificed to live freely."
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Fatah glorifies intifada and Martyrdom: We will "remain the spearhead in the struggle with the Zionist enemy" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 16, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
“A statement from the Palestinian National Liberation Movement ‘Fatah’:
O masses of the heroic Palestinian people,
O descendants of the first Martyrs (Shahids) and bearers of the flag of the struggle,
O protectors of Jerusalem and the holy sites, and gatekeepers of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,
O those who exalted Allah chose to defend the land of the fathers, to protect their national heritage, and to continue the path of the revolution that was started by the first leaders, who protected their achievements with their souls and died while still defending our honor and our national identity... 

Your movement [Fatah] – the movement of the Martyrs, wounded, and prisoners, which initiated the first Launch (Intilaqa) and led the outbreak of the first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993) and the intifadas and uprisings that came after it, is still loyal to the promise of the Martyrs and the sighs of the prisoners and wounded. It will remain the spearhead in the struggle with the Zionist enemy and will continue to raise our issue in the world. We will not raise the white flag, and we will not bow except before Allah... Together until the establishment of the independent Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem, this is a revolution until victory."

The image shows the Fatah logo, which includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
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Fatah FB glorifies murderer of 9: "He loved the game ‘Jews and Arabs’... He always played the role of the Arab who, with his simple weapon, attacked the treacherous Jew" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 14, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “The anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of quick-responding Raed Al-Karmi
Jan. 14 of every year is the anniversary of the death as a Martyr of quick-responding heroic commander Raed Sa’id Al-Karmi ‘Abu Filastin’ from the city of Tulkarem, and of the outstanding founding commanders of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s military wing) in the West Bank districts…
He loved the game ‘Jews and Arabs,’ a game that children of the neighborhood would play. He always played the role of the Arab who, with his simple weapon, attacked the treacherous Jew who occupied his homeland and settled in it…
Fear began to permeate the ranks of the occupation army when Al-Karmi succeeded in killing approximately 12 Israeli soldiers and civilians (sic., 9), and thus a decision was made to assassinate him by the most senior leader of the [Zionist] entity state, criminal [former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon…
Our heroic Martyr Al-Karmi died from an explosive that the Zionist Israeli Security Agency planted in the wall of the cemetery, next to which he passed on his way to his wife in the eastern part of the city of Tulkarem on Jan. 14, 2002."
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Fatah FB pic shows terrorist who murdered 9 holding M-16 semi-assault rifle 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 12, 2017
Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
"#Falcon_ of_the[_Al-Aqsa_Martyrs']_Brigades (i.e., Fatah's military wing)
#The_settler_hunter
#Martyr (Shahid)_commander #Raed_Al-Karmi (i.e., terrorist, responsible for the murder of 9 Israelis)"

The image shows terrorist Raed Al-Karmi wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and holding an M-16 semi-assault rifle, and the Dome of the Rock in the background.

Text on image:
"Falcon of the Brigades
Martyr
Raed Al-Karmi
2002-2017
#The_settler_hunter"
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Raed Al-Karmi – was a senior Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) operative and responsible for the murder of 9 Israelis in several attacks: Etgar Zeituni and Motti Dayan on Jan. 23, 2001; Zvi Shelef on May 31, 2001; Danny Yehuda on June 18, 2001; Elie Na’aman on July 4, 2001; Dov Roseman on Aug. 26, 2001; Hananya Ben Avraham on Oct. 5, 2001; soldier Yaniv Levy on Aug. 28, 2001 and Israeli army officer Erez Merhavi on Sept. 6, 2001. Al-Karmi was killed by the Israeli army on Jan. 14, 2002.
Fatah FB glorifies "Martyr" who murdered 9 Israelis 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 12, 2017
Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: "Jan. 14, 2002 - in two days it will be the anniversary of the assassination of Martyr (Shahid) commander quick-responding Raed Al-Karmi (i.e., terrorist, responsible for the murder of 9), a senior member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s military wing) in Tulkarem"
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Raed Al-Karmi – was a senior Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) operative and responsible for the murder of 9 Israelis in several attacks: Etgar Zeituni and Motti Dayan on Jan. 23, 2001; Zvi Shelef on May 31, 2001; Danny Yehuda on June 18, 2001; Elie Na’aman on July 4, 2001; Dov Roseman on Aug. 26, 2001; Hananya Ben Avraham on Oct. 5, 2001; soldier Yaniv Levy on Aug. 28, 2001 and Israeli army officer Erez Merhavi on Sept. 6, 2001. Al-Karmi was killed by the Israeli army on Jan. 14, 2002.
Fatah FB: We watered our land with blood 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 4, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “Fatah means full readiness to sacrifice and faith in Allah, and afterwards in the inevitable victory, in the justice of the cause, and in the national unity.
We were born as rebels on the land of [Prophet] Muhammad’s Night Journey and Ascent to Heaven; we carried out intifada as free men and we embraced the land in purity and washed in blood with which we watered our land for freedom and independence.”

The image shows a man with his head covered in a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) reclining next to a rifle and a coffee pot on a portable gas stove, while looking out into a narrow ravine. A picture of the Dome of the Rock is superimposed on the ravine, so that it appears as if the man is looking at it.
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