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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.

 
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.
Fatah FB post commemorating Fatah’s first terror attack: “The revolution continues, and we will not drop the rifle” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 7, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat with a group of people, most of them, including Arafat, are carrying assault rifles and wearing military uniforms.

Text on image and in post: “The 54th anniversary of the Intilaqa (i.e., “the Launch” of Fatah when it carried out its first attempted terror attack)
The revolution continues, and we will not drop the rifle”

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Fatah Facebook post: “How could we let the resistance (Hamas) be condemned as terror when we are the ones who fired the first bullet?“ 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 7, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on the left and former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat – founder of the PLO and Fatah terror organizations in the 1960s, and former chairman of the PA holding an assault rifle on the right. Below Arafat is 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 on image and in post: “How could we let the resistance be condemned as terror when we are the ones who fired the first bullet?
#Thanks_Your_Honor_[PA_]President[_Mahmoud_Abbas]
#Thanks_[PA_Minister_of_Foreign_Affairs_]Riyad_Mansour
#Long_live_Fatah”

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"The UN allows the Palestinian people to use the armed struggle… the rifle will never fall" - says senior Fatah official 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 11, 2018

Official PA TV program
Palestine This Morning, on the anniversary of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat’s death

Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “[UN] Resolution 3236 was passed which allows the Palestinian people to use all types of struggle – including the armed struggle … [Arafat] said to them: ‘‘I’ve come to you bearing an olive branch in one hand and a revolutionary’s gun in the other hand. Do not let the green branch fall from my hand.’’ He did not say: ‘‘[Let] the rifle [fall],’’ because the rifle will never fall, even today. We don't want to use the struggle, because we know that Israel is waiting for the opportunity to erase us from the land.
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Fatah website posts cartoon praising Barkan terror attack in which 2 were killed, depicting a rearing horse with a firing rifle for a head  
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Oct. 18, 2018

Cartoon published on Falestinona, website of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon

Headline: “#The_Barkan_settlement_operation (i.e., terror attack, 2 murdered), #Salfit_district, #Palestine”

The cartoon shows a horse wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and a Palestinian flag around its neck, has in place of its head the barrel of an assault rifle that is actively shooting. Rearing up on its chained hind legs the horse breaks free of the chains on its front legs, while other horses or donkeys are seen grazing in the background.

Barkan Industrial Zone Attack – 23-year-old Palestinian terrorist Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa shot and murdered 2 Israelis, Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi, in a factory in the Barkan Industrial Zone near Ariel on Oct. 7, 2018. Na'alwa fled the scene and has not yet been apprehended as of this writing. Until this attack, the Barkan Industrial Zone had been an example of coexistence with Israelis and Palestinians working together.
Fatah poster displays armed fighter with map of Palestine that erases Israel 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, July 8, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “Fatah came to us, like a beautiful rose that blossoms out of a wound, like a spring of pure water that waters a desolateness of salt. And suddenly, we rebelled against our shrouds and stood upright. And suddenly, like Jesus, we were resurrected. Regardless of how late they may be, they will come.
[Syrian poet] Nizar Qabbani”

The image shows an old Fatah poster. A man wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) is holding a rifle. Next to him is the map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas; the map is made up of text in English.

Text in English on map: “We are fighting today to create the new Palestine of tomorrow, a unified & democratic nonsectarian Palestine in which Christian, Moslem & Jew worship, work & enjoy equal rights. This is no utopian dream or false promise, for the Palestinians have always lived in peace, Moslems, Christians, and Jews in the holy land.”

Text at top of image in English: “Palestine”
Text at bottom of image in English: “Al-Fateh (i.e., Fatah)
Revolution until victory”
Fatah FB post promotes violence: “Tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, June 15, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “‘O fighters,
Tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory, the decision is yours and the future and victory are yours’
[Former PLO and PA Chairman] #Yasser_Arafat
1978, from the beautiful times (the United Information Body [of Fatah]) [parentheses in source]”

The image shows the back of a masked Palestinian wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and backpack and carrying an assault rifle.

Text on image:
“O fighters,
Tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory, the decision is yours and the future is yours
[Former PLO and PA Chairman] Yasser Arafat”
Logo of Fatah student movement at Al-Quds University shows map of “Palestine” which replaces Israel next to an assault rifle 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Apr. 1, 2018
Image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

The image shows the logo of the Fatah Shabiba Student Movement at Al-Quds University. The logo shows former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat, the Dome of the Rock with a Palestinian flag above it, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas with a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) pattern on it. In front of the PA map is an AK-47 assault rifle.
Text under logo: “[Fatah] Shabiba Student Movement of Al-Quds University 2016-2017”
 
 
Fatah posts image of armed fighters with machine gun  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Apr. 1, 2018

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

Posted text: “Fatah, revolution, and rifle
Beirut 1982”

The image shows men in military uniform armed with assault rifles on the back of a truck, which has a mounted heavy machine gun on it.
Fatah posts image of rifle with text: “They will leave and we will remain, and the land will remain ours” 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Mar. 31, 2018

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

Posted text: “They will leave and we will remain, and the land will remain ours”

The image shows a Palestinian flag around a tree, and above the flag is an AK-47 assault rifle with a key symbolizing the “return” of the Palestinian refugees hanging on it and a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) draped over its ammunition magazine. In the background is the Dome of the Rock.

Text on image: “The land will remain free (the last letter in the word “free” is in the shape of a key –Ed.)”
Fatah Facebook post glorifies violence: “O Fatah, this is my rifle… its fire is the death of the enemies and music to my ears” 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Mar. 22, 2018

Text and image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text: "Fatah was here"

The image shows a man in a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) holding a machine gun and another man in a keffiyeh next to him feeding the ammunition chain into the weapon, as two aircraft are seen exploding in mid-air.

Text on image: “O Fatah, this is my rifle in my hand hugging my ribs, and its fire is the death of the enemies and music to my ears"
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Abbas’ Fatah glorifies terrorist murderer of 9 and members of terror group on its Facebook page, with photo showing the terrorists behind crossed rifles 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Jan. 11, 2018
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text:
“A few days separate us from the anniversary of the assassination of the Martyrs (Shahids)
Martyr commander Salah Khalaf Abu Iyad (i.e., head of the Black September terror organization)
Martyr commander Hayel Abd Al-Hamid Abu Al-Hol (i.e., one of the founders of Fatah who was assassinated together with Salah Khalaf)
Martyr commander Fakhri Al-Omari Abu Muhammad (i.e., a founding member of Black September who was assassinated together with Salah Khalaf)
Martyr commander Raed Al-Karmi (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 9), the eagle of the [Al-Aqsa Martyrs’] Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s armed wing)
Jan. 14, 2018”

The image shows Salah Khalaf, Fakhi Al-Omari, Raed Al-Karmi, and Hayel Abd Al-Hamid in clockwise order starting from the top, with crossed AK-47 assault rifles seen above them. Al-Karmi is wearing a military uniform carrying an M-16 assault rifle. Each of them has his name and date of death written by his picture.

Text on image:
“Heroes and leaders who died as Martyrs on this date [Jan. 14]”

Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) - PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat’s deputy, one of the founders of Fatah, and head of the terror organization Black September, a secret branch of Fatah. Attacks he planned include 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). It is commonly assumed that his assassin, a former Fatah bodyguard, was sent by the Abu Nidal Organization, a rival Palestinian faction.
Fatah promotes armed violence by posting 1970s Fatah poster of child with masked fighter holding rifle  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 28, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “One of the posters of the revolution in the mid-1970s
We are fighting for the future of our children”

The image shows a child reading from a book, and behind him is a masked Palestinian wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) with a rifle over his shoulder.

Text on image:

“We are fighting for the future of our children
Fatah
(The following is in English –Ed.)
He fights so that I live”
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Fatah poster calls for violence: “O fighters, tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 28, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “From the posters of the revolution on the anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa):
O fighters,
Tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory, the decision is yours and the future and victory are yours”

Text on image: “O fighters,
Tighten your iron grip on the rifles that create victory, the decision is yours and the future is yours
[Former PLO and PA Chairman] Yasser Arafat”
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Fatah Facebook post calls for violence with image of hand clutching rifle: "Strap on your weapon" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 14, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: Strap on your weapon over your wound, and tomorrow you will awaken to a morning of freedom #Rage_for_Jerusalem #Rage_for_Al-Aqsa_Mosque #Jerusalem_our_capital #Jerusalem_the_capital_of_Palestine
#HandsOffAlQuds”

The image shows a hand holding a weapon. The text and image are in response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Text on image: “Strap on your weapon over your wound, and tomorrow you will awaken to a morning of freedom”
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PA TV filler on US Jerusalem decision quotes Arafat: “Do not cause the green branch to fall from my hand” and be replaced with a rifle 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 6, 2017

Official PA TV interlude on US President Donald Trump’s impending decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem

The interlude plays recordings of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat from his well-known 1974 UN speech, in which he said: “The olive branch is in my hand, and the rifle of the revolution is in my hand. Do not cause the green branch to fall from my hand.”

Visual: At the end of the recordings of Arafat’s statements the words: “Jerusalem, a red line” appear on a black screen, with two red lines behind the text. In the upper left corner of the screen appears a special logo showing a scene of Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock, with the Palestinian flag below it, and below it the words: “Jerusalem is ours.”
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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