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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 official attends rally honoring terrorists, with armed fighters  
Source: Facebook page of Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations, Apr. 18, 2019

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki

The image shows Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki giving a speech. Standing on stage behind Zaki is a row of masked men pointing assault rifles into the air.

Posted text: “From the [Fatah] branch of Yatta and its suburbs, Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki represents [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas at events for Palestinian Prisoner’s Day and the anniversary of the assassination of Martyr (Shahid) Abu Jihad (i.e., terrorist responsible for the murder of 125 Israelis), which the Fatah Movement at the branch of Yatta and its suburbs organized in order to honor the heroic prisoners’ relatives amid great official and popular attendance.”
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Fatah honors several murderers in Bethlehem: "Loyalty to their rifle"; Murderer of 2 "created a legend and confronted the enemy" 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Apr. 3, 2019

Secretary of Fatah Bethlehem branch Muhammad Al-Masri
: “From this land that has been painted red with blood, from this land which knows that what was taken by force will only be returned by force… What you see today – loyalty to the Martyrs, loyalty to their rifle, loyalty to their path – is nothing but a continuation of Fatah’s path.... And here a lion cub (i.e., terrorist, murdered 2), who did not reach the age of 20, burst forth and created a legend and confronted the enemy… heroic Martyr fighter Omar Abu Laila. In this way he conveyed the message… Our blood is sacrificed for one homeland: Palestine, from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River (i.e., all of Israel)... Today, we are renaming squares after our Martyrs: From Omar Abu Laila Square… to Hussein Abayat Square [commander Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades], to Atef Abayat Square (i.e., involved in murder of 1), to Raed Abu Freiha Square (i.e., murdered 2), our bullets are thundering and repeating the names like memory… This is Fatah as you know it – Fatah of… Atef Abayat, Hussein Abayat, Raed Abayat, [Dalal] Mughrabi (i.e., led murder of 37)… and Ayyat Al-Akhras (i.e., suicide bomber, murdered 2).”
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Fatah glorifies murderer of 2 Israelis: "[He] frightened the enemy soldiers… we are following in your footsteps" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 30, 2019

Men in uniform:
“Whom did they pursue? Whose gunshots are a victory? …Tell me, who are you?
I’m Omar [Abu Laila].
I’m the one who confronted [the Israelis].
I’m the young man…
I’m the one who carried a knife and a gun.
I’m the one who frightened the enemy soldiers.
I’m the Jihad fighter standing firm and loyal to the cause...
Omar, you have not died, because within every one of us an Omar will be born, and we are following in your footsteps.”

Posted text on the official Fatah Facebook page
: “How the brave village of Abwein welcomed the family of heroic Martyr Omar Abu Laila –the video is] from the site where he died as a Martyr”
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Fatah celebrates for International Women's Day with image of woman with gun 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 8, 2019
Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
"And for International Women's Day:
To the mothers of the Martyrs (Shahids), to the mothers of the prisoners, to the mothers of the detainees, to the Palestinian mothers, who were nursed by Palestine with the milk of honor and glory, to the Palestinian women – may you be the masters of the land every year"

Text on image:
“(In Arabic:) Palestine
(In Arabic and English:) 8th of March the International Woman (sic.) Day
(In Arabic:) General Union of Palestinian Women"
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Fatah posts image of masked fighters holding rifles, calling them "rebels" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Feb. 16, 2019

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows masked and uniformed Fatah terrorists wearing yellow Fatah headbands and keffiyehs (Arab headdresses) and holding Kalashnikov assault rifles. In the upper left corner 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 under logo: “The Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah
Mobilization and Organization Commission
Information Office”

Posted text and text on bottom of image: “Good morning to the rebels around the world”
Fatah branch glorifies terrorist as “heroic commander… who took a rifle and followed the path of the heroes” 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Jan. 17, 2019

The image contains two pictures showing terrorist Ahmed Sanaqrah – who led a terror cell that planned to carry out attacks in Israel – with an assault rifle.

Posted text:
"More than eight attempts to eliminate a young man less than 20 years old!
Martyr (Shahid) fighter Ahmed Sanaqrah (i.e., terrorist, led terror cell)
One of the most prominent fighters of the [Al-Aqsa] Martyrs' Brigades, the Fatah Movement's military wing
Today, January 18 [2019], is the 11th anniversary of the death as a Martyr of heroic commander Ahmed Sanaqrah. This young man – who took a rifle and followed the path of the heroes, the path of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades – was not yet 16 years old.
Sanaqrah frightened the occupier, fed it bitterness, and rattled it for six years."

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Fatah posts images of procession of armed fighters on anniversary of Fatah’s first terror attack  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 2, 2019
Pictures and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “Commemorating the 54th anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa) of the Fatah Movement (i.e., commemorating the anniversary of their first attempted attack; see note below).
The Fortress of Martyr Commander Khalil Al-Wazir Abu Jihad (i.e., terrorist, responsible for the murder of 125 Israelis)
Jerusalem branch
Beit Anan organizational region”

The image shows a group of masked men in military uniform holding assault rifles and wearing yellow Fatah headbands. One of them is waving a yellow Fatah flag bearing 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.

 
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Fatah Facebook posts picture of young girls armed with assault rifles leading procession of armed men 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 1, 2019

Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The picture shows two girls armed with assault rifles leading a procession of uniformed men armed with assault rifles, some carrying Palestinian and Fatah flags.

Posted text: "Fatah's flowers"
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Fatah posts text commemorating terrorists with image of armed men: “We do not forget those who recorded Fatah’s glorious battles... We will tell the generations about your heroism” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 30, 2018

Image and text posted on official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows a group of armed men holding assault rifles. At the bottom left of the image is a logo for the 54th anniversary of “the Launch” (Intilaqa) of Fatah, which is commemorated on the anniversary of Fatah’s first attempted terror attack against Israel.

Text on image: “On the anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa), we do not forget those who recorded Fatah’s glorious battles, the generals of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s armed wing) in Nablus
[Fatah] Mobilization and Organization Commission – Information Office”

Posted text: “Your names will remain engraved on our hearts and minds. We will tell the generations about your heroism and about the battles of self-sacrifice and sacrifice in the alleys of the old city [of Nablus]”
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Image on Fatah’s Facebook page commemorating 54th anniversary of its first terror attack features an assault rifle  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 29, 2018

Image and text posted on official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows a logo for the 54th anniversary of “the Launch” (Intilaqa) of Fatah, which is commemorated on the anniversary of Fatah’s first attempted terror attack against Israel. The logo consists of the number “54.” Inside the upper part of the “5” is a picture of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat and below him an olive branch, with an assault rifle sticking out from the “5” next to the branch. Inside the lower part of the “5” 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, and a Palestinian flag. Inside the “4” are a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) pattern and the Dome of the Rock.

Posted text: “#Fatah54”
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Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.
Fatah post features masked fighters holding rifles 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 28, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows armed masked members of the terrorist organization of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing).
Text in upper right of image: “Fatah – revolution until victory”
Text at bottom of image: “The Bethlehem branch of the Fatah Movement – Information Office”
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Image on Fatah's Facebook page features a rifle and a map of “Palestine” erasing Israel 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 28, 2018

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows a logo for the 54th anniversary of Fatah's "Launch" (Intilaqa), commemorated on the anniversary of Fatah's first attempted terror attack.
Posted text and text at bottom of image: "Fatah – revolution until victory"
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Image on Fatah Facebook page features rifle with text: "We will not relinquish our right to resist the occupier using all available ways and means"  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 27, 2018

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: "We will not relinquish our right to resist the occupier using all available ways and means (i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror)‎.
Long live the anniversary of [Fatah's] Launch (Intilaqa) (commemorated on the anniversary of Fatah's first attempted attack; see note below –Ed.)”

In the background are the repeating words: "Long live the Launch of Fatah"

Text on image:
"The Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah
Long live the anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution
Jan. 1, 1965"
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Post on Fatah Facebook page commemorating anniversary of first terror attack features map of “Palestine erasing Israel and an assault rifle: “Our revolution continues until the liberation of all of Palestine”  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 27, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Text on image: “The Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah
The 54th anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa) [of Fatah] (see note below –Ed.)
Our revolution continues until the liberation of all of Palestine”

Posted text: “The 54th anniversary of the Launch”
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Official logo on Fatah Facebook page commemorating 54th anniversary of first terror attack features assault rifle and map of “Palestine” erasing Israel  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 26, 2018

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: "The official logo of the 54th anniversary of the Fatah Movement's Launch (i.e., Intilaqa, commemorated on the anniversary of Fatah's first attempted attack)"
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Fatah post commemorating first terror attack: “We have not borne the olive branch in order to drop the rifle” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 25, 2018

Posted text: "We have not borne the olive branch in order to drop the rifle; we have borne the olive branch in order to return the identity to the land of the olive trees. Let all those who are mistaken know that Fatah will continue to be a beacon for the [Palestinian] cause."

Text at top of image: "The Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah
Long live the anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution"
Text under logo: "The revolution continues"
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Logo for Fatah anniversary commemorating its first terror attack features rifle: "Long live the anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 24, 2018

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
"The 54th anniversary of Fatah's Launch (i.e., Intilaqa, the anniversary of Fatah's first attempted attack; see note below).
Long live the anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution"

The image shows a logo for the 54th anniversary of Fatah's "Launch" (Intilaqa), which is commemorated on the anniversary of its first attempted terror attack against Israel. The logo is comprised of the word "Fatah," with the letters formed by the number "54" and an "h”. An assault rifle forms the vertical line of the “4,” and the Dome of the Rock sits atop the “5.” Under the logo 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. Below the Fatah logo is the following text:
"54th [anniversary of] Fatah's Launch
Mobilization and Organization Commission – Information Office"
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Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.
Graphic for 54th anniversary of Fatah’s first terror attack features a Palestinian flag and a gun extending from a map of “Palestine” that erases Israel  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 19, 2018

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Text on image:
“Fatah
A rifle’s sounds of joy
A rebel’s rifle
A flag of victory”

Posted text:

“[One of the] logos of the 54th anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa) [of Fatah]
[Designed by] Muhammad Al-Najjar”
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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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