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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.

PFLP rally shows image of little boy holding a rifle
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 15, 2016

Official PA TV News reported on a solidarity rally held in Nablus for the jailed terrorist Bilal Al-Burini of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist organization, who, on the day he was to be released from jail following a 14-year sentence, was rearrested on administrative detention.

Pictures from the broadcast show a little boy participating in the protest with a rifle in his hands.
Fatah official: All types of resistance are open, Fatah keeps rifle and weapons “honorable and pure” against Israel
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Apr. 13, 2016
Headline: “Dr. Amal Hamad – Our prisoners will remain a true symbol in the battle of resolve and challenge”

“In her speech, Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Amal Hamad saluted the people of the great Fatah and the male and female prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, heroes of freedom, honor, giving, and sacrifice, and symbols of the pride, honor, and freedom.
She said: ‘Today [April 13, 2016] we send a message of loyalty and appreciation to our prisoners in the occupation’s prisons, their families, and their relatives. Today we are not honoring the prisoners, but rather honoring the cause and the identity, and we are honoring the belonging to the homeland and the homeland’s message. We celebrate them today, on Palestinian Prisoner’s Day in April, month of Martyrdom (Shahada) and Martyrs (Shahids), in the month of power, sacrifice, and redemption. Yesterday was the anniversary [of the deaths as Martyrs] of the three founding leader Martyrs, the anniversary of the great of this homeland, the anniversary of the founders of the Palestinian revolution - the anniversary of Kamal Nasser, Kamal Adwan, and Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar. In this month there was also the anniversary of the First Bullet and First Stone, the anniversary of Martyr Commander Abu Jihad.’
She emphasized that Fatah keeps the Palestinian Fatah rifle and weapons honorable and pure in the face of the occupier, and guards the administration of the popular resistance in all its forms, the administration of the political and diplomatic struggle on the international level, and the achievement of the state and the sympathy and support of the international community. Likewise, she emphasized that they have not given up any type of resistance, and the priorities are determined according to circumstances and changes of the period, but the Palestinian compass is still clear – the compass is the State of Palestine w
Fatah Facebook post reveres the rifle
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 30, 2016

Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page on March 30, 2016
The image shows a rifle and the Palestinian flag.

Posted text: “On Land Day, Fatah, the salt of the earth and the gunpowder of the revolution”
Text in image:
“Land Day
March 30
Fatah is the salt of the earth and the gunpowder of the revolution
Fatah’s Shabiba”

Land Day – an annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and settlement purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.
Post on Fatah’s Facebook page by Fatah’s youth movement: “Long live the rifle”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Mar. 29, 2016

Text and photo posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
"#The_Elder’s _Shabiba
#Martyr _Yasser_Arafat's_bloc”

Note: “The Elder” is a Palestinian nickname for Yasser Arafat
Shabiba is Fatah's student movement

Text on photo:
“Advance, O our movement
We are wild lions, Fatah’s Shabiba
Educated in the refugee camp, and long live the rifle
Martyr Yasser Arafat’s bloc”
Official PA daily reports on Palestinians' pride that local firearms were used in terror attacks against Israelis
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 13, 2016

     “The recent wave of operations (i.e., Palestinian wave of terror against Israel that began in September 2016 and lasted more than 6 months) in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, especially those in which firearms were used, is again causing concern in the occupation state, and its officials have blamed each other for their impotence in dealing with the phenomenon of ‘the lone [attackers’] knives’, which has been going on for five months.
The main cause of the increased concern is the use of locally produced firearms, such as the Carlo (i.e., automatic weapon which has been used by Palestinian terrorists), which has become the dream of boys and young people, who can save money for it and purchase it in the local market for a maximum price of 1,000 US dollars.
The Carlo is a Palestinian variant of a Swedish recoilless submachine gun, called the Carl Gustav. It is evident that the Palestinian variant has been used in several shooting operations, especially the one carried out by Martyr (Shahid) Nashat Melhem (i.e., murderer who shot and killed 3) from the town of Wadi Ara (sic., Arara) on Dizengoff street in Tel Aviv at the end of last year, in which 2 Israelis were killed and several others were injured. Likewise, it turned out that the Carlo has been used in shooting operations in Jerusalem, especially the one carried out by Martyr Fuad Abu Rajoub Al-Tamimi on Salah A-Din Street in Jerusalem, in which he injured two occupation police officers, one of them mortally.”

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PA TV song honoring Arafat glorifies violence and venerates rifle
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 3, 2016

"Engrave on the rifle butt the symbol of Fatah's Al-Asifa [unit]
He [Arafat] taught the whole world how to revolt. Yasser - symbol of freedom
Oh Elder, I swear by [your] uniform and your keffiya
Mahmoud Abbas is on the same path when it comes to [our] state and identity
We fired the rifle, we faced the storm
We responded to the cannon with a pistol
Using stones, we ignited a revolution and wrote [history], oh Fatah men
On the rifle butt, we have engraved [Fatah's] symbol
On the grip, we have engraved "Arafat"
On the top cover we have inscribed the history of the free
On the barrel -- the name of the homeland
The flash-suppressor ignited and burst
Here it is, oh rifle sight
The state is only a few meters away
Oh action-spring, receive and shoot [bullets] continuously
Change the magazine -- there are hundreds [of them]
Load it into the chamber
Oh AK-47, make sounds of joy and salute the Elder (Arafat)"
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Note: This video aired 7 times in one week, four times on Nov. 11, twice on Nov. 13 and again on Nov. 16, 2011. It was broadcast in 2012 on on Dec. 29 and 31, once in 2013 on Dec. 31, and three times in January 2015 , once on Dec. 31, 2015 and once on Jan. 3, 2016.
Fatah Facebook celebrates 51 years of terror: “Our revolution and our rifle – a method and a path”
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 27, 2015

Image and text posted on the official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement on Dec. 27, 2015

“Our revolution and our rifle – a method and a path.
On the anniversary of the launch (Intilaqa) let us all tweet with the hashtag #51st_anniversary_Fatah_Intilaqa”

The image shows Arafat with a keffiyeh on his head and a rifle under his arm.

Text in image:
“On the anniversary of our [Fatah’s] launch, let us all tweet with the hashtag #51st_anniversary_Fatah_Intilaqa.
Our revolution and our rifle – a method and a path.”
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Intilaqa – "The Launch" – i.e., the launch of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier
Fatah official reiterates party's commitment to the rifle
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 17, 2015

Headline: “Fatah’s Nablus [branch] commemorated the anniversary of the Martyrdom of the founder and symbol Yasser Arafat”
“Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad stated that the Fatah movement continues to realize the Palestinian national interest, and called on the Hamas movement to distance itself from anything that delays the reconciliation.
This was stated during the Flag and Keffiyeh Carnival, held yesterday [Nov. 16, 2015] by the Fatah movement in Nablus, with the participation of governmental, national and civil institutions, for the commemoration of the anniversary of leader Yasser Arafat’s Martyrdom…
Moreover, Al-Ahmad referred to the popular uprising and welcomed it, and emphasized that it came as a natural response to the escalating crimes of the occupation against the Palestinian people…
In the same context, the movement organized a central mourning rally to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Martyr Yasser Arafat, and the declaration of the [Palestinian] document of independence in the village of Beit Furik, in the presence of Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul."

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Fatah official proud his infant son says Martyrs have a wedding and wants a rifle "to defeat the Zionists"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 27, 2015

Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: “The Palestinian by nature and ‎education feels a sense of belonging to the land and the homeland. Listen, my son is ‎two years and ten months old. Yesterday, he sang to his mother: ‘Escort the Martyr to ‎his wedding.’ He doesn’t know the meaning of this song (i.e., the Islamic belief that ‎Martyrs marry 72 Virgins in Paradise). Today his mother told me that he sang: ‘Daddy, ‎buy me a machine gun and a rifle, so that I will defeat Israel and the Zionists.’ A boy who ‎is not yet three! A Palestinian grows up with a feeling of belonging to the land, the ‎homeland, and the people.‎"
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PFLP leaders tell children in summer camp: "You are the fighters who receive the rifle from your fighter comrades"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 29, 2015
Headline: “Mazhar: The youths bear the compass and the key to change and liberation”
     “The leadership of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), led by [Gaza PFLP] branch head and political bureau member Jamil Mazhar, paid a visit to the ‘We Are All Resistance’ [summer] Camp, that was organized by the Progressive Student Action Front (i.e., PFLP student group)…
Mazhar noted that the camps are held in order to prepare the front’s youth, to train them, and to educate them… and said: ‘You are the fighters who receive the rifle from your fighter comrades, like we received [it]. You are charged with the compass, and you will be the seed of change and liberation. This charge may be heavy, but after I saw what you do in these camps, we are certain that you can bear this charge, and contribute to the return of the front’s role in all arenas.’”
Fatah official emphasizes that Fatah never “abandoned the rifle” in response to Hamas criticism of Fatah
Source: Donia Al-Watan News website‎, Aug. 11, 2015
Headline: “The Al-Aqsa Brigades are attacking Amin Maqbul and saying: The gun is not for election propaganda purposes, and Fatah never abandoned it”
     “Commander of the Al-Amoudi division of the Al-Aqsa [Martyrs’] Brigades Majdi Matar ‘Abu Ahmad’, strongly attacked some of the members of the Fatah movement leadership, after statements they made regarding [Fatah’s] Seventh Conference, according to which the conference might debate a return to armed struggle or resistance to the occupation in all its forms. Abu Ahmad considered this an insult to all Fatah people and to the Fatah rifle, which has not been abandoned since the beginning of its activities, and the battles are witness to this. Abu Ahmad said in a statement to the press that the Fatah rifle is not for decoration at celebrations and mass weddings intended for election purposes. Your self-marketing for the elections is known now even to the smallest Fatah member, and thousands of prisoners, the injured and the Martyrs (Shahids) are the greatest proof that the movement continues its armed struggle,’ he said. Abu Ahmad added: ‘You won’t be able to purify yourselves with the gun you fled from out of fear for your privileges.’”
PA-Fatah summer camp for kids: AK-47 automatic weapons and youth in military uniforms dancing with rifles
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, June 12, 2015
Fatah-run Awdah TV program Morning of my Homeland reports on the fifth summer camp ‘Jerusalem in the Eyes of the Lion Cubs and Flowers of Palestine.’
The report begins by showing children wearing uniforms and carrying rifles performing a folk dance. The camp was eight days long and was organized by the PA National Security Forces. More than 150 children of “Martyrs” (Shahids) and prisoners participated in the camp. The camp took place in Sebastia in the Nablus district, in coordination with the Fatah youth movement ‘Institution for Lion Cubs and Flowers of Palestine’ (translated to English on their shirts as ‘Institution for Young Boys and Girls).
The camp’s closing ceremony in Sebastia, during which the campers also danced with rifles, was attended by Nablus District Governor Akram Rajoub, Minister and Head of Bureau of Clerks Musa Abu Zaid, Secretary of Fatah’s Nablus branch, and representatives of the PA national Security Forces. The closing ceremony integrated artistic performances and a military parade by the campers during which the Nablus District Governor spoke.

The first and second images show a group of youths parading on stage, dressed in uniforms, some carrying rifles:

The third image shows Nablus District Governor Akram Rajoub  sitting in the audience, and the last image shows the audience seated in front of the stage:

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PA TV encourages use of children as combatants with image of Palestinian boy holding a rifle
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 10, 2015

Image taken from Official PA TV program “Photography”:
An episode of the program showed chosen photos of Mahmoud Abu Hamdeh, a photographer from Gaza. Among the photos was one of two small children sitting on the grass. The girl is holding a bouquet of flowers and a Palestinian flag is draped around her shoulders, while the boy is wearing a keffiyeh – a traditional Palestinian headscarf - and holding a Kalashnikov rifle.
Fatah-run magazine: From every machine gun… from every vein in which flows blood… long live the revolution!”
Source: Dalal Mughrabi Magazine Facebook page, May 29, 2015
Text posted on the Dalal Mughrabi Magazine Facebook page: “From every proud throat, from every gun muzzle, from every machine gun, from every hand and pen, from every vein in which flows blood, from the eyes of the orphans, long live Fatah, and long live the revolution!”

The Dalal Mughrabi Magazine Facebook page - An electronic “magazine” published by the Culture Committee of the Fatah Shabiba student movement at the Birzeit University containing information about Shabiba events at the university, national holidays, Fatah anniversaries, historically important days/events for Fatah and occasional news items. The profile picture on the page is a photo of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
Fatah Facebook post glorifies death fighting Israel
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, May 20, 2015

Text and image published on Fatah’s Facebook page, “Fatah – The Main Page”
Text on image: “Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, division of Martyr Commander Nidal Al-Amoudi.”
“If I fall, take my place
O my comerade in the struggle
And carry my weapon
Don’t fear my blood on the weapon”

Posted text (same as last two lines in photo):
“And carry my weapon
Don’t fear my blood on the weapon”
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Rifle and map on Fatah's Facebook page calls for violence to take back the land
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, May 14, 2015

On the occasion of Palestinian Nakba day - the day Palestinians commemorate "the catastrophe" of the establishment of the State of Israel - Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement posted a drawing on Facebook that encouraged the use of violence to destroy Israel:
"What was taken by force can only be regained by force,
the 67th anniversary of the Nakba"
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Fatah Facebook post threatens "the world's dwarfs" with violence
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, May 13, 2015

A post on Fatah's Facebook page warned "the world's dwarfs" to "remain in their burrows" when "the storm" - the name of Fatah's military wing - "roars." This warning appeared on a photo of an armed member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades beside the Fatah logo, which also encourages the use of arms against Israel. The Fatah logo shows two rifles crossed over a map that includes the PA areas and all of Israel:
"When the 'storm' Al-Asifa (i.e., a reference to Fatah's military wing in the 1960's and 1970's) roars and the nation applauds the eternal Fatah, the world's dwarfs should remain in their burrows."
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Fatah posts image of youth painting ‎Fatah logo, with rifles and map erasing ‎Israel
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Mar. 27, 2015

Fatah posted a photo to its Facebook page ‎showing a young man painting the Fatah ‎logo, with rifles, flags of “Palestine” and a ‎map including both PA areas and all of ‎Israel, on a brick wall. ‎
Posted text: “Anyone who thinks Fatah’s ‎flame has been extinguished, just wait. ‎Under the ashes lies a volcano.”‎
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Fatah on Facebook: "We started with stones… and we will finish with a state"
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Jan. 18, 2015

This picture posted to Fatah's official Facebook page, demonstrates that the movement still favors violence as the way to obtain statehood. A stone, a knife, a Molotov cocktail, a gun, a hand grenade, an assault rifle and an RPG illustrate Fatah's progress in terms of more and more sophisticated weapons.

Text on image:
“We started with stones …. and we will finish with a state
The Palestinian National Liberation Movement [Fatah]”
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Fatah posts image of rifle with the words: “Palestinian National Liberation Movement - Fatah”
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Jan. 1, 2015

Image shows the words “Palestinian National Liberation Movement - Fatah” written in calligraphy in the shape of a rifle.
Text: “The revolution ignited by the giant Yasser Arafat, whose fuel is the nation of giants, cannot deviate from its course toward Jerusalem. Long live the 50th anniversary of Fatah.”

Note: Intilaqa – "The Launch" – i.e., the launch of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier.
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