PA and Fatah personalities
Mahmoud Abbas
Zakariya Al-Agha
Azzam Al-Ahmad
Mahmoud Al-Aloul
Yasser Arafat
Hanan Ashrawi
Marwan Barghouti
Muhammad Dahlan
Sultan Abu Al-Einein
Saeb Erekat
Salam Fayyad
Laila Ghannam
Mahmoud Al-Habbash
Amal Hamad
Rami Hamdallah
Atallah Hanna
PA Mufti Muhammad Hussein
Yusuf Ida'is
Hanna Issa
Issa Karake
Muhammad Al-Madani
Ibrahim Mudayris

Jamal Muhaisen

Nasser Al-Qidwa

Ahmed Qurei

Jibril Rajoub
Samir Al-Rifai
Sabri Saidam
Dalal Salameh
Nabil Shaath
Hussein Al-Sheikh
Muhammad Shtayyeh
Tawfiq Tirawi
Abbas Zaki
Yasser Arafat
Topics on this page
1- Personal responsibility for terror and Intifada
2- Children as combatants
3- Peace process deception

Personal responsibility for terror and Intifada
Abbas recommended to Arafat to stop PA terror campaign (Second Intifada) because “we wouldn’t achieve anything, and it was a disaster” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Apr. 2, 2018
Official PA TV program The Philosophy of Patience, on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ recollections from the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005), aired March 23, 2018, rebroadcast April 2, 2018

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “After the second Intifada broke out due to Sharon’s visit, I was with [then PA Chairman] brother Yasser Arafat and [PLO Chief Negotiator] Saeb Erekat in a plane... From the third day I said to him: ‘Yasser Arafat, this intifada must stop, because it’s a snowball that you don’t know where it will roll.’ Yasser Arafat heard me and heard the others, and he didn’t have to pay attention to my words. He waited, he thought, and they made him understand that it’s possible that things will develop and we will achieve something. My opinion was that we wouldn’t achieve anything, and it was a disaster that ended with the Martyrdom-death (Istish’had) of Yasser Arafat. It ended with the occupation of the entire West Bank and the destruction of all the agreements that were signed between us and Israel, and we are still suffering from this to this day.”

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Fatah official: Abbas, like Arafat, used to support “armed struggle,” but now supports “popular resistance… [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle… the means need to serve the political goal”  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2017
Official PA TV host: “I’m returning with you, [Fatah Movement Spokesman] Dr. Osama Al-Qawasmi, to the history of Yasser Arafat.... At the time of the self-sacrificing operations and armed struggle, Yasser Arafat and the Fatah Movement were at the head of the self-sacrificing operations that dealt with military activity on the ground. And when the time for policy came, Yasser Arafat excelled in this path as well, and it may be that he achieved more from it than was achieved in the military activity. [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing the diplomatic political activity, embarrassing Israel in the halls of the UN, and achieving the [fitting] status for Palestine.”

Fatah Movement Spokesman and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Osama Al-Qawasmi: “Certainly, when Fatah was established at the beginning of January 1965 relying on armed struggle, it did [not] think that armed struggle was the goal, but rather that the rifle was a means, and that this is a legitimate right for all of the peoples who are bowing under occupation. There was a disagreement in the [Fatah] Central Committee... President Mahmoud Abbas supported armed struggle because they wanted to let the world hear the complaint of the Palestinian people through the rifle, bomb, and battles… The wars have changed. Today we rely on the popular resistance and building the institutions, [but] we have not given up the option of the rifle at all, but because we have a goal – and the means need to serve the political goal – we rely on the popular resistance, national unity, strengthening of the Palestinian people’s resolve, and building of the institutions..."

PA daily praises Arafat’s talent at manipulating and utilizing the media in Palestinian favor, presented suicide bombings as “liberation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 11, 2015
Headline: “The media was a tool like a rifle in Yasser Arafat’s life”

“’If the Elder (i.e., Yasser Arafat) had been alive, the Arab and international media would be loud and raging from the pictures of violation and crime carried out against the boy Ahmad Manasrah (i.e., young Palestinian terrorist who stabbed two and was shot by Israeli security), as he [Arafat] was not just a president, but a media person who knew how to harness the media to the cause’ – this is the essence of the matters about which the media people and officials who worked with the late President Yasser Arafat unanimously agreed.

Media person Fathi Al-Barqawi said: ‘He [Arafat] appreciated the media and knew how to use it. He read and followed every detail, and instructed officials around him to draw public attention in favor of the Palestinian cause. Therefore, a humanitarian matter such as the case of Ahmad Manasrah would have been turned into a matter of international opinion, due to his media skills and connections throughout the world.’

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Children as combatants
Arafat to kids: Child-Martyr is role model 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 4, 2003
     "Faris Ouda left home with a slingshot, having made a wreath with his picture, and writing: 'The Brave Shahid Faris Ouda'."
He said to his mother, "Don't worry, mother, Shahada (Martyrdom) is sweet.'"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 30, 2000; Feb. 3, 2001]

Yasser Arafat, in a speech to children
     "We are saluting the spirit of our hero Shahid, Faris Ouda! Faris Ouda! Faris Ouda! We are proud of you [youth] who represent the steadfastness and the sacrifice of your companion, the hero Shahid, Faris Ouda! Oh, children of Palestine! The peers, friends, brothers and sisters of Faris Ouda."
[PA TV (Fatah), Aug. 4, 2003, July 22, 2003, Aug. 18, 2002]
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Note: Faris Ouda is a 14 year-old who prepared his own memorial before going off to become a Shahid.

Arafat: Dead child-martyrs "greatest message" to world 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 15, 2002
Interviewer: "Mr. President, what message would you like to send to the Palestinian people, in general, and in particular to the Palestinian children?"
Arafat: "This child, who is grasping the stone, facing the tank – is it not the greatest message to the world when that hero becomes a Shahid? We are proud of them."
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Peace process deception
Arafat in 1994: Oslo Accords will eventually cause Jews to flee Palestine "by the thousands"  
Source: Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London newspaper), Nov. 19, 2004
Headline: “These are my personal impressions of Yasser Arafat: The story of the meeting that lasted a few minutes with the prince of Quwait after the invasion – the oath of Hafez Al-Assad – and the true opinion of Arab leaders”
    “I admit that I was very close to the Palestinian president, Yasser Arafat, but the period when I was close to him was at the height of his lean years, particularly the period of the first Gulf War and after it (i.e., from 1990)… I remember I met with him in his office in the Tunisian capital at the end of June in 1994, a few days before his return to the Gaza Strip, and he was isolated and broken… Arafat said to me at 3:00 a.m.: ‘Listen, Abd Al-Bari, I know that you are against the Oslo Accords, but always remember what I’m telling you – the day will come when you will see Jews fleeing Palestine by the thousands. I will not see it in my lifetime, but you will certainly see it in your lifetime. The Oslo Accords will help bring this about.' [...] President Arafat is the one who established the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, in response to the cancellation he was dealing with after the failure of the Camp David Talks..."

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Fatah official implies Arafat returned to Israel for Oslo Accords in order to fight against Israel 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 26, 2016
     “[Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas] Zaki noted the pressure applied by the US against the late leader Yasser Arafat in order to harm his determination and make him concede to the Zionist project; however Arafat returned to the homeland in order to complete the path under the slogan ‘Millions of Martyrs (Shahids) are marching to Jerusalem.’”

Official PA daily: Arafat employed 'revolving door' policy of releasing terrorists soon after their arrest 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 18, 2014
Headline: “The Palestinian-Israeli ‎Negotiations: The Essence of the Solution,” ‎by Adel Abd Al-Rahman, columnist for ‎official PA daily
     ‎“The occupation forces have turned to ‎the ‘revolving door’ policy,” the policy that ‎Martyr (Shahid) Yasser Arafat established ‎the other way around, when, under the ‎pressure of security coordination with ‎Israel, he arrested Palestinian fighters and ‎released them soon after. For whenever ‎they [Israel] free prisoners, after much effort ‎‎[on our part], they come back soon and ‎arrest them again, one after the other, ‎along with hundreds of others. ‎Furthermore, they are now turning to [the ‎policy of] killing some of them with the ‎excuse that they were resisting arrest.‎
The world convened the ‘Geneva 1’ ‎international convention over Syria… and ‎why shouldn’t the Palestinians have their ‎own ‘Geneva’? ... Yet turning to the UN or ‎convening a ‘Palestinian Geneva’ does not ‎mean giving up the program of struggle for ‎the land through popular resistance – ‎‎[resistance which is,] at this stage, ‎peaceful, but which leaves the path open ‎for the various [other] forms of resistance in ‎the future. For whatever is not achieved by ‎peaceful means will be achieved by other ‎means.”‎