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Fatah: Israel is “the enemy of all nations of the world”
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Fatah official:
Israel is "the racist entity,
the enemy of all nations of the world"

Arafat "taught" "all liberation movements
in the world; in South America, in Asia, in Africa"
that "the prime enemy is the Zionist movement,
the Israeli entity"

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

A Fatah official based in Lebanon recently explained that Yasser Arafat was involved in "all liberation movements in the world; in South America, in Asia, in Africa, and had a part in all these revolutions." The official, Fatah's Director of Communications in Lebanon Rifat Shanaah, claimed that Arafat "taught them" that Israel is "the racist entity, the enemy of all nations of the world" and that "it bears responsibility for insecurity everywhere because Israel exists in order to create conflicts - sectarian and ethnic conflicts in the Middle East."

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This message of Israel and the Jews being a danger to humanity is not new in official PA and Fatah discourse. Earlier this year, Palestinian Media Watch documented that PA TV had two young girls recite a poem with the words: "Oh Sons of Zion, oh most evil among creations." In 2011, a PA-funded educational magazine for children published an essay written by a teenage girl that depicted Hitler heroically because he "killed the Jews" because they "are a nation which spreads destruction all over the world." In January this year, PA TV broadcast a documentary explaining that European countries wanted to get rid of the Jews because "Europe could not bear their (the Jews') character traits, monopolies, corruption..." and stated that "later the Jews obtained the Balfour Declaration, and Europe saw it as an ideal solution to get rid of them."

Earlier this year, Jibril Rajoub said that Israel "threatens the world's peace":
"The world today has begun to be convinced that we (Palestinians) are a victim and that they (Israelis) are the criminals and hangmen. Under the rays of the sun Israel has been revealed to be a foreign and threatening body that threatens the region's independence, threatens the world's peace and threatens the world's values and interests."
[Official PA TV, May 23, 2013]

In April, a regular columnist for the official PA daily referred to "Zionists" as "the enemies of peace and coexistence among nations."

See PMW's website for more documentation of the PA and Fatah policy of portraying Israel as a danger to humanity.

The following is a longer excerpt of the Fatah official's statement:

Fatah's Director of Communications in Lebanon Rifat Shanaah:
"[Yasser Arafat] turned to all liberation movements in the world; in South America, in Asia, in Africa, and had a part in all these revolutions. He taught them that the prime enemy is the Zionist movement, the Israeli entity, that wanted to uproot the Palestinian people from its land and put in its place the racist entity, the enemy of all nations of the world. It bears responsibility for insecurity everywhere because Israel exists in order to create conflicts - sectarian and ethnic conflicts in the Middle East."
[Official PA TV, Nov. 10, 2013]