Fatah to Palestinians:
"My rifle's fire is the death of the enemies
and music to my ears"
Palestinian political analyst:
Fatah will return to "armed struggle,"
i.e., terror and violence,
if Abbas' demands are not met
Abbas to the UN:
"We have been committed to fostering a culture of peace,
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Contradicting PA Chairman Abbas' assurances to international audiences that Palestinians want peace, his Fatah Movement continues to promote violence and terror as Palestinian ideals.
Fatah's Bethlehem branch posted the image above of two men wearing Arab headdresses shooting a machine gun as two Israeli aircraft explode in mid-air, with accompanying text rejoicing over "the death of the enemies":
Posted text: "Fatah was here"
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"
[Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Bethlehem Branch, March 22, 2018]
"Our conviction is deep and our position is clear regarding the use of arms of any kind. We... are also opposed to conventional weapons, which have caused such vast destruction of States in our region and around the world. We have thus been committed to fostering a culture of peace, rejection of violence..."
[PA Chairman Abbas' speech at the UN Security Council, Feb. 20, 2018,
Times of Israel, Feb. 21. 2018]
Commenting on Abbas' speech, Palestinian political analyst Hani Abu Zaid recently stated on official PA TV that he believes Abbas' Fatah Movement will return to "armed struggle" - the PA's euphemism for violence and terror - unless the international peace conference Abbas called for is held:
"This is the last chance for the president's [Abbas'] initiative, and it should be benefited from, because if the conditions change and the situation changes, the Fatah Movement will not sit idly by, but will bring back armed struggle once again. There are many voices and many calls and the Israeli public opinion needs to understand this."
[Official PA TV, Inside, March 6, 2018; March 9, 2018]
PMW has documented Abbas' and the PA's duplicity. Last year, when the PA was hoping to ignite violence against Israel, official PA TV rebroadcast Abbas' implicit call for violence, which in 2014 sparked the wave of Palestinian terror attacks.