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Glorifying terrorists and terror
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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Glorifying terrorists and terror
Palestinian society’s habitual glorification of terrorists as heroes and role models is one of its most effective means of promoting terror. In honoring the worst killers, the PA is simultaneously giving approval to murder and enticing future terrorists with assurances of glory and honor if they succeed in killing. Terror and murder become the Palestinian’s ticket to fame, honor and glory.

The terrorists honored most highly amongst Palestinian society are those who have killed the greatest number. Abd Al-Baset Udeh, killer of 30 at the Passover Seder massacre, had a soccer tournament for 14-year-olds named for him. His brother was honored with distributing the trophies. Dalal Mughrabi, terrorist bus hijacker (led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children) has had summer camps, schools, graduation ceremonies and sporting events named for her, as well as many TV documentaries honoring her. Palestinian newspapers also frequently glorify Mughrabi, as in the Al-Ayyam article which described Mughrabi as writing "the most glorious page of heroism in the history of the Palestinian struggle. [Aug. 2, 2009]. Thaer Hammad, who as a lone gunman murdered 10 Israelis in 2002, was glorified by the official PA daily as “the hero of the Intifada."

This adulation of the worst terrorists and praise for their heroism reflects the policy of the leadership of the Palestinian Authority. This video shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas,
issuing “greetings of honour and esteem” to mass murderers, whom he publicly names, one by one:
“I send greetings of honour and esteem to all prisoners...
Said 'Ataba (serving life sentence for murder in terror attack)…
Marwan Barghouti (serving 5 life sentences for planning murderous terror attacks)
Ahmad Sa'adat (serving 30 years in prison for heading the terrorist organization PFLP; honored on PA TV for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister Ze'evi in 2001, but never tried)
Aziz Dweik (Hamas leader, chairman of Palestinian parliament)
Jamal Huweil (life sentence for planning terror attacks)
Jamal Tirawi (life sentence for café suicide terror attack).
Greetings to you from our people.”
[PA TV (Fatah), April 17, 2008]
Murderer of 3 honored as “Martyr” by official PA daily, murderous attack was “an operation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 16, 2017
Headline: “The occupation’s escalation in Jerusalem: Martyr Nimr Al-Jamal’s home was destroyed”
      “The occupation forces destroyed the home of Martyr (Shahid) Nimr Al-Jamal (i.e., terrorist, murdered 3) from the village of Beit Surik west of occupied Jerusalem yesterday [Nov. 15, 2017]. In September, Martyr Al-Jamal (37 years old) [parentheses in source] carried out an operation (i.e., terror attack) next to the entrance to the settlement of Har Adar, northwest of the holy city [of Jerusalem], in which 3 occupation security members were killed. Afterwards he was shot by the occupation forces and died as a Martyr.”

Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal - Palestinian terrorist who shot and murdered an Israeli border police officer and 2 security guards and wounded another Israeli at the entrance to Har Adar, northwest of Jerusalem, on Sept. 26, 2017. Al-Jamal was shot and killed during the attack by other border police officers.
Fatah calls for freedom for imprisoned terrorists, including a murderer 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement's Nablus Branch, Nov. 16, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Nablus Branch

Posted text: “Prisoner Ahmad Othman Kafina (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1) from the village of Al-Sawiya, who is sentenced to life and another 20 years, during a visit by his parents at the Hadarim Prison
#Freedom_for_the_prisoners”

The image shows terrorist Ahmad Othman Kafina with his parents.

Ahmad Othman Kafina – Palestinian Fatah-affiliated terrorist who murdered Israeli Kinneret Ben Shalom Hajbi, and wounded 4 others in a stabbing attack on a taxi shuttle van from Petah Tikva to Tel Aviv on Feb. 5, 2006. After boarding the van, Kafina pulled out a knife and began stabbing passengers. Kafina pursued passengers who fled the van until he was subdued by an Israeli security guard and an Israeli civilian. Under investigation Kafina said that he had come to Petah Tikva to murder Jews. Kafina is serving 1 life sentence.
Fatah branch glorifies terrorist who participated in Church of Nativity Siege 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Nov. 15, 2017

Image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

The image shows a picture of Zaid Salem, a terrorist deported during the 2002 siege of the Church of the Nativity. To his right 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 on image: “The expelled Zaid Salem”

Siege of the Church of the Nativity - In 2002, during the PA terror campaign (second Intifada, 2000-2005), Israel launched Operation Defensive Shield in the West Bank to prevent future terror attacks. 39 terrorists took over the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, using dozens of hostages and the religious site as shields. After 39 days of siege by the Israeli army, the terrorists released the hostages and were deported to Gaza and Cyprus. During the siege, the church was damaged in exchanges of fire between the terrorists and the Israeli army. One clergyman was murdered by the terrorists and 8 terrorists were killed by the Israeli army.
Fatah branch glorifies terrorist who was deported for participating in Church of Nativity Siege 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Nov. 15, 2017

PA District Governor glorifies Martyrs in Abbas’ name, and says leadership “opposes all of the pressures whose goal is to harm the allowances of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2017
     “The National Association of the Families of the Martyrs (Shahids) [of Palestine] in Tulkarem held the branch’s preparatory conference, with the participation of District Governor of Tulkarem Issam Abu Bakr … At the beginning of the meeting, District Governor Abu Bakr conveyed to the Martyrs’ family members the blessings of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, who always emphasizes the status of this group from among our people, which has sacrificed its blood in order to reach freedom, independence, and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem. District Governor Abu Bakr emphasized the leadership’s position – which President Mahmoud Abbas represents – which opposes all of the pressures whose goal is to harm the allowances (mukhassasat) of the families of the Martyrs and prisoners and to stop them. This is in order to protect this right, and out of loyalty to those who sacrificed their lives for the homeland, freedom, and liberation from the occupation.”
Fatah branch glorifies terrorist driver of suicide bomber 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Nov. 15, 2017

Image posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

The image shows the face of terrorist Khalil Sarahneh, who drove a suicide bomber who murdered 1. In the upper right corner appears 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 on image: “Prisoner Khalil Sarahneh (i.e., terrorist, participated in murder of 1)
Sentence: Life”

Khalil Sarahneh – Israeli Arab terrorist who drove a suicide bomber to Jerusalem on April 1, 2002. Israeli police officer Tomer Mordechai, 19, stopped the car to ask for documentation, at which point Sarahneh fled the car and the bomber detonated, murdering Mordechai. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s armed wing) took responsibility for the attack. Sarahneh is serving a life sentence and 20 additional years.
Fatah branch in Gaza: Palestinians have proven by past terror campaigns that they will adhere to their goals “whatever the cost may be;” commemorates "great" terrorist “Martyr leaders”  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 15, 2017
      “The eastern Gaza branch of the Fatah Movement today [Nov. 15, 2017] blessed the Palestinian Arab people for the 29th anniversary of the [Palestinian] announcement of the document of independence (see note below –Ed.)…
The [Fatah] Movement added that a long path of resolve, struggle, and resistance still stands before this declaration in order to turn it into reality on the ground through full national sovereignty over the Palestinian country... The movement commented that our Palestinian people has proven in the first and second Intifadas (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, 1987-1993; and PA terror campaign 2000-2005) that it has a national dream and goals to which it adheres, whatever the cost may be, and noted that the Palestinian Arab people aspires and calls on all of the peoples of the world, its governments, and its international institutions to support its struggle and resistance in order to be liberated and rid itself of the yoke of the occupation… The movement turned to the masses of its people and said on the anniversary of the declaration of independence: 'We remember our great Martyr (Shahid) leaders... We remember the wounded and the sacrifice of the prisoners and the long path of struggle that our proud people has travelled.'"

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PLO legislative body will “remain tall and loyal to the blood of the Martyrs… [and holds] Israel fully responsible for the crime of Arafat’s murder” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Nov. 10, 2017
Official PA TV News, special broadcast of the central rally in Gaza to mark the 13th anniversary of the death of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat

Official PA TV newsreader:
“In an announcement on the 13th anniversary of the Martyrdom-death (Istish’had) of commander Yasser Arafat, the [Palestinian] National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO)... [stated] that it will remain tall and loyal to the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the sacrifices of the prisoners and wounded, while again holding Israel fully responsible for the crime of Arafat’s murder.”

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Palestinian women hold pictures of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi at rally commemorating Arafat 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 10, 2017

Images published in the official PA daily

The images show women marching in Ramallah to mark the 13th anniversary of the death of former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat. The women are carrying Palestinian flags and various posters, including a poster showing Dalal Mughrabi (lower right), the terrorist murderer who in 1978 led the killing of 37 Israelis, 12 of them children.

Dalal Mughrabi 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, murdering 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
PA-funded Prisoners’ Club: Imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are “fighters who have fought for the freedom of their homeland,” not criminals 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 9, 2017
Headline: “The Prisoners’ Club has launched a campaign to correct the widespread historical and statistical mistakes regarding the prisoners”
     “The [PA-funded] Prisoners’ Club has launched a campaign to gradually correct the historical, informative, and statistical mistakes that have clung in recent years to the media and cultural discourse regarding the documentation and investigation of the phenomenon of the Palestinian and Arab prisoners… As part of this campaign, the Prisoners’ Club has emphasized that the prisoners are not held in ‘prisons,’ but rather in ‘detention camps’ or ‘temporary security installations’ (sic., terrorists jailed in Israel are held in prisons). From this the first difference can be seen between a ‘prison’ – which is a place intended for the imprisonment of people who have committed a crime – and a ‘detention center’ – which is a place intended for the imprisonment of prisoners of war or in order to steal the freedom of political detainees. From the dawn of its existence, ‘prison’ has been intended for criminals, and it is not logical to attribute it to fighters who have fought for the freedom of their homeland. This is the second difference between considering the place where prisoners of war or political detainees are held a ‘detention camp’ or [considering it] a ‘prison,’ as this is a place meant for imprisoning criminals in the eyes of civilian law.”

Fatah Facebook: Blood of terrorist who murdered Israeli "will not be in vain" as "the ground [will] sprout a thousand others" 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Nov. 9, 2017

Posted text:
“The 17th anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of Martyr commander Hussein Abayat (i.e., terrorist, involved in numerous attacks including murder of 1)
When the men cried over the passing of the one who fired the first bullet of the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) in the first assassination operation that was carried out by the Israeli planes of hatred (sic., Abayat was killed by an Israeli army helicopter)…
Martyr Hussein’s blood and the blood of all the Martyrs who today are writing the lines of the future history will not be in vain
When the monster kills one rebel, the ground sprouts a thousand others
O pride of the wound, if we die, the graves will fight.”
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Hussein Abayat - Commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in the West Bank. He was involved in shooting attacks against civilians and military in the Bethlehem area, including the murder of Sgt. Max Hazan and the injuring of border policeman Shimon Ohana. Abayat was killed in November 2000 when he was hit by a rocket fired by an Israeli Army helicopter.
Fatah FB posts girl’s drawing of Hamas head and Arafat together with rifles 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 6, 2017

Image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The image shows a drawing made by a Palestinian girl, Nedaa Abu Rawaa (name in upper right corner.) The drawing shows former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat on the left and Hamas founder and former head Ahmed Yassin on the right. Between them at the top is a picture of the Dome of the Rock with clasped arms above it, a rifle behind it, and a handshake below it between a green hand representing Hamas and a yellow hand representing Fatah - referring to the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation. To the left and right of the hands is written "Palestine." Behind all of this is a sun in the colors of the Palestinian flag. At the bottom are two crossed rifles with "Palestine" written between them, and below them is a handshake - also between green and yellow hands, referring to the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation.
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Ahmed Yassin - Founder and former head of the terrorist organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous terror attacks and the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians.
PLO delegation visits home of terrorist murderer to offer condolences 
Source: Facebook page of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs’, Nov. 5, 2017

Video and text posted on the Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs

Posted text: “During a condolence visit by a delegation from the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs over the death of the mother of prisoner Samer Al-Mahroum (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 together with two accomplices), who is sentenced to life. Prisoner Samer’s mother passed away on Nov. 2, 2017, due to an illness, after spending 29 years of her life at the gates of the occupation’s prisons since the arrest of her son Samer, who was arrested again in 2014 after serving 25 years of imprisonment and being released as part of the Shalit [prisoner exchange] deal in 2011, and his previous sentence was renewed (he was rearrested for breaching the conditions of his release –Ed.).”

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Abbas’ advisor denies attributed statements that were negative toward killed terrorists: "The Martyrs are more honorable than all of us, and all of us bow our heads before [their] heroic acts"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 5, 2017
      “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash denied the publications of several people on social media about statements attributed to him regarding the Martyrs (Shahids) that fell in recent days in the Gaza Strip (refers to terrorists killed in an attack tunnel in Israeli territory; Reports were published on Facebook alleging that Al-Habbash condemned tunnel digging and said that those who die digging a tunnel are not Martyrs –Ed.).
Al-Habbash said in a press statement: ‘We are proud of our Martyrs and the members of our people that stand firm everywhere who have fallen because of the criminal occupation – whatever the path and location by which they have risen [to Heaven]. We consider all of them Martyrs with Glorious Allah.’ [...]
Al-Habbash emphasized that whoever published this fake and baseless news item will be prosecuted and persecuted by the people, because the Martyrs are more honorable than all of us, and all of us bow our heads before the heroic acts of the members of our people and their sacrifices in the struggle against the occupier that steals our land, our Jerusalem, and our freedom.”

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Monument for terrorist stabber shaped like map of “Palestine”  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Nov. 2, 2017

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch

Posted text
: “Heroic Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Hussein Tanouh (i.e., terrorist, attempted to stab Israeli soldiers) monument in the village of Taqua, e ast (sic., south) of Bethlehem.”

The image shows a monument to terrorist Muhammad Tanouh, which is in the shape of the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. At the bottom of the monument is a picture of terrorist Tanouh and a Palestinian flag.

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PA District Governor laments death of terrorist’s mother 
Source: Facebook page of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, Nov. 2, 2017

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam

Posted text:  “Allah’s mercy upon you, Um Samer (i.e., mother of terrorist Samer Al-Mahroum, murdered 1 with accomplices), as you have suffered greatly from the occupier’s violence.
You suffered for years as you went between the occupier’s prisons.
Um Samer Al-Mahroum is under the wings of Allah (i.e., she passed away), the mother of prisoner Samer Al-Mahroum from Jenin who has served 26 years of imprisonment.”

The images show District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam with Um Samer.

Samer Al-Mahroum – Palestinian terrorist member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) who, together with terrorists Omar Al-Naif and Hamza Al-Naif, stabbed and murdered Israeli civilian Eliyahu Amadi in the Old City of Jerusalem on Nov. 15, 1986. Al-Mahroum was sentenced to a life sentence; he was released in 2011 in the Shalit prisoner exchange deal brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas, but was later rearrested and had his sentence reinstated for violating the conditions of his release.
Head of Palestinian NGO: Protest by donor countries over naming a youth center after a terrorist, that PMW exposed, is an attempt to make Palestinians accept “the occupier’s narrative” 
Source: The Voice of Palestine, official PA radio station, Oct. 31, 2017
The Voice of Palestine, the official PA radio station, program On the Table, on foreign donor states cutting funding for the Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC) after it named a center in the village of Burqa, north of Ramallah, after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi – who led the murder of 37, 12 of them children, which was exposed by PMW:

Official PA radio host: “The funders are placing conditions on our receipt of the funding, and accusing us of incitement and terror due to the naming of the women’s center after Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children)… Why does Martyr Dalal Mughrabi’s name arouse the anger of the funding bodies with which you have been partners side by side in a number of plans and projects over several years?" [...]

Women’s Affairs Technical Committee board of directors Head Samia Bamia: “The naming was by the residents of [the village of] Burqa, the women of Burqa. The staff [of the committee] had no role [in it], and had no right to tell the residents which name to choose… Despite the fact that we are working in the field of women’s rights, they came to settle accounts with us over our thoughts about our nationality and its defense. I think that we need to be more alert. What is happening now and in stages – although now it is intensifying – is an attempt to brand our national consciousness. An attempt [to make] me not only accept an agenda that is connected to development, but also make me accept the occupier’s narrative, which these [funding] states are adopting… I think that the stage is more dangerous now, because they are not only taking the land and the future from you by force, but
Fatah Facebook glorifies killed terrorists as “Martyrs” 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 30, 2017


Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision” (Quran, Sura 3:169, Sahih International translation)

“The smile of the Martyrs (Shahids)”

The image shows Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists who were killed when Israel destroyed an attack tunnel from Gaza in Israeli territory – see note below. PMW has blurred their faces. In the Fatah post their faces were clearly shown to show they were “smiling.”
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On Oct. 30, 2017, Israel destroyed an Islamic Jihad attack tunnel from Gaza that crossed into Israeli territory. At least twelve members of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations, including senior terrorist commanders, were killed in the explosion of the tunnel. The Israeli army reported that the dead were killed when they entered the tunnel after it was blown up.
Fatah Facebook on post commemorating Arafat: “Remaining committed to the promise" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 29, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:

“Remaining committed to the promise”

The image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on the left and Yasser Arafat on the right, with the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock visible behind them.
At the top left of the image appears the logo for the 13th anniversary of Arafat’s death, which includes a picture of Arafat and the number “13,” with the “1” comprised of the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. On the logo is written: “The 13th anniversary of the death of Martyr symbol Yasser Arafat ‘Abu Amar’”
To the right of the Arafat logo appears the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine.”

Text on image:
“The Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah
Remaining committed to the promise”
Fatah FB and official PA daily commemorate founder of Islamic Jihad terror organization 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 27, 2017
Posted on the official Fatah Facebook page on Oct. 26, 2017 and published in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Oct. 27, 2017

Headline: “22 years since the death as a Martyr of commander Fathi Shaqaqi”
     “Today, Thursday [Oct. 26, 2017], is the 23rd anniversary of the assassination of commander Martyr (Shahid) Fathi Shaqaqi, founder and secretary-general of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine (i.e., terrorist organization). The assassination of Martyr Shaqaqi took place on Thursday, Oct. 26, 1995, at the hands of the Israeli Mossad (Israeli Secret Intelligence Service) forces and its collaborators while he was in Malta, on his way back from Libya to Damascus…
Before 1967, Martyr Fathi Shaqaqi had Nasserist tendencies ( i.e., a socialist Arab nationalist political ideology), but the defeat of 1967 (i.e., the Six Day War) deeply affected his perspective and he joined the Islamic movement in 1968. However, he disagreed with the ideas of the Muslim Brotherhood... and the Martyr and a group of his comrades established the Islamic Jihad Movement in the latter part of the 1970s...”

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