Fatah students: Martyrs' blood will create state
"From the sea of blood of the Martyrs
we will create a state"
- Fatah student movement
Fatah message to its students: Israel will be erased and become "Palestine" and it will be accomplished through violence and terror
[Official Fatah Facebook page, March 21, 2017]
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
At two Palestinian universities, An-Najah National University in Nablus and Al-Quds Open University, Fatah's student movement Shabiba is sending a clear message as to the path they advocate. On their logos (above and below right), the following text appears:
"From the sea of blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) we will create a state"
[Facebook page of Fatah's student movement Shabiba at Al-Quds Open University, Tulkarem, August 6, 2014]
The logo of An-Najah National University recently appeared on Fatah's official Facebook page in an announcement publicizing the upcoming elections for the student union council. [Official Fatah Facebook page, March 21, 2017]
The ideology that "Palestine" is to be created from the blood of "Martyrs" echoes Fatah leaders' promotion and encouragement of terror and glorification of terrorists, which Palestinian Media Watch has recently documented in a report released earlier this month in the American Congress.
Last year, Shabiba at Birzeit University campaigned with a poster calling for murder. It showed a knife dripping with blood, shaped as the PA's map of "Palestine" that includes the PA areas as well as all of Israel. The poster's text:
"Plant it [the knife] in the heart of your enemy"
[Official Fatah Facebook page, April 26, 2016]
At Birzeit University, Fatah's Shabiba has also adopted the fist shaped as the PA's map of "Palestine" and added the text "We will return." Above the logo: "Volunteering, Giving, Sacrifice, and Self-Sacrifice."
[Facebook page of Fatah's student movement Shabiba at Birzeit University, Jan. 28, 2017]
The map also appears on Fatah Shabiba's general logo (left), which is also the logo used by Shabiba at the Arab American University in Ramallah (right):
Text under logo (right): "The Shabiba Student Movement the State of Palestine The Arab American University"
Text on logo under map: "Fatah - The eternal revolution"
[Facebook page of Fatah's student movement Shabiba at the Arab American University, Ramallah, May 14, 2013]
The use of the PA's map of "Palestine," which rejects Israel's existence in any borders reflects the PA's and Fatah's general message that all of Israel is "Palestine," as PMW has documented for years. Other branches of Fatah's student movement at different universities also erase Israel's right to exist by using the map:
[Facebook page of Fatah's student movement Shabiba at Al-Aqsa University, Gaza,
accessed March 27, 2017]
[Facebook page of Fatah's student movement Shabibaat Palestine Ahliya University, Bethlehem,
accessed March 27, 2017]
The message Fatah university groups send to their student body through their maps and symbols is that Israel will be erased and become "Palestine" and it will be accomplished through violence and terror.