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]
Fatah post for 53rd anniversary glorifies suicide bomber who murdered 6 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 30, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#The_Launch(Intilaqa)_of_Fatah53”

The image shows a picture of terrorist Andalib Takatka, a suicide bomber who murdered 6 and wounded over 80.

Image on text: “The Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah
Mobilization and Organization Commission – Communications Office
The 53rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution”
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Fatah post for 53rd anniversary glorifies suicide bomber who murdered 2 and wounded 30 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 30, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “#The_Launch(Intilaqa)_of_Fatah53”

The image shows a picture of terrorist Zainab Abu Salem, a suicide bomber who murdered 2 and wounded dozens.

Image on text:

“The Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah
Mobilization and Organization Commission – Communications Office
The 53rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution”
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Fatah post for 53rd anniversary glorifies imprisoned terrorist Karim Younes, murderer of 1 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 30, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text:
“Prisoner leader Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 together with an accomplice)
The Palestinian National Liberation Movement ‘Fatah’
The year of the confrontation and defense of the holy sites
The 53rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution
#The_Launch(Intilaqa)_of_Fatah53”

The image shows a picture of terrorist prisoner Karim Younes, who murdered 1 together with an accomplice.Image on text: “The Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah
Mobilization and Organization Commission – Communications Office

The 53rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution

Fatah Movement Central Committee member
Heroic prisoner
Karim Younes”
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Official PA news agency determines which language should be used in media when reporting on prisoners 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 28, 2017
       "The participants in the workshop that the [official PA] Palestinian news and information agency WAFA and the [PA-funded] Prisoners' Club organized yesterday (Wednesday) [Dec. 27, 2017] emphasized that when dealing with the prisoners' cause there must be uniform terms that will serve the national cause and contribute to presenting the prisoners in a way that befits them…
In a working paper submitted by WAFA Agency Editor in Chief Khuloud Assaf, she emphasized that the agency has begun practical steps to develop the media terms… Assaf detailed several of the mistaken terms that are used by the Palestinian media outlets, such as calling the Palestinians of the Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel) ‘Israeli Arabs,’ and also 'collective punishments' instead of 'violations'… In addition, the term 'the Palestinian demands' is used, while the correct term is 'rights'…
Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council member Kifah Harb talked about the significance of using the political and national terms and expressions so that there will be a common language that expresses the ideology of the Palestinian national movement and reflecting the suffering of our people, far from the terms that the occupation is attempting to insert into our media and drag us to using, without us understanding the danger they constitute to our national enterprise."

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Fatah branch: Terrorist stabber’s funeral was a “celebration” 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Dec. 27, 2017
 

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

Posted text: “On this exact date a farewell was held for Martyr (Shahid) Mamoun Al-Khatib (i.e., terrorist, attempted to stab 1). It was not a funeral, but rather a celebration.”

A picture is shown of uniformed men around the body of terrorist Mamoun Al-Khatib, which is covered with the Palestinian flag and keffiyehs (Arab headdresses).

Mamoun Ra'ed Muhammad Al-Khatib – 16-year-old Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli civilian at the Gush Etzion Junction on Dec.1, 2015. Israeli soldiers at the scene shot Al-Khatib and killed him.

Fatah official compares Trump to Balfour, Trump is a “predatory beast,” "the Palestinian people is stronger than any weapon... thanks to... the blood of our righteous Martyrs" in Jerusalem 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 27, 2017

Official PA TV program
Palestine This Morning, broadcast from the Qalandiya refugee camp on the responses to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, interview with Fatah Secretary of the Qalandiya Refugee Camp Zakariya Fayala

(PA TV reporter):
"What do you think about the ominous Trump announcement?"
Fatah Secretary of the Qalandiya Refugee Camp Zakariya Fayala: "Someone [Trump] pops up who has no ownership and he gives Jerusalem - the place of Prophet Muhammad's Night Journey - as a gift to one who has no right [Israel]... We will follow the steps of this predatory beast."
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US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.

Director of the Palestinian Women’s Union in Gaza presents 3 female terrorists as role models; one led murder of 37, 12 of them children 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 27, 2017

Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning, on the role of Palestinian women in opposing US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, hosting Director of the Palestinian Women’s Union in Gaza Amal Hamad

Director of the Palestinian Women’s Union in Gaza Amal Hamad: "Palestinian women are part of the popular, national, social, and political activity. In the beginning they were at the front. They were Martyrs and Martyrdom seekers, and participated in the national struggle. If I want to talk about Dalal [Mughrabi], Shadia Abu Ghazaleh, Fatima Barnawi, and our national symbols, they were never negligent in fulfilling their national, political, social, and economic role."
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Fatah glorifies 1975 Savoy Hotel terror attack that killed 11 Israelis  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Dec. 26, 2017

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

Posted text: “The Savoy operation (i.e., terror attack, 11 murdered) was carried out by eight Fatah Movement fighters who reached occupied Palestine (a Tel Aviv beach –Ed.) by sea in boats and attacked the famous Savoy Hotel in o ccupied Tal Al-Rabia (i.e., Tel Aviv; see note below) and took control of it.
According to the sources, the battle between the band of self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) and the occupation army led to the destruction of the hotel, the killing of 50 ‘Israeli’ soldiers (sic., 3 Israeli soldiers were killed, in addition to 8 civilian hostages), and the wounding of dozens. The operation came in response to the assassination of Fatah Movement leaders Martyr (Shahid) Kamal Adwan (i.e., a senior member of the Black September terror organization), Martyr Kamal Nasser (i.e., a senior member of Black September), and Martyr Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar (i.e., one of the founders of Fatah and commander of operations of Black September).
#Fatah53 (refers to the 53rd anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa) of Fatah –Ed.)”

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Fatah commemorates 53rd anniversary of first terror attack and first “Martyr”, with image of masked fighter with a rocket  
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Dec. 21, 2017

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

Posted text:
“#The_53rd_anniversary
A short segment about the first Martyr (Shahid) of the Fatah Movement and the modern Palestinian revolution and one of those who carried out the Eilabun operation (i.e., attempted bombing of Israel’s National Water Carrier, see note below)
#Ahmad_Musa_Al-Dalki”

The image shows a masked and uniformed member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, Fatah’s military wing, with a rocket.

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Fatah Facebook glorifies imprisoned terrorists Karim Younes and Fuad Al-Shubaki 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 18, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “The giants of captivity
Prisoner commander Karim Younes (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 together with an accomplice)
Prisoner commander Fuad Al-Shubaki (i.e., PA official who attempted to smuggle weapons)
May Allah release you and all of the prisoners”

The image shows terrorists Fuad Al-Shubaki (left) and Karim Younes. In the background the Dome of the Rock is seen, as is a cross on the roof of a church.
Text on image: “The giants of captivity”

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Fatah Facebook posts will of terrorist: “Let my mother make sounds of joy and do not cry”  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 18, 2017

Text and pictures posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

The picture on the left shows the will of terrorist Muhammad Amin Aql, who stabbed an Israeli border policeman. The picture on the right shows Aql’s mother embracing his dead body.

Posted text: "The will of Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Amin Aql (i.e., terrorist, stabbed 1) to his mother and big brother:
To my big brother Firas Muhammad Aql
Let my mother make sounds of joy and do not cry
Be blessed, dear [brother] (Firas) [parentheses in source]
I ask of you that you continue to be strong, as you are
And that this (death as a Martyr) [parentheses in source] will strengthen you even more
Lift your head and continue to live with your head up
#Jerusalem_the_capital_of_Palestine"

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PA daily editorial: Palestinians “have sacrificed and will always continue to sacrifice pure blood” to defend the holy sites and to ”defend the honor and glory of the Arab nation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 17, 2017
Excerpt of an official PA daily editorial

Headline: “Hello, leader”
       “The Palestinians – as is their custom at moments of confrontation and defiance, and since the ugly declaration of American President [Donald] Trump [recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] - have sacrificed and will always continue to sacrifice pure blood (six Martyrs (Shahids) and hundreds of wounded as of now) [parentheses in source], not only to defend the sites holy to Islam and Christianity in their capital occupied Jerusalem, but also in order to defend the honor and glory of the Arab nation.”

US recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel - On Dec. 6, 2017, US President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to begin preparations to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump added that the final borders of Jerusalem will be determined during negotiations.

Fatah official posts song by Fatah youth movement honoring terrorist murderers: Abu Jihad, Dalal Mughrabi, Ahmed Yassin, Abu Ali Mustafa, Fathi Shaqaqi, Abu Iyad, and Marwan Barghouti 
Source: Facebook page of Mahmoud Al-Aloul, Fatah Central Committee Member, Dec. 14, 2017

Video clip and text posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Deputy Chairman and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul


Song lyrics:
“Our Shabiba (Fatah Youth Movement) is the Shabiba of the Elder (i.e., Yasser Arafat)
We are walking in your path, no matter what will be…
Abu Iyad lives and is not dead, his soul is with us, we will not forget him
Abu Jihad lives and is not dead, an idea never dies…
Fatah is my organization, O mother of the self-sacrificing fighters...
To Marwan Barghouti, the Shabiba sends its greatest greetings
Do not think that we have forgotten the blood that was spilled
O Jaffa, Dalal [Mughrabi] liberated your land."
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PLO official: Palestinian prisoners are being delegitimized by Israel, who defines their “legitimate struggle” as “crime and terror” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 11, 2017
Headline: “Karake demands to publish a legal opinion regarding the legal status [of the prisoners]”
      “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake demanded to act to publish a legal opinion from the International Court of Justice in The Hague regarding the legal status of the prisoners and detainees held in the Israeli occupation’s prisons…
This is in response to the Israeli attacks, incitement against [the prisoners’] legal status and against the legitimacy of their struggle against the occupation, and Israel’s attempts to delegitimize their struggle and define it as a crime and terror…
This was said during the protest vigil in front of the International Court of Justice in The Hague.”

PA Parliament member praises terrorist stabber: "A blessing of honor"  
Source: The Voice of Palestine, official PA radio station, Dec. 11, 2017
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, A New Day program, interview with PA Parliament Member Jihad Abu Zneid.

Official PA radio host: “First of all, we say to you welcome back. Certainly the whole world saw you when the occupation police arrested you in front of the people. First of all, we say to you welcome back.” […]
PA Parliament Member Jihad Abu Zneid: “My message is a message of love. The women of Palestine and women of the world have proven every day and every moment that they are generals. Indeed, we are generals of the arena, generals of the streets, true generals because we love Jerusalem and Palestine. A blessing of honor to the young person (i.e., terrorist Yassin Abu Al-Qur’a, stabbed 1) from yesterday [Dec. 11, 2017] who carried out an operation in the streets of western Jerusalem. He had his say as a child of Hebron (sic., Al-Qur’a was from Nablus). We all say Allah willing may we sacrifice our bodies as well as our souls for Jerusalem.”

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PA government calls on Palestinians to protest against US Jerusalem decision, says those who “stood upright” during previous unrest “will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city" and to "Judaize" it 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 2017
     “During its weekly meeting, which was held yesterday [Dec. 5, 2017] in Ramallah led by [PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the [PA] government called on the masses of our people – with all of its groups and wherever it is located – to express their opposition to the dangerous American intentions to transfer the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel…
The government emphasized that the members of our people – who stood upright during the last Jerusalem uprising and presented a spectacular example of resolve and sacrifice – will stand against any attempt to harm the holy city [of Jerusalem], Judaize it, and change its characteristics and its eternal Arab-Islamic cultural identity. The government emphasized that transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem or recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will threaten the peace and security in our region and the world.”
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Hamas official: “Palestine, which is soaked in the blood of the Martyrs… all of Palestine is ours, and it is pure Islamic Palestinian land… we do not understand anything but the language of resistance and Jihad” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Dec. 6, 2017
Headline: "Hamas: Our goal is to liberate Palestine and end the [Hamas-Fatah] rift"
      "The Hamas Movement in Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip and its military faction, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, held a military procession and press conference in order to announce the beginning of the events for the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the [Hamas] Movement in the district. In the speech that he gave, movement leader Hammad Al-Raqab emphasized: …‘Palestine, which is soaked in the blood of the Martyrs (Shahids) and the sacrifices of our people, all of Palestine is ours, and it is pure Islamic Palestinian land that constitutes a part of the Arab and Islamic nation.' He explained that we are standing today and seeing before us the buds of the liberation army, and we do not understand anything but the language of resistance and Jihad. He also emphasized that despite the tragedies, persecution, expulsion, assassinations, and ongoing wars, we see the determination in the eyes of our people to continue on the path of resistance. He added: 'Trust the resistance – the victory, honor, and resistance are near, and we are continuing on this path until victory.’"

840 Palestinian prisoners are registered for academic studies at the Al-Quds Open University 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 4, 2017
Headline: “840 prisoners are registered at Al-Quds Open University – Karake and Shahin give the diploma to the family of prisoner Muhammad Zawahreh”
         “The family of prisoner Muhammad Zawahreh (see note below), who has been serving a life sentence since 2002… received the BA diploma in computer sciences that he successfully achieved during his studies within the prison. This was in the framework of the education program for prisoners, which Al-Quds Open University is supervising in coordination with the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs. The diploma was given to the family of prisoner Zawahreh by Head of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake… Karake thanked [Al-Quds Open University President] Dr. Younes Amr and the Al-Quds Open University staff for the support they are giving to the prisoners so that they will complete their academic studies… He said that the academic diploma is a certificate of freedom on the path to liberation from the occupation’s prison, and that there are 840 prisoners in prison who are registered for studies at the Al-Quds Open University.”

Muhammad Zawahreh – Palestinian serving a life sentence since 2002. PMW has been unable to confirm more details.

PA District Governor of Ramallah: “This_is_Palestine, Partners in blood, partners in fate” 
Source: Facebook page of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, Nov. 29, 2017

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

Posted text: “Muslim and Christian clergy and District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Dr. Laila Ghannam hand out candies to passersby and the public during an event that the district held today [Nov. 29, 2017] to mark the anniversary of [Prophet] Muhammad’s birthday.
On the [International] Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, we say through our brotherhood and integration that we will not be defeated and will realize all of our rights sooner or later.
#This_is_Palestine
Partners in blood, partners in fate”

Fatah Facebook post glorifies imprisoned terrorist who murdered an Israeli, with map of "Palestine" replacing Israel in the background 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Nov. 29, 2017

Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “Freedom is drawing near”

The bottom left of the image shows a picture of terrorist Muhammad Falana, who murdered 1 together with an accomplice. Above him appears the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas, with a picture of Arab women walking inside it, and above it is the Palestinian flag.
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