Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah leaders “bless Hamas,” “praise and salute” the launching of rockets against Israel, and even advocate “armed struggle.” Fatah Central Committee members have recently lauded Hamas and Islamic Jihad for their rocket attacks against Israel and/or promoted the use of armed struggle.
Abbas Zaki, member of Fatah’s Central Committee, said after the recent conflict in Gaza:
“My feelings towards Hamas have softened. I salute them... May Allah bless Islamic Jihad, may Allah bless Hamas... I’m in favor of a Palestinian victory in Gaza, Hamas’ and [Islamic] Jihad’s victory. Nothing matters to me now except Israel's defeat.”
His joy over Hamas’ attacks on innocent civilians was shared by fellow Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen:
“We of course praise our people’s resolve in Gaza. We praise and salute every hand that launched a rocket at Israel from Gaza, and every hand that threw a stone at the Israeli side in the West Bank.”
Senior PA leader Nabil Shaath expressed solidarity with Hamas, mourning the death of “hero” (murderer) Ahmed Ja’abari, head of Hamas’ military wing who was killed by Israel:
“May Allah have mercy on the hero Ahmed Al-Ja'abari and on all the Martyrs.”
Reinforcing these Fatah members’ praise of Hamas’ terror against Israel, other Fatah Central Committee members have continued advocating the resumption of “armed struggle” against Israel. At a public gathering in Ramallah, senior PA leader Jibril Rajoub vowed
“Whoever invades our territory, will leave in a pine box. This land is our land… Let those terrorists (i.e., Israeli leaders) and the people supporting them – this government that carries out official terrorism, that brings us Baruch Marzel (advisor to right wing Israeli MP ) and that cockroach named Liberman (Israeli Foreign Minister) – let them get out. …Out of loyalty to your blood, Arafat, you who died during this month, we will not return the sword to its sheath until there is a state, until your aspirations are realized, until the refugees are returned. I say to you that the return [of the refugees] is among the holiest things for Fatah and all Palestinians. Resistance – in all its forms – is Fatah’s strategic right. Come, let’s agree -- and we are ready – if there’s shooting, we’ll shoot. If there are demonstrations, we’ll demonstrate. Long live Palestine! Long live Palestine!”What a peaceful guy right? Earlier this year Rajoub also said:
“We still believe in all forms of the struggle. No one has removed the rifle from the equation.”These are the "people" to whom the UN gave a state. This is the government our United States (and the EU) are supplying with financial aid. These are the statments you will never hear repeated by the liberal main stream media because it disagrees with their manufactured storyline of the PA as innocent victims of Israeli aggression. This is the truth we must continue to get out.
Palestinian Media Watch has documented the PA’s continued promotion of use of the “armed struggle,' and other incitement. The information in this post comes from their recent reports.