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Tuesday, April 23, 2002
Documents: The Palestinian Authority Employs Fatah Activists Involved in Terrorism and Suicide Attacks

Documents: The Palestinian Authority Employs Fatah Activists Involved in
Terrorism and Suicide Attacks
IDF Spokesperson 23 April 2002
[Copies of original Arabic documents on IDF website]
http://www.idf.il/english/announcements/2002/april/Fatah_Activists/index.stm

Abstract
1. From a file of documents captured by the IDF during Operation Defensive
Wall in the office of the Commander of the "Special Forces" (one of the
Palestinian Authority (PA) security apparatuses), Colonel Bashir Nafa, it
can be learned that the PA is extending its patronage over Fatah activists
involved in the perpetration of terrorist attacks against Israel, by
integrating them into the PA's manpower lists and salary earners. This
process is fully under the direction and management of Arafat, wearing his
"double hat" of Chairman of the PA and Chairman of the Fatah organization,
and his handwriting is on many documents in the file.

2. The employment of these activists by the PA, some of whom are terrorists
who previously perpetrated killing attacks against Israeli civilians, such
as Zadki Al Zeru who murdered a baby girl in Hebron in March 2001, enables
these terrorists to devote all their time to terrorist activities, knowing
that the PA is providing for their livelihood. Nasser Awis, head of the Al
Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Samaria, who was captured in Tubas, was a captain
in the General Security Apparatus and received a salary from the PA in
recent months too.

3. The salaries of the PA security forces are financed mainly by the EU (10
million euros per month) and Arab states ($45 million per month, this aid
was increased to $55 in April 2002). Thus the PA is utilizing money from
international aid elements to finance Fatah activists who are involved in
terrorism.

4. Arafat is the head of the Fatah movement and its groups. In previous
documents captured by the IDF, Arafat personally endorses with his signature
payments to terror activists. These documents provide additional proof of
the close connection between the PA and Fatah groups perpetrating terrorism
and suicide attacks - a connection that Palestinian spokesmen are trying to
conceal and deny.

* The PA Employs in its Ranks Fatah Activists Involved in Terrorism and
Suicide Attacks
* Major Terrorists Employed in PA Apparatuses

Appendix A
Absorption of Fatah Activists in the PA Manpower Ranks

Document 1

A fax sent on 6 August 2001
The Palestinian National Liberation Movement Hebron Districts Branch
Committee
Fatah Palestine

15 May 2001
Ref: 1/15/2001
The Honorable President Brother Abu Amar May God protect you (Yasser Arafat)
Via The Honorable Brother Mr. Nabil Amru, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs
With blessings of the intifada
Please approve the employment of the brothers whose names are detailed
below. They are intifada activists who are wanted by the occupation
authorities because of their deeds.
(12 names)
For your decision, with great respect
Together until Jerusalem

The National Liberation Movement, Hebron District
Note added:
These are the best of the fighting brothers and activists in the blessed
intifada and they have an exceptional part (in the intifada).
Abu Saja, Marwan Zallum, Hebron Central District Branch Committee Member
(Signature)

Document 2 A fax sent on 6 August 2001
(Names of 15 activists, including 13 that are wanted by Israel.)

Note Added
Mr.President
I request your consideration.
Nabil Amru
(signature)
(Additional note in Arafat's handwriting)
Al Majaidah, Al Haj Ismail, Al Jabali, Al Haj Matlak, Dr. Ramzi, Dr. Abu
Shariya.

Comments to Documents 1 and 2
1. Document 1 was apparently sent from the Fatah Hebron District, with the
recommendation of the District Committee member on 15 May 2001. The document
reached Nabil Amru, the PA's Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, who
slightly extended the list and transferred it for Arafat's approval.
Following Arafat's approval, the two documents were transferred to the
office of Bashir Nafa, Commander of the "Special Forces", on 6 August 2001.
The documents were found in his office
2. Document 2 was sent on 6 August 2001, with a copy of Document 1 attached.
The list of names in the two documents is identical.
3. Document 2 was transferred by Arafat for action to General Abd Al Razek
Al Majaidah - Commander of the General Security and National Security
Apparatuses, General Ghazi Jabali - Chief Inspector of the Palestinian
Police, Al Haj Matlak - Head of the Organization and Administration
Directorate in the General Security Apparatus, Dr. Ramzi Khouri - Arafat's
Aide-de-camp and Dr. Abu Sharia - Chairman of the PA Public Service
Commission. This process is similar to the handling process of the other
documents in the file.
4. At least half of the Fatah activists these lists were identified as
perpetrators of shooting and explosive charge attacks. The list possibly
also includes Hamas activists from Hebron. Zadki Hamed Al Zaru (No. 4 in
Document 2) is the terrorist who murdered the baby girl Shalhevet Paz in
Hebron in March 2001, a few months before the request to employ him in the
PA apparatuses. Ma'amun Mahmud Amru (No. 9 in Document 2) is a senior Tanzim
activist in Hebron who perpetrated a number of attacks in this region. He is
the right hand man of Marwan Zallum who signed Document 1.
5. Marwan Zallum is a very senior Fatah activist in Hebron who was involved
in many lethal shooting attacks and whose name was transferred in the "most
wanted" list to the Palestinians. He was recently promoted to Commander of
the Special Forces in Hebron, i.e. an official position in the PA.

Document 3
The Palestinian National Liberation Movement
Fatah
Southern District Branch
Date: 4 July 2001

To the Honorable Brother Abu Tarek, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs
Dear Sir,
We request that you invest your good efforts towards the employment of the
following brothers in the ranks of the National Security - Special Forces,
and this due to the importance of the matter
(12 names)
Thank you in advance
Ziad Al Rajoub
Fatah Movement Secretary / Southern District Branch
(Note at top of page in handwriting) Please forward to brother Muhammad
Khal'ilah.
(Note at top of page in handwriting) Private, please forward to brother Abu
Shikri (?) Muhammad
(Note lower down, in handwriting of Nabil Amru) Dear Mr. President, your
consideration is appreciated. Thank you in advance, Nabil Amru.
(Note lower down, in Arafat's handwriting) Al Majaidah, Haj Matlak, Haj
Ismail
(Note in handwriting) Brother Ziad Rajoub, best wishes

Document 4
The Honorable Brother President Commander Abu Amar, President of the State
of Palestine, May God protect you
Dear Sir,
Your honor is requested to order the employment of your following sons, sons
of holy Jerusalem, in the framework of the cadre of the special forces. It
should be noted that they are loyal fighters
(17 names and details)
For your instructions
(Note further down in handwriting)
These men are sons and the leaders of the movement's struggle for dozens of
years.
(Signature)

10 April 2001
(Note at top of document, in handwriting)
Please forward to Jamal Abu Allil
(Note lower down, in Arafat's handwriting)
Al Majaidah
Haj Matlak
(Note in handwriting)
Forwarded to the operations directorate
(Note in handwriting)
Marwan Sabach
Employment in Force 17.
Yusuf Salem/replaced
7 - No details
(Stamp on document)
The Palestinian Liberation Organization The Palestinian National Authority
Fatah
26 April 2001
Outgoing No. 4957

Comments to Documents 3 and 4
1. Document 3 was sent on 11 August 2001 to Hakim Balawi, Secretary of the
Fatah Central Committee, Secretary of the PA Legislative Council, head of
the Tanzim in the West Bank and a close associate of Arafat; and later (on
18 August 2001) to the ministry in the PA. The fax was sent 5 times, with
additional notes.
2. Nabil Amru ("Abu Tareq") is the PA's Minister for Parliamentary Affairs.
3. The "National Security / Special Units" - the intention is to the
"Special Forces". This apparatus is headed by Colonel Bashir Nafa, the
document file was found in his office.
4. The working V appears in handwriting in Document 3 next to many names.
The documents indicate the detailed examination and handling process
regarding the list of activists, in order to absorb them into the security
apparatuses: "is worthy from the security aspect" - for absorption in one of
the PA apparatuses.
5. The documents mention a number of Fatah military activists from the
Hebron region, a Fatah/Tanzim activist from the Jerusalem area, a PIJ
activist in the Hebron region, and apparently also Hamas activists from this
region.

Document 5
The Palestinian National Liberation Movement
Fatah
Date:
Ref:

State of Palestine
Supreme Movement Committee
The Brother President Abu Amar, May God protect you
With the blessings of the homeland and the state

I request your decision, in an exceptional manner, to employ and re-register
in the security (apparatuses) the following brothers.
They are active honorable members of the movement:
(30 names)
For your decision
(Signature)

The Supreme Committee of the Movement
Marwan Al Barghouti
(Note in Arafat's handwriting)
Al Majaidah, Al Haj Matlak, Al Haj Ismail

Document 6
State of Palestine The Palestinian National Liberation Movement
The Supreme Movement Committee Fatah
Al Quds (Jerusalem) - Ramallah Tel. No: 02-2954949-5 Fax. No: 02-2985729
P.O. Box 1800 National HQ
Date _______ /________/_______
Ref: ________________________

The Honorable Brother President Abu Amar, May God protect you
With the blessings of the homeland and the return

Sir, a decision is required, in an exceptional manner, to employ and add to
the ranks of one of the security apparatuses, the brothers whose names are
listed below:

(44 names typed and 5 names added in handwriting)

And you will be glorified and supportive of the homeland and the people, the
matter is for the decision of your honor.

The Supreme Movement Committee

Marwan Al Barghouti
(Signature)
(Note in Arafat's handwriting)

Al Majaidah, Al Haj Matlak, Al Haj Ismail, Dr. Ramzi, Dr. Abu Sharif

Comments to Documents 5 and 6

1. Documents 5 and 6 are undated. Document 6 seems to be from mid-2001.
2. Document 5 was found in the file of Bashir Nafa and document 6 was found
in the Mukata'a offices in Ramallah.
3. Marwan Barghouti is the secretary of the Fatah Supreme Committee in the
West Bank, and also the head of the Fatah/Tanzim in the West Bank as well as
the leader of the "Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades".
4. The document is forwarded for implementation by PA senior officals: Abd
Al Razek Al Majaidah - Head of the General Security Directorate and
Commander of the National Security in the Gaza Strip, Al Haj Matlak - Head
of the Organization and Administration Directorate in the General Security,
Al Haj Ismail Jabr - Head of the General Security Directorate and Commander
of the National Security in the West Bank, Dr. Ramzi Khouri - Arafat's
Aide-de-camp and Dr. Abu Sharia - Chairman of the PA Public Service
Commission.
5. Amongst the activists mentioned in Document 6, there are 3 who belong to
a Force 17 terror squad which perpetrated shooting attacks and laid
explosive charges in the Samaria region during 2001. An additional activist
belongs to the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and carried out an attack in the
Samaria region.

Document 7
State of Palestine The Palestinian National Liberation Movement
The Supreme Movement Committee Fatah
Al Quds (Jerusalem) - Ramallah Tel. No: 02-2954949-5 Fax. No: 02-2985729
P.O. Box 1800 National HQ

The Honorable Brother President Abu Amar, may God protect you, with the
blessing of the homeland and the return

I request that you order the settling of the medical care expenses of the
following persons and their coverage from the PA account:
(28 names)
The matter is for your decision
And you will be leaders for the homeland and the people

Sincerely,
The Supreme Movement Committee
Marwan Al Barghouti
(note at top of document)
Marwan Al Barghouti: Fax
(note in handwriting)
Yasri Nafez Abu Shabika
Amana Abd Ahmed Da'ra
(note at side of letter)
Ahmed
(note in Arafat's handwriting)
Health Ministry
------------------
Treasury Ministry
--------------------
Their medical care should be covered
(Signature)
(Yasser Arafat, according to his signature)
11 March 2001
(Note in handwriting)
The original was sent
(Stamp on document)
The Palestinian Liberation Organization, The Palestinian National Authority
The Presidential Bureau
10-3-2001
Outgoing Ref No: 3263

Comments to Document 7
1. The document concerns the covering of medical expenses of persons who
were apparently wounded during the confrontation with Israel.
2. Arafat's signature and the stamp of the "Palestinian Authority"
Presidential Bureau appear on the document. The document's characteristics
and the method of transferring the subject for handling the PA elements
recurs in the other documents.
3. Documents 1-5 in this file were dated after Document 7, i.e. from April
2001 onwards.

Appendix B
The Connection between the PA, Fatah and the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades

Document 8
Excerpts from a document of the General Intelligence Apparatus in the West
Bank
No. 215/2002
Date: 6 February 2002

Palestinian General Security
General Intelligence
West Bank Districts Directorate
Tulkarm District

To Head of General Intelligence/Northern Districts
Toufiq Tirawi - Head of General Intelligence in the West Bank

Greetings,

Subject: The General Situation Among Armed Fatah Personnel in the
District (Tulkarm)

1. The number of armed Fatah men in Tulkarm and in its refugee camp ranges
between 15-20.. some of them are active and carry out activity outside Area
A. (These operate) on bypass roads and even in the depth of Israel, as
happened recently in Hadera (note: a lethal attack on 17 January perpetrated
by a terrorist with an explosive belt and a rifle at a Batmitzvah party in
Hadera, 6 Israeli civilians were killed and 25 injured in the attack):
The (armed) men can be divided into three squads as follows:
a. The Ziad Da'as squad: This squad carried out high quality successful
attacks. The last (attack) in this framework was the coordination and
planning of the operation in Hadera to avenge the death of the martyr Ra'ed
Karmi. It would be fair to say that this squad is the most disciplined, and
its men understand the general situation. Its men are very close to us (i.e.
to the General Intelligence) and maintain with us continuous coordination
and contacts.
b. The Mansour Shreim squad...This squad does include a large number of
undesirables. However, we wish to emphasize that Mansour Shreim carried out
several successful operations together with the martyr Jamil Atwan, the
martyr Al-Karmi and brother Muhammad Abu Rabi'e. Mansour Shreim is a person
who could be controlled and with whom understandings can be reached, were it
not for the negative influence on him of Marwan Barghouti and Nasser Awis
(Head of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Samaria, captured on 13 April 2002
by the IDF. A captain in the National Security who receives a regular salary
from the PA).
c. The squad identified with Abd Al Wahab (nicknamed) "Hafez".. Some of his
men opened a communications channel with Marwan Barghouti, others with
Nasser Awis from Nablus. On the other hand, he neglects those who carry out
high quality attacks (i.e. operations inside Israel).

2. Between the arms bearers (of Fatah) and the security apparatuses in the
district (Tulkarm) several problems arose. In some cases this reached a
complete breakdown of relations (between the security apparatuses and) the
arms bearers and lack of (joint) work with them. All this at a time when the
concept developed whereby the arms bearers of the Fatah constitute first and
foremost a support for the Palestinian Authority and its security
apparatuses.

3. Amongst the (Fatah) arms bearers are brothers who stand out in their
activity, their affiliation to Fatah, and their understanding of the
political situation and what is required in each political stage.

4. The Tanzim secretariat (in Tulkarm) provides, through Abu Faruq, sums of
money which are taken from the Tanzim budget and from the emergency budget
for allocations to the arms bearers (note: the "emergency" budget - the
intention is apparently to the budget transferred by the PA leadership
through the emergency committee headed by Hakim Balawi)

5. Proposals and recommendations:
a. The quality personnel amongst the arms bearers should be selected and
assembled under one umbrella (and in the framework) of one group in order to
train them for future activity. They should be given special attention from
the material, morale and organizational aspects.
b. It is necessary to remove some of the parasites who mixed in with the
arms bearers and those who did not fire one bullet at Israelis, in order to
discard their financial burden and the problems which they cause.

6. For your information.

Head of the (General) Intelligence in the Tulkarm District
Hamdi Al Darduch
(Signature)

Comments to Document 8
1. The document reflects the updated policy of PA official elements
regarding the pattern of ties between the PA, Fatah/Tanzim and the Al Aqsa
Martyrs Brigades.
2. "The Fatah arms bearers" are the squads of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades,
and this demonstrate the close connection between the two bodies.
3. The "Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades" is the military arm of the Fatah
organization in the West Bank. The Brigades perpetrated many terrorist
attacks in various scenarios (shootings, explosive charges, suicide
bombings) in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and inside Israel. At the beginning
of 2002, the United States declared the "Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades" to be a
terrorist organization.
4. The notion which emerges from the document is that the terrorist and
suicide attacks carried out by the Al Aqsa squads are commensurate with the
interests of the PA at the beginning of 2002.
5. The element leading and directing the activities of the Brigades is
Marwan Barghouti, head of the Fatah supreme committee in the West Bank which
operates under Arafat's authority. This, by passing concrete directives to
operatives.
6. The document demonstrates the ties between Fatah personnel, who belong to
the PA's manpower ranks, such as Nasser Awis from Nablus, and the Al Aqsa
squads in the Tulkarm region.
7. The recommendations of the intelligence elements are to extend material
aid to the elements within the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, and strengthen the
ties between them and the General Intelligence.

Appendix C
Suicide Attacks Perpetrated by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades
Document 9
Suicide, or "Sacrifice" Attacks Carried Out By Al-Aksa Brigades From the
Beginning of the Armed Conflict

Number Injured Number Killed Location Date
10 - Tel Aviv 10 Aug. 2001
50 2 Afula 27 Nov. 2001
- 6 Hedera 17 Jan. 2002
33 2 Jerusalem (Jaffa St.) 22 Jan. 2002
23 - Tel Aviv (Neve Sha'anan) 25 Jan. 2002
131 1 Jerusalem 27 Jan. 2002
1 1 Next to Ma'ale Adumim 18 Feb. 2002
9 - IDF Base 80 17 Feb. 2002
- - Mehula 19 Feb. 2002
- - Efrat 22 Feb. 2002
9 1 Jerusalem 25 Feb. 2002
44 10 Maccabim roadblock (near Ramallah 27 Feb. 2002
44 10 Jerusalem 2 March 2002
26 3 Tel Aviv 5 March 2002
58 - Netanya 9 March 2002
1 - Ashdod 10 March 2002
31 - Jerusalem 17 March 2002
8 - Kfar Sava 17 March 2002
71 - Jerusalem 21 March 2002
22 - Jerusalem 29 March 2002
29 - Tel Aviv 30 March 2002
29 - Efrat 31 March 2002
613 26 Total

Comments to Document 9
1. Part of a poster that portrays the Fatah emblems (center) and the "Al
Aqsa Martyrs Brigades" (sides) proves the close connection between the two
entities.
2. The poster is in the memory of Firas Sabhi Ja'aber, a senior activist in
the Fatah/Tanzim terrorist infrastructure in Tulkarm. Firas Sabhi Ja'aber, a
member of the Ra'ed Karmi squad, participated in the murder of two Israeli
restaurant owners in Tulkarm and numerous shooting attacks.
3. Ja'aber was killed on 27 October 2001 while trying to throw a hand
grenade at an IDF tank near Tulkarm.

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