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Thursday, December 13, 2012
PMW Bulletin: Fatah glorifies Hamas rockets against Israel and supports armed struggle

PMW Bulletin

Dec. 13, 2012

Fatah glorifies Hamas' rockets from Gaza
against Israel and supports armed conflict:

Fatah political leaders:
Abbas Zaki: "May Allah bless Hamas... Nothing matters to me now except
Israel's defeat"
Jamal Muhaisen: "We praise and salute every hand that launched a rocket at
Israel"
Nabil Shaath: "May Allah have mercy on the hero [Hamas'] Ahmed Al-Ja'abari"
Jibril Rajoub: "We will not return the sword to its sheath until there
is a state"
Mahmoud Al-Aloul: Hopefully Arab Spring will create climate for Palestinian
armed struggle

Fatah military wing:
We will continue "attacks until every last part of Palestine is liberated"
Armed struggle is "sole solution for liberating land and eradicating
occupation"
"We wanted "to respond and avenge his [Ahmed Al-Ja'abari's] pure blood"

Official PA daily columnist:
"The Heroic performance [of Hamas and Islamic Jihad] succeeded in bombing
operations inside Israel... The bombing of a bus [in Tel Aviv], injuring 20
people, [was] an act that baffled the Israeli leadership"
http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=8157

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

The Palestinian Authority and Fatah condemned Israel's Operation Pillar of
Defense that aimed at destroying Hamas' terror infrastructure in the Gaza
Strip. It never once condemned Hamas' rocket attacks on Israel during the
8-day conflict.

Instead, senior PA and Fatah leaders "bless Hamas," "praise and salute" the
launching of rockets against Israel, and even advocate "armed struggle."

Five 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."

Click to view
http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=990&fld_id=990&doc_id=8169

His admiration for Hamas' attacks on Israeli 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." (emphasis added)

Similarly, a regular columnist for the official PA daily expressed his
satisfaction with "the heroic performance of the resistance organizations"
(i.e., Hamas and Islamic Jihad), who succeeded in making "Palestinian
resistance missiles reach Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Eilat, surprising and
baffling the Israeli leaders," and who developed "the national response" in
such a way that it "even advanced to bombing operations inside Israel...
with the bombing of a bus [in Tel Aviv], injuring 20 people - an act that
baffled the Israeli leadership even more."

Senior PA leader Nabil Shaath also expressed solidarity with Hamas, mourning
the death of "hero" 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."

Click to view
http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=990&fld_id=990&doc_id=8145

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 on a wooden plank (i.e., in a
coffin). This land is our land... Out of loyalty to your blood, Yasser
Arafat... 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 is Fatah's strategic right - in all
its forms. 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!"

Earlier this year Rajoub also stated that: "We still believe in all forms of
the struggle. No one has removed the rifle from the equation."

Click to view
http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=472&fld_id=474&doc_id=8171

In October, another Fatah Central Committee member, Mahmoud Al-Aloul,
reiterated that support for "armed struggle" against Israel is still a value
in Fatah and the PA: "No one has eliminated armed struggle or resistance as
an option," he said to the private Palestinian TV channel Wattan. Referring
to the text of Fatah's "Political Program" that was confirmed at the 6th
Fatah Conference in 2009, Al-Aloul said:
"Fatah believes that resistance, in all its forms, is the legitimate right
of occupied nations when confronting their occupiers. I do not think that
there's a single Palestinian who has eliminated resistance, or any form of
resistance whatsoever, from consideration, or from his plans."

Click to view
http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=797&fld_id=797&doc_id=8170

In September, spokesman for a unit of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Abu
Muhammad, also referred to the "legitimate right," saying that "it is
important to see the armed struggle as strategy rather than a tactic, and as
a legitimate right and the sole solution for liberating the land and
eradicating the occupation."

Similarly, Fatah's military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, in a press
release in October, "demanded of all the factions [carrying out] armed
actions that they return to the option of resistance in confronting the
occupation, and emphasized that they will continue the resistance in all its
forms. They said that there is no ceasefire with Israel and pointed out that
they won't stop their attacks until every last part of Palestine is
liberated." (emphasis added)

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades' response to Israel's Operation Pillar of
Defense was that "from the first moment after the assassination of Commander
Ahmed Ja'abari, the Brigades thought to respond and avenge his pure blood."
Such were the words of spokesman Abu Muhammad, who also prided himself on
how they "managed to fire three rockets half an hour after his death as a
Martyr was announced," and how "the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades fired 600
rockets and mortar shells towards the occupied territories during the days
of aggression." (emphasis added)

A "fighter" in the Brigades said that "the war is over, but the Brigades'
supply of weapons and rockets is not exhausted, and we are ready for
confrontation at this very moment, and we will not give up our weapons under
any circumstances." (emphasis added)

In his interview to Wattan TV in October, Al-Aloul also referred to another
pillar of PA ideology: The need for timing the violence and alternating it
with diplomatic efforts for political gain. Stating that "armed resistance
has absolutely not been eliminated from anyone's options," Al-Aloul
specified that Fatah hopes "the 'Arab Spring'... will create the climate so
that the Palestinians can employ it."
"Every form of resistance has certain conditions that are necessary for its
use. So every phase has a particular form of resistance best suited to it,
and everyone has agreed that at this stage, that form is popular resistance
(i.e., non-violent). At the same time, armed resistance has absolutely not
been eliminated from anyone's options. It needs a suitable climate not only
among us... We hope that what is being spoken of as the 'Arab Spring' and
changes in the Arab world will create the climate so that the Palestinians
can employ it (i.e., armed resistance)." (emphasis added)

PMW's book Deception describes and documents the "terror needs timing"
principle adopted by PA leaders. The use of "armed resistance" must be timed
correctly for political benefit. Whenever it is perceived as undermining
Palestinian political interests, the PA puts its promotion of violence and
the use of "armed resistance" on hold, and instead encourages the use of
political diplomacy and other non-violent means of "resistance." Palestinian
leaders have defined this strategy as "the rifle seeds, diplomacy reaps."

Palestinian terror attacks have been criticized by PA leaders for their "bad
timing" and for hurting Palestinian national interests, but never for being
immoral. The PA continues to promote violence and glorify terrorists as
heroes.

Palestinian Media Watch has documented the PA's continued promotion of the
use of "armed struggle."

Read reviews of PMW's book Deception and purchase it here.
.

The following are longer excerpts of the statements mentioned above:

Abbas Zaki, Member of Fatah Central Committee:
"My feelings towards Hamas have softened. I salute them. I congratulate them
for learning the lessons of 2008-2009 (previous Israel-Hamas conflict). They
gave us great pleasure. May Allah bless them. (Note: Islamic Jihad and Hamas
launched more than 1,000 rockets and missiles at Israeli cities during the
8-day conflict.) They told the Israelis that this is no joy ride... May
Allah bless Islamic Jihad, may Allah bless Hamas. They decided to die to
earn this honor... 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."
[Wattan TV, (Palestinian private channel), Nov. 21, 2012]

PA TV show "Topic of the Day" discusses the ramifications of the cease fire
between the Palestinian factions and Israel in the November 2012 conflict
between Israel and Gaza with guests Dr. Jamal Muhaisen, member of Fatah
Central Committee; political correspondents Dr. Ihab Basiso and Nathir
Majali; and member of the Popular Front Political Bureau Jamil Mazhar.
Member of Fatah Central Committee Jamal Muhaisen: "We say again: 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. And here, when signing
agreements, it must not be done as if the battle was between Israel and
Hamas only. The battle was [between Israel] and all the Palestinians."
[PA TV (Fatah), Nov. 22, 2012]

Senior PA leader and member of Fatah Central Committee Nabil Shaath: "We are
all gathered here [in Gaza] because of the unity [between Fatah and Hamas].
This unity will win further victories for us. Blessings to the Martyrs, and
may Allah have mercy on the hero Ahmed Al-Ja'abari and on all the Martyrs."
[PA TV (Fatah), Nov. 22, 2012]
Note: Ahmed Al-Ja'abari was the head of Hamas' military wing and responsible
for deaths of dozens of Israelis. He was killed by Israel at the start of
Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense, aimed at crippling the terrorist
infrastructure in Gaza (November 2012).

The following is a longer excerpt of member of Fatah Central Committee,
Jibril Rajoub's statements at a ceremony in Ramallah on the occasion of the
PA's application for observer state status at the UN in November 2012:
Member of Fatah Central Committee, Jibril Rajoub: "We are Muslims and
Christians, and there are people here from the Neturei Karta (i.e.,
anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Jews). We welcome you. In our eyes, you are
Judaism's conscience. We in Islam recognize the three religions - there are
Muslims, there are Jews, and there are Christians. The crimes that have been
committed -- I think that what was done in the 1940's, they could take a
lesson from Liberman and Netanyahu, from how they are committing crimes
against the Palestinian nation. But the fact that a Palestinian can say this
kind of thing is living proof that we are a nation with values and with a
cause. And that we in fact look forward to a time of co-existence as there
is between Christians and Muslims. That's how it will be among all
religions. However, the Israeli occupation is unacceptable and the Israeli
aggression is unacceptable. And those settlers - their place is in history's
garbage dump. And from now I declare that we shall set up committees, we
will form [human] chains. We will guard the olive trees, we will guard the
mosques and we will guard the churches. Whoever invades our territory, will
leave in a wooden plank (i.e., in a coffin). This land is our land... Let
those terrorists 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, Yasser 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! Mercy on our Martyrs
(Shahids) with no exceptions, and Yasser Arafat first."
[PA TV (Fatah), Nov. 29, 2012, emphasis added]

Fatah Central Committee member, Jibril Rajoub: "This is a popular struggle.
We still believe in all forms of the struggle. No one has removed the rifle
from the equation. However, for us, the struggle is a means, and the end is
freedom and independence."
[PA TV (Fatah), Nov. 5, 2012]

The following is a longer excerpt of Fatah Central Committee member
Al-Aloul's statement on armed struggle:
PA TV host: "Have the Palestinians, or the PLO, removed from their lexicon
the term 'revolution,' in the sense of armed revolution?"
Member of the Fatah Central Committee, Mahmoud Al-Aloul: "No. No one has
eliminated armed struggle or resistance as an option. Recently, at the last
Fatah conference, there was an important declaration in the Introduction to
the Political Program that we considered an integral part of the Political
Program and whose important points stated that Fatah, for example, is a
national liberation movement, and that Fatah believes that resistance, in
all its forms, is the legitimate right of occupied nations when confronting
their occupiers. I do not think that there's a single Palestinian who has
eliminated resistance, or any form of resistance whatsoever, from
consideration, or from his plans. That's in principle and in theory. We have
to understand this well: Every form of resistance has certain conditions
that are necessary for its use. So every phase has a particular form of
resistance best suited to it, and everyone has agreed that at this stage,
that form is popular resistance (i.e., non-violent). At the same time, armed
resistance has absolutely not been eliminated from anyone's options. It
needs a suitable climate not only among us... We hope that what is being
spoken of as the "Arab Spring" and changes in the Arab world will create the
climate so that the Palestinians can employ it (i.e., armed resistance)."
[Wattan TV website, (Palestinian private channel),
Oct. 8, 2012, emphasis added]

Columnist for official PA daily Adel Abd Al-Rahman:
"The cease-fire [between Israel and Hamas] went into effect sponsored and
guaranteed by Egypt, with American supervision by Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton. The advantages are as follows:
Firstly: Ending the barbaric Israeli aggression, and removing the threat of
an even more despicable and bloody Israeli massacre of Palestinian people in
the southern districts (i.e., Gaza Strip).
Secondly: Realization of national unity between the people at various levels
and the all over the homeland, the diaspora, and the interior (i.e.,
Israel). This in addition to blending political activity and struggle, and
between all the VIPs- notably President Mahmoud Abbas [of Fatah] and other
Palestinian figures, especially Khaled Mashaal, Head of the Hamas Political
Bureau -paving the way for rapid progress towards a stable national unity.
Thirdly: The heroic performance of the resistance organizations (i.e., Hamas
and Islamic Jihad) reacting to the barbaric Israeli war, who succeeded in:

Absorbing the force and strength of the Israeli attack and quickly
overcoming the moment of surprise.
Initiating a direct response through missiles of varying sizes and ranges,
like the Fajr 5, Grad, 107 [mm rockets], etc., launched against Israeli
cities and populated areas.
For the first time, Palestinian resistance missiles reached Tel Aviv,
Jerusalem, and Eilat, surprising and baffling the Israeli leaders. This [was
achieved], even though the Israeli leadership claimed in Netanyahu's words
to have destroyed the bulk of missile launching sites and storehouses.
Combining armed resistance with peaceful resistance. Cities of the West
Bank - first and foremost Jerusalem - were witness to increased popular
activity, in addition to sit-down strikes and demonstrations in the
different cities' squares and streets, to support and strengthen our people
in the Gaza districts.
Development of the national response that even advanced to bombing
operations inside Israel, as occurred on Wednesday with the bombing of a bus
[in Tel Aviv], injuring 20 people - an act that baffled the Israeli
leadership even more."

[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 23, 2012]

The following is the article that reported on the Fatah military wing, the
Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades' statements praising Hamas' Ahmed Ja'abari and
about their own fighting Israel alongside Hamas during Israel's Operation
Pillar of Defense (November, 2012):
"Fighters from units from Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades strongly
reproached the Palestinian media for not emphasizing their role and for
treating them unjustly regarding their challenging the [Israeli] aggression
in Gaza (i.e., Israel's "Pillar of Defense" operation, November 2012). 'The
Palestinian media did not treat us fairly at all,' said Abu Muhammad, press
spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades units, also known as the Martyr
(Shahid) Nadal Al-Amoudi branch. He went on to say: 'We don't deprive people
of their rights, and the media should have mentioned everyone and all the
fighters who stood the test of battle and resistance', and said that it was
not right that the media focused on one group while ignoring the other. He
said... that from the first moment after the assassination of Commander
Ahmed Ja'abari the Brigades thought to respond and avenge his pure blood. He
noted that in cooperation with the Jerusalem Company, the military wing of
the Islamic Jihad, they managed to fire three rockets half an hour after his
death as a Martyr was announced. Later they continued launching rockets
along with the other military wings of the different factions... The Al-Aqsa
Martyrs' Brigades fired 600 rockets and mortar shells towards the occupied
territories during the days of aggression. He said that the Brigades
announced these figures at a press conference, but the Palestinian media
ignored them and related only to certain units. Abu-Yusuf, a Brigades
fighter, said... that the war is over, but the Brigades' supply of weapons
and rockets is not exhausted, and we are ready for confrontation at this
very moment, and we will not give up our weapons under any circumstances."
[Al-Ayyam, Dec. 2, 2012, emphasis added]

The following are the articles that reported on the Fatah military wing, the
Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades' statements encouraging armed struggle:
"Abu Muhammad, spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades - Martyr (Shahid)
Nidal Al-Amoudi unit, said in an exclusive interview with Al-Ayyam that the
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza face the same economic problem, but
in the West Bank the Palestinian people was allowed to express its opinion
and take to the streets, in contrast to what has happened in Gaza... Abu
Muhammad held the Israeli occupation mainly responsible for the economic
problem. He said that the [Fatah-Hamas] rift is [also] partially responsible
for this problem, and he noted that it is important to cancel the unjust
Paris agreement. He said that the occupation has stopped abiding by the Oslo
Accords completely, and [he] declared that it is important for the
[Palestinian] leadership to respond with a political plan based upon
political, military, and cultural resistance to the occupation... Abu
Muhammad demanded of President Mahmoud Abbas to accede to demands to dismiss
Salam Fayyad's government and to set up a new government that can put an end
to the people's suffering... He declared that it is important to see the
armed struggle as strategy rather than a tactic, and as a legitimate right
and the sole solution for liberating the land and eradicating the
occupation."
[Al-Ayyam, Sept. 13, 2012, emphasis added]

"Abu Muhammad, spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades - Martyr (Shahid)
Nidal Al-Amoudi unit... said... that the arrests [by Hamas security forces]
of the [Fatah military wing's] Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades fighters happen at
a time when the Palestinian people, which is in Ribat (religious
conflict/war defending or fighting for Islamic land), is subject to
continued bombings and liquidations by the Israeli occupation's planes and
tanks. ... In a press release the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades demanded of all
the factions [carrying out] armed actions that they return to the option of
resistance in confronting the occupation, and emphasized that they will
continue the resistance in all its forms. They said that there is no
ceasefire with Israel and pointed out that they won't stop their attacks
until every last part of Palestine is liberated."
[Al-Ayyam, Oct. 26, 2012, emphasis added]

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