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Monday, January 7, 2013
PMW Bulletin: Fatah Facebook: Glorifying terror, inciting hatred, and erasing Israel

PMW Bulletin

Jan. 7, 2013

Fatah's Facebook:
Glorifying terror, inciting hatred,
and erasing Israel

Fatah's heroes:
Saddam Hussein, Dalal Mughrabi and the rifle
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=8319

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: pmw@palwatch.org

f: +972 2 624 2803 w: www.palwatch.org

January 1st is the date Fatah celebrates as the anniversary of its first
terror attack, which it calls "Launch Day." Palestinian Media Watch has
examined how Fatah used its Facebook page to mark its 48th anniversary.

The page glorifies violence and terror as acts of heroism, and depicts a
world without Israel. The Facebook page is filled with pictures of automatic
rifles and slogans venerating arms. In some pictures, young children are
shown carrying rifles.

Other pictures show maps of "Palestine" that include the PA areas as well as
all of Israel. Fatah's page glorifies Saddam Hussein and memorializes
terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's
history: a bus hijacking attack that killed 37 civilians.

In addition to his position as PA Chairman, Mahmoud Abbas is also Chairman
of Fatah.

As part of its celebrations, Fatah posted two pictures showing young
children holding automatic rifles that are almost as large as the children.
One picture has the words:
"The 48th anniversary of the Launch of the Palestinian revolution"
My mother gave birth to me to fight,
and Fatah gave me the gun."

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh, Dec. 20, 2012]

Another picture shows a young girl marching with a rifle, and Fatah's
Facebook administrator chose to caption it as follows:

"This is Fatah, spark of the Palestinian revolution, the revolution that
turned refugees into fighters and turned fighters into an army to build the
state. This picture shows columns of refugees who Yasser Arafat turned into
fighters by virtue of his keffiyeh (i.e., headscarf) and his revolution."

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh, Dec. 28, 2012]

For several days, the cover picture on Fatah's Facebook page showed a masked
man holding an automatic rifle, and three Palestinian flags flying over the
Temple Mount. The picture was titled "48 [years] since the Launch of Fatah."

The name of the page is "the Palestinian National Liberation Movement -
Fatah/ The Central Page." The description says that the page is administered
by the Enlistment and Organization Commission of Fatah, with a link to the
Commission's website: www.fatehorg.ps

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh, Dec. 23, 2012]

Saddam Hussein and Dalal Mughrabi as role models

The page administrator posted two pictures of Saddam Hussein. One shows him
laughing with the following text below the picture:

"He smiled to deny the enemy the pleasure of victory. May Allah have mercy
on you, Saddam Hussein. "

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh, Dec. 20, 2012]

In the second picture, Saddam Hussein is shown in uniform, holding a rifle,
with the following text glorifying him:
"Today, December 30, 2012, is the sixth anniversary of the death of the hawk
of the Arabs and the lion of the Tigris and Euphrates: As we walked we knew
that the gallows were in fact the ladder of faith for the glorified Field
Marshal Martyr (Shahid) President Saddam Hussein."

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh, Dec. 30, 2012]

Female terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the Coastal Road terror attack in
1978 in which terrorists hijacked a bus and murdered 37 civilians, is also
glorified with her picture and the words: "On this day in 1959 Martyr
(Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi was born, hero of the 'Martyr Kamal Adwan' mission,
bride of Jaffa and the gentle energizing force of Fatah."

The picture itself is inscribed with the words: "All songs call to you,
Dalal... the path to the homeland."

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh, Dec. 30, 2012]

Maps denying Israel's existence

Many pictures added by the page administrator show a map of "Palestine" that
erases and replaces all of Israel:

In this picture the Palestinian flag flies over the entire area of the State
of Israel symbolizing political sovereignty. The letter "h" in the word
"Fatah" is wrapped around the map of "Palestine."

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh, Dec. 21, 2012]

In the next picture, a map painted in the colors of the Palestinian flag can
be seen on the right. The map includes not only Palestinian cities, but also
Israeli cities like Safed, Acre, Tiberias, Haifa, Beit Shean, Nazareth,
Jaffa, Ramle, Be'er Sheva, and Jerusalem. In the upper left corner, there is
a picture of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi. The next picture shows Arafat with
Abu Jihad, one of the founders of Fatah who was responsible for many
terrorist attacks, among them the Coastal Road attack that Dalal Mughrabi
led.

The Fatah logo, which includes a grenade and crossed rifles over the map of
"Palestine" that erases Israel, appears in the center of the picture and the
text reads:

"Committed to the promise of... the Launch."

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh, Dec. 31, 2012]

The rifle is drawn in the word "Fatah" and is also depicted on the map:

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh, Dec. 20, 2012]

Arafat waves a rifle next to a map of "Palestine," which is part of the
number 48.

The text above the picture says:

"1/1/1965 - we are a nation that loves liberty and our will is strong.
Fools, enemies and international resolutions will not daunt our
determination."

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh, Dec. 22, 2012]

Fatah's logo and below it: "Al-Asifa (name of military unit) will continue
to be the torch of the armed struggle."

[http://www.facebook.com/fateal3sfh, Dec. 19, 2012]

The next picture shows Yasser Arafat, Abu Jihad and other senior Fatah
officials with a map of "Palestine" in the background.

The text of the picture opens with a verse from the Quran lauding death in
battle:
"In the name of Allah the All-merciful, 'of the believers are men who are
true to that which they covenanted with Allah. Some of them have paid their
vow by death (in battle), and some of them still are waiting; and they have
not altered in the least' [Quran, Sura 33:23, Pickthall translation]
Fatah is the eternal revolution and Al-Asifa is the torch of the armed
struggle... Fatah... a journey of sacrifice and giving."

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh , Dec. 28, 2012]

The next picture includes a rifle and a key next to the same map that
includes all of Israel. The key symbolizes Palestinian claims of ownership
to the land of the State of Israel and the claim of a "right" for residents
of refugee camps to "return."

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh , Dec. 31, 2012]

Glorification of violence and terror

The text accompanying a picture of a pen dripping blood says:
"Fatah, the Al-Asifa forces, the letter-bombs (autumn 1972): 40 letter-bombs
were sent to Israeli and American diplomats, and one of them killed Ami
Shchori, Israel's agricultural attaché in London.
These were the most successful operations, and they taught the Mossad a
lesson in military activity."

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh , Dec. 29, 2012]

Rifle bullets spell out the words "Fatah 48." Next to the picture appear the
words:

"All hail the 48 anniversary of the [Fatah] launch"

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh , Dec. 19, 2012]

Another picture glorifies violence:

"48th anniversary of the Launch of the Fatah rebel."

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh , Dec. 21, 2012]

In the following picture, Fatah glorifies rocket launches against Israel.
The caption reads:
"Aqsa 107 [mm], range: 30 km... Fatah ... we were away for a long time...
the state and the victory... the Launch [of Fatah]."

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh , Dec. 29, 2012]

The next image again has the verse from the Quran glorifying death in
battle:
"Fatah - the first bullet and the first rock... Hail to the Launch of the
Fatah rebel
[Quran:] 'Of the believers are men who are true to that which they
covenanted with Allah. Some of them have paid their vow by death (in
battle), and some of them still are waiting; and they have not altered in
the least - Surah Al-Azhab, 23' [Quran, Sura 33:23, Pickthall translation]
"The Martyrs of the leaders of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in the Al-Aqsa
Intifada"

[https://www.facebook.com/fatehal3sfh , Dec. 20, 2012]

Next to the picture, the page administrator mentions a number of facts about
Fatah that present murderous terror attacks as gloriously heroic. Here are a
few of them:

"Did you know?
The Al-Aqsa Brigades were the first to successfully attack the Israeli
Ministry of Defense. It was done by Martyrdom-seeker Ali Al-Julani."

Note: This refers to a shooting that took place in 2001 at an intersection
near the Israeli Defense Headquarters in Tel Aviv. There were ten
casualties, eight of whom were soldiers.

"Did you know?
The first retaliation for the assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was done
by Martyrdom-seeker Fadi Al-Amudi of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades."

Note: This refers to a suicide bombing at the Erez crossing point in 2004
that killed an Israeli soldier and wounded three.

"Did you know?
The first explosive belt Martyrdom-seeking operation in the history of the
Palestinian revolution was carried out by the first Martyrdom-seeker at the
battle of Karameh, Martyr Abd Al-Mutalleb Al-Dmeik, known as "Phosphorous,"
one of the most outstanding activists of Fatah."

"Did you know?
The first Martyrdom-seeking operation against the Zionist nuclear arsenal
was carried out by Fatah. It was commanded by the Martyr commander Kahlil
Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad)."

Note: This refers to an attack on a bus carrying workers to the nuclear
research facility in Dimona in 1988, in which three people were killed.

"Did you know?
The first mission at sea in the history of the Palestinian revolution was
carried out by Fatah heroes under the command of the hero Dalal Mughrabi."

Note: In 1978 female terrorist Dalal Mughrabi led the most deadly attack
against Israel when she and other terrorists landed on the Israeli coast,
hijacked a bus, and murdered 37 civilians, 12 of whom were children.

"Did you know?
The first female Martyrdom-seeker to carry out a military operation in the
Palestinian Intifada functioned under the command of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs'
Brigade. It was carried out by Wafa Idris, who was the first girl
Martyrdom-seeker of the Al-Aqsa Intifada."

Note: Wafa Idris carried out a suicide-bombing in Jerusalem in 2002, and
thus became the first female suicide terrorist of the Al-Aqsa Intifada. One
was killed and 150 were wounded in her attack. Idris worked for the
Palestinian Red Crescent in Ramallah. She crossed the check post into Israel
wearing a Red Crescent uniform and carrying the bomb with her in the
ambulance.

"Did you know?
The first mission against an Israeli target outside the occupied or Arab
territory was the Munich operation carried out by Fatah under the command of
Martyr Commander Salah Khalaf Abu Iyad, one of the outstanding Fatah
commanders. It was carried out to sustain a Palestinian presence and
representation in international forums."

Note: 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich
by members of the Palestinian Black September organization.

"Did you know?
The first to change the Al-Aqsa Intifada into a military escalation were
Fatah fighters who escalated the sniper operations against settlers in the
West Bank and fired at settlements in [the] Gaza [Strip]..."

"Did you know?
The first Martyrdom-seeking operation in the Gaza Strip was carried out by
Martyrdom-seeker Bahaa Al-Din Said, of the preventive security forces and a
Fatah hero in the central district. This was a turning point in the struggle
for Palestinian territory in the Gaza Strip."

Note: This refers to an infiltration into the Jewish settlement of Kfar
Darom in 2000, when a soldier was killed.

"Did you know?
The first to launch a rocket from the Gaza Strip at the Zionist enemy were
the heroes of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Commanders Jihad Al-Amarin and
Majdi Al-Khatib, to be exact."

"Did you know?
The mission with the most casualties was Fatah's. Martyrs Abd Al-Rahman and
Samer Imad carried it out in January 2003. It killed 30 and wounded more
than 200."

Note: This refers to a double suicide bombing in Tel Aviv's central bus
station that killed 23 people (not 30 as written).

This is not the first time that Fatah has glorified terrorists and terror
attacks via Facebook. Palestinian Media Watch documented that Fatah's
Facebook page featured a picture of the eight terrorists who attacked the
Savoy Hotel in 1975, and the Facebook page for the Lebanese branch of Fatah
showed a picture of a woman dressing her son in a suicide belt.

Nor is it the first time that Fatah has glorified Dalal Mughrabi on its
Facebook page. Palestinian Media Watch exposed a poem praising Dalal that
appeared on the page:

"This is Dalal, my eternal love:
I loved the struggle with passion,
from the eyes of the young woman
I loved Palestine,
from the rifle of the young woman
I wished for Martyrdom,
along with the young woman
Dalal, my mysterious young woman
My revolutionary Jihadi inspiration
I loved her but knew only her name
Dalal Mughrabi
The legend of Mughrabi grew
spread within me, unparalleled
like the trees, she became a young woman
I learned in prison that the earth drew back
before Dalal, the sea raged and could not bear
that a self-sacrificing [Dalal] Mughrabi would arise from it
[She] remained days at sea, Allah's eye
guards and protects the rifle."

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