June 25, 2009 Palestinian Media Watch
Fatah boasts about lynch murder
of two Israeli soldiers in 2000
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
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As PMW reported earlier this week, PA (Fatah) TV marked the second
anniversary of the Hamas takeover of Gaza by broadcasting a public Fatah
event that focuses on vilifying Hamas. One part of this performance features
a graphic video of Hamas members brutally beating a Fatah member in Gaza.
Another part criticizes and mocks Hamas for the decrease in its terror
operations against Israel, glorifies Fatah terror, and ends with Fatah
boasting that they "arrested two soldiers in Ramallah," a reference to the
October 2000 lynching of two Israeli reservists.
In this scene actors portray a Hamas teacher and student supporters of Fatah
and Hamas, debating which movement is greater. Significantly, the
competition between Fatah and Hamas supporters is based not on who has built
more Palestinian infrastructures, nor on who has promoted peace, but rather
on who can take credit for more terror.
The debate ends when a Fatah student trumps Hamas's boast of having
kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit by mentioning the "arrest of two
Israeli soldiers in Ramallah" by the PA-Fatah. This alludes to the lynching
and gruesome murder of two Israeli reservist soldiers who accidentally
entered the Palestinian Authority-controlled city in October 2000. While the
picture of a Palestinian celebrating the killing by waving his bloody hands
to the mob horrified the world, the murder remains a source of pride for
[Note: Seated in the front row at the event are Fatah leaders, including
Muhammad Dahlan, former head of PA security; Kadura Faras, head of the PA
Prisoners' Association; Nasser Al-Qidwa, former PA Minister of Foreign
Affairs; Samir Al-Mashharawi, senior Fatah official; and others.]
Click here to view the "terror competition" between Fatah and Hamas
The following is a transcript of the act:
Fatah student taunts Hamas: "Since Hamas seized power, we haven't heard of
any Martyrdom operation [suicide-bombing]."
Hamas teacher: "It's called 'fighter's rest'."
Fatah student: "A Hamas fighter needs rest, but a Fatah fighter doesn't
Hamas teacher: "Every fighter has the right to rest."
Fatah student: "Why is it that when Fatah stops fighting, you [Hamas]
say they're cowards, but when Hamas stops fighting, you say it's 'fighters'
Hamas teacher: "I don't know much about resistance [terror] and fighters..."
Fatah student: "The first shot was fired by the PLO; the first Jihad was
carried out by the PLO [audience applauds], with all the other factions -
but Hamas always opposed.
Hamas student: "What do you say about Hamas having kidnapped the [Israeli]
soldier Shalit [still held hostage - Ed.]?"
Hamas teacher: "Ahaaa!"
Student: "By Allah, it's good."
Hamas student: "Did Fatah ever capture a soldier?!"
Fatah student: "It was the [other] brigades who captured him [Shalit] and
sold him to you [Hamas]. It's a deal that you [Hamas] made for your own
benefit, not for the [Palestinian] people's benefit. [Applause]
Fatah student: Remember, in Ramallah the [PA-Fatah] police arrested two
soldiers - have you forgotten, teacher?!" [A reference to the lynching in
Ramallah in October 2000- Ed.]
[PATV June 17, 2009]
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