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Palestinian Authority Rewards Jihadis for Number of Jews they Murder

Don’t you dare call it savagery, you racist, bigoted Islamophobe. “Palestinian Authority Rewards Terrorists for Number of Jews They Kill,” by Edwin Black, Algemeiner, February 8, 2015:

Last year, Congressional legislators were astonished to learn that the Palestinian Authority was issuing monthly payouts totaling between $3 and 7 million as salaries and other financial rewards to specific terrorists and their families.

The money was channeled, in part, through the Ministry of Prisoners pursuant to the Law of the Prisoner. The law set forth a graduated scale, pegging monthly salaries to the length of Israeli jail sentences, which generally reflects the severity of the crime and the number of people killed and/or injured.

Thousands of documents, newly obtained by this reporter through a lawsuit to unseal court-protected files, demonstrate that these payouts are not blind automated payments. Rather, senior Palestinian Authority officials as high as President Mahmoud Abbas scrutinize the details of each case, the specific carnage caused, and the personal details of each terrorist act before approving salaries and awarding honorary ranks in either the PA government or the military.

Ministry of Prisoners spokesman Amr Nasser has explained, “We are very proud of this program and we have nothing to hide.” Nonetheless, in response to the international furor, the Palestinian Authority announced that it would replace the Ministry of Prisoners with an outside PLO commission known as the Higher National Commission for Prisoners and Detainees Affairs.

The PA is dependent upon foreign donor countries to supply much of its budget, which now exceeds $4.2 billion annually. About ten percent of the PA budget, more than $400 million, is contributed annually by United States foreign aid. The U.S. and many other countries have enacted laws forbidding any payments when the monies directly or indirectly support or encourage terrorism.

The interdepartmental bureaucratic notations the Palestinian Authority has recorded on each terrorist before approving the level of salaried compensation is extensive. For example, one prominent case involved Ahmad Talab Mustafa Barghouti, who personally coordinated numerous terrorist acts. These included a January 2002 shooting spree on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, killing two and wounding 37; a March 2002 shooting spree at a Tel Aviv restaurant, killing three and wounding 31; and finally a March 27, 2002, attempt to smuggle an explosive suicide belt in an ambulance. The Israel Defense Forces arrested Ahmad. On July 30, 2002, a military court concluded that he was responsible for murdering 12 Israelis, and Barghouti was sentenced to 13 life sentences.

According to on-going internal Palestinian Authority security reviews dated February 3, 2009, and July 6, 2009, Barghouti’s special compensation began retroactively to July 1, 2002, the first of the month that the 13 life sentences were imposed. At the time of his arrest, Barghouti was a Sergeant in the Palestinian Police. As a reward, while in an Israeli prison, Barghouti’s annual salary of 12,953 Israeli shekels was continued and gradually escalated when he was promoted to First Sergeant.

Still in prison, Barghouti was promoted again, this time to Warrant Officer, pursuant to a November 13, 2008, Presidential Order 15999/3, according to Palestinian internal security records. One document lists Barghouti’s bank account as account 36079 at the Housing Bank for Trade and Finance in Ramallah. A related document tabulates additional monthly allocations for Barghouti’s two named beneficiaries, showing they jointly received 900 shekels monthly in 2002, beginning the month he was sentenced. That monthly allocation rose to 1,000 shekels in January 2004. The beneficiary payments were deposited into account 628134 at the Arab Bank’s al Bireh Branch 9030, the documents show….

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If Abbas is a ‘moderate,’ what’s a ‘radical’?

A revealing irony came to light while writing this article. The West is debating whether it is appropriate to publish (or even show) the post-attack issue of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, which includes a caricature of Muhammad. At the same time, Muslim leaders from several countries have issued explicit warnings about the consequences of publishing such images. In fact, after Friday prayers on Jan. 16, 2015, Muslims across the Middle Eastern marched and protested against the new Charlie Hebdo cartoon, while several countries issued warnings that the drawing could “fuel hatred.” Meanwhile, this is all happening while Fatah observes its 50th anniversary by posting images and/or issuing statements that are orders-of-magnitude more violent than any Charlie Hebdo cartoon, but without any discernible response from the Western media, let alone the Islamic world.

The ‘moderate’ Mahmoud Abbas

In one form or another, Mahmoud Abbas has been the leader of Fatah, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and/or the PLO since 2003, when the U.S. refused to conduct any further peace negotiations with Yasser Arafat. Often described as a “moderate” alternative, Mr. Abbas has frequently renounced violence and terror, but has nonetheless remained complicit as other members of Fatah and/or the PA maintain an intense campaign of provocation and incitement to violence.

Recognition of Israel

On Nov. 29, 2014, Abbas declared that the Palestinians would never recognize Israel as a Jewish state, while also accusing Israel of “establishing an apartheid government.” In addition, he threatened to terminate all security cooperation between the PA and Israel in the West Bank, unless the stalled peace negotiations were revived. This was not the first time Abbas has made such statements in public. On Dec. 13, 2013, Abbas attended an Arab League meeting in Cairo, where he presented his terms for accepting a U.S.-backed framework agreement with Israel. Among his conditions, Mr. Abbas insisted there would be “no recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.”

While attending Fatah’s Sixth General Assembly conference on Aug. 4, 2009, Abbas declared that the Palestinians would never recognize Israel as a Jewish state and refused to hold any further peace talks with the Israelis until they 1) halted all settlement building in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and 2) recognized the undeniable right of Palestinian refugees to return to their pre-1948 homeland. Abbas also threatened “legitimate armed resistance” if Israel refused to meet these pre-conditions to any future peace talks. On April 27, 2009, Abbas also dismissed a demand by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, stating, “I do not accept it. It is not my job to give a description of the state.”

The Fatah-Hamas unity government

On March 15, 2013, Mr. Abbas was asked the following question on Russia TV Today: “It is said that the EU [European Union] plans to remove Hamas from the list of terror organizations. Do you view this as a step toward complete recognition of the legitimacy of the [Hamas] government?” Abbas replied: “As far as I am concerned, there is no difference between our policies and those of Hamas. So, why are they labeled as terrorists? In my opinion, [they] can remove Hamas … why not?” On Dec. 17, 2014, an EU court in Luxembourg removed Hamas from its list of terror organizations.

As of Jan. 13, 2015, Hamas remains on the U.S. Treasury list of “Specially Designated Terrorist Organizations,” aka the newly-renamed “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List.”

On Sep. 25, 2014, Fatah and Hamas reached an agreement in Cairo to allow the PA government to operate in the Gaza Strip, while also announcing that both parties had been holding “reconciliation talks” in efforts to end their differences. The agreement called for the PA government to “immediately” assume its responsibilities in the Gaza Strip. At the same meeting, Musa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas official (and Specially Designated Global Terrorist), announced that the PA government would soon manage all the border crossings in the Gaza Strip. However, less than three months later, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh publicly complained that the PA consensus government had failed “to keep its commitments, by not carrying out reconstruction, nor unifying institutions under the Palestinian Authority, nor organizing elections.”

The U.N. & International Criminal Court

On the same day the EU removed Hamas from its list of terrorist organizations (Dec. 17, 2014), Jordan submitted a resolution to the U.N. Security Council to “end the occupation [of the West Bank and East Jerusalem] by 2017.” As expected, this effort failed to garner enough support. On Dec. 31, 2014, Mr. Abbas met with the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank, where he made his future intentions clear: “We want to complain. There’s aggression against us, against our land. The Security Council disappointed us.” On Jan. 2, 2015, the Palestinians delivered documents to U.N. headquarters to join the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and on Jan. 7, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon confirmed that the Palestinians will become a formal member of the ICC on April 11, 2015.

Events on the ICC front have already began to unfold. On Thursday, the ICC prosecutor announced that he would launch a preliminary probe that could “clear the way for a full-scale investigation into possible war crimes in Palestinian territories,” thus “plunging the court into the most politically charged conflict it has ever investigated.”

Recent statements and actions by current Fatah leadership

Also Thursday, Fatah posted a PhotoShopped image portraying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a Nazi SS officer. This posting was the latest in Fatah’s long-term program to use provocative imagery from the Holocaust era to defame and delegitimize Israel. On Jan. 4, 2015 (just five days after Abbas signed the Rome Statute of the ICC), Fatah posted a picture of Prime Minister Netanyahu and a noose with a caption that reads “Soon” in both Hebrew and Arabic.

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During a Jan. 2, 2015, interview, Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki both condemned and threatened the U.S.: “The whole world should understand that the U.S. is an enemy, pushing Israeli extremists to carry on with their actions, depriving us of our rights, and supporting Israel in everything.” Mr. Zaki also made the following statement on Oct. 2, 2011: “If Israel withdraws from Jerusalem, evacuates the 650,000 settlers, and dismantles the wall, what will become of Israel? It will come to an end. If we say that we want to wipe Israel out …C’mon, it’s too difficult. It’s not [acceptable] policy to say so. Don’t say these things to the world,” he warned. “Keep it to yourself.”

On Aug. 19, 2014, Yahya Rabah, a member of the Fatah Leadership Committee and a columnist for official Palestinian Authority (PA) daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, claimed that Israel invented the murders of three Israeli students (also see Part 1) as a “pretext” for “continued Israeli aggression against our people, its unity, its reconciliation and its national project,” i.e., as an excuse to launch Operations Brother’s Keeper and Protective Edge.

On July 12, 2014, Mr. Rabah posted another column in the PA daily, which said: “We have nothing with which to speak to these Israeli murderers, who go too far with their crimes. … We have nothing with which to open a dialogue but these rockets“.

In the shadow of Charlie Hebdo attack

Part 1 included the following observation: “At this point in time, it is also important to consider that 2015 is being celebrated as Fatah’s 50th anniversary. If the first postings on the Fatah and/or PA official websites provide any indication, we will see a steady stream of violent anti-Israel propaganda in 2015.”

Indeed, during the first two weeks of January 2015, Fatah, the PA and/or Mahmoud Abbas have been predictably true to form. Perhaps I should thank them all; by choosing to post their most important commemorative events in the last 50 years, they’ve made my job a lot easier. The following series of pictures (and captions) were posted on Fatah’s official Facebook page during the first two weeks of January 2015:

On Jan. 11, (the same day that Mahmoud Abbas attended the Charlie Hebdo rally in Paris), Fatah posted the left and middle two pictures (notice the Fatah symbol in the middle picture). The picture on the left was taken at the Paris rally, while the middle picture commemorates an event that occurred in Lebanon in 1982, perhaps during the “Beqaa Valley War,” aka “Operation Mole Cricket 19,” when members of Fatah dragged the body of a downed Israeli pilot through the streets of Sidon.

On the very next day, Fatah posted the right-hand picture (again, notice the Fatah symbol), with the following caption: “Here Dalal [Mughrabi] raised the Palestinian flag at the front of the bus used by the heroes of Shahid (Martyr) Kamal Adwan’s group. They drove with 90 hostages …from Haifa to Tel Aviv, but the Zionist forces refused to negotiate with them. They fought a fierce battle that lasted from afternoon to evening on March 11, 1978.”

What Fatah failed to mention is that the group of 13 Fedayeen (Warriors) had hijacked the bus and killed 38 Israeli civilians (including 13 children) and wounded 71 during the “fierce battle.” The attack became known as the “Coastal Road Massacre” in Israel, while Fatah calls it the “Operation of the Martyr Kamal Adwan.”

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On Dec. 25, 2014, a Palestinian stabbed two Israeli soldiers in the Old City of Jerusalem, causing light injuries. On Jan. 5, 2015, an editorial in Al-Asima, a biweekly supplement to the PA daily (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida), stated: “These kinds of confrontations which frighten the enemy are excellent Palestinian examples of willpower and determination to win. … The [publicly released] video of the Palestinian storming and stabbing of Zionists serves as a school. … Now, every Palestinian raises his hand holding a knife together with this young Palestinian, and stabs the Zionists.:

On the same day, Al-Asima also commemorated Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal, two cousins from Jerusalem who attacked worshippers in a synagogue on Nov. 18, 2014, with guns, knives and axes. After killing four ‎people and injuring seven more, both men were ‎killed in a firefight with Israeli Security Forces that had arrived on the scene.‎

What’s next?

If Fatah and Mr. Abbas really are reliable “moderate” partners in the Peace Process, then who among us can hope to define who (or what) is “radical”?

Today, as Abbas finds himself caught between Hamas and a pragmatic Israeli government, he is no closer to defining the borders of a Palestinians state than when he became the PA’s first prime minister more than a decade ago. With no clear successor, Abbas has also been unwilling to fulfill his promise to hold new elections.

As stated in Part 1, it appears that Mr. Abbas is adopting a new tactic, i.e., a calibrated effort to diminish the role America plays in the Peace Process, while appealing to the sympathies of the U.N., EU and ICC to endorse his goals of “Statehood-Through-International-Recognition.”

This “trump card approach,” which Mr. Abbas has tried before, is certain to increase tensions between 1) Israel and the Palestinians, 2) between the Palestinians and the U.S. Congress, and will 3) destabilize the situation for the next few years, at least. All this, while Fatah continues its ongoing campaign of Thawrah Hatteh Al-Naser (Revolution Until Victory).

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on World Net Daily. Read Part 1, “Is Fatah really ‘moderate’?”

Is Fatah Really ‘Moderate’?

Why is this question about Fatah even important? We’ve been hearing a lot in the news lately about Fatah and/or Mahmoud Abbas, including 1) the on-again/off-again unification of Fatah and Hamas, 2) the ongoing efforts at the United Nations to create a Palestinian State, and 3) recent announcements that the Palestinians intend to join the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Moderate or not, the influence of Fatah vis-à-vis Israel will be dramatic in 2015 and beyond. Clearly, this is important not only for the future stability of Israel, the “Two-State Solution” and the entire Middle East, but for American (and the West) as well.

More specifically, why is it so important for America and the West to understand the long- and short-term strategy and tactics of Fatah? Because on March 21, 2013, President Obama stated, “Of course, Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with anyone who is dedicated to its destruction. But while I know you have had differences with the [Fatah-controlled] Palestinian Authority, I believe that you do have a true partner in President Abbas.”

President Obama made a similar statement on March 17, 2014, when he said, “I have to commend President Abbas. He has been somebody who has consistently renounced violence, has consistently sought a diplomatic and peaceful solution that allows for two states, side by side, in peace and security; a state that allows for the dignity and sovereignty of the Palestinian people and a state that allows for Israelis to feel secure and at peace with their neighbors.”

So, for the next couple of years, at least, it appears that the U.S. is committed to a partnership with Fatah and/or Mahmoud Abbas, as they continue playing an integral role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and as they continue to exert influence on U.S. foreign policy and diplomatic activity in the Middle East region.

Looking a little further ahead, it appears that Fatah is adopting a new tactic, i.e., a calibrated effort to diminish the role America plays in the peace process, while pushing ahead with the “Statehood-Through-International-Recognition” approach. The fact that at least 135 countries now recognize the state of Palestine makes this a reasonable option for the Palestinians.

It is also important to consider that 2015 is being celebrated as Fatah’s 50th anniversary. If the first postings on the Fatah and/or PA official websites provide any indication, we will see a steady stream of violent anti-Israel propaganda in 2015 (see several examples below, under the heading “Examples of Fatah Posters”).

Why is 2015 being celebrated as Fatah’s 50th anniversary? As described in more detail just below, Fatah was actually founded sometime between 1957 and 1959, but on Jan. 1, 1965, Fatah carried out its first attack inside the borders of Israel. In a failed attempt to bomb the National Water Carrier near the Galilee city of Beit Shean, one Fatah member was killed and a second was arrested.

On the same day as the attack near Beit Shean, Fatah also announced the formation of a new military wing, called the Al-Asifah Forces (The Storm), in Military Communiqué No. 1. As will be seen below, the Al-Asifah Forces are still commemorated in the official Fatah symbol. There is also a group of Palestinian-only fighters operating today in Syria that is called the Liwa Al-Asifah (Storm Brigade).

It is also important to notice that the first Fatah attack inside Israel occurred more than two years before the 1967 Six-Day War, when Israel gained control of the West Bank for the first time in modern history.

Depending on which resource you use, Yasser Arafat founded Fatah sometime between 1957 and 1959 to help unite Palestinian Arabs in their efforts to create an independent State of Palestine. After Yasser Arafat founded the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964, Fatah remained the largest and best-organized organization within a growing coalition of Palestinian groups specifically designed for military and political insurgency.

During the 1960s and ’70s, Fatah played the most dominant role in efforts to violently liberate Palestine, while offering training to a wide spectrum of terrorist and insurgent groups, and carrying out numerous acts of terrorism in Europe and the Middle.

Although it ostensibly renounced terrorism in 1988 (and again in 19932003 and 2007), Fatah remains the “co-parent” of a kaleidoscope of armed military and intelligence wings that have tentacles reaching into several Middle Eastern countries, and have carried out numerous terrorist attacks. The most important of these groups include 1) Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, 2) Black September, 3) Fatah (aka Hawari or “Support”) Special Operations Group, 4) Force 17 and 5) Tanzim (“Organization”).

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority (PA) was formally established on May 4, 1994, as a follow-up to the 1993 Oslo Accords. The original purpose of the PA was to govern the Gaza Strip, along with “Area A” and “Area B” of the West Bank. Although Mahmoud Abbas has served as the first-and-only president of the PA since 2005, the legitimacy of his position has been disputed since 2009, when his presidential mandate expired. In addition, Abbas had led Fatah since 2004 (we’ll discuss this in more detail in Part 2).

Meaning of the word ‘Fatah’

The formal name of the Fatah movement is arakat At-Taḥrir Al-Waṭani Al-Filasṭiniحركة التحرير الوطني الفلسطيني , meaning the “Palestinian National Liberation Movement.” As shown by the highlighted letters above, the name Fatah is derived from a reverse acronym. Perhaps the reverse acronym was used instead of the straight acronym, because “Hataf” means “Death” in Arabic.

The root verb for Fatah (ح ت ف) is found at least 40 times in the Quran and has a three-fold meaning, i.e., “to open,” “to conquer” and/or “victory.” As we shall see immediately below, each of these three meanings carries profound spiritual and historical significance in the Islamic world.

‘To open’

Chapter 1 of the Quran is known as the Surat Al-Fatihah (The Opening). Al-Fatihah is also known as Umm Al-Quran (The Mother of the Quran), and Umm Al-Kitab (The Mother of the Book), because it summarizes the entire substance of the Quran in just seven verses. Thus, it is obligatory for Muslims to recite Al-Fatihah in every prayer, and no prayer is considered valid without it. Also, Al-Fatihah divides mankind into three categories: 1) those who have been favored and follow the Straight Path, 2) those who have earned the Anger of Allah and 3) those who have been misguided.

According to the Tafsir (Commentary) on Al-Fatihah, those who follow the Straight Path will conquer the lands of the misguided (disbelievers) and make them into the lands of Islam. Such victories will provide clear and evident evidence that the “favored ones” really are following the Straight Path.

This, of course, is exactly why Fatah was founded in the first place, i.e., to help liberate (conquer) the land of Palestine. Furthermore, this fundamental concept (i.e., opening and/or conquering the world for Islam), is expressed clearly in Surat Al-Fatihah, and is implicitly understood by every Muslim in the world.

In other words, everyone in the Islamic world knows that, sooner or later, Fatah intends to turn the entire area west of the Jordan River into the land of Islam. As we will see below, this intention is vividly illustrated in the official symbol (icon) of Fatah, as well as in virtually every publication and poster Fatah and/or the PA has ever produced.

‘To conquer’

The word Fatah (and/or Fath), as in Fath Al-Sham (The Conquest of Greater Syria) is a potent reminder of the successful (unprecedented) expansion of Islam into new regions (both East and West) in the early centuries of Islamic history. The Fath Al-Sham, which is also known as the Battle of Yarmuk, followed the conquest of Damascus on Sept. 4, 635. This key battle with the East Roman (aka Byzantium) army, which took place from Aug. 15-20 of 636 (four years after the death of Muhammad in 632), was not only one of the most one-sided and decisive battles in military history, but was also the first victory in a subsequent 100-year wave of Islamic conquests.

Of course, this major historical event from the early “glory days” of Islam is the inspiration for the name chosen by the Islamic State of Iraq & the Levant (ISIL), aka Ad-Dawlah Al-Islamiyah Fil Iraq Wa Ash-Sham, or the Islamic State of Iraq & Al-Sham (ISIS). As stated above regarding Al-Fatihah, not only does everyone in the Islamic world understand the profound historical and spiritual significance of the Fath Al-Sham, but they also understand that the plainly stated goals of Fatah are exactly the same as the plainly stated goals of ISIS. Despite the fact that Fatah was founded sometime between 1957-1957 and ISIS emerged in 2014, the two organizations share an identical strategic goal – the final conquest of Israel. The differences between the groups are tactical in nature, but their strategy is the exactly same.

‘Victory’

Chapter 48 of the Quran is called Surat Al-Fath (The Victory) and details a series of events that led to the Treaty of Hudaybiyah. One of the central themes of Surat Al-Fath, which is one of the most explicitly “Jihadic” chapters in the Quran, is that Muslims will first conquer the entire known world (the Middle East) and then will ultimately conquer the entire world.

According to the Tafsir, many people converted to Islam during the two-year period after the Treaty was signed. This greatly increased the size and strength of the Muslim community, which allowed them to conquer Mecca and abrogate the Treaty. This precedent (i.e., abrogation of a treaty for the sake of a military victory) was cited by Yasser Arafat as justification for signing the Oslo Accords with Israel.

As stated in the earlier sections on Al-Fatihah and Fatḥ al-Sham, everyone in the Islamic world understands the profound historical and spiritual significance of Surat Al-Fath. The decision to name a Palestinian organization for the globally recognized aspirations expressed in the word Fatah was neither passive, random nor arbitrary – it was unmistakably deliberate and intentional. We also need to understand that these long-held aspirations are inspired and explicitly endorsed by the Quran.

Examination of the official Fatah symbol

Now we’ll come to the heart of the matter – a detailed analysis of the Fatah symbol. Again, the purpose of this evaluation is to help determine whether Fatah is really moderate (or not).

Note: The official slogan of Fatah, which is Ya Jabal Ma Yhezak Reeh (The Mountain Cannot be Shaken by the Wind), is not included on the official Fatah symbol.

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  1. The large black word across the middle of the symbol says Fatah.
  2. The red words across the top of the symbol say Al-Asifah (The Storm), discussed above.
  3. The borders of the intended State of Palestine are shown in green. As mentioned earlier, the Fatah symbol shows the entire area of modern Israel, as well as Gaza and the West Bank, as part of the final State of Palestine. Since this symbol was designed well before the 1967 Six-Day War, it becomes obvious that Fatah has never given any serious consideration to the concept of a “Two-State Solution.”
  4. Two flags of the intended State of Palestine.
  5. Two hands grasping two assault rifles.
  6. A hand grenade (nothing shouts “Moderate!” like a hand grenade).
  7. The single Arabic word under the grenade also says Fatah.
  8. The words in the black band at the bottom of the symbol say Ḥarakat At-Taḥrir Al-Waṭani Al-Filasṭini (Palestinian National Liberation Movement); in the literal translation, the word order is exactly opposite.
  9. The three words at the bottom of the flag say Thawrah Hatteh Al-Naser (Revolution Until Victory)

Examples of Fatah posters

Before concluding Part 1, I’d like to present a series of official Fatah posters published over the last 40 years that illustrate a point I made earlier, i.e., that Fatah’s intention has never changed and has always been to eliminate Israel from the Middle East.

Virtually every publication or poster Fatah and/or the PA has ever produced reinforces this original founding intention. Three of the four posters below also feature the exact same three-word slogan found at the bottom of the official Fatah symbol, which is Thawrah Hatteh Al-Naser (Revolution Until Victory).

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Translation of left-hand poster (1969): “Palestine – Revolution Until Victory”. Translation of bottom text in purple poster (1979): “Revolution Until Victory”

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Numbers on yellow poster (1981): 1965 on bottom (in red print) and 1981 on top; this poster commemorates the 16th Anniversary of Fatah. Translation of right-hand poster (1983): “Fatah – Revolution Until Victory”

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Translation of poster published on Fatah’s Facebook page Jan. 0, 2015: “Lingering On Your Skulls”.

Conclusion

Since the day it was founded, Fatah has maintained a singular focus on its original purpose – to eliminate the State of Israel from the Middle East. Despite repeated public declarations that it has renounced violence, Fatah has continued promoting the complete destruction of Israel. From the time it was established in the 1950s by Yasser Arafat until the present time, Fatah has consistently pursued a campaign of explicit, malevolent and vindictive incitement and violence.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on World Net Daily. This is the first of a two-part article to examine whether Fatah, which controls the Palestinian Authority, is really as moderate is we have been led to believe. Part 1 is a straightforward analysis of Fatah’s own official symbols to determine whether Fatah is really moderate (or not). Part 2 will be a chronological review and analysis of recent statements and actions of Mahmoud Abbas and/or the current Fatah leadership to help further answer the question “Is Fatah is really moderate?”

The Two-State Solution is Dead. Long live what?

Ted Belman, editor and publisher of the blog Israpundit writes: The Two-State Solution is dead.  All that remains is for the US to declare it so. Palestinians leaders and Israeli leaders have made it clear.

In a speech on Jan 10/14, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud  Abbas made it crystal clear that he would never abandon the “right of return”, would never recognize Israel as a Jewish state and would never make a deal unless East Jerusalem was given to the Palestinians as their capital, all of which cross Israel’s red lines.

When the latest “peace process was getting started, Israeli leaders kept referring to Abbas as a moderate, contrary to the truth, and even referred to him as a partner in peace, also not the truth. No more.

Upon Israel’s release of the third batch of murderers in December and in response to the leaders of the PA celebrating them as heroes, PM Netanyahu said:

“Murderers are not heroes. [..] This is no way to educate toward peace. This is no way to make peace. Peace can be achieved only when the education toward incitement and toward the destruction of Israel is stopped. There will be peace only if our security and settlement interests are ensured. Peace will be established only if we could defend ourselves, by ourselves, against any threat.”

In the past week, Netanyahu, Yaalon and Bennett all criticized Abbas.

Netanyahu told VP Biden that recent comments by Abbas were proof that he does not want peace.

Min of Defense Boogie Yaalon said, Mahmoud Abbas “lives on our sword,” “Once we leave Judea and Samaria, he is finished. In fact, throughout the recent months, there is no negotiation between us and the Palestinians – but rather, between us and the Americans. The only thing that can ‘save’ us is that John Kerry will get a Nobel peace prize and leave us alone.” and “I live and breathe the conflict with the Palestinians, I know what they think, what they want and what they really mean,” he went on. “The American security plan that was presented to us is not worth the paper it was written on.”

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett denounced Abbas as “no different than Yasser Arafat,”

The fact that Yaalon was forced to apologize does not invalidate the truth of his remarks.

No doubt that Kerry is now looking for an exit strategy from his doomed efforts to force Israel to make concessions.

If not the Two-State Solution, then what?

Wm Galston writing in The New Republic on June 2011, said: “Benjamin Netanyahu offers no viable alternative to the status quo, and the opposition offers no viable alternative to Netanyahu. [..] The majority of Israelis actually seem comfortable to the point of complacency with today’s de facto truce and limited Palestinian autonomy.”

He was right. Netanyahu, Yaalon and many Israelis, though they prefer the Two State Solution on their terms, in its absence, are quite comfortable with maintaining the status quo.

But not everyone embraces the status quo. They fear Israel’s further isolation and deligitimation. They are clamouring to be pro-active rather than passive or defensive.

They all want to annex Judea and Samaria (West Bank) but differ on what to do with the Arabs that live there.

Deputy Minister of Transportation, MK Tzipi Hotovely recently said:

“The goal is for Judea and Samaria to be under Israeli sovereignty. It is ours and it was acquired legally in a bloody, defensive war. We must now implement the vision of the Greater Land of Israel and begin to apply sovereignty in all of the territory. This is the vision reflecting belief in the holy precept that the Land of Israel is ours and we have no right to revoke this precept. It is fidelity to the ideology of the Right and the religious public, which believes that this is our land.”

“We must begin a gradual process of 25 years under the heading of ‘annexation-naturalization’.”

‎” We must bear in mind that this is a hostile entity and it is impossible to ‎turn them into citizens overnight.”

Caroline Glick recently published her latest book, ‘The Israeli solution: A One State Plan for Peace in the Middle East’ arguing that whereas in Israel, the conversation has begun about alternatives to the ‘Two-State’ model, no such conversation is taking place in America. Instead American policy beginning with Nixon was and is to appease the PLO, now PA, at Israel’s expense.

“The only thing that should interest us is that Judea and Samaria is Israel,” she says and notes that even though providing the Palestinians with permanent residency and the right to apply for citizenship is not a perfect solution and will damage Israel on certain levels, “it is absolutely clear that it is better than establishing a Palestinian state. Such a state would be the ruin of Israel.”

Prof Martin Sherman, while totally supporting the annexation of Judea and Samaria, warns Glick and Hotovely, to “look before you leap” for reasons he makes clear.  He is adamantly against offering citizenship.

“Topping the list of bad ideas is the notion that, given the proven infeasibility of the two-state paradigm, Israel should extend its sovereignty over the entire area of Judea-Samaria and offer “immediate permanent residency to all its [Arab] Palestinian residents, as well as the right to apply for citizenship.” This is an approach so fraught with manifest disaster that it pains me that someone of the caliber of Caroline B. Glick, for whom I have the utmost regard and with whom I am seldom in disagreement, has chosen to advocate it.

“An almost childlike naiveté is required to entertain the belief that Israel could sustain itself as a Jewish nation-state with a massive Muslim minority of almost 40% – as the societal havoc that far smaller proportions have wrought in Europe indicate.”

Instead, he argues for a  “humanitarian solution” which envisages voluntary Arab emigration induced by generous compensation.

Glick rejects this and the Jordan Option as “irrelevant ideas that no one will accept, especially the Palestinians themselves.”

But were Sherman’s idea be adopted by the US and the EU, the conflict would be fully and finally solved in a decade.

Kerry for his part has resorted to threatening Israel with dire consequences should she not capitulate. In a November interview in Israel he said: “If we do not resolve the issues between Palestinians and Israelis, if we do not find a way to find peace, there will be an increasing isolation of Israel, there will be an increasing campaign of delegitimization of Israel that’s been taking place on an international basis,” In fact Governmental sources report that US Secretary of State John Kerry is behind the European boycott threats on Israeli products and companies operating in Judea, Samaria, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

At the Saban Conference in November, he said “Force cannot defeat or defuse the demographic time bomb.”

What Demographic Bomb

While the left, the EU and the USA continue to threaten Israel with claims that Israel is losing the demographic war, the opposite is the truth.  Amb (ret) Yoram Ettinger has been studying the demographics in Israel for a decade and has often written that the demographic trend supports Israel now in the foreseeable future. According to him, Jews outnumber Arabs from the river to the sea, excluding Gaza, by a 2:1 majority and the numbers will only get better.

But the Two-State Solution carries with it a real demographic bomb. If a  Palestinian state was created, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan would demand that the descendants of the original refugees now living in their countries, numbering now over 4 million, be returned to Palestine. If the PA gives up the “right of return”, and most of these “refugees” were to return to Palestine, both Palestine and Israel would be greatly destabilized. So much so, as to require no return to Palestine either.

Glick advises:

“I brief the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate several times every year. Each time I present this plan on Capitol Hill, the response borders on euphoria. In the United States, just as in Israel, there are millions of people who understand that the ‘Two-State’ solution is a disaster. They are just waiting for someone to tell them that they can abandon it. My book gives them, and the Israeli public as well, the alternative that they are waiting for.”

Let’s hope they adopt it.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on The New English Review.