Human Rights

Fatah, Abbas Celebrate 50 Years of Terror by Glorifying Violence, Denying Israel

On January 1, Fatah, the largest Palestinian political movement, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its first terror attack, a January 1, 1965 attack on Israel’s national water carrier in the Israeli city of Beit She’an.

Fatah has published a number a number of images to celebrate the occasion.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel’s negotiating partner, is the head of Fatah.

Israel is not the only target of the PA’s hatred.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) has collected numerous other images from Fatah’s social media sites celebrating the anniversary. One theme that PMW observed was the absence of Israel.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of “the Launch” (Intilaqa) of the Fatah movement in 1965 when the organization carried out its first terror attack against Israel, Fatah has posted on its Facebook page numerous maps and logos that completely erase the existence of Israel.

Central to the visual images is the map of “Palestine,” used by both the Palestinian Authority and Fatah, which includes both the PA areas and all of Israel, thus denying Israel’s existence in any borders.

The promotion of violence was also a common theme, PMW found. The image of the masked terrorist with a rocket is captioned:

“We were created to resist – the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing) – Al-Asifa Army”

In 1988, columnist Charles Krauthammer observed the significance of the date of that first terror attack:

One of the tensest days of this round of violence occurred on Jan. 1, which Palestinians celebrate as the anniversary of the first attack on Israel by Fatah, Arafat’s leading faction of the PLO. It was 23 years ago that Fatah sent men to blow up the water works of Bet Shean. The anniversary was widely reported, but no one stopped to consider that 23 years ago was 1965.

In 1965 there were no occupied territories. In 1965 Jordan ruled the West Bank, Egypt ruled Gaza and not a Jew disturbed Islam’s third holiest site, Jordan having rendered the Old City of Jerusalem judenrein (free of Jews). None of the current pretexts for Palestinian violence even existed when Fatah began its war against Israel. The issue then as now was not Israel’s occupation but Israel’s existence.

The Six-Day War, in the wake of which Israel came into possession of the West Bank and Gaza, wouldn’t take place until June 1967, two and a half years later.

[Photo: Fatah’s Official Facebook Page]