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The Palestinian Authority Is Jihadist Too


The Biden administration and reportedly even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are considering giving the Palestinian Authority/Palestine Liberation Organization/Fatah (collectively, the Palestinian Authority) some leadership role in a post-Hamas Gaza. But statements from the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the past several months, just like it always has, shows that the PA would continue to existentially oppose Israel and support perpetual war against the Jewish state.

Jibril Rajoub claimed that Israeli prisons have “living conditions that are unprecedented anywhere but the Nazi camps of the 1940s.”

Despite much of the world believing in a two-state solution, the PA wants to conquer all of Israel. Fatah Revolutionary Council member Muhammad Al-Lahham put in bluntly: “This is my opinion as [a member of] Fatah: That my conflict against this occupation (i.e., Israel) is an existential conflict, not just a conflict over borders. It’s either me or him on this land.”

Fatah Nablus Branch Secretary Muhammad Hamdan echoed these sentiments by stating: “We say to the entire world that this blood that is being shed (i.e., in the 2023 Gaza war) will be the fuel for our return to Acre, Jaffa, and Haifa (i.e., all Israeli cities), and certainly the Israeli occupation is transient and indeed the State of Palestine will be established, whether the occupation (i.e., Israel) and this world want it or not … we are returning, whether the occupation wants it or not.”

Official PA TV editor of Israel-related content Anas Abu Arqoub even stated that an Israeli-Arab who supports Israel is “someone who has mental disorders, an identity crisis.”

The PA continues to support terrorism. Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub stated that “it is our right to carry out all forms of resistance, including armed resistance.”

Fatah Deputy Chairman Mahmoud Al-Aloul stated that “we say to the resistance members (i.e., terrorists) — you can use all possible means to defend your land … Yes, this is our position as a Palestinian people.”

Fatah spokesman in Jerusalem Ma’arouf Al-Rifai praised a Turkish man for carrying out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem in April, stated that he “ascended to Heaven while carrying out a self-sacrificing operation in the Old City of Jerusalem.”

The Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida called Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ (i.e., a Palestinian arch-terrorist who orchestrated 125 murders) a “lofty example of sacrifice, daring, and self-sacrifice” and who “motivates us to draw inspiration from his opinions and ideas.”

In May, the PA dedicated the “Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ Hall” in Ramallah to Abu Jihad’s memory. On official PA TV, the father of a 17-year-old terrorist killed by the IDF in Ramallah stated that his son is “not the first Martyr and not the last, praise Allah. He asked for [Martyrdom] and achieved it, praise Allah. He always told me: ‘I want to die as a Martyr.’”

The PA continues to support Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel. Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki predicted that the attack “will be studied in the universities and echoed widely” and that the attackers are “a source of pride.”

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub called the attack “a response to this occupation’s crimes.” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud Al-Habbash stated that the October 7 attack “can repeat itself 100 times, and perhaps even more seriously.”

Despite many still believing that the PA is a secular institution, its members continue to prove otherwise as its rejection of Israel takes religious undertones. A Palestinian preacher on PA TV stated, “It is our duty to fight, confront, and carry out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict) in this land as much as we can.”

Another preacher, also on PA TV, stated that Jews “are destined for the burning fire [of Hell].” The PA also seems to support the global spread of Islamism, much like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, as PA Chairman Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Sheikh Mahmoud Al-Habbash stated that “the Islamic world can be a superpower because it has tremendous human resources, huge natural resources, capabilities, territory, one religion, and one language, and can constitute a world power together with Russia and China to formulate a new world order that will realize justice,” according to WAFA, the official PA news agency.

The PA also continues to incite its population with vicious libels against Israel. The official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida portrayed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet members as “Israeli vampires … that drink the blood of Palestinian children — and they have yet to satiate their thirst.” A modern blood libel indeed.

Promoting the “Israel is Nazi Germany/Israelis are Nazis” canard, Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub claimed that Israeli prisons have “living conditions that are unprecedented anywhere but the Nazi camps of the 1940s.”

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud Al-Habbash stated that Israel’s goal is to commit genocide on the Palestinians, stating that Israel’s “real goal is to eliminate the Palestinian cause, expel the residents of the Gaza Strip, and empty it, and then to move on to the West Bank and do the same thing there.”

While the world and the Biden administration continues to ponder how the Palestinian Authority should assume sovereignty in either Gaza, Judea, and Samaria or both, such is a perennial bad idea. Not only does the PA reject Israel and aim to conquer it, but the PA also continues to support terrorism and Hamas’ October 7 attack specifically, and continues to propagate vicious libels against the Jewish state. How exactly would granting the PA more sovereignty promote peace?

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