The other “roadmap”
“The poster, which has been endorsed by the Fatah leadership, has already been posted on a number of Fatah-affiliated Web sites.”
A rare moment of truth in advertising in the “land for peace” scheme. “In Fatah map all of Israel is Palestine,” by Khaled Abu Toameh for the Jerusalem Post:
Fatah is planning to mark its 43rd anniversary this year with a new poster that presents all of Israel as Palestine.
Designed specifically for the occasion by Abdel Mun’em Ibrahim, the poster features a map of Israel that is entirely draped with a Palestinian keffiyeh scarf.
It also carries a drawing of a rifle as a symbol of the “armed struggle” against Israel.
The poster, which has been endorsed by the Fatah leadership, has already been
posted on a number of Fatah-affiliated Web sites.
The underlying message of the poster is that Fatah, like Hamas, does not recognize Israel’s existence.
The emblem is in violation of Fatah’s declared policy, which envisions an independent Palestinian state alongside, and not instead of, Israel.
But Fatah must be made to answer whether it envisions that state as a final goal, or a means to an end. That should happen before the next jizya check is signed, but it won’t.
By including a rifle in the poster, Fatah is sending a message to the Palestinian public that it has not abandoned the option of “armed resistance,” despite current peace talks with Israel.
Founded in 1965, Fatah has celebrated its anniversary over the past 14 years with major rallies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But it’s not clear at this stage if Hamas would allow Fatah to hold a big rally in the Gaza Strip.
Last week, Fatah banned Hamas from holding rallies in the West Bank to mark the 20th anniversary of the Islamist movement. Hamas officials have threatened to retaliate by
barring Fatah rallies in the Gaza Strip.