“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 Palestinian Authority, I believe that you do have a true partner in President Abbas…” — Barack Obama, March 21, 2013
“Fatah threatens Israelis: ‘Leave immediately,'” by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Palestinian Media Watch, May 14, 2014:
On one of its official Facebook pages the Fatah movement, which is headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, yesterday posted a warning to Israelis. A sign showed an assault rifle and a map of “Palestine” that included both PA areas and all of Israel. In Arabic, Hebrew, and English it said: “Warning. This is a land of a Palestinian state and the occupation to leave immediately” (English original).
[Sign by the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission,Facebook, “Fatah – the Main Page”, May 13, 2014]
Internationally, Abbas continuously affirms the Palestinians’ desire for a two-state solution and a Palestinian state on the 1967-borders. However, that statement is not reflected in this poster, nor in many other statements and messages to the Palestinian people.
In March, Palestinian Media Watch reported that Fatah’s military wing issued a video promoting “armed resistance until the liberation of all of Palestine.” Similarly, Fatah leader Tawfik Tirawi stated that “the two-state solution does not exist” and explained Fatah’s goal of a world without Israel:
“This is our goal; this is the lantern that lights our way;
these are our principles in the Fatah Movement:
Palestine – Gaza is part of it; the West Bank is part of it;and it is Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, and it is all of Palestine” [Al-Manar TV (Hezbollah), April 2, 2014]
Another Fatah official, Abbas Zaki, clearly explained the goal of bringing Israel to an end when he said:
“Israel will come to an end. If I say that I want to remove it from existence, this will be great, great, [but] it is hard. This is not a [stated] policy. You can’t say it to the world. You can say it to yourself.” [Al-Jazeera, Sept. 23, 2011]
He recently also stated about Israelis that “I believe that Allah will gather them so we can kill them. I am informing the murderer of his death.” [Official PA TV, March 12, 2014]
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that Fatah continuously uses its Facebook pages to deny Israel’s right to exist, promote violence, and glorify terrorists.