Fatah

News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (November 26 – December 3, 2019)

On November 29, 2019, for the third consecutive week, the return march in the Gaza Strip was postponed. The Supreme Authority called on the Palestinians to participate in the return march events this coming Friday (December 6, 2019), whose theme will be "The march continues." Despite the postponement of the march events, several young Palestinian rioters gathered in the southern Gaza Strip and threw Molotov cocktails, IEDs and stones at IDF forces. A field hospital is currently being constructed by an American NGO in the northern Gaza Strip near the Erez Crossing. Its construction has been severely criticized, especially by Fatah.
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The Palestinian Authority employs a policy of rebuilding the houses of terrorists demolished by Israel: the case of Islam Abu Hamid

On the night of October 24, 2019, the Israeli security forces demolished a building under construction in the al-Am'ari refugee camp near Ramallah. The house belonged to the family of Palestinian terrorist Islam Abu Hamid, who killed an IDF soldier in May 2018. Following the destruction Palestinians rioted and clashed with the Israeli security forces.
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Glorification of a shahid who recently perpetrated a stabbing attack, at an annual ceremony of appreciation for high school and university graduates in the village of Al-Eizariya, east of Jerusalem

On September 7, 2019, the youth club of the village of Al-Eizariya (situated east of Jerusalem) held the annual ceremony of appreciation for high school and university graduates who are residents of the village. The ceremony was held at Al-Eizariya Girls High School. Prominent figures attending the ceremony were the head of the Jerusalem Office in the PLO; chief of the PA General Intelligence in the Jerusalem District; the Fatah secretary in Al-Eizariya and his deputy; the mayor of Al-Eizariya, school principals, the students and their families.
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Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip continue attempting to penetrate into Israeli territory. Such attempts are not part of official Hamas policy but are publicly praised and encouraged after the fact.

On August 17, 2019, IDF observation posts identified five suspects approaching the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip. At least one of them was armed. IDF forces were rushed to the site. An IDF tank and helicopter shot at the suspects before they could cross the security fence (IDF spokesman, August 17, 2019). The attempted penetration came two days after four rockets were launched at Israel in two separate incidents (August 16 and 17, 2019).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 17 – 23 , 2019)

On Friday, July 19, 2019, the return march in the Gaza Strip was held with about 6,500 participants. The scope of incendiary and IED balloons launched into Israeli territory continued to decrease, but the launchings continue. A Hamas delegation headed by Saleh al-'Arouri, deputy head of Hamas' political bureau, visited Tehran. This past week Hamas' summer camps began, supervised by its military wing.
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Fatah and Palestinian Authority glorify and support terrorists: The case of Omar Abu Layla, who murdered two Israelis near Ariel

Abbas Zaki, a member of Fatah's Central Committee, recently presented an award to the family of Omar Abu Layla, who carried out a shooting attack and a stabbing attack near Ariel (killing two Israelis, a soldier and a civilian). Abbas Zaki also visited the village where the terrorist lived and where a new house is being constructed for his family (after the previous one was demolished by the Israeli security forces).
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Fatah

The Fatah Movement (in Arabic: فتح, a reversal of the initials of حركة تحرير فلسطين, Palestine Liberation Movement) is a Palestinian movement that plays a central role in Palestinian politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Fatah was founded at the end of the 1950s by operatives of the Palestinian student organization in Cairo, led by Yasser Arafat. Since its establishment, Fatah has championed a violent Palestinian struggle against the State of Israel. Until the First Lebanon War, Fatah maintained an extensive military infrastructure in Lebanon and was the main element in the PLO. After the expulsion of the terrorists from Lebanon and in the wake of the Oslo Accords, its military and political center of gravity shifted to Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

Fatah has carried out deadly terror attacks against Israel. On August 31, 1986, it was declared a terrorist organization by the State of Israel. Fatah’s main military organization in the territories during the First Intifada was called the Fatah Hawks. This organization carried out operations against IDF soldiers as well as acts of terror against Israeli civilians.

As part of the Oslo Accords, Israel recognized the PLO umbrella organization, comprising mainly Fatah operatives, as the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. With the establishment of the Palestinian Authority, Fatah became its ruling party, and many of its operatives hold positions in the Palestinian Authority’s (security and civilian) apparatuses.  During the years between the establishment of the Palestinian Authority and the beginning of the Second Intifada, Fatah’s status as the dominant party became stronger. During the Second Intifada, Fatah resumed its attacks against Israel, directly or through military sub-organizations. After Arafat’s death, Fatah found itself in a crisis. On August 8, 2009, during the sixth Fatah conference in Bethlehem, Mahmoud Abbas was elected to head the movement.