by: Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Itamar Marcus
Thursday, 13 February 2020 | Abbas’s Fatah [leading secular Palestinian political party] is not only saying adamantly “no” to US President Trump’s peace deal, they also insist that all of the State of Israel is “Palestine.” Senior Fatah official Tawfiq Tirawi made this clear in a recent speech when he defined “Palestine” as stretching from “the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea.” Tirawi defined “Palestine” as “waqf,” which is an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law, and therefore it is forbidden to accept non-Muslim rule over it. He further threatened that any Palestinian leader or official who would agree to a “Palestine” covering only the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] and the Gaza Strip and not including all of Israel would be in danger and “not be able to walk 1 meter [3.2 feet] in the streets of our Palestinian cities among our people.”
Abbas’s Fatah stressed this uncompromising ideology further, stating that the Palestinian Authority [PA] isn’t “the end of the journey,” thereby implying that Fatah will not be content with a “Palestine” of the size of the PA. A post [by Fatah Central Committee on Facebook] further urged violence by referring to Abbas’s call for “popular resistance”—a term Palestinian Media Watch [PMW] has shown to be referring to everything from peaceful protest to terror.
In addition, Fatah posted photos from “Palestine,” which included several places in Israel. Text explained that the photos were from “Palestine.”
Fatah leaders say to the international audience that they want a “Palestine” on the 1967 lines, but to Palestinians they stress that they will never accept Israel in any borders. PMW has exposed PA and Fatah leaders repeating the slogan that “Palestine reaches from the River to the Sea.”
In response to US President Trump’s revelation of his peace plan, the PA and Fatah have stressed that “Palestine” includes all of Israel. Numerous times PMW has documented that this is one of the corner stones of what the PA teaches children. A recent example of children being taught not to accept Israel’s existence in any borders is a video posted by Fatah, which shows Palestinian schoolchildren marching in place and waving Palestinian flags while standing in a formation in the shape of the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission also stressed that Palestinians reject Trump’s plan and will accept nothing less than “all of Palestine”—which includes all of Israel.
PMW reported that Fatah official Tirawi in a speech instructed PA Security Forces “not to pursue” Palestinian terrorists but instead go after “collaborators” with Israel and “real estate agents” who facilitate the selling of land to Jews.
Posted on February 13, 2020
Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published in Palestinian Media Watch on February 11, 2020. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)
Photo Credit: palwatch/YouTube/screenshot
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