Palestinians Glorify Arafat as Man of War

November 24, 2020

by: Nan Jacques Zilberdik

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Former PA Chairman Yasser Arafat receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 with then Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 | Although former [Palestinian Liberation Organization] PLO and [Palestinian Authority] PA Chairman Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo Accords peace agreement with then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and then Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres in 1993 and later received the Nobel Peace Prize together with the two Israelis, the PA never highlights this. In fact, it seems this is deliberately ignored.

Instead, the PA adamantly wants Palestinians to admire Arafat as a man of war.

On the anniversary of his death earlier this month, the PA rebroadcast parts of Arafat’s speeches, among them his call to Palestinians to die as “martyrs” for “Palestine,” and for “this blood” to “spread on the land…with burning and with fire.”

This message was repeated by PA officials too, for example by Jerusalem District Governor Adnan Ghaith, who also repeated Arafat’s slogan calling for martyrdom: “Millions of martyrs are marching to Jerusalem.” Ghaith said this ideology should be followed until the Palestinian people “achieve its firm and legal rights to liberate the land.”

For Palestinians the term “liberation of the land” means all of “Palestine” including the entire State of Israel. This was again made clear in a recent children’s program on official PA TV. While wearing a shirt with the PA map of “Palestine” that includes all of Israel and the PA areas, the popular children’s host taught children that “Allah willing, one day our entire land will return to us.”

This same host of the PA TV children’s program frequently teaches children that “all of Palestine”—meaning all of Israel—“will return to us.”

Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the PA’s “liberation of” or “return to Palestine” means destroying all of Israel.  

Recently Fatah [leading secular Palestinian political party] publicized on its Facebook page a series of maps of “Palestine” that include all of Israel with the text: “Here we remain and we will not leave; Palestine is a goal.”

Posted on November 24, 2020

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by Palestinian Media Watch on November 23, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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