Celebrating its 53rd anniversary, Fatah heralds murderers and terror organization leaders as its role models.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Movement celebrated its 53rd anniversary on Sunday by glorifying eight terrorist murderers from its ranks, four of them female suicide bombers, who killed 179 Israelis in total.
Fatah posted photos of these killers on its official Facebook page, all of which bore the caption: “The Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah. Mobilization and Organization Commission – Communications Office. The 53rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution.”
Fatah praised Khalil Al-Wazir, aka Abu Jihad, a former head of the PLO’s military wing who was responsible for the murder of at least 125 Israelis. He was lauded as a “Heroic Martyr (Shahid)”
Dalal Mughrabi, led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel’s Coastal Highway. Mughrabi’s attack resulted in the murder of 37, including 12 children, with over 70 others wounded. Mughrabi was presented by Fatah as a national hero.
Andalib Khalil Muhammad Suleiman, or Andalib Takatka, a female Fatah suicide bomber who blew herself up at Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda outdoor market on April 12, 2002, murdering 6 and wounding more than 80, was also honored as a role model.
Zainab Abu Salem, another female Fatah suicide bomber, blew herself up at the French Hill junction in Jerusalem on Sept. 22, 2004, murdering 2 Israeli border policemen and wounding approximately 30. Salem was also the object of admiration at the Fatah celebration.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), which monitors Palestinian incitement, reported on Fatah’s offensive online activity, demonstrating the Facebook posts’ consistency with the Palestinian policy of teaching children that terrorists are national heroes to be put on a pedestal and viewed as role models.
Seeking to Wipe Out Israel Entirely
Fatah was initially founded in 1959 as a political movement and became a political party in 1965, a time before Israel’s borders included Judea and Samaria or Gaza.
Fatah is a reverse acronym of the group’s full name, the “Palestinian National Liberation Movement,” meaning that the group seeks to “liberate” the area on which Israel was located in 1959, i.e., Tel Aviv, Haifa, Ashdod and Be’er Sheva. Judea and Samaria was then occupied by Jordan, and the Arabs living there were Jordanian citizens. Fatah did not call these Jordanian citizens Palestinians at that time, and did not express a desire to “liberate” Ramallah or any other city from Jordan.
The acronym itself is also significant, as “fath” or “fatah” means “conquering” or “victory,” and “fath” is used in religious discourse to signify the “Fath al-Sham of Islam,” the “conquering of the Levant,” which is the eastern Mediterranean and includes Israel.
Fatah, a member of the Socialist International party, is the largest of the factions that make up the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The PFLP, a secular, revolutionary Palestinian Marxist–Leninist organization, has consistently been the second largest faction.