Lending support to Hamas’ terrorism, Fatah mocked Israelis who were targeted by rocket fire from Gaza.
By: Palestinian Media Watch and United with Israel Staff
Hamas last Monday night and Tuesday unleashed a barrage of some 500 rockets from Gaza aimed at civilian targets, killing one man and wounding some 80 Israelis at various locations throughout the south.
Some 150 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. However, some 25 structures inside Israeli communities were hit by the rockets. Israeli were forced to run for cover while sirens repeatedly blared.
However, Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Movement found this nightmarish reality a cause to mock the fleeing Israelis.
On Nov. 13, Fatah posted on its official Facebook page a photo showing Israeli ambulances and an emergency medical team in the street at night, apparently in one of the towns hit be rocket fire, with the text: “Going down to the shelters, their hearts filled with fear.”
Another two images posted by the Palestinian Information Center, an independent Palestinian news website affiliated with Hamas, emphasize the terrorizing aspect of the missiles aimed at Israeli civilians who, according to these images, were forced to flee their towns, which in turn became “ghost towns.”
“The Palestinian resistance is turning the occupied settlement of Ashkelon into a ghost town as a result of the repeated missile attacks,” one image says, while another claims “Ashkelon is a ghost town.”
Another text states: “emigration from Palestine under the resistance’s missiles.”
The image shows a woman sitting with a doll in a rocking chair with ghosts around her in the middle of a street. As if to emphasize Hamas’ power to scare Israelis into fleeing, the Hamas-affiliated news site took the image of the woman in the chair from the 2013 American horror movie The Conjuring.
Another cartoon shows a woman and child leaving the city of Ashkelon, which is marked by a sign with the city’s logo and its name in English and Hebrew. A building with the IAI logo and “IAI” (Israel Aerospace Industries) written on it is sending signals through a transmitter to aircraft flying overhead. The aircraft appear to be drones, possibly launched by Hamas. Transmitters are also seen sending signals from on top of residential buildings in the background.
The text says: “The army is using the city [of Ashkelon] in the cruel operations against us, and therefore we will respond to this. It is preferable to move as far away from the city as possible.”
Fatah and Hamas are the Same
Another show of support from Fatah to Hamas came from the Deputy Chairman of the Fatah Movement, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, who stated that while Hamas was firing wildly at Israel, “the differences” between Fatah and Hamas are “nothing but a secondary disagreement.”
“The Fatah Movement has always adhered to the principle and will never deviate from it – the only conflict is with the Israeli occupation, and the distinctions and differences between the Fatah Movement and the Hamas Movement are nothing but a secondary disagreement,” he stated, according to the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.
Western countries often differentiate between the allegedly moderate Fatah and the terrorist Hamas group. Al-Aloul, one of the Palestinian officials considered a possible replacement for Abbas, disagrees.