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Since Hamas Attack, The Palestinian Authority Proves It Is Against Peace



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The Biden administration continues to call for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, but is that wise? By seeing what the Palestinian Authority (PA)/Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)/Fatah said since Hamas’ October 7 murder of 1,400 Israelis, one can readily see that the PA is not a viable peace partner. Recent statements by high officials in the PA and in its PA-run press show that the PA glorifies the Hamas attack, incites Palestinians to murder Jews (and like Hamas claims Muslims have a religious obligation to do so), demonizes Israel and Jews, and rejects Israel’s right to exist. Some examples are the following:

October 7

Glorifying the attack, PA TV states that “Gaza landed a blow that this occupation will yet remember,” and that the Palestinians need “to take its right to self-determination by force.” [Reporter on Official PA TV, Oct. 7, 2023]

Fatah’s military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, calls on Palestinians to “[b]reak into the settlements, strike the sons of apes of pigs, kill everyone who is a settler, slaughter everyone who is Israeli…” [The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades – Palestine the Occupied Land, Telegram channel, Oct. 7, 2023]

October 8

PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor and PA judge claims that Hamas attack is “our legitimate right in resisting these invaders…and defending our holy sites and our people…” and views “this occupation,” (i.e., Israel), as “temporary.” [PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Official PA TV, Oct. 8, 2023]

Fatah’s Bethlehem Branch shows a video on its Telegram channel, including an image of Israelis portrayed “as a rat being trampled by a boot with the colors of the Palestinian flag on its sole.” [Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch, Telegram channel, Oct. 8, 2023]

PA claims that the Hamas attack perpetrators are “martyrs” and that “their blood will cause victory and holiness to bloom.” [Official PA TV, Oct. 8, 2023]

PA claims Israeli towns that were attacked are mere “colonies,” i.e., not legitimately part of Israel. [WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 8, 2023]

Fatah Tubas Branch Secretary Mahmoud Sawafta calls on Palestinians to “land more blows on [Israel],” who is “weaker than cobwebs.” [Official PA TV, Oct. 8, 2023]

Fatah Tubas branch member Ghassan Daraghmeh similarly states that Israel’s “undefeatable army” is “weaker than cobwebs.” [Official PA TV, Oct. 8, 2023]

October 9

Abbas states that Hamas attack is one of self-defense: “[Abbas] again emphasized our people’s right to defend itself and its members from the occupation’s aggression.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 9, 2023]

Rather than condemn Hamas attack, Abbas stresses suffering of Palestinians: “Our people in the Gaza Strip are being subjected to a comprehensive act of aggression, attacks, and killing by the Israeli occupation forces. This obligates us to give everything that could ease their suffering.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 9, 2023]

Abbas’ advisor and PA judge says that violence and bloodshed will end once Israel ceases to exist. [PA Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Facebook page, Oct. 9, 2023]

October 10

Fatah Central Committee member justifies Hamas attack, stating that Hamas is “defending their freedom and the justice of their cause,” and Israel is acting like “Nazis.” [Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, Facebook page, Oct. 10, 2023]

Fatah Tulkarem Branch Secretary Iyad Jarrad states that the Hamas terrorists are “a source of pride, heroism, and honor for the Palestinian people.” [Official PA TV, Oct. 10, 2023]

October 15

Abbas manages to condemn Hamas by name, but edits that out only a few hours later [bold shows changed text].

  • Abbas’ statement as a result of US, international pressure: “Hamas’ policy and actions do not represent the Palestinian people. The policy, fundamentals, and decisions of the PLO are what represents the Palestinian people, as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.”
  • Abbas’ amended statement, a few hours later: The policy, fundamentals, and decisions of the PLO are what represents the Palestinian people, as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people – and not the policy of any other organization.” [WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 15, 2023]

October 17

Fatah member Raafat Alayan calls the Hamas attack a “heroic operation.” [[Al-Mashhad TV (Dubai), YouTube channel, Oct. 17, 2023]

The PA Ministry of Religious Affairs issued guidelines for sermons to be delivered on Fridays, including quoting a hadith that calls on Muslims to kill Jews as a requirement of Islam. [PA Ministry of Religious Affairs, Facebook page, Oct. 18, 2023]

October 20

 Fatah Tulkarem Branch Secretary Iyad Jarrad states that that the Hamas attack “taught [the West] a lesson in the Gaza Strip.” [Fatah Movement – Tulkarem Branch, Facebook page, Oct. 20, 2023]

In addition to the above quotes, Palestinian Media Watch has calculated that the PA, under its existing “pay-to-slay” laws, will pay nearly $2.8 million to the families of the 1,500 Hamas terrorists that were killed in retaliation for Hamas’ October 7 killing spree. These payments, as well as the quotes above, clearly demonstrate that the PA is not a viable peace partner with Israel.

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Good Riddance to UNRWA as it Supports Hamas



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The head of UNRWA recently accused Israel of waging an “expanded, concerted campaign” to destroy the UN agency. The leader of UNRWA does have a cause for concern, as Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated that UNRWA has “lost legitimacy and can no longer function as a UN body.” UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer stated that “The rot is systemic, and that’s why we’re holding a conference…to replace UNRWA.” And now Congressional Republicans are probing the Biden administration’s decision to restore US funding to UNRWA in 2021, following the Trump administration’s suspension of that funding in 2018.

Good riddance to UNRWA if it ends up folding under pressure; UNRWA and the UN are Hamas apologists at best, and facilitators at worst. For example, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator actually insisted that “Hamas is not a terrorist group for us,” but merely a “political movement.” And the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories, in a rejoinder to the French president calling the October 7 attack “the largest anti-Semitic massacre of our century,” stated that “No, Mr. Macron. The victims of [the October 7 attack] were not killed because of their Judaism, but in response to Israel’s oppression.”

UNRWA Employees Provide Material Support to Hamas, PIJ

Israeli Defense Minister Galant has named 12 specific UNRWA employees who “actively participated” in Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, and also stated that Israel has “significant indications based on intelligence” that implicates “over 30” additional UNRWA employees. Gallant stated that of UNRWA’s 13,000 staff in Gaza, “1,468 workers are known to be active in Hamas and PIJ, 185 UNRWA workers are active in the military branches of Hamas and 51 are active in the PIJ military branch.”

Additional to those numbers are the 30 UNRWA teachers known to have celebrated the October 7 attacks on a UNRWA Telegram group that had 3,000 members.

Hamas’ “Data Center” Found Underneath UNRWA Headquarters

Israel also found a Hamas “data center” under UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza, equipped with an electrical room, computer servers and rooms where Hamas operatives could work and sleep, and that there were power lines connecting UNRWA’s headquarters to this data center. And surprise, some of the equipment found was made in Iran and China. Interestingly, while the Hamas “data center” contained electronics, a server room in the above-ground UNRWA headquarters had most of its electronics missing, which appears to be indicative of “actions of someone who knew the army was coming and wanted to hide the evidence,” according to Col. Benny Aharon of Israel’s 401st Armored Brigade. After the head of UNRWA denied that UNRWA knew of this data center ahead of time, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) tweeted “Oh, you knew,” and stated that Israel had warned UN officials about the data center but those officials chose to ignore those warnings.

Additional Evidence of Strong UNRWA/Hamas Partnership

Additionally, UN Watch cited instances of UNRWA/Hamas synergy, including that Israel found:

  • At the UNRWA headquarters above ground, weapons and “documents that indicated that the same offices were also used by Hamas”;
  • UNRWA aid bags in Yahya Sinwar’s bunker;
  • UNRWA concrete in Hamas’ tunnels that housed hostages;
  • Missiles and rockets under UNRWA equipment;
  • That Hamas stashed ammunition, explosives, and weapons in UNRWA bags, and that Hamas also had UN vests;
  • That Hamas stored weapons in and fired weapons from a UNRWA school; and
  • That Hamas’ “Ministry of Health” stole 24,000 gallons of fuel from UNRWA.

And to further emphasize the scope of how seriously UNRWA is compromised by Hamas, every single UNRWA “site, school, mosque, [and] kindergarten” that Israel has inspected had weapons, according to Israel’s commander of the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade.

Calls to preserve UNRWA merely deflect away from the “systemic” “rot” found in the organization. Israel should make sure that UNRWA does not operate in any post-war Gaza, as the organization compromises the security of the Jewish state.

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