Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Armed resistance is part of Fatah platform

From PMW, Aug. 17, 2010, by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook:

Another senior Fatah leader has expressed support for the use of armed resistance against Israel under the right conditions. In an interview on official Palestinian Authority Television, Fatah Central Committee member Jibril Rajoub said:

"At the [Sixth Fatah] Conference, we affirmed the struggle in all its forms, including resistance and the armed struggle... The [armed] struggle is a means, not an end. The [armed] struggle is related to our abilities... must cause pain to the occupation [Israel]; it must be connected to a political platform."
[PA TV (Fatah), Aug. 6, 2010]

Rajoub's message echoes the recent pronouncements of former PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei (Abu Alaa) and other senior Fatah leaders, as reported last week by Palestinian Media Watch.

Qurei said that armed resistance is still acceptable as long as it is beneficial to the Palestinians' interests: "If it gives me [benefit] without costing me, yes." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 5, 2010]

Click to view the interview with Jibril Rajoub.

Click to see the PMW web site with numerous examples of Fatah leaders supporting violence...
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