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Fatah’s Armed Gangs are Back

The US and EU, who have been funding and training the Palestinian security forces in Judea and Samaria, need to bang on the table -- now -- and demand that Abbas rein in the Fatah militiamen.
A member of Fatah's al-Ahrar Brigade.

Deos he really wasnt toA member of Fatah's al-Ahrar Brigade.
Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90

After keeping a low profile for the past few years, Fatah’s armed gangs have resurfaced in Judea and Samaria.

The reappearance of the masked gunmen could only mean one of two things: either the Palestinian Authority is really losing control, or that it is using the gunmen as a means of intimidating donor countries, especially the US and EU, into resuming financial aid to the Palestinian government in Judea and Samaria.

Either way, the sudden reappearance of the masked gunmen, who are believed to be members of Fatah’s armed wing, Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, could pave the way for a new round of violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

The gunmen first took to the streets of the Balata refugee camp, near Nablus, carrying assault rifles and firing into the air.

The gunmen then held a “press conference” in which they denounced the Palestinian Authority security forces for arresting some of their friends and confiscating their weapons.

Yet at the same time the gunmen heaped praise on Palestinian Authority President, and Fatah head, Mahmoud Abbas, saying they “fully supported” his policies.

A few days later, another group of Fatah gunmen made a public appearance in Jenin, where they too criticized the Palestinian Authority security forces for arresting their friends and seizing their weapons.

The statements made by the gunmen in both cases left Palestinians in a state of confusion.

How can the gunmen condemn the Palestinian security forces for their actions and, in the same breath, praise Mahmoud Abbas, the commander-in-chief of these forces?

Do the gunmen assume that the Palestinian Authority security forces act independently from the leadership in Ramallah? Or, as some gunmen have suggested, perhaps they believe that these security forces receive instructions from Israel or the US?

Or is it possible that the Palestinian Authority wants the world to see the gunmen on the streets in order to send a message that it may completely lose control unless it gets more funding?

In any event, to have Fatah gunmen once again roaming the streets of Palestinian villages and refugee camps proves that the Palestinian Authority’s claims that the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades had been disbanded and disarmed are untrue.

Unless the Palestinian Authority leadership takes immediate action to stop the Fatah gunmen, scenes of anarchy, lawlessness and violence could soon return to Judea and Samaria. The Aqsa Martyrs Brigades was responsible for hundreds of armed attacks against Israelis during the second intifada.

The US and EU, who have been funding and training the Palestinian security forces in Judea and Samaria, need to bang on the table – now – and demand that Abbas rein in the Fatah militiamen, most of whom receive their salaries from the Palestinian Authority government.

Originally published at the Gatestone Institute.

About the Author: Khaled Abu Toameh, an Arab Muslim, is a veteran award-winning journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly three decades.


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4 Responses to “Fatah’s Armed Gangs are Back”

  1. Once again, this drives the point home; Never trust the "Palestinians". EVER! I've read some things about Netanyahu that gave me pause; that he's fanatically behind the "right of return" for "Palestinians. I read an article about Hebron and other places. Even where a lying Arab, big surprise, denied selling Jews a piece of property. This of course is the same mentality I read about in The Haj by Leon Uris. The Arab had absolutely no compunction about lying. They're Jews! "Their propery is my property". Ask every dumb-ass college student in these "middle-east study" classes and BDS movements. "Israel" does not exist for them. That's why you see their stupid flags with the whole state of Israel painted green! Not to mention the MSA. Here are some books: Spread them around like religious tracts:

    SHORT LIST (See Full list “THE Books” Facebook page).
    The Haj by Leon Uris.
    The Source by James Michener.
    Muslim Mafia by Gaubatz and Sperry.
    Because They Hate by Brigitte Gabriel.
    “Slavery, Terrorism and Islam” and “Holocaust in Rwanda” by Peter Hammond.
    The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America by David Horowitz.
    Ivory Towers On Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America by Martin Kramer.
    The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism by Andrew G. Bostom
    The Legacy of Jihad by Andrew G. Bostom MD
    A Concise History of the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden
    The Book of Jewish Knowledge by Nathan Ausubel.
    The New Moody Atlas of the Bible by Barry J. Beitzel
    The Al Qaeda Reader by Raymond Ibrahim.
    Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law.
    Sahih al-Bukhari (With Sheikh Humaid's article on Jihad).
    The Koran: Pickthall.
    The Quran: Yusuf Ali: Translated by Prof. Syed Vickar Ahmed.
    Holy Qur'an with Commentary: Maulana Muhammad Ali.
    The Second Message of Islam by Mahmoud Mohamed Taha.

  2. Dolly Ann Neibert Lauridsen says:

    So cowards they hide to do their killings…

  3. Tim Upham says:

    Books can educate us and inform us, but go to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Because there you are going to meet the people. Yes, the people. The have families, sleep in a beds, and go to the bathroom. For when you hear the losses they have gone through as people, then you will want to bring this sectarian carnage to an end, and help achieve peace that they can all live with.

  4. What is the the response of the United States STATE DEPARTMENT Abbas'S embrace of the Mufti and those who have murdered Jews?

    Here is the text of Abbas's speech:

    http://www.wafa.ps/arabic/index.php?action=detail&id=145853

    Here are two news clips about the Mufti's speech.

    Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas spoke glowingly of the “legacy” of infamous Nazi collaborator Hajj Amin al-Husseini.

    http://israelbehindthenews.com/bin/content.cgi?ID=5282&q=1

    Cone of Silence Over Abbas speech praising Hitler ally, the Mufti, Envelopes Media & Politicians.

    http://israelbehindthenews.com/bin/content.cgi?ID=5303&q=1 RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, PRESIDENT Israel Advocy TASK FORCE.

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