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Look How Social Abbas is on Social Media

As secretary of state Kerry arrives in Israel to twist the arms of the parties into a "peace" agreement, the Palestinian Arabs make clear their goals and methodology
Mahmoud Abbas said he would not sign a peace deal with Israel 'so long as there is one prisoner behind bars'

Mahmoud Abbas said he would not sign a peace deal with Israel 'so long as there is one prisoner behind bars'
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is about to make his tenth visit to Israel in order to “facilitate” the “peace process” and usher in the era of good will between the long-time not best of friends the Israelis and the Palestinian Arabs. Just take a gander at the photo below.  It is what is posted on the official Facebook page of Fatah, the self-described “Palestinian National Liberation Movement,” the party of Palestinian Arab leader Mahmoud Abbas.

A screenshot of the page was tweeted on Tuesday, Jan. 1, by Mark Regev, the spokesperson for the Israeli prime minister. Regev included the message, “this pic, glorifying terror, was posted by Pres Abbas’s Fatah on its FB page as #SecKerry arrives to promote peace.”

The Fatah Facebook cover photo. Does this look like Fatah is ready for peace?

The Fatah Facebook cover photo. Does this look like Fatah is ready for peace?

There is also a smaller inset picture on the Fatah Facebook page. This is a slightly updated version of the official Fatah logo. As pointed out by an observer who saw Regev’s tweet, the logo is perhaps even more alarming. It makes absolutely clear that Fatah has no interest in a negotiated “two state solution.” Neither two states, nor anything suggesting negotiations as a desired tactic, appears on the Fatah logo.

The official logo of the Fatah party

The official logo of the Fatah party

The Fatah logo has a picture of the Dome of the Rock shrine located on the Temple Mount, with a Palestinian flag waving. According to Palestinian Media Watch, the Dome represents both Islam and the Palestinian claim to all of Jerusalem. The logo also contains a map of Israel – all of Israel, Areas A, B and C, in chains. They want to liberate all of the land.  The number 49 at the top of the picture is for the 49th year of the revolution. The key, along the bottom of the picture, of course represents the claims made by Palestinian Arabs that they are still carrying the keys to the homes in Israel which were allegedly taken from them.  The gun image running along the entire right hand side of the logo suggests a peaceful path is not the one they choose.

The dove breaking free from chains represents the Palestinian Arab “political prisoners,” all of whom Fatah believes must be freed.

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In striking contrast, the emblem of the state of Israel is a menorah, a seven-branched candelabrum, flanked by olive branches.  The menorah has been the symbol of the Jewish people for millennium.  It is intended to represent Israel as a light unto the nations. The olive branches symbolize peace. Beneath the pictures appears the word Israel in Hebrew letters.

The Likud party, the party of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu – the party and the man are always described as “hawkish” – is simply a slightly italicized version of the word Likud in Hebrew. Likud means “consolidation” or “combination” in Hebrew.

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Perhaps these images will be forwarded to Secretary Kerry and his boss, as well as all other American politicians and other leaders who believe now is the right time to browbeat Israel into making peace with Abbas and his Fatah party, whose symbols appear above.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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9 Responses to “Look How Social Abbas is on Social Media”

  1. You forgot to mention the 49.

    Is it the 49th anniversary of Fatah? Not at all; Fatah was started in the 1950s.

    Today is the 49th anniversary of Fatah's first TERROR ATTACK, an attempt to bomb Israel's water carrier.

  2. Lori Lowenthal Marcus says:

    excellent point, as always!

  3. Anonymous says:

    are we surprised by any of this when these groups have made clear that they intend to destroy the state and the Jews who live there? It is a sad commentary on our state of affairs today.

  4. Ofer Maimon says:

    Not to rain on your parade, but this is not a very intelligent article. The Al Fatah – however it is conceived by us – conceive of themselves as a liberation movement, and hence, comparing their logos to those of establishment makes no real sense. If you compare the logo with that of the Irgun you will understand the difference:

    https://soundcloud.com/psycoded/psycoded-irgun

    While the conclusion of the article – The PLO is not interested in a state other than s another way to continue the conflict – is correct, it´s argument is plainly inadequate. Oh, and I might ass that I consider the Irgun as heroes in most aspects.

  5. Lori Lowenthal Marcus says:

    No worries about the drizzle. But if Fatah is thought of and always promoted as the moderate Palestinian Arab political party, which it is by all the U.S. leadership referred to in the article, then it should be judged in comparison to other political parties. Your point is certainly a fair one, but only for a different intended audience.

  6. Abbas wont sign peace treaty so long there is one Palestinan behind bars, he wont sign a peace treaty with a Jewish state, he wont sign a peace treaty so long the Palestinians cant return , when in the hell will he sign any treaty.?

  7. Ofer Maimon says:

    Err…Fatah is led by a PhD in Shoah denial and flunkie of terrorist kingpin Yasser Arafat. Who started the Terror War of 2000-2005. Clearly nothing moderate at all with them. On top of which he belongs to the fossilized Tunis generation that should never had been allowed back into any political process.

  8. Half of Palestinians (Gaza) refuses to ever accept Israel's existence and the other half (Fatah) have no intensional of keeping an agreement. So what is the point of the exercise

  9. Moshe Kapon says:

    אכן נכון. היה נסיון פיגוע במוביל הארצי בשנת 1965

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