By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Recent postings on one of Fatah’s official Facebook pages reiterate the PA-Fatah strategy documented by Palestinian Media Watch of alternating between violence and diplomacy to put pressure on Israel to give in to the PA’s demands.
Under the headline “Fatah – All means of struggle until statehood” the administrator of the Fatah Facebook page posted three pictures showing different “means of struggle.” One picture represents diplomacy as a “means of struggle,” exemplified by a picture of PA Chairman Abbas speaking at the UN. The other two pictures represent the use of different kinds of violence as a “means of struggle.” One shows a man wearing an Arab headscarf throwing a stone, while the other shows a man holding a rifle.
Another Fatah posting also illustrated the use of violence as one of Fatah’s “means.” A picture showed a member of Fatah’s military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, taking aim with a rifle, accompanied by the following text:
“The Al-Aqsa [Martyrs’] Brigades: When they speak – they act; When they promise – they fulfill; and when they strike – they cause pain.”
Click to view examples of PA and Fatah officials referring to the strategy of alternating between diplomacy and violence.
This strategy is described in PMW’s book Deception. For details on purchase, click here. Visit Palestinian Media Watch.
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