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Martyrdom posterhonouring Al-Qaida founder Osama Bin Laden and Hamas co-founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin in Palestinian ruled Gaza Strip, Aug 21, 2011
Poster distributed by the present Palestinian majority "party" Hamas venerating the Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, Al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden and three leading Chechen terrorists (CSS, Sep 2004). For the first time in the history, Hamas - the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and the ideological cousin of al-Qaeda - has gained full control over contiguous territory and population, and has now effectively become a state government without real opponents.

Bin Laden's inspiration: The late Palestinian "President" Yasser Arafat was the godfather of international terrorism. He dashed his people's hope for statehood, stole billions of dollars intended for the relief of their suffering, and indoctrinated their children with so much hatred that they willingly turned themselves into human bombs. Since 1965, Palestinians initiated acts of international terror like passenger jet hijackings, sea piracy, hostage ransoming, suicide bombings, murder of sportsmen and diplomats including one U.S. ambassador, random killings of Arab, Israeli, European, American civilians.

The current global terror campaign was successfully introduced first by Palestinians against Jews and Israelis, as well as Lebanese Christians and dissenting Arabs. Today, the deliberate killings of Arab, Israeli, European, American civilians by Palestinian terrorists and their Islamist supporters are both widespread and systematic, and are perpetrated as part of a publicly announced policy to target civilians.

Half of the world's major terror groups are Palestinian or have a Palestinian agenda. Every Palestinian "political party" of note - Hamas, Fatah and PFLP - operates an armed militia listed as terrorist by the US and EU. Hamas and Fatah execute Palestinian captives, attack Palestinian hospitals, put journalists at serious risk. Hamas and Fatah formed jointly the Palestinian government of, by and for terrorists. Since the 2006/7 Hamas-Fatah civil war, two rival Palestinian "governments" deny their legitimacy reciprocally and "rule" two politically and geographically separated non-states in the Gaza Strip (Hamas) and West Bank (Fatah). The Palestinian president refers to Hamas as "terrorist murderers", albeit only after Hamas tried to assassinate him, and outlawed the Hamas militia. More Palestinians were killed by their brethren than by anyone else. Both Fatah and Hamas do not recognize Israel's right to exist. The 2006 "democratic election" was a reality check into the nature of Palestinian society: Hamas won a clear majority (74) in the 132-seat Palestinian Legislative Council, Fatah about a third (45), PFLP 3 and others 1-2:

Cartoon by Chris Britt, The State Journal-Register, Jan 27, 2006
Blow up a bus - Do-it-yourself video circulating on terrorist websites

For decades. the West tolerated and even rewarded terrorism. The Palestinians, not Bin Laden, first proved that terrorism does not delegitimize a cause but puts it on the map. It was this teaching that terror works that brought 9/11, and threatens more and larger 9/11s. Undoing this lesson is the primary challenge of our age.

Armed Palestinian terrorists hide in UN ambulances (Reuters, May 11, 2004)

Palestinian Authority TV Sermon, May 13, 2005:
Muslims Will Rule America, Britain ... and the Entire World;
Israel is a Cancer; Jews are a Virus Resembling AIDS; Muslims Will Finish Them Off

Any would-be Palestinian terrorist can take the following points for granted:
--His attack will be encouraged by the official Palestinian media and Palestinian Authority (PA) appointed and paid clerics in their sermons.
--He will not be stopped by PA forces.
--If he succeeds in killing Israelis, he will be praised by PA institutions, all Palestinian "political parties" of note, and the Palestinian media.
--If he is captured or arrested by Israel, the PA will demand his release.
--After an attack, he will not be arrested by the PA. In the unlikely situation--restricted to a few high-profile cases attracting Western pressure--he will only be placed under house arrest and allowed to "escape" soon.
--If he is killed, the PA will make him an honored martyr.
--Whatever he does, including the brutal murder of Israeli civilians and children, he will still be welcome to join the PA payroll as a security man. If as a member of the security services he commits a terror attack, he will not be fired.

The Palestinian Authority's financial support for terrorists

Stand Up to Evil ([Saudi] Arab News, May 16, 2003)

Compare Freedom Score of Palestinian Authority (Not Free) and Israel (Free)
Source: Freedom House

Compare Human Development Index of Israel (0.905), Palestinian Authority (0.731)
& 22 Arab regimes (0.662)
(PDF, 670 KB) Source: United Nations Human Development Report 2003

Compare Corruption Index of Palestinian Authority (4.3),
Israel (7.3), Germany (7.3) and USA (7.7) Source: Transparency International
(PDF, 1.8 MB)

The Fate of Palestinian Moderates. Arafat's thugs don't murder only Jews (Wall Street Journal, Apr 20, 2002): "Palestinian militiamen shot dead two alleged collaborators with Israel on Thursday, then tied the body of one to the back of a pickup truck, dragged him through town and attempted to hang him from a rooftop overlooking the traditional birthplace of Christ ... During the uprising in the late 1980s, some 800 "collaborators" were murdered, many of them simply Palestinians who had prospered under Israeli occupation. After the 1993 Oslo accords gave him a statelet, Mr. Arafat quickly set about criminalizing "collaboration"--most famously with a law making the sale of land to Jews punishable by death. But those who get a trial are the lucky ones. Seven decades of "collaborator" killings have silenced or driven out many who would be open to coexistence with Israel.It's yet one more reason to believe there will never be peace so along as the dictator and his brownshirts run Gaza and the West Bank."

Dead Body Dragged Through Bethlehem (Fox News, Mar 14, 2002): "BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Palestinian militiamen shot dead two alleged collaborators with Israel on Thursday, then tied the body of one to the back of a pickup truck, dragged him through town and attempted to hang him from a rooftop overlooking the traditional birthplace of Christ ... It was the second time in three days that suspected informers have been killed and their bodies shown off. About two dozen collaborators have been killed by Palestinian militiamen during the past 18 months of fighting."

Yasser Arafat, the late head of both the Palestinian Autonomy, and "Fatah". The "Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade" of "Fatah" is one of the many Palestinian groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. Department of State, along with al-Qaida. "President" Arafat always dressed in an olive-green military uniform, a pistol in his belt - or on the table

Ten Tips on How to Be an Arafat Apologist (Jamie Glazov, Frontpage Magazin, Apr 11, 2002)

The End of 'Arafat'. Even if he lives, the idea of him must die. (Wall Street Journal, Sep 17, 2003): "If you look at the Nobel Prizes' own biography of Yasser Arafat, you find this remarkable sentence toward the end: 'Like other Arab regimes in the area, however, Arafat's governing style tended to be more dictatorial than democratic.' That is to say, Arafat by his own choice of governance--dictatorship over democracy--bears individual responsibility for the legacy he leaves. That legacy includes: the contemporary crime of hijacking and blowing up civilian-filled airliners; the attempted destabilization of Jordan and Israel and the successful destruction of Lebanon as a formerly sovereign nation; and decades of violated international agreements, culminating in the collapse of Oslo. ... has made possible any crime, culminating in the anti-moral act known as suicide bombers."

The self explaining logo of "Fatah" showing two guns and a grenade on the map of Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip:

"Constitution" of Arafat's Fatah (Fatah official website, Sep 20, 2003):
Article (1): Palestine is part of the Arab World, and the Palestinian people are part of the Arab Nation, and their struggle is part of its struggle.
Article (6): UN projects, accords and resolutions , or those of any individual country which undermine the Palestinian people's right in their homeland are illegal and rejected.
Article (12): Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.
Article (17): Armed public revolution is the inevitable method to liberating Palestine.
Article (19): Armed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic, and the Palestinian Arab People's armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionistexistence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated.
Article (22): Opposing any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine, as well as any project intended to liquidate the Palestinian case or impose any international mandate on its people.

National Anthem of Palestinian National Authority:
My country, my country
My country, the land of my grand fathers
My country, my country
My country, my nation, the nation of eternity
With my determination, my fire and the volcano of my revenge
The longing of my blood to my land and home
I have climbed the mountains and fought the wars
I have conquered the impossible, and crossed the frontiers
My country, my country, the nation of eternity
With the resolve of the winds and the fire of the guns
And the determination of my nation in the land of struggle
Palestine is my home, Palestine is my fire, Palestine is my revenge and the land of eternal
My country, my country, the nation of eternity
I swear under the shade of the flag
To my land and nation, and the fire of pain
I will live as a guerrilla, I will go on as guerrilla,
I will expire as guerrilla until I will be back
My country, my country, the nation of eternity

Hamas Charter, article 7, (Palestine Center, Aug 9, 2003): “The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!"

President Bush's call of June 24, 2002 to the Palestinians, to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure, end incitement to violence in official media, elect new leaders not compromised by terror, and embrace democracy.

President Discusses Roadmap for Peace in the Middle East. Remarks by the U.S. President on the Middle East (Mar 14, 2003): "The Palestinian state must be a reformed and peaceful and democratic state that abandons forever the use of terror. ... And the Arabstates must oppose terrorism, support the emergence of a peaceful and democratic Palestine, and state clearly that they will live in peace with Israel."

Half of the world's major Foreign Terrorist Organizations as designated by the U.S. Department of State are Palestinian or have a Palestinian agenda:
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade [belonging to Arafat's Fatah]
Abu Nidal Organization (ANO)
HAMAS (Islamic Resistance Movement)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)
Palestine Liberation Front (PLF)
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
PFLP-General Command (PFLP-GC)
Asbat al-Ansar [Palestinians in Lebanon]
Hizballah (Party of God) [Lebanese with Palestinian agenda]
Al-Qaida [Muslim with Palestinian agenda]

Terrorist Organizations as designated by the European Union

[Arafat's] Fatah committed to Aksa Martyrs (Khaled Abu Toameh, JP, Jun 20, 2004): The Palestinian Authority has no plans to dismantle the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah, Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei announced on Sunday. He acknowledged that the group is part of Fatah and said its gunmen are entitled to play a political role in the future. "We have clearly declared that the Aksa Martyrs Brigades are part of Fatah," Qurei said in an interview with the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper. "We are committed to them and Fatah bears full responsibility for the group." Qurei said his top priority now is to safeguard the security of the Fatah gunmen who are wanted by Israel. He said they would be integrated into Fatah's institutions and would be paid salaries. "

Geneva Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, Part I, Art. 3: "(1) Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria. To this end the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons: (a) violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;"

Feigning Civilian Status Violates the Laws of War (Human Rights Watch, Mar 31, 2003):International law prohibits attacking, killing, injuring, capturing or deceiving the enemy by resorting to what is called perfidy. A perfidious attack is one launched by combatants who have led opposing forces to believe that the attackers are really noncombatants. Acts of perfidy include pretending to be a civilian (who cannot be attacked) or feigning surrender (surrendering soldiers also cannot be attacked) so that opposing forces will let down their guard at the moment of attack. Other examples include feigning protective status by the misuse of emblems of the United Nations or the red cross and red crescent. Perfidy poses particular dangers because it blurs the distinction between enemy soldiers, who are a valid target, and civilians and other noncombatants, who are not. Soldiers fearful of perfidious attacks are more likely to fire upon civilians and surrendering soldiers, however unlawfully.

Israel and Gaza (Professor Louis Rene Beres, Washington Times, May 27, 2004): "the Hague Regulations disallow placement of military assets or personnel in heavily populated civilian areas. Further prohibition of perfidy is found in Protocol I of the 1977 addition to the Geneva Conventions of 1949, and it is widely recognized that these rules also are binding on the basis of customary international law. Perfidy represents an especially serious violation of the Law of War, one identified as a "grave breach" in Article 147 of Geneva Convention IV. The full legal effect of perfidy committed by Palestinian terrorist leaders is to immunize Israel from any responsibility for counterterrorist harms done to Arab civilians. All combatants, including Palestinian terrorists, are bound by the Law of War of international law. This requirement is found in Article 3, common to the four Geneva Conventions of Aug. 12, 1949, and at the two protocols to these Conventions. Protocol I applies humanitarian international law to all conflicts fought for "self-determination," the stated objective of all Palestinian fighters. This protocol brings all irregular forces within the full scope of international law. Israel has both the right and the obligation under international law to protect its citizens from criminal acts of terrorism. Should it ever decide to yield to Palestinian perfidy in its indispensable war against escalating Arab violence, Israel would surrender this important right and undermine this fundamental obligation."

Without distinction - attacks on civilians by Palestinian armed groups (Amnesty International): "The deliberate killing of Israeli civilians by Palestinian armed groups amounts to crimes against humanity. As defined in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, crimes against humanity are various acts committed as part of a ''widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population'', ''pursuant to or in furtherance of a State or organization's policy to commit such attack''. (71) The specified acts include murder, torture and ''other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.'' (72) Crimes against humanity do not require a link to an armed conflict - they can be committed either in peacetime or in wartime. The deliberate killings of Israeli civilians by Palestinian armed groups and individuals are both widespread and systematic, and are perpetrated as part of a publicly announced policy to target civilians. They therefore satisfy the definition of crimes against humanity included in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which is recognized as reflecting customary international law. War crimes and crimes against humanity are among the most serious crimes under international law, and represent offences against humanity as a whole. Bringing the perpetrators of these crimes to justice is therefore the concern and the responsibility of the international community. This view is illustrated in the Preamble to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, adopted in July 1998, which affirms that the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole must not go unpunished and that their effective prosecution must be ensured by taking measures at the national level and by enhancing international cooperation."

Genocide (Louis Rene Beres, FrontPageMagazine, Sep 4, 2003): "Readers of daily newspapers are now well acquainted with unending Palestinian calls for the annihilation of Israel. What might not be apparent, however, is that such calls - sometimes in the carefully whispered voice of the Palestine Authority, more often in the strident voice of PA accomplices in Hamas and other related terror groups - constitute an especially serious crime under international law. ... For example, the Fatah organization website still calls openly for the "eradication" of Israel. This call echoes earlier genocidal codifications in the still unchanged Palestinian National Charter, in Fatah's ongoing calls for Inqirad mujtama (the extinction of Israeli society), and in the Charter of Hamas ("There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad....I swear by that who holds in His Hands the Soul of Muhammad! I indeed wish to go to war for the sake of Allah! I will assault and kill, assault and kill, assault and kill.")"

Destroying terrorists' homes works (JP, June 21, 2004): "... neighbors and family members of Palestinian would-be suicide bombers have often come forward with information to prevent the pending attacks, in an effort to spare their homes from demolition. Israel has come under harsh international criticism for demolishing homes of Palestinian suicide bombers."

"The EU's relations with West Bank and Gaza Strip" (European Union Report 2000): "Palestinian foreign trade is presently heavily concentrated on Israel, with about 90% of imports coming from Israel, and about 80% of exports going to Israel. The most important other trading partners are Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf States and the Netherlands. Despite the conclusion of trade and co-operation agreements between the Palestinians and Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, as well as the European Union, the United States and others, which all provide for preferential access for Palestinian exports, there has been almost no geographical diversification of trade." This was in July 2000, before the start of Arafat's terror war against Israel in Sep 2000 trying to "kill Israel", the client which gave the Palestinians more than 80% of the business. Today it is easy to see that Arafat's terrorism ruined the whole Palestinian economy.

The Arab/Muslim Nazi Connection (Christian Action for Israel, Apr/May 2000): "Hitler's Mein Kampf currently ranks sixth on the best-seller list among Palestinian Arabs. Luis Al-Haj, translator of the Arabic edition, writes glowingly in the preface about how Hitler's "ideology" and his "theories of nationalism, dictatorship and race… are advancing especially within our Arabic States."

Which Came First - Terrorism or "Occupation"? (MFA)
Victims of Terror (CNN Special)
Victims of Palestinian Violence and Terrorism since September 2000 (MFA)
: "The world often views Islam as a seventh century anachronism. But the truth is the Islamic world is playing and winning a sophisticated game of media manipulation in which powerful and wealthy police states and anti-democratic political movements are more often portrayed and perceived – at least in the context of the Arab-Jewish conflict – as victims rather than threatening oppressors. This paper will contrast what Islamic leaders say about their intentions for the state of Israel in English while western television cameras are rolling and what they say to their own constituents in Arabic."

My new Muslim hero (Joseph Farah, WND, Nov 28, 2001): "... Zohair Hamdan, the muktar of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Bahir, was gunned down by would-be assassins who fired nine rounds, hitting the Arab peace crusader with five. When Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods were scheduled to fall under Palestinian Authority control under the peace plan of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Hamdan protested, saying he would prefer to remain under Israeli sovereignty rather than Arafat's. Courageously, Hamdan did something that is without precedent in the world of Arab politics. He launched a petition campaign, collecting more than 10,000 signatures of Jerusalem Arabs opposing Arafat's rule."

Jenin and Other Palestinian Cities: Operation Defensive Shield (Executive Summary of IAC Report, July 25, 2002) (PDF, 131 KB)
Jenin and Other Palestinian Cities: Operation Defensive Shield (IAC Report, July 25, 2002) PDF, 1.08 MB)

Stuck on a Barrier That's Not on the Road Map (Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post, Aug 8, 2003): "There have been nearly 100 Palestinian suicide bombings. All the terrorists came from the West Bank, where the barrier is being built. Not a single one has come from Gaza. Why? Because there already is a fence separating Gaza from Israel. ... In America, we build stretches of fence along the Mexican border to prevent foreigners from coming in to take jobs. It takes a lot of audacity to demand that Israel stop building a fence whose purpose is to prevent foreigners from coming in to commit mass murder. As part of the propaganda campaign against the barrier, it has been called a wall. In fact, it is a fence, with electronics on either side to prevent infiltrators. It is wall-like for only about a tenth of its length -- in just two places, both along the Trans-Israel Highway. Why? Because Palestinian gunmen had been shooting from Palestinian territory onto the highway and killing innocent Israelis."

Genocides, Crimes and Massacres Committed by the PLO and the Syrians Against the Lebanese, 1975-2002 (Guardians of the Cedars)

Terror Stings Its Pal, the U.N. (Alan M. Dershowitz, professor of law at Harvard Law School, Los Angeles Times, Aug 28, 2003): "There are numerous occupied peoples around the world seeking statehood or national liberation, including the Tibetans, Kurds, Turkish Armenians and Palestinians. Only one of these groups has received official recognition by the U.N., including observer status and invitations to speak and participate in committee work. That group is the one that invented and perfected modern international terrorism — namely, the Palestinians. These rewards were first bestowed in the 1970s when the Palestine Liberation Organization was unabashedly committed to terrorism. In fact, Chairman Yasser Arafat was invited to speak to the U.N. General Assembly in 1974 at a time when his organization was seeking to destroy a member-state of the U.N. by terrorism. By rewarding Arafat and the PLO for such behavior, the U.N. made it clear that the best way to ensure that your cause is leapfrogged ahead of others is to adopt terrorism as your primary means of protest. The Tibetans, whose land has been occupied more brutally and for a longer period than the Palestinians, but who have never practiced terrorism, cannot even receive a hearing from the U.N."

Dealing with Hamas (Alan Dershowitz, professor at Harvard Law School, Globe and Mail, Sep 16, 2003): "... there can be absolutely no doubt of the legality of Israel's policy of targeting Hamas leaders for assassination. Hamas has declared war against Israel. All of its leaders are combatants, whether they wear military uniforms, suits or religious garb. There is no realistic distinction between the political and military wings of Hamas, any more than there is a distinction between the political and military wings of al-Qaeda. The official policy of Hamas, like that of al Qaeda, is the mass murder of civilians. The decision to employ that policy was made by its so-called "political" leaders. The United States properly targeted Osama bin Laden and his associates, as well as Saddam Hussein and his sons. Under international law, combatants are appropriate military targets until they surrender. They may be killed in their sleep, while preparing military actions or while participating in any other activity. They need not be arrested, or even given a chance to surrender. Only if they come out with their hands up, or waving a white flag, or affirmatively manifesting surrender by some other means, may they avoid the ultimate sanction of a war they started, namely death."

Killing terrorist chieftains is legal (Alan Dershowitz, professor at Harvard Law School, JP, Apr 22, 2004): "it is proper to kill a combatant during an ongoing war unless he surrenders first. It doesn't matter whether the combatant is a cook or bomb-maker, a private or a general. Nor does it matter whether he wears an army uniform, a three-piece suit, or a kaffiyeh. So long as he is in the chain of command, he is an appropriate target, regardless of whether he is actually engaged in combat at the time he is killed or is fast asleep. Of course, his killing would be extrajudicial. Military attacks against combatants are not preceded by jury trials or judicial warrants. ... Reasonable people can disagree about whether the decision to target Yassin, Rantisi, Al-Sadr, Bin Laden, or any other terrorist is tactically wise or unwise, or whether it will have the effect of reducing or increasing the dangers to civilians. But no reasonable argument can be made that the decision to target these combatants - these terrorist commanders - is unlawful under the laws of war or under international law."

The 'military solution' works (Evelyn Gordon, JP, Oct 7, 2003): "Far from proving a failure, the 'military solution' has proven its efficacy over the last year."

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CIA World Factbook (Gaza Strip)

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