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Fatah Leaders Says the ‘Next and More Violent Explosion Will Be in the West Bank’

The bodies of people, some of them elderly, lie on a street after they were killed during a mass-infiltration by Hamas gunmen from the Gaza Strip, in Sderot, southern Israel, Oct. 7, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Ammar Awad

On several recent occasions, top Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah leader Jibril Rajoub has stressed his and the PA/Fatah’s support for Hamas’ attack, massacre, and atrocities on October 7:

Fatah Movement Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “What happened on Oct. 7 [2023] was an earthquake, an unprecedented incident, and a war of defense full of epics and acts of heroism that the Palestinian people has been waging for 75 years.” [emphasis added]

[Al-Anba, Kuwaiti news website, Nov. 26, 2023]

Moreover, Rajoub has vowed that there will be “an explosion in the West Bank” that will be “more violent” than Hamas’ attack on October 7:

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “[October 7] was part of a defensive war by the Palestinians. This will certainly lead to explosions, and the next and more violent explosion will be in the West Bank. …

The explosion that took place on Oct. 7 is a natural response to this [Israeli] terror. Those who are in power in Israel are an example of neo-Nazis … Hamas was, still is, and will remain part of the Palestinian political and national fabric and part of the struggle.

This battle [i.e., Hamas’ Oct. 7 terror war] will be an opening point for achieving Palestinian national unity … Our goal is the establishment of the independent Palestinian state that is fully sovereign over all the Palestinian territories.”

“Rajoub emphasized that what happened on Oct. 7 will be nothing compared to the coming explosions, if there will be no firm international position against this cancer [i.e., Israel].” [emphasis added]

[Al-Anba, Kuwaiti news website, Nov. 26, 2023]

Rajoub has promised that terror — which Palestinians call “resistance” — will continue everywhere:

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “There is Israeli aggression [i.e., counter-terror operation against Hamas] against an unarmed people, against a people that is subjected to occupation; every occupation brings about resistance, and resistance will continue in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, and the West Bank.

The continuation of these crimes by the occupation [i.e., Israel] is the start of an explosion in all the Palestinian territories. I say to everyone, the explosion in the West Bank is also coming … It has been clearly revealed that even the American administration is no longer able to contain or provide defense for this aggression, this fascism, this racism, and this Nazism.” [emphasis added]

[Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub, Facebook page, Nov. 20, 2023]

Rajoub has also stressed several times that he and the PA/Fatah endorse Hamas and its terror, and as one of the statements above shows, he views the October 7 massacre as an “opening point for achieving Palestinian national unity.”

Rajoub: “We view political Islam, and foremost among it the Hamas Movement, as part of the fabric of our struggle and our political and social fabric. We must preserve our achievements, we are a liberation project, and we are all potential Martyrs.” [emphasis added]

[Al-Anba, Kuwaiti news website, Nov. 26, 2023]

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “I expect of all the Palestinians in any battle — unite, unite, unite, Palestinians.Forget the story of Fatah, Hamas, Islam, or Christianity, forget [it]. We are in a battle that is targeting us all.” [emphasis added]

[Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub, Facebook page, Nov. 21, 2023]

Like many other PA and Fatah leaders, Rajoub justifies Hamas’ terror attack on Oct. 7, claiming it was a Palestinian defensive response to Israel’s “neo-Nazi government” targeting the entire “Palestinian state’s existence”:

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “The Israeli fascist right-wing is telling you that its declared goals are to eliminate Hamas and so on and so forth, and the rest of this idle chatter, but its undeclared goals are to bury the idea of the Palestinian state’s existence …

Therefore, they are targeting everything that is Palestinian, whether it is in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, the West Bank, and even the 2 million Palestinians who are inside Israel…” [emphasis added]

[Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub, Facebook page, Nov. 19, 2023]

Palestinian Media Watch has exposed numerous statements over many years by Rajoub that show he supports terror against Israel.

 The author is a senior analyst at Palestinian Media Watch, where a version of this article was originally published.

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Gallant: Seizing Internal Hamas Documents Brings Hostage Deal Closer

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant meeting with IDF commanders, including members of the elite Shayetet 13 marine commando unit, in Atlit, Israel, Jan. 17, 2023. Photo: Ariel Hermoni (Israel’s Ministry of Defense)

i24 NewsIsraeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant provided a review to fellow ministers of weapons and documents belonging to Hamas, which were collected by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Document and Technical Means Collection Unit (Amshat) operating in the Gaza Strip.

“This morning we are hosting the government meeting at the IDF, in the defense establishment, to show the ministers exactly how we are achieving and deepening our achievements and what is coming out of the Gaza Strip,” Gallant explained.

“You can see a small part of the things here – missiles, explosive charges, mines, a great many maps, means of communication, documents, computers, drives, all these things which the IDF uses now on as intelligence, and not only that,” the defense minister continued.

“These demonstrate that we penetrated into the heart of the most sensitive places of Hamas and use their intelligence against them,” Gallant described the process of attaining the documents and weapons, hinting at some of the locations from where it was found.

“We are using their weapons against them, detonating them in the field, all this leads to the consequence of deepening and penetrating the heart of Hamas’ capabilities,” the defense minister said.

“The more we deepen our operations, the closer we get to a realistic deal in order to return the hostages,” Gallant concluded.

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UNRWA Chief Urged to Resign After ‘Absurd’ Pledge of Ignorance

View of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) building in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90.

i24 NewsIsraeli diplomatic leaders called for the resignation of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Commissioner-General, Philippe Lazzarini, following denial of knowing about a Hamas data center under the agency’s headquarters in Gaza.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) revealed on Saturday night that Hamas built a vast network of tunnels under the UNRWA headquarters, with a base directly underneath that was even hooked up to its grid.

“The exposure of UNRWA’s Gaza headquarters’ deep involvement with Hamas, including its use for terror activities and as an access point to terror tunnels, requires immediate action,” the Israeli foreign minister, Israel Katz, posted on X.

“Philippe Lazzarini’s claim of unawareness is not only absurd but also an affront to common sense. His prompt resignation is imperative,” Katz concluded.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, also called for the UNRWA Commissioner-General to resign, responding “it’s not that you didn’t know, it’s that you didn’t WANT to know.”

“We exposed terror tunnels under UNRWA schools and supplied evidence that Hamas’ exploits UNRWA. We implored you to carry out a comprehensive search of all UNRWA facilities in Gaza. But not only did you refuse, you chose to stick your head in the sand,” Erdan added in a detailed post on X.

.@UNLazzarini it’s not that you didn’t know, it’s that you didn’t WANT to know. We exposed terror tunnels under UNRWA schools and supplied evidence that Hamas’ exploits UNRWA. We implored you to carry out a comprehensive search of all UNRWA facilities in Gaza. But not only did… https://t.co/bJsD66OwoO

— Ambassador Gilad Erdan גלעד ארדן (@giladerdan1) February 10, 2024

“Take responsibility and resign today!” the Israeli ambassador said, “Every day we find more proof that in Gaza the UN=Hamas and vice versa. Anything the UN says or claims about Gaza cannot be trusted.”

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Preparing for the Next ICJ Debacle

The UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ). Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgIn the theater of the absurd commonly known as the International Court of Justice, judges are again preparing to ignore history and facts. Having weaponized the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide against the Jewish state, the judges are now preparing to hear oral arguments on the next oxymoron: The “legal consequences” of the “Israeli occupation” of “Palestinian territory.”

The glaring problem with this is that there is no such entity as the “Palestinian territories.” The term is an invented one used to define areas allocated by the international community to the Jewish state, which were then illegally invaded by Egypt and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Any discussion anchored on this false terminology should immediately be ignored and scorned.

In December 2022, the United Nations General Assembly, prompted by the Palestinian Authority, adopted a resolution to request from the ICJ an advisory opinion on the following question:

“Considering the rules and principles of international law, including the Charter of the United Nations, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, relevant resolutions of the Security Council, the General Assembly, and the Human Rights Council, and the advisory opinion of the Court of July 9, 2004:

“a) What are the legal consequences arising from the ongoing violation by Israel of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, from its prolonged occupation, settlement, and annexation of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character, and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and from its adoption of related discriminatory legislation and measures?

“b) How do the policies and practices of Israel referred to in paragraph 18 (a) above affect the legal status of the occupation, and what are the legal consequences that arise for all States and the United Nations from this status?”

Following the request, the ICJ set a July 25, 2023 deadline for initial written statements to be submitted, with responses to be submitted by Oct. 25, 2023 and oral arguments to be made starting Feb. 19, 2024.

The underlying assumption of this debacle is that Israel is in some way “occupying” “Palestinian territory.” But is that really the case?

In reality, never in history has an independent country called “Palestine” ever existed.

In reality, the area the UNGA claims and has asked the ICJ to consider as “Palestinian territory” was controlled for 400 years by the Ottoman Empire.

In reality, after World War I, the international community repeatedly allocated the entire area from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, from Lebanon to the Red Sea, for the sole purpose of reconstituting the Jewish homeland.

In reality, the 1923 division of the geographical area called “Palestine” into two separate areas, one to be called the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the other remaining Jewish Palestine, was the real “two-state solution.”

In reality, in 1947, the United Nations offered the Arabs an opportunity to create another Arab country to the west of the Jordan River alongside Israel, but the Arabs refused. Instead, five Arab armies attacked the nascent Jewish state with the stated and express goal of throwing the Jews into the sea.

From 1948 to 1967, Egypt controlled the Gaza Strip and Jordan controlled Judea and Samaria, which it renamed “The West Bank.” During that time, no U.N. resolution of the General Assembly or the Security Council demanded that Egypt and Jordan retreat and desist from occupying those areas. No such request was made of Jordan since Jordan saw Palestine as an integral part of Jordan.

In reality, even U.N. Security Council Resolution 242, from November 1967, does not mention, even once, the notion of occupied “Palestinian” territory.

In fact, the idea that a State of Palestine ever existed and that Israel is occupying “Palestinian territory” seems to prove the billboard advertisement that “Palestine” is the only country in the world that did not exist before it was “occupied.”

Sadly, as the judges demonstrated with their shameful decision on the false claim of South Africa against Israel when it comes to the Jewish state, history, facts and the truth are just not relevant.

Originally published by The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

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