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Palestinian Analyst: PA Security Forces Will Join Upcoming Terror Campaigns as They Have in the Past

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas visiting the West Bank city of Jenin. Photo: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman

The Palestinian Authority (PA)’s security services, which are funded and trained by the US, have played an active role in terrorism in the past.

Moreover, their current role in terror is “an important indication about the possibility that this group will participate [in the fighting] if a confrontation will develop in the West Bank.”

This assessment, reinforcing Palestinian Media Watch (PMW)’s repeated recent warnings, comes from Palestinian analyst Akram Al-Natsheh. He recognizes that just as the PA Security Forces were very active in terror during the five-year-long terror-intifada [2000-2005], and recently during the Nablus terror wave [2022-2023], they will continue to perpetrate terror in West Bank fighting in the future:

The participation of former or present Security [Forces] members [in operations] is no longer unusual … Recently, we have seen the participation of security members in operations … They provide an important indication about the possibility that this group will participate [in the fighting] if a confrontation will develop in the West Bank, like in the Al-Aqsa Intifada [i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005, more than 1,100 Israelis murdered] or like what we saw with armed groups such as the Lion’s Den in Nablus [i.e., independent terror cell], which relied on the Palestinian Security Forces members who resigned from their positions.” [emphasis added]

[Al Jazeera website, Palestinian publicist and political commentator Akram Al-Natsheh, March 22, 2024]

Fatah, which rules the PA, loves to boast about how many of its members are involved in terror. In January, an official Fatah spokesman said:

Today we are speaking about nearly 8,000 prisoners inside the occupation’s [i.e., Israel’s] prisons. More than half of the prisoners’ movement is from Fatah, and the remaining less than half are from the rest of the factions together.

This shows that Fatah still adheres to the benefit of the struggle, regardless of what will be. It has carried the flag of armed struggle, it carried the flag of popular resistance in the popular [first] Stone Intifada [i.e., Palestinian terror wave, approximately 200 Israelis murdered, 1987-1993], it returned to armed resistance in the Al-Aqsa Intifada, and today it is in favor of popular resistance [i.e., Palestinian term, includes use of violence and terror], and these strategies change and replace each other at every stage, but Fatah has not abandoned any one of its options. [emphasis added]

[Official Fatah Spokesman Abd Al-Fattah Doleh, Falestinona, YouTube channel, Jan. 1, 2024]

PMW, in its report Terrorists in Uniform, has documented this active role in terror by the PA. For example, Palestinian statistics themselves demonstrate that Fatah and the PA Security Forces have been playing a lead role in the recent terror wave against Israelis:

Director of Palestinian Center for Strategic Studies Muhammad Al-Masri: “More than roughly 63-65% of the number of Martyrs in the West Bank, in the daily confrontations, are members of the Fatah Movement.

And most of them are members of the [PA] Security Forces or their sons … The ones who are being pursued in the streets, arrested, and imprisoned are the Palestinian Security Forces officers.” [emphasis added]

[Official PA TV, Topic of the Day, June 14, 2023]

Fatah has broadcasted similar statistics on its TV channel:

Fatah-run Awdah TV host: “More than two thirds of the Martyrs in the West Bank over [the last] year-and-a-half belong to the Fatah Movement and the PA … More than 355 of our Palestinian people’s prisoners inside the prisons are from the Palestinian [PA] Security Forces–in other words, the PA’s soldiers.” [emphasis added]

[Fatah Commission of Information and Culture, Facebook page, May 27, 2023]

The PA is controlled by Fatah and by its own admission is synonymous with terror in the West Bank. Nevertheless, the US, UK, and many others in the West believe that the PA and its Security Forces are some sort of moderate element that work to prevent terror and thus should be the ones to receive control over the Gaza Strip on “the day after” the war.

Such beliefs could not be more mistaken. The PA and Fatah are deeply involved in terror and brag about it. Such an organization has no place taking the reins of power in Gaza.

Ephraim D. Tepler is a contributor to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). Itamar Marcus is PMW’s Founder and Director. A version of this article originally appeared at PMW.

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OCAD University student is seeking $1M in damages—alleging a lack of protection from threats and abuse

Samantha Kline, 22, presented photos of antisemitic graffiti she says targeted her.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad Releases New Propaganda Video of Israeli Hostage

Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov as seen in a propaganda video released by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Photo: Screenshot

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group on Tuesday released a short propaganda video featuring Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov, 28, who was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists during Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel.

The 30-second undated video shows Trufanov, an Amazon employee, identifying himself and saying that he will soon discuss what has happened to him and other hostages in Gaza.

Similar videos have been released by terrorists groups in Gaza. Israel has lambasted them as psychological warfare.

Trufanov’s mother said in a video released by the family that she was happy to see her son after all this time, but “it was heartbreaking” that he had been a hostage for so long.

Trufanov was an engineer at the Israeli microelectronics company Annapurna Labs, which Amazon owns.

Hamas-led Palestinian terrorists abducted over 250 people during their Oct. 7 onslaught. Trufanov was kidnapped alongside his mother, grandmother, and girlfriend.

All three were released as part of a temporary ceasefire agreement negotiated in November. His father, Vitaly Trufanov, was one of the 1,200 people killed during the Hamas massacre.

“The proof of life from Alexsander (Sasha) Trufanov is additional evidence that the Israeli government must give a significant mandate to the negotiating team,” the Hostages Families Forum, which represents the families of the hostages, said in a statement.

More than 120 hostages remain in Gaza, which is ruled by Hamas. Islamic Jihad is a separate but allied terrorist organization in the Palestinian enclave. Both are backed by Iran, which provides them with money, weapons, and training.

Negotiations brokered by Qatar, Egypt, and the US to reach a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza have been stalled for weeks.

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Gal Gadot’s Action Movie Nabs Second Place on Netflix List of Most Watched Films in Second Half of 2023

Gal Gadot as Rachel Stone in a scene from the trailer for “Heart of Stone.” Photo: YouTube screenshot

Netflix released its engagement report that details the films with the most views from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2023, and Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s action thriller Heart of Stone secured the number two spot with 109.6 million views.

The film — starring Gadot alongside Jamie Dornan and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt in leading roles — was the runner-up to Leave the World Behind, the drama starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, and Ethan Hawke that garnered 121 million views on Netflix.

Heart of Stone, directed by Tom Harper, was released on the streaming giant on Aug. 11 of last year. The action film is about international intelligence operative Rachel Stone, played by Gadot, who goes on a mission to protect an artificial intelligence system, known as The Heart, from falling in the wrong hands. The film was produced by Pilot Wave, a company founded by Gadot and her husband Jaron Varsano.

Gadot also stars in Netflix’s most popular film of all time, Red Notice, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds.

The post Gal Gadot’s Action Movie Nabs Second Place on Netflix List of Most Watched Films in Second Half of 2023 first appeared on Algemeiner.com.

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