Palestinian student supporters of Fatah. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90) (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
Palestinian student supporters of Fatah. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

The secretary-general of Shabiba, Fatah’s youth movment, warned that it is “still capable of making the ground burn under the feet of the tyrants.”

By Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Palestinian Media Watch

The Bahrain Conference, which is to focus on economic investment in the Palestinian Authority (PA) as part of Trump’s Middle East peace plan, started Monday, and Abbas’ Fatah Movement has already called for violence to protest against the workshop, as documented by Palestinian Media Watch.

Now Fatah’s youth movement, Shabiba, has threatened to start a wave of terror attacks in response to Bahrain. Referring to how Fatah “ignited the first Intifada and the Al-Aqsa Intifada” – the two major waves of Palestinian violence and terror against Israelis – Shabiba’s secretary-general threatened that Fatah’s youth movement is “still capable of making the ground burn under the feet of the tyrants,” and that it is in “a state of high alert.”

“Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Shabiba Secretary-General in the West Bank Hassan Faraj noted that Shabiba – the backbone of the [Fatah] Movement and the spearhead of the resistance and defense of our people’s rights – has already declared a state of high alert among the ranks of its members.

He also emphasized that Shabiba is prepared for every eventuality, and that its members who ignited the first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, approximately 200 Israelis murdered, 1987-1993) and the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) are still capable of making the ground burn under the feet of the tyrants.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 21, 2019]

Fatah Incitement

Hassan Faraj made this intifada threat in response to US Middle East Envoy Jason Greenblatt, who reacted to PMW‘s exposure of Fatah’s call for “escalating confrontations” by calling Fatah’s threat “despicable.”

“Fatah is calling for violence against Israelis as an act of protest. Despicable. Fatah seeks violence over the idea of exploring peace & prosperity for the Palestinian people.” [Twitter account of Jason Greenblatt, June 20, 2019]

Shabiba also lashed out at Greenblatt and the US, referring to US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Jason Greenblatt, and US Presidential Advisor Jared Kushner as “the Zionist hate triangle.”

“We have begun to feel that the American administration is competing with the mad Zionist racist ideas in Israel, and even outdoing them through its terrorist and exploitative decisions, and the statements of the Zionist hate triangle Friedman-Greenblatt-Kushner, who are competing among themselves as to who is more hate-filled, racist, and Zionist.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 21, 2019]

Shabiba’s secretary-general further stated that any Palestinian who participates in the Bahrain workshop is considered a traitor, and threatened that Fatah youth will “respond with full force.”

“He [Shabiba Secretary-General in the West Bank Hassan Faraj] again warned all Palestinian figures against participation in the Bahrain workshop and noted that any participation by any Palestinian figure would be considered treason, shame, and conspiracy against our people’s struggles – and our people and our Shabiba will respond to it with full force.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 21, 2019]

‘A Day of Escalation’

Like Fatah and Shabiba, the National and Islamic Forces in the Ramallah and El-Bireh district called for “popular demonstrations of rage” and “escalation” to show opposition to the Bahrain workshop:

“The National and Islamic Forces in the Ramallah and El-Bireh districtcalled to carry out a number of activities in response to the workshop in Bahrain… the forces called to consider tomorrow [Monday] a day of popular demonstrations of rage as a sign of resistance to the plans to eliminate [the Palestinian cause], and the plots to eliminate our people’s rights.

They noted that the gathering will be at 11:00 a.m. at Al-Manara Square in Ramallah, and afterwards there will be dispersal to the areas of friction… as an escalation of the popular resistance… They also called to consider Tuesday, June 25 [2019], as a day of escalation on the ground at the points of friction.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 23, 2019]

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