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Official PA daily: US behind civil wars and atrocities in Arab countries
A recent opinion piece in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida claims that after the fall of the Soviet Union, the US needed “a new straw man, whose existence would justify all its wars, all its conspiracies and its policies of supporting oppression.”
The writer, Fuad Abu Hajla, who is a regular columnist at the paper, alleges that the US subsequently “urged Islamist movements to commit atrocities that tarnished the image of Islam and Muslims in the world,” thereby allowing it to use its war on terror as an excuse to overthrow Arab regimes.
The columnist insists that the American-led “lunatics” were forbidden to operate in Israel – “the Israeli tyrant” – but continue to be responsible for murders, kidnapping and terror in Syria and Algeria.
Abu Hajla has made similar accusations in the past. Describing the attack on a Shiite mosque by “Salafists and Jihadists” in Syria, he wrote in December 2012:
He claimed that “the Salafists who ‘practice Jihad’ in Arab capital cities and wave their swords to change Arab society, are fulfilling the wishes of the United States – to destroy everything accomplished by nations, and turn ‘[Arab] Spring’ into civil war.”
The following are excerpts from the two op-eds by regular columnist Fuad Abu Hajla in the official PA daily:
At that stage the Americans decided to activate their strategic allies. They urged Islamist movements to commit atrocities that tarnished the image of Islam and Muslims in the world, and allowed Washington to replace the Soviet threat, as it were, with an imaginary Islamic threat. [Thus] began the ‘war against terrorism’ that overthrew progressive pan-Arab regimes and culminated with the conquest of Arab states. But it did not put an end to even one terrorist organization from among the organizations to whom the United States had extended its long-distance sponsorship and for whom it had provided fertile ground to broaden and expand.
All this was accompanied by an American and Western mobilization against Islam, Muslims and Arabs, depicting them as terrorists who understand only the language of slaughter and slitting hostages’ throats…
By a political decision, Salafists became Jihadists who with weapons confront all the tyrants of the world except the Israeli tyrant, whom the Americans prohibited them from coming near.
That is how we and the whole world became accustomed to seeing pictures of cold-blooded murder and handcuffed hostages slaughtered with swords wielded by ‘Jihadists’…
It seems as if Washington has still not got all it wanted out of these lunatics, and so it allows them to act freely and move from arena to arena in order to provide new despicable examples that substantiate the unjust image of Islam in the world. They are still murdering in Syria and they are still kidnapping and terrorizing in Algeria. They are in all the other Arab states even if many of their cells are still dormant, to be awakened only when given an American green light.”
The official Palestinian Authority daily published a picture of the official logo chosen by Fatah for celebrations marking the movement’s 48th anniversary. The logo features various symbols, including a map of “Palestine” that includes all of Israel, the number 48, the Palestinian flag, and the slogan for the 48th anniversary: “The state and the victory.”
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that official PA maps do not acknowledge Israel’s existence and mark all of Israel as “Palestine.” The maps appear in all official frameworks including schools, government offices, official PA media, logos, at events and in official documents.
Other symbols central to Fatah ideology also appear in the logo, including a rifle and a key symbolizing the Palestinian claim of ownership to houses within Israel (see letters in yellow). The pattern in the map is reminiscent of the Palestinian keffiyeh-scarf. The dove breaking the chain symbolizes the freeing of all Palestinian prisoners. The golden dome represents both Islam and the Palestinian claim to Jerusalem.
The following is the article announcing the new logo in the official PA daily: