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Days after Abbas’s faction says it too is firing rockets into Israel, video lauds trio of women terrorists as role models

short video clip posted on the Fatah movement’s official Facebook page Thursday glorified a female army unit training to launch rockets at Israel and presented suicide bombers as role models for the Palestinian population.

Fatah is the PLO faction headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Fatah prides itself on its “young women,” who “part from their children, leave their homes and go to the battlefield carrying burial shrouds to fight in the ranks of the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip,” a narrator can be heard saying, according to a translation provided by NGO Palestinian Media Watch, as a group of Palestinian women are seen training, assembling and setting up rockets, shooting and engaging in physical training.

“Another aspect of the Palestinian woman’s role in all areas is being created here,” the narrator continues.

“She is not merely the man’s partner in domestic life, but his companion wherever he is; on the battlefield, she is at his side on the frontline, and fulfills an active role in training generations of resistance [fighters], who will confront the ‘invincible’ army.”

The narrator proceeds to explain that the female fighters have “willpower stronger than mountains,” and that they “strive to become an important part of the path of Jihad and the struggle — the path walked by Dalal Mughrabi, Hanadi Jaradat and Reem Riyashi.”

In 1978, Mughrabi led one of the most lethal terror attacks in Israel’s history when she and several other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel’s Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.

In 2003, Jaradat became one of the first female Palestinians to carry out a suicide attack, blowing up a Haifa restaurant. Twenty-one people were killed in the bombing and 51 were injured.

Riyashi blew herself up at the Erez crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip in 2004, killing three soldiers as well as one civilian.

“These are the acclaimed Fatah women,” Fatah’s Facebook administrator said of the women training for attacks.

On Wednesday, armed groups linked to Fatah said they had begun launching rockets and mortar shells into Israel, in the first indication that Abbas’s movement was taking part in violence emanating from Gaza.

The Nidal Al-Amody force of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claimed responsibility for firing Grad and 107 millimeter rockets toward Ashkelon, Sderot, Netivot, Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha and the Sufa Crossing from Gaza, starting at 5 p.m Wednesday. Communiques specifying the attacks were published on Fatah’s official Facebook page.

Early Thursday morning, another armed force associated with Fatah, the Abdul Qader Husseini Battalions, claimed responsibility for launching two Grad rockets at Ashkelon and four mortar shells at Kibbutz Nir Oz near Khan Yunis.

A photo depicting two members of the Husseini Battalions preparing to launch a rocket at Israel was posted on Fatah’s Facebook page, its title reading “The Al-Aqsa Brigades and the Abdul Qader Husseini Brigades have proven today that they are the most loyal to the blood of the martyrs. They were among the first to quickly respond to the aggressive [Israeli] operation.”

A photo depicting two members of Fatah's Husseini Brigades preparing to launch a rocket at Israel (photo credit: Fatah official Facebook page)

On Wednesday, Abbas accused Israel of carrying out genocide in Gaza. “Is this collective punishment?” Abbas asked. “No way it’s collective punishment. It’s genocide. It’s called genocide.”

Elhanan Miller contributed to this report

#Gaza: Hamas Asks You to Buy a Dam in the Negev

 

Hamas torturing political prisoners

Hamas launches arrest campaign aimed at members of Fatah, other political entities; says arrests have been bolstered to try to pro-actively quell onslaught of protests coinciding with anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death

AFP

 

Hamas has arrested and tortured dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip over the past few weeks on political grounds, a Palestinian rights group said Wednesday. The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights condemned the “arrest campaign launched by the Internal Security Service (of Hamas) against dozens of persons, including members of (the) Fatah (party) and children.”

 

It said arrests had been stepped up to coincide with calls for demonstrations against Hamas on the anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The protests were called by the Tamarrod movement, which is inspired by the Egyptian group of the same name that organized the mass protests attending the army’s ouster of president Mohamed Morsi.

Morsi hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization with branches across the Middle East whose Palestinian affiliate is Hamas.

 

Detainees told PCHR “that they were subject to torture, including being hit on hands and feet by a stick, punched all over their bodies, shackled, and forced to stand for long hours.” Others were “forced to sign oaths to abide by (the) law, not to assemble for participation in demonstrations, not to be in areas of friction with the police, and not to incite people against the government,” the PCHR said.

 

On Monday Hamas forbade commemorations of Arafat, who died in 2004, accusing its West Bank-based rival of trying to organize “only a Fatah ceremony” in Gaza and excluding the territory’s Islamist rulers. Police were out in full force, and an AFP correspondent was briefly detained just for interviewing residents on the occasion.

 

A Hamas spokesperson on Wednesday refused to comment on the PCHR report, but slammed Tamarrod as “collaborators.” “There’s no place for collaborators, hypocrites or rebels … on our land,” Hamas spokesperson Fathi Hammad told AFP, describing the movement’s calls for protest as “weaker than bubbles of soap.”