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Every time I see things like this I become more and more amazed at how entire governments (Israel, US), can be blind to this.
After all, if I’m seeing it, then they definitely know about it.

Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
at the Center for Special Studies (C.S.S)

November 10, 2005

Senior second-generation Fatah activists holding high offices in the
Palestinian Authority and Fatah terrorist-operatives make militant
statements legitimizing the continuation of terrorist activities in the West Bank

Overview

Jibril Rajoub (PA national security advisor) and Muhammad Dahlan (PA
minister of civil affairs), who are among the leading second-generation
Fatah activists, have recently openly advocated the continuation of the
“active resistence” (i.e., terrorist activities) by Fatah and the other
Palestinian terrorist organizations in the West Bank and oppose disarming
them. Muhammad Hijazi, a senior Fatah operative in the northern Gaza Strip,
said that his organization would continue “the path of jihad and [active]
resistance” (i.e., terrorist attacks).

The statements express a basic concept that after the disengagement, the
focus of the violent confrontation with Israel should be transferred from
the Gaza Strip to the West Bank , while lip service continues to be paid to
the lull. Such a concept is shared by Hamas, the PIJ and elements in Fatah,
and is opposed to Abu Mazen’s pronouncements in favor of both the lull and
the end of a militarized intifada. However, in effect Abu Mazen concentrates
on condemning rocket fire from Gaza , but his condemnations of attacks
coming from the West Bank are usually lukewarm. The timing of Rajoub and
Dahlan’s statements may be related, in our assessment, to the Fatah
primaries, which were postponed to November 18-20, and to the latest
escalation in the Gaza Strip.

However, when issued by senior Fatah activists and operatives, and
high-ranking members of the PA, such pronouncements create a militant
atmosphere and are liable to be interpreted as a legitimization of continued
terrorist attacks , not only by Fatah but by the other terrorist
organizations as well, especially those in the West Bank .

Statements by Jibril Rajoub

Jibril Rajoub, the PA’s national security advisor, and a leader of the
second generation of Fatah, was interviewed in Cairo by daily newspaper
Al-Zaman on October 30, 2005. He stated that Abu Mazen would not, under any
circumstances, ask the PA security apparatuses to disarm Hamas and the PIJ
as long as Israel occupied the West Bank .

As a guest on an Al-Arabiya TV talk show on November 4, 2005, Rajoub was
asked about his statement in Al-Zaman regarding the disarmament of Hamas and
the PIJ. He replied as follows (Translations from the original Arabic):

” The West Bank is one thing, the Gaza Strip is something else . Israel
retreated from the Gaza Strip and a dialogue was held to deal with the
subjects of weapons [i.e., the PA’s attempt to stop armed men from roaming
the streets] and security for Palestinian civilians. The West Bank is still
occupied and resistance [i.e., terrorist activities] is a legitimate right .
However, regarding everything concerning the Gaza Strip, we of the PA have
decided that a law will be passed by the legislative council to deal with
the carrying of weapons.”

During the program he stated several times that the matter of the various
organizations’ weapons was an internal Palestinian issue which would be
dealt with by a dialogue between the PA and the organizations “taking into
consideration the position of the PA regarding one weapon and one law.”

He also expressed his determined objection to the launching of missiles
from the Gaza Strip but did not take a firm stand (and was in fact
ambiguous) about launching them from the West Bank . He stated that: “the
residents of the Gaza Strip have a right to live in peace. Will a missile
fired from Gaza liberate the West Bank ?” The interviewer said: “I
understand from what you say that you are in favor of launching missiles at
Israel from the West Bank ,” and Rajoub answered: ” I am not in favor of
[launching] missiles, but it is our right to resist, to react and to
confront the occupation . However, the resistance must follow an agenda we
agree on.”

He was then asked whether it had been agreed that the lull would end at the
end of 2005. He answered: “No. The lull is part of our national program, and
therefore whether or not it ends also depends on a national dialogue. The
lull is open and changes according to developments in the field . Its main
objective is to maintain local and international momentum, which serves
Palestinian interests.” The lull’s function, according to Jibril Rajoub, is
” to exert pressure on the criminal Israeli government .”

Statement by Muhammad Dahlan

Muhammad Dahlan is minister of civil affairs and among the leaders of
second-generation Fatah activists . During a visit to the town of Khan Yunis
, he called to strengthen national unity, ” to complete what was achieved in
the Gaza Strip. To liberate Jerusalem and the West Bank and for the refugees
to take by force the right to return to their houses ” (Palestinian News
Agency, November 6, 2005).

Muhammad Hijazi (Abu Khaled), Fatah/Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades name cell
commander in the northern Gaza Strip, noted the importance of ” the path of
jihad and resistance [i.e., terrorist attacks] , until all Palestinian land
has been liberated” ( Al-Bayan , UAE, November 7, 2005). He staid that the
weapons in the possession of Fatah/Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades were legitimate
and that his organization and the others had “the right to respond to the
occupation’s crimes” ( ibid ).

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