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July 30, 2013 10:15 am

In Effort to Embarrass Abbas as Peace Talks Begin, Fatah’s Military Wing Touts Weapons Capabilities Online

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An al-Aqsa photo posted to the web at start of peace talks. Photo: Nedal.net

In an effort to embarrass Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as peace talks begin in earnest in Washington on Tuesday, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the unofficial terrorist wing of Abbas’s ruling political party, Fatah, released a series of truculent photos depicting an arsenal of guns, rockets and anti-tank missiles, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

The photos were accompanied by a statement from the terrorist group that said: “Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine, we will continue developing our own weapons to crush the enemy, wherever he is.”

In recent years, due to the rift between Hamas and Fatah, as well as sanctions imposed on it by the international community, one of al-Aqsa’s main benefactors, Iran, has largely been removed from the equation. Channel 2 posited, however, that Iran could be behind the bluster, in an effort to communicate its continued support of the terrorist group.

The al-Aqsa statement also bragged that, despite pressures placed on it both domestically and from abroad, which may have extinguished a majority of the support it was receiving from Iran, it still maintained the capability to arm itself through domestic weapons production.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade refuses to recognize Israel and has been designated as a terrorist group by the governments of Israel, the United States, Canada, Japan and the European Union.

An al-Aqsa photo posted to the web at start of peace talks. Photo: Nedal.net

An al-Aqsa photo posted to the web at start of peace talks. Photo: Nedal.net

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  • Lynne T

    Such proclamation has nothing to do with an intent to embarrass dear leader. It’s to tell the home audience not to panic, the negotiations are just a side show to keep the foreign aid — some of it used to pay “salaries” to imprisoned terrorists — coming into the PA treasury.

  • Irene

    Let me get this straight: The EU just announced that it was classifying the “military wing” of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization but retaining its high regard for Hezbollah’s “political and charitable” wing. Hasan Nasrallah issued a contemptuous reply, affirming what he has stated before: that there is no distinction between the “military” and “non-military” parts of his organization, that all of Hezbollah’s components have the exact same objective.

    And now ALGEMEINER is dim-witted enough to decide that there is a “military” wing to Fatah that seeks to “embarrass” the “political” wing, represented by Abbas (i.e., the guy who is the HEAD of the military wing.) Remember the days of the 2nd intifada when people said that Arafat was toiling night and day for peace, and all the violence was just the result of a few disgruntled teenagers and some “dead-enders” who were opposed to the glorious cause of peace.

    I recommend that you change your headline to something more aligned with reality.

    • Carl

      Yes, and not even a week before the start of these discussions, Fatah and the entire PA heirarchy openly glorified the mastermind behind five terror attacks that killed 61 innocent Israelis as a “hero” to be emulated.

  • HaDaR

    How deep must be your lack of knowledge and understanding of the arab-muslim way of doing things to allow you to write such a title…
    Besides, Mahmoud Abbas is their man, actually their chief…the Shoah denier CHIEF OF FATAH…someone who just publicly declared that he wants a Judenrein “Palestine”, just as the ANP is…

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