The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, the so-called “military wing” of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, has declared an “open war” against the “Zionist enemy.”
In a recorded message dated July 23, three terrorists from the organization announced that the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade will not sit idly by while Israel’s operation in Gaza continues, adding they intended to launch a campaign in Israeli territory.
“The language of blood” is the only language in which to answer “the aggression of the Zionists”, the statement said, and stressed that international law grants the Palestinian Arabs the right to conduct an armed struggle “on all Palestinian lands.”
All units operating under the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade were ordered to act against the “Zionist enemy”, in a campaign in which “all options are open”.
This is an “open intifada”, a spokesman for the group declared in the statement.
It should be noted that it is not just Hamas that incites against Israel but that Abbas’s movement does this on a regular basis as well.
Incitement in the PA includes the glorification of Nazism and the lionization of Adolf Hitler, as well as programs on official PA television featuring heavily-stereotyped Jews as villains (and encouraging violence against them), and various TV and radio shows which literally wipe the Jewish state off the map.
Fathi Hammad, who served as the Interior Minister in Hamas’s government in Gaza, recently called on Fatah to join Hamas and “wage Jihad” against Israel.
“This is a time to be real men, a time for determination, a time for Jihad, a time for resolution, a time to make sacrifices for the sake of Allah,” he said.
The conflict in Gaza has already spread to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria as thousands of Palestinian Arabs rioted in Qalandiya, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, on Thursday night.
The riots turned into clashes when the rioters threw rocks and firebombs at IDF and Border Police officers who were on the scene. Some of the rioters opened live fire at the security forces, who responded by using riot dispersal means.
Clashes also broke out at the Temple Mount, as Arabs threw rocks and targeted police with firecrackers. Two officers were lightly wounded. Ten rioters were arrested.