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What if Hamas and Fatah are not really enemies?

Tamar Yonah of Israel National Radio (Arutz Sheva) Interviews Dr. Francisco Gil-White

Historical and Investigative Research - 3 July 2007

On 30 June HIR published the following piece:

“HAMAS VS. FATAH: A CURIOUS ‘FIGHT’: What if Hamas and Fatah are not really enemies?”; Historical and Investigative Research; 30 June 2007; by Francisco Gil-White

Yesterday, 2 July, Tamar Yonah of Israel National Radio interviewed Francisco Gil-White on the subject of this piece.

Below you will find a short article -- “Al Fatah and Iran” -- that will give you further context for the topic of this interview.

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Al Fatah and Iran: Important historical context on the current cover story

The mainstream media -- and the official US government and Israeli government -- representation of things is that Hamas is backed by Iran, whereas Al Fatah (i.e. ‘the PLO’) are not. We are told that the reason for this is that Hamas are the true ‘Islamist extremists’ whereas Fatah are the ‘secular moderates.’ Whoever knows a bit of history, however, cannot be fooled by this representation. It is certainly true that Hamas is an Islamist organization committed to the extermination of the Israeli Jews. But so is Fatah.

In 1982 historian Howard Sachar was writing like this:

“...in February 1967 the PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] leader [Ahmed Shukeiry] was wounded in an assassination attempt. For the while, as a result, the organization was at least partially immobilized by factional intrigues.

Not so a rival, and even more radical Palestinian group in Syria, the Fatah (Arab Liberation Movement), organized several years earlier by veterans of the Mufti’s [Hajj Amin al Husseini’s] former Arab Higher Committee.

...From the outset... the Fatah’s reputation depended largely upon the success of its Moslem traditionalist approach of jihad against Israel, and upon conventional infiltration methods.”[1]

Shortly after the attempted assassination of Shukeiry the PLO was swallowed by Al Fatah, and since then the PLO is essentially the same thing as Al Fatah.[1a]

Now, given that the original PLO was created as a federation of antisemitic terrorist groups committed to the destruction of Israel, and given that Al Fatah was created as an “even more radical Palestinian group,” the Fatah people have to be truly bloodthirsty monsters. And, indeed, not only is Fatah responsible for more Israeli deaths even than Hamas, but in fact Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a Fatah terrorist group, is considered “the deadliest Palestinian militia.”[2] So the Fatah people cannot be the ‘moderates’ by any definition of that word.

Their roots explain why. As Sachar explains, Al Fatah was created by Hajj Amin al Husseini, who had led anti-Jewish terrorist riots when he was Mufti of Jerusalem in British Mandate Palestine before WWII, and then, during WWII, led Adolf Hitler’s Final Solution as co-equal to Adolf Eichmann in its planning and implementation.[2a] It is impossible that a movement that was created as an extension of the Final Solution -- Al Fatah -- can be in any way ‘moderate,’ unless one considers the extermination of an entire people an expression of moderation.

As we see above, Sachar also explained in 1982 that “From the outset... the Fatah’s reputation depended largely upon the success of its Moslem traditionalist approach of jihad against Israel.” What is the “Moslem traditionalist approach of jihad”? It is the approach of murdering any infidels who refuse to convert to the religion of Muhammad, and it is traditionalist because this approach was inaugurated by Muhammad himself.[3] This is also the approach of murdering any dhimmis (slaves) who begin to act like they have equal rights with Muslims. Traditionally, in Muslim societies, some Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Buddhists, and Hindus have been allowed to live without converting to Islam so long as they agree to be the slaves of the Muslims. But should they ever complain about their inferior status, then jihad is automatically resumed, and they must be exterminated. When the Jews, who had been slaves to the Muslims for centuries in the Middle East, began trying to create themselves their own state, their former slavemasters, led by Hajj Amin al Husseini, resumed the jihad.[4] Al Fatah, created by the same Hajj Amin al Husseini, is not only the continuation of the German Nazi Final Solution, then, but also the continuation of his jihad, which began before World War II.

The moderates?

But given that Al Fatah is a jihadist organization, why wouldn’t Iran be behind it? But of course, Iran is behind it, quite contrary to the propaganda. As Frontpage magazine recently explained:

“Iran’s direct connection to Hamas is openly discussed and widely acknowledged. Where Fatah is concerned, the issues are more complex; but the link has been established. In March, Brig. Gen. (res.) Shalom Harari, a Senior Research Scholar with the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, wrote an Issue Brief for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in which he noted: ‘There is a growing strategic alliance between Iran and the radical Palestinian forces in the territories. Iran is involved in supporting both the Islamic factions and Fatah, as well. Today, at least 40 percent of Fatah’s different fighting groups are also paid by Hezbollah and Iran.’

Corroborating Harari’s analysis, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant, head of the IDF Southern Command, wrote an Issue Brief for the JCPA one month later in which he observed: ‘A few years ago, Fatah’s Al Aqsa Brigade in Judea and Samaria was bought out by Iran.’ Checks with various security and intelligence sources have provided additional confirmation of this information. Iranian funding of Fatah is not direct, but comes through the conduit of Hezbollah and goes in the main to Al Aqsa Brigades.

The government of Israel, living in that aforementioned bubble, maintains that Al Aqsa, although originally a spin-off from Fatah, is no longer part of Fatah and no longer answers to Abbas. This spin makes it possible to continue to promote Fatah as potentially moderate, in spite of Al Aqsa’s very radical connections. Experts refute this scenario, however. Said one security source who provided background information: ‘Abbas is formally the commander of Al Aqsa…he has little to do with them to ensure deniability…but privately supports Al Aqsa. US money to PA security agencies go to Al Aqsa people as well. Indeed, Abbas has ensured that most of the Al Aqsa people are on the payroll.’”[5]

Historically, there is no room for surprise that Iran is supporting Al Fatah because Al Fatah has always been allied with the Iranian Islamist regime. In fact, in 1979, just two weeks after the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran and took power, the New York Times reported:

“The PLO announced today that its chairman, Yasser Arafat, had accepted an invitation to visit Teheran soon. It also said that followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had seized the former Israeli diplomatic mission in Teheran, and the PLO had accepted an offer to turn it into a Palestinian embassy.

Wafa, the Palestinian press service, reported that the Ayatollah’s forces had contacted Mr. Arafat by telephone yesterday and proclaimed their solidarity and gave their thanks.

Palestinian sources said that Mr. Arafat’s group had sent arms to the revolutionary forces in the last four months and had trained Iranian guerillas since the early 1970s.”[6]

Al Fatah helped put the Iranian Islamist regime in power; the Iranians are now returning the favor. They have always been very close. In fact, when the Iranian regime seized US hostages in Tehran in 1979, the New York Times reported:

“In Washington, Representative Paul Findley, Republican of Illinois, said that he telephoned Mr. Arafat in Beirut yesterday and proposed the mission, knowing that Mr. Arafat was a friend of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.”[7]

This is how the US ruling elite mobilized an amazing theater in which the PLO was represented as (you guessed it) the moderates, who would mediate for the safety of those US hostages. To learn more about this story, please consult:

“GRAND THEATER: THE US, THE PLO, AND THE AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI: Why did the US government, in 1979, delegate to the PLO the task of negotiating the safety of American hostages at the US embassy in Tehran?”; Historical and Investigative Research; 10 Dec 2005; by Francisco Gil-White.

There is simply no substance to the common media, US government, and Israeli government allegation that Al Fatah is any better than Hamas. Like Hamas, Al Fatah is an organization that wishes to exterminate the Israeli Jews, and like Hamas Al Fatah is allied with and supported by the Iranians, who say out loud they wish to exterminate the Israeli Jews.


Earlier interviews with Israel National Radio

1) Ranging over a number of different issues concerned with antisemitism, US foreign policy towards Israel, and the security of the Jewish state:

2) On the topic of why there is so much hatred of Jews:

3) Why do Israeli leaders betray the Jews?


Footnotes and Further Reading

[1]  Sachar, H. 1982. A history of Israel: From the rise of Zionism to our time. New York: Knopf. (pp.619, 698)

[1a] “By [1970]…the splinterization of the guerilla ranks largely dictated the altered nature of their offensive against Israel. Nominally, most of them belonged to an umbrella coordinating federation, the Palestine Liberation Organization. Yet this prewar, Egyptian-dominated group had been seriously crippled by the June debacle, and its leader, Ahmed Shukeiry, had been forced into retirement. Since then, the PLO had experienced less a revival than a total reincarnation of membership and purpose under the leadership of Yasser Arafat. Consisting ostensibly of representatives of all guerilla organizations, the PLO in its resurrected form was almost entirely Fatah-dominated, and Arafat himself served as president of its executive. In this capacity he was invited to attend meetings of the Arab League, and won extensive subsidies from the oil-rich governments of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the sheikhdoms of the Persian Gulf.”

SOURCE: Sachar, H. 1982. A history of Israel: From the rise of Zionism to our time. New York: Knopf. (p.698)

[2] Newsday (New York, NY),  September 8, 2002 Sunday,  NASSAU AND SUFFOLK EDITION,  Pg. A05,  1333 words,  WEST BANK; Inside the Crucible; An occasional series on the Israel-Palestine conflict; Militia Goes More Quietly; Al-Aqsa changes tactics after losses,  By Matthew McAllester. MIDDLE EAST CORRESPONDENT

[2a] “How did the ‘Palestinian movement’ emerge? The British sponsored it. Then the German Nazis, and the US”; from UNDERSTANDING THE PALESTINIAN MOVEMENT; An HIR Series, in four parts; Historical and Investigative Research; 13 June 2006; by Francisco Gil-White

[3] “The religion of peace?: What, exactly, is ‘moderate Islam’?”; from THE CULTURE OF ISLAM, An HIR Series; Historical and Investigative Research; 10 January 2007; by Francisco Gil-White.

[4] “Was Arab anti-Jewish racism in the first half of the 20th c. fundamentally different from the European variety?”; from UNDERSTANDING THE PALESTINIAN MOVEMENT, An HIR Series; Historical and Investigative Research; 22 April 2006; by Francisco Gil-White.

[5] “The Fatah–Iranian Connection”; Frontpage June 8, 2007; By Arlene Kushner.

[6] SOURCE: P.L.O. Is Cool to Dayan Remarks; Statements Given Prominence; By MARVINE HOWE Special to The New York Times. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Feb 15, 1979. p. A12 (1 page)

[7] P.L.O. Aides Say Group Is in Iran, But U.S. Official Expresses Doubt; P.L.O. Said to Make Contact 'Leading Figure' in Al Fatah; By ERIC PACE Special to The New York Times. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Nov 8, 1979. p. A10 (1 page)











































































































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