Fatah joins Hamas and Islamic Jihad in missile launches

Armed wing linked to Mahmoud Abbas’s faction says it shot rockets at Ashkelon, Sderot and elsewhere Wednesday night.

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Masked Palestinian Fatah fighters from Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades parade

Armed groups linked to Fatah say they began launching rockets and mortar shells into Israel Wednesday evening, in the first indication of Mahmoud Abbas’s movement actively taking part in violence emanating from Gaza.

The Nidal Al-Amody force of 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 shortly after one a.m.

“This blessed operation came as an answer to the enemy’s repeated crimes against our defenseless people,”

read a statement on the group’s website. The claim of responsibility was also posted on Fatah’s official Facebook page.

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)

Fatah, led by Palestinian Authority President Abbas, is considered a moderate Palestinian faction, which has gained international standing in recent years after forswearing terror.

On Wednesday, Abbas accused Israel of carrying out genocide in Gaza.

“Is this collective punishment?”

Abbas said.

“No way it’s collective punishment. It’s genocide. It’s called genocide.”

So far, only Hamas and Islamic Jihad were known to have launched rockets into Israel, though Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh stated on Tuesday that Palestinians had the right to oppose Israel “by all legitimate means.”

Earlier, Fatah posted a video in Hebrew on its Facebook page from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades warning Israelis to flee the country, Palestinian Media Watch revealed.

“Death will reach you from the south to the north. Flee our country without dying. The KN-103 rocket is on its way to you,” the message read.

Meanwhile, Hamas has begun broadcasting Hebrew messages on its television station Al-Aqsa, threatening to resume stabbings and suicide attacks “on every bus, cafe, and street.”

“Zionists, we can reach you above ground and below it,”

one of the clips warns.

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  1. It is no longer a matter of the poor children of S’derot and Ashkelon growing up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    Now it is a matter of the entirety of Israel, both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

    I have been arguing for years that the Jewish people of the Middle East are a people under siege, even as they are perpetually accused by viciously hypocritical leftists as being the perpetrators of the very crimes against them.

    And now, as bombs are dropping like shrapnel rain throughout the countryside because Arab-Muslim racists despise Jews, the western left will insist that this is all the fault of those very Jews who are under assault.

    Therein lies the disgusting irony.

    I was very struck by Paul Berman’s description of the second terror war (inifada) in which he noted that it was at the very height of Arab attempts to murder Jews that western-left hysteria and hatred toward those Jews reached its vicious crescendo.

    In other words, the more Arabs seek to kill Jews, the more western-left progressives will tell us to our faces just why it is that they believe we deserve whatever beating we get.


  2. Leon Poddebsky

    Only the naive, delusional , ill-informed or wicked ever considered Abbas’s faction moderate.
    All the evidence pointed to its commitment to the phased destruction of Jewish national self-determination in The Land.
    What’s more, Israeli declarations about “partners for peace”, while reflecting wishful thinking, just give our “friends” an excuse for blaming Israel every time the Balestinians walk away from” peace talks.”