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Fatah (Arabic فتح) is a Palestinian secular nationalist organization.[1] The name itself is a reverse acronym of Harakat al-Tahrir al-Watani al-Filastini. The organization's founder and leader until his death was Yasir Arafat.[2] It is currently headed by Farouk Kaddoumi, the secretary-general of the Fatah central committee. Politically, Fatah falls left-of-center, bordering on socialism. Fatah is a full member of Socialist International.[3] Mahmoud Abbas, a member of Fatah, is currently the president of the Palestinian National Authority.[4]

The official goal of Fatah is the "complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence".[5] Its president Mahmoud Abbas stated that “there is no difference between our policies and those of Hamas.”[6]

Ashbal - Lion Cubs

Since 1969, active in the 1970s-1980s, the youth movement of Fatah was child soldiers of Palestinian Lion Cubs.[7] Learned to hate Israel and develop a lust for killing by tearing a live chicken apart.[8]


Al 'Asifa (al Asifah, Asifa) mainstream armed wing of Fatah militant organization, its (Mohammed Said Musa Maragha: under his nom de guerre:) Abu Musa in Lebanon was among leading the 1976 Damour massacre[9] spiraling that country into an all out bloodshed.[10] Seven years later, Abu Musa gained notoriety as one of the leaders of a bloody mutiny against Arafat's leadership, [11] as Arafat became from an ally to an 'enemy' and Abu Musa had opposed any peace negotiations with Israel. He said in 1989 that Arafat should stand trial for "treason," for recognizing Israel and for abandoning the principles of the Palestinian revolution.[12]

In 1983, Abu Musa with Abu Saleh founded the Fatah-Intifada. In the wake of the PLO collapse after the 1982 war with Israel, these Fatah officers, with Syrian backing, tried to wrest control of Fatah from Arafat.[13]


Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood's Arab activist's role model is Dalal Mughrabi - terrorist murderer at most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978. She and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway and murdered 37 of the civilian passengers, 12 of them children, while wounding over 70. The Fatah issued her --in June-6-2021-- a congratulatory message: "May you live as a rebel defending our Jerusalem, like your role model Dalal Mughrabi."[14]

See also


  1. Fatah Official Website
  2. Fatah at the Jewish Virtual Library
  3. SI Member Parties
  4. BBC News Profile - Mahmoud Abbas
  5. Fateh Constitution - ACPR
  6. POPE FRANCIS: MAHMOUD ABBAS IS A “MAN OF PEACE”. FrontpageMag. May 26, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  7. Newsweek - Volume 74, Issues 18-26 - Page 42 - 1969. When Al Fatah opened training camps for 8- to 15-year-old "Lion Cubs" last spring, the response was immediate. Now, on playgrounds of Palestinian refugee camps, Yasir Arafat's young lions— many of them dressed in cut-down combat...
  8. Isaiah L. Kenen, "Near East Report," Volume 19. Near East Report, Incorporated, 1975. p. 37
  9. PLO Policy towards the Christian Community during the Civil War in Lebanon, ICT, May 7, 2008.]
  10. Braley, R. (1984). "Bad news: the foreign policy of the New York times." Chicago: Regnery Gateway. p. 576
  11. Andrew Gowers, ‎Tony Walker (1992). "Behind the Myth: Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Revolution." p. 151. It was also the stronghold of a Maronite leader, Camille Chamoun, who was a particular target of Palestinian hatred. From mid-January 1976, columns of Fatah fighters from the southern port city of Sidon converged on Damour under the command of a former Jordanian artillery officer, Mohammed Said Musa Maragha: under his nom de guerre, Abu Musa, he would gain notoriety seven years later as one of the leaders of a bloody mutiny against Arafat's leadership.
  12. Said Musa Maragha dies at 86; Arafat ally became an enemy. By Rebecca Trounson and Los Angeles Times, Jan 29, 2013. Said Musa Maragha, shown in 2010 and known as Abu Musa, joined the Jordanian military in 1948. He rose through the ranks of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, but later left the organization and led troops against it. He opposed any peace negotiations with Israel.
  13. Mannes, A. (2004). Profiles in Terror. United Kingdom: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 329
  14. Jerusalem Arab activist’s role model is terrorist murderer of 37, Nan Jacques Zilberdik, PMW, Jun 8, 2021. Activist's phone is decorated with an image of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who led the murder of 37, 12 of them children. Fatah: "May you live as a rebel defending our Jerusalem, like your role model Dalal Mughrabi."