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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]


  1. Fatah Official Website
  2. Fatah at the Jewish Virtual Library
  3. SI Member Parties
  4. BBC News Profile - Mahmoud Abbas
  5. http://www.acpr.org.il/resources/fatehconstitution.html
  6. POPE FRANCIS: MAHMOUD ABBAS IS A “MAN OF PEACE”. FrontpageMag. May 26, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2018.