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The Fatah Constitution
1964

Text of the Fatah Charter
IsraelNationalNews.com

American Jewry: Fatah Charter Calls to "Eradicate" Israel
By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
November 20, 2007

Fatah's Embrace of Islamism
By Ido Zelkovitz
Spring 2008

Hamas and Fatah: Different Tactics, Same Jihad
By Robert Spencer
June 2, 2011

Our Terrorists Are Better than Your Terrorists
By Andrew C. McCarthy
June 21, 2007

Illusory Differences
By Arlene Kushner
January 26, 2006

The Challenge of Hamas to Fatah
By Jonathan Schanzer
Spring 2003

The Role of Fatah
By Jamie Glazov
November 27, 2008

What Is Fatah?
By Palestine Facts
2001

Fatah: We Do Not Recognize Israel
By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
March 18, 2009

Obama's $900m Mess
By Ken Blackwell
October 15, 2009

The Newest Round of War
By Caroline B. Glick
October 9, 2009

What Temple? Fatah Says 'Only a Muslim Holy Site'
By Aaron Klein
October 4, 2009

Is Anyone Listening to What the Arabs Are Saying about Israel?
By Alex Grobman
September 7, 2009

Fatah's Message
By Caroline B. Glick
August 17, 2009

Fatah’s New Platform Fails to Abandon Terror, Does Not Bode Well for Peace, Critics Say
By Patrick Goodenough
August 11, 2009

Divided, Demoralized Palestinian Movement Falling Apart
By Dion Nissenbaum
August 4, 2009

Fatah Conference to Consider Non-Recognition of Israel, Closer Ties to Iran
By Patrick Goodenough
August 3, 2009

Fatah: "Our Goal Has Never Been Peace"
By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
July 13, 2009

Hillary’s Doublespeak on Palestinian TV
By P. David Hornik
March 12, 2009

Hamas Stance on PLO May Complicate Palestinian ‘Unity’ Talks
By Patrick Goodenough
February 24, 2009

Israel's Last Ditch Effort to Destroy ... Itself
By Caroline B. Glick
February 17, 2009

Time for a Three-state-solution?
By Caroline B. Glick
February 3, 2009

The Fatah Option
By Dan Diker and Khaled Abu Toameh
January 30, 2009

Fatah vs Hamas: Be My Brother or I'll Kill You
By Barry Rubin
January 29, 2009

Hamas Thugs Kill Fatah Thugs in Gaza
By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
January 19, 2009

PLO and Fatah Officials: Hamas Is Responsible for the Deaths of Its People
By MEMRI
December 29, 2008

How Hamas Governs Gaza
By Jamie Glazov
December 11, 2008

The Mullahs’ Role in the Hamas-Fatah Conflict
By Jamie Glazov
November 20, 2008

Hamas vs. Fatah
By Jamie Glazov
November 14, 2008

Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine
By Daniel Pipes
November 11, 2008

Taking Terror to Court
By P. David Hornik
September 3, 2008

Fatah Fighters’ Escape to Israel and What It Means
By Rabbi Abraham Cooper and Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein
August 20, 2008

Israel Helps Fatah Activists Escape Hamas In Gaza
By Julie Stahl
August 4, 2008

Fatah Representatives Celebrate the Return of Terrorist Dalal Al-Maghrabi's Remains
By MEMRI
July 18, 2008

Hero's Welcome for Grisly Killers
By P. David Hornik
July 16, 2008

Palestinian ‘Moderates’ Hope to Get Remains of Venerated Terrorist
By Patrick Goodenough
July 16, 2008

Understanding Hizbullah's Power Play
By Caroline B. Glick
May 16, 2008

(No) Peace Now
By Joshua London
May 14, 2008

Palestinian Fatah Government, "Allied with...Enemies of the US"
By Militant Islam Monitor
May 13, 2008

Hamas Will Recognize Israel?
By David Bedein
April 22, 2008

Good Terrorist, Bad Terrorist
By P. David Hornik
April 14, 2008

Fatah and Hamas—Natural Brothers
By P. David Hornik
March 28, 2008

Profs Hammer Israel, Fail to Predict Palestinian War
By Jonathan Schanzer
March 12, 2008

Fatah Leader Supports Iraqi Terrorists
By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
March 7, 2008

Terror Attack in Israel Kills One Injures Scores - Bomber Came from Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Group
By Militant Islam Monitor
February 4, 2008

Two Palestines
By Micah Halpern
December 13, 2007

'Peace Partner' Ready to Unite with Hamas
By Aaron Klein
December 5, 2007

The Attempt to Kill Olmert
By Barry Rubin
October 29, 2007

Group Condemns 'Horrendous Acts of Cowardice' by Palestinian Factions
By Julie Stahl
October 24, 2007

Hamas-PA War of Fatwas Over Outdoor Prayers
By C. Jacob
October 8, 2007

Abbas-Hamas Cooperation?
By David Bedein
October 5, 2007

Gay Sex, Hamas-Fatah and Videotape
By Khaled Abu Toameh
October 5, 2007

The Hamas-PA War of Fatwas
By C. Jacob
October 4, 2007

Pressure Tactic? Abbas Raises Prospect of New Talks With Hamas
By Julie Stahl
October 3, 2007

Peace-Loving Murderers
By Caroline B. Glick
October 2, 2007

Questions for the Jewish New Year
By David Bedein
September 26, 2007

What Oslo Has Wrought
By Joel Mowbray
September 13, 2007

Where "Resistance" Is Code for Terror
By Micah Halpern
August 2, 2007

Jimmy Carter Offers to Mediate Between Hamas, Fatah
By Julie Stahl
July 25, 2007

Al Fatah's Nazi Training Was CIA-Sponsored
By Francisco Gil-White
July 22, 2007

The Fatah-Hamas Conflict: Roots and Implications
By Menahem Milson
July 20, 2007

Legitimizing Palestinian Terror
By P. David Hornik
July 20, 2007

Supporting the Right Terrorists
By Steve Feldman
July 17, 2007

Israel Giving Second Chance to Fatah Fugitives
By Julie Stahl
July 16, 2007

Hamas, Gaza and the Muslim Brotherhood's ‘Project’: (Part Two of Two)
By Adrian Morgan
July 12, 2007

Hamas, Gaza and the Muslim Brotherhood's "Project": (Part One of Two)
By Adrian Morgan
July 10, 2007

PA Officials Smuggled $52 Million in U.S. Aid
By Aaron Klein
July 7, 2007

Friends of Israel in Congress, Bush Administration and US Policy Community Must Work to Counteract Rice's Failed Policies
By Caroline B. Glick
July 3, 2007

Israel Continues Crackdown on Fatah Militants in West Bank
By Julie Stahl
June 29, 2007

Cartoons in the Arab Press on the Hamas Takeover in Gaza
By O. Winter and E. Glass
June 29, 2007

Fears in PA: Gaza May Turn into Taliban-Style Emirate
By MEMRI
June 26, 2007

Bus Bombers Seek Israeli Protection From Head-Choppers
By Andrew Walden
June 26, 2007

No Sign of Change in Abbas, Fatah, Some Say
By Julie Stahl
June 25, 2007

The Abu Mazen Fantasy
By Joseph Puder
June 25, 2007

A Bad Week for the Good Guys
By Tom Rose
June 22, 2007

Mahmoud Abbas: No to Dialogue with the Murderers
By MEMRI
June 22, 2007

Last Chance for Abbas
By Charles Krauthammer
June 22, 2007

A Visit to Fatah's Torture Chamber
By Ulrike Putz
June 22, 2007

Abbas’s Chance
By Eric Cantor
June 22, 2007

More Middle East Madness
By Victor Davis Hanson
June 21, 2007

Nazis in Gaza
By David Stolinsky
June 21, 2007

The Radical Evil Of The Palestinian Arab Population
By Ben Shapiro
June 20, 2007

Gaza Agonistes: Hamas' Little State of Horrors
By Paul Greenberg
June 20, 2007

Western Fictions, Arab Realities
By Jonah Goldberg
June 20, 2007

Christian Monastery Attacked in Gaza
By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
June 20, 2007

Two Palestines, Anyone?
By Daniel Pipes
June 19, 2007

Our Fatah ‘Allies’
By Barry Rubin
June 18, 2007

Bye, Bye, Gaza
By Jacob Laksin
June 18, 2007

Will the Fools Ever Learn?
By Jack Kelly
June 18, 2007

Fatah is Still Criminal
By David Frum
June 18, 2007

Israel Saves "Moderate" Fatah Terrorists
By Militant Islam Monitor
June 17, 2007

"Moderate" Abbas and Fatah Terrorists Murder and Pillage in Gaza
By Militant Islam Monitor
June 17, 2007

Gaza Residents Anticipate an Islamic Future
By Julie Stahl
June 15, 2007

Islamist State Declared by Hamas in Gaza
By Militant Islam Monitor
June 15, 2007

Terror State
By The NRO Editors
June 15, 2007

Abbas Dismisses Hamas-Led Government
By Harvey Morris
June 14, 2007

Hamas Bringing Islamic Rule to Gaza Strip
By Julie Stahl
June 14, 2007

Fatah Terrorists Ask Israel to Save Them from Hamas
By Militant Islam Monitor
June 14, 2007

US-Sponsored Weapons Fall Into Hamas' Hands
By Cybercast News Service
June 14, 2007

Gaza’s Blood-Dimmed Tide
By P. David Hornik
June 14, 2007

The Slow (Civil) War of Attrition
By Micah Halpern
June 14, 2007

Thousands of Palestinian Security Officers Loyal to Fatah Are Under Hamas Siege at Their Last Bastion -- Gaza City's Presidential Compound
By DEBKAfile
June 13, 2007

Pitched Inter-Palestinian Battles Continue in Gaza
By Julie Stahl
June 13, 2007

The Fatah–Iranian Connection
By Arlene Kushner
June 8, 2007

Reactions in the Palestinian Press to the Hamas-Fatah Clashes
By C. Jacob
June 1, 2007

'Mickey Mouse' Has Been Used Before to Promote Anti-Israel Hate
By Julie Stahl
May 23, 2007

Fatwa By Unknown Sheikh Who Sanctifies Killing Hamas Members Triggers Harsh Reactions
By MEMRI
May 23, 2007

Fatah and Hamas Blame Israel
By Michael Widlanski
May 21, 2007

Jihadists Gone Wild - Worshippers Attack Each Other
By Militant Islam Monitor
May 20, 2007

A Black Day in Gaza
By Michael Widlanski
May 18, 2007

Fatah and Hamas Battle for Supremacy in Gaza
By Julie Stahl
May 17, 2007

Hamas Attacks Fatah Forces at Training Base
By Julie Stahl
May 15, 2007

PA Prime Minister Accepts Resignation of Interior Minister
By Khaled Abu Toameh
May 14, 2007

Home Is Where Hamas Is
By Militant Islam Monitor
April 2, 2007

Abbas Unit Fires Rockets at Israel
By Aaron Klein
March 28, 2007

Palestinian Handouts
By Linda Chavez
March 23, 2007

Your Money and Your Life
By Caroline B. Glick
March 20, 2007

New Terrorist 'Government' of Non Existent Country Formed Hamas and Fatah Claim Moderation
By Militant Islam Monitor
March 18, 2007

From Bad to Unthinkable
By Mort Zuckerman
March 8, 2007

A Strategic PLO-Hamas Alliance for Establishing a Palestinian State without Hamas Recognizing Israel
By C. Jacob and Y. Carmon
February 28, 2007

Aid to Palestinians Increases Since Hamas Election
By Steven Stotsky
February 21, 2007

Muslim Unity in the Palestinian Territories
By Keith Roderick
February 21, 2007

Has Any Population Ever Been Less Suited for Statehood than the Palestinians?
By Jeff Jacoby
February 15, 2007

Palestine's House Divided
By Wall Street Journal
February 11, 2007

The Martian Perspective
By Victor Davis Hanson
February 9, 2007

Brotherly Hate: Hamas and Fatah Siblings Try to Survive Recovery in Family Home
By Militant Islam Monitor
February 7, 2007

Alongside Its Islamist Ideology, Hamas Presents Pragmatic Positions
By Y. Carmon and C. Jacob
February 6, 2007

Iranians Working With Hamas in Gaza, Fatah Says
By Julie Stahl
February 2, 2007

From Nationalist Battle to Religious Conflict (pdf)
By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
February 2007

Fatah Blames Iran, Syria for Palestinian Violence
By Julie Stahl
January 29, 2007

Escalation in Fatah-Hamas Conflict
By C. Jacob
January 23, 2007

Washington Providing $86.4 Million to Bolster Abbas Security Forces
By Aaron Klein
January 8, 2007

Palestinian leader to Al-Qaeda: "We hate the Americans more than you!"
By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
January 3, 2007

With the Quiet Release of a 33-Year-Old US State Department Cable, a Good Chunk of the Edifice of the Longest-Running Big Lie Was Destroyed
By Caroline B. Glick
January 2, 2007

Terrorists Killing Each Other at Hamas HQ aka Shifa Hospital
By Militant Islam Monitor
December 21, 2006

Hamas and Fatah Terrorist Turf War
By Militant Islam Monitor
December 21, 2006

Hamas Vows Revenge for Alleged Assassination Attempt on PM
By Julie Stahl
December 15, 2006

'Civil War' in Gaza?
By Julie Stahl
December 13, 2006

Fatah Blows
By Jeffrey Azarva
December 5, 2006

The New Palestinian Peace Sham
By Joseph Puder
November 14, 2006

Palestinian Terrorists: Attack U.S. Targets
By Aaron Klein
November 8, 2006

Palestinians Giving Heavy Weapons to Hezbollah
By Aaron Klein
August 2, 2006

Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Announces Female Suicide Bomber Unit
Militant Islam Monitor
July 11, 2006

Terrorist Turf War in Ramallah
By Militant Islam Monitor
June 14, 2006

Showdown Between Fatah and Hamas
By DebkaFile
May 19, 2006

Hamas-Fatah Clashes Rock Gaza Strip
By Aaron Klein
May 8, 2006

Bombs' Sway
By Jacob Sullum
April 19, 2006

Fatah Threat to Attack Jews Abroad to Demand Release of Jailed Fighters in Israel
By Militant Islam Monitor
April 17, 2006

Fatah Terrorists Ignore 'Plea for Calm' as Hamas Fuhrer Orders "Gunmen off the Streets" in Gaza City
By Militant Islam Monitor
April 2, 2006

Hamas Terrorists Worried that Situation with Fatah and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade Rivals in Gaza Becoming "Dangerous"
By Militant Islam Monitor
April 2, 2006

Palestinian Clan Battles
By David Bedein
March 28, 2006

Palestine's United Terror Front
By David Bedein
February 13, 2006

Hamas Rules
Wall Street Journal
January 27, 2006

Thousands of Fatah Members Protest in Gaza
By AP
January 27, 2006

'Demographic Time Bomb', Olmert's Greatest Fear, Is Proven a Dud — But His Continuing to Seek Instant Solutions Will Guarantee Terror
By Caroline B. Glick
January 26, 2006

Heads, Terror Wins; Tails, Peace Loses
By Arlene Kushner
January 26, 2006

Palestinian Minister Muhammad Dahlan of Fatah and Hamas Leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar Debate on the Eve of Legislative Council Elections
By MEMRI
January 25, 2006

In a Stronghold, Fatah Fights to Beat Back a Rising Hamas
By Steven Erlanger
January 23, 2006

Palestinian Child Abuse: A Slide Show
By Little Green Footballs
2005

If Hamas Inherits the Palestinian Authority
By Shmuel Bar
February 3, 2004

Arafat's Very Own Terror Brigades
By Jonathan Schanzer & Barak Barfi
August 7, 2003

Off the Map
By HonestReporting.com
July 30, 2003

On the Conflict Between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority
By Yael Yehoshua
July 21, 2003

Palestinians Vow Perpetual Terror
By MEMRI
June 25, 2003

Focus on Hamas: The PLO's Friend or Foe?
By Morton A. Klein
June 1996

 


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  • Terrorist group founded by Yasser Arafat in early 1960s
  • Dedicated to annihilating Israel



Fatah, or al-Fatah, was co-founded in about 1959 by Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas. The organization’s name is a reverse acronym standing for Harakat Al-Tahrir Al-Watani Al-Filastini (“the Movement for the National Liberation of Palestine”). Its military wing is known as the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. As a word, "Fatah" in Arabic means "conquest by means of jihad [Islamic holy war]." From its inception, Fatah’s overriding objective, as expressed in its original Covenant, was to bring about the annihilation of Israel. (Notably, this Covenant explicitly disavowed any interest in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which were then under the control of Jordan and Egypt, respectively. Only in 1968, after Israel had taken control of these regions following its victory in the Six Day War, was the Covenant amended to demand the establishment of a Palestinian State on the entire territory of the nation of Israel.)

With the backing of Syria, in 1965 Fatah began carrying out dozens of terrorist raids each year against Israeli civilian targets, launching these attacks from Jordan, Lebanon and Egyptian-occupied Gaza. By 1969, Fatah had grown into the largest constituency of Yasser Arafat's multiparty confederation, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and was under Arafat's direct control.

In the 1960s and the 1970s, Fatah provided training to numerous European, Middle Eastern, Asian, and African rebel and terrorist groups. Fatah was supplied with weaponry during this period by the Soviet Union, the Communist states of eastern Europe, and Communist China.

When Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982 (as a means of combating Arab terrorist groups that were using the region as a launching pad for artillery attacks against northern Israeli towns), Fatah members based in southern Lebanon dispersed to several Middle Eastern countries, among them Tunisia, Yemen, Algeria, and Iraq. From 1982 to 1993, Fatah’s leadership was based in Tunisia.

Fatah officially endorsed the 1993 Oslo peace accords between Israel and the PLO. Thirteen years later, In a July 4, 2006 interview on Alam TV, Fatah operative Ziyad Abu'Ein revealed the reason for that endorsement: "The Oslo Accords were not what the Palestinian people dreamt of. The dream of the Palestinian people is the return, self-determination, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, and the liberation of its land. However, there would have been no resistance in Palestine if not for Oslo. ... If not for Oslo, the weapons we got through Oslo, and if not for the "A" areas of the Palestinian Authority [where the PA was given full political control], if not for the training, the camps, the protection provided by Oslo, and if not for the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners through Oslo -- this Palestinian resistance could not have carried out this great Palestinian Intifada, with which we confronted the Israeli occupation."

Today Fatah defines as its principal goal the achievement of the "complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military, and cultural existence." According to Fatah, this objective is not to be accomplished by peaceful means; nor does it allow for Israel’s continued existence: “Armed public revolution is the inevitable method to liberating Palestine. … [T]he Palestinian Arab People's armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated." Candidly opposed to "any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine," Fatah has made its organizational emblem a grenade and crossed rifles, superimposed on a map of present-day Israel. Fatah’s military arm, Tanzim, is funded by the Palestinian Authority and has played a leading role in Palestinian violence in recent years.

Fatah enumerates as the "Essential Principles" of its Constitution the following tenets, among others:

  • Palestinian struggle is part and parcel of the worldwide struggle against Zionism, colonialism and international imperialism.

  • Liberating Palestine is a national obligation which necessities the materialistic and human support of the Arab Nation.

  • UN projects, accords and reso[lutions], or those of any individual which undermine the Palestinian people's right in their homeland, are illegal and rejected.

  • The Zionist Movement is racial, colonial, and aggressive in ideology, goals, organization and method.

  • The Israeli existence in Palestine is a Zionist invasion with a colonial expansive base, and it is a natural ally to colonialism and international imperialism.

  • Liberating Palestine and protecting its holy places is an Arab, religious, and human obligation.

Fatah currently has "Observer Party" status at the Socialist International.

On February 15, 2007, Fatah scored a political victory when it was announced that after months of difficult negotiations and violent street fighting, the Hamas-led Palestinian government resigned in order to pave the way for a "unity government" that would include both Hamas and its rival Fatah.

In a September 23, 2011 interview with Al Jazeera, Abbas Zaki -- a senior member of the Fatah Central Committee (which is led by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas) -- said that any final Israeli-Palestinian agreement “should be based on the borders of June 4, 1967…everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go.” He added: “If Israel withdraws from Jerusalem, evacuates the 650,000 settlers, and dismantles the wall, what will become of Israel? It will come to an end.” At the same time, Zaki advised circumspection:

“If we say that we want to wipe Israel out…. C’mon, it’s too difficult. It’s not [acceptable] policy to say so. Don’t say these things to the world. Keep it to yourself.”

 

 

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