The annual Country Reports on Terrorism publication for 2006 was released yesterday by the State Department. Here is a list of Palestinian Arab terror organizations that it listed:
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade (al-Aqsa)
The Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS)
Palestine Liberation Front (PLF)
Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ)
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC)
While Hamas and Islamic Jihad both have "military wings" (the Al Qassam brigades and the Al Quds Brigades) they are not listed separately - they are considered part of the larger terrorist organizations, as they should be.
But the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the "military wing" of the Fatah terrorist organization, are listed as a terror group - and Fatah is not.
It seems that politics in supporting Abbas is more important than accuracy for the State Department.