Monday, October 10, 2011

"Fatah hasn't thrown the rifle aside"

From JPost:
The US is the number one enemy of the Palestinians because it supports Israeli “oppression” against the Palestinians, Tawfik Tirawi, a senior member of the Fatah Central Committee, said on Sunday.

Tirawi, former commander of the Palestinian Authority’s General Intelligence Force in the West Bank, also said that Fatah has not abandoned the armed struggle option against Israel.

“Fatah hasn’t thrown the rifle aside,” Tirawi told thousands of university students during a rally in Hebron.

Tirawi also criticized the PA leadership for refusing to allow Palestine TV to use the term “Israeli enemy” in its broadcasts.

“Those who prevent the use of the term ‘Israeli enemy’ are acting in violation of national awareness and the principles of people under occupation,” he argued. “They must go away.”
The #1 Middle East media rule is that if a high-ranking Palestinian Arab says something that espouses violence, it is just rhetoric and therefore meaningless. When they say something that can be barely interpreted as pragmatic or peaceful, even if those statements are outnumbered 100-1 by the violent ones, it reflects "reality."