ARAFAT CALLS FOR ISRAEL'S PHASED DESTRUCTION
PA POLICE FORCE IS 60% LARGER THAN THE ISRAEL POLICE
ARAFAT MURDERS ARABS HELPING ISRAEL
(Communicated by the Israel Government Press Office)
PA Chairman: "I Envy the Martyrs and Hope to Be One". Israel Intends to Lodge a Complaint
Under the terms of the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is obligated to refrain from incitement against Israel. In his exchange of letters with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on September 9, 1993, Chairman Yasser Arafat wrote, "the PLO renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence and will assume responsibility over all PLO elements and personnel in order to assure their compliance, prevent violations and discipline violators."
The Interim Agreement (Oslo 2) of September 28, 1995 (Article XXII) states that Israel and the PA "shall seek to foster mutual understanding and tolerance and shall accordingly abstain from incitement, including hostile propaganda, against each other and, without derogating from the principle of freedom of expression, shall take legal measures to prevent such incitement by any organizations, groups or individuals within their jurisdiction."
In the Note for the Record which accompanied the Hebron Protocol of January 15, 1997, the Palestinians reaffirmed their commitment regarding, "Preventing incitement and hostile propaganda, as specified in Article XXII of the Interim Agreement."
Following are excerpts from an interview given by PA Chairman Yasser Arafat to the Egyptian Orbit TV on April 18, 1998. Chairman Arafat's remarks constitute incitement against Israel and are a violation of the Oslo Accords and the Hebron Protocol. Israel intends to lodge a formal complaint with the Palestinians.
"Question: Were you under pressure from the Arab states then?
Arafat: No. In 1974, at the Palestinian National Council meeting in Cairo, we passed the decision to establish national Palestinian rule over any part of the land of Palestine which is liberated.
[Note: The decision referred to by Arafat was adopted by the Palestinian National Council at its 12th meeting on June 8, 1974. The decision, consisting of a ten point program, is known as the "Phased Plan" for Israel's destruction. It contains two key elements: first, to create a Palestinian state on any territory vacated by Israel (paragraph 2 of the decision); and second, to use that state as a base for mobilizing a general Arab assault on Israel (paragraph 8 of the decision).]
Q: If a violent incident occurs, Netanyahu will exploit it and say that it is for this reason that he is not hurrying to make an agreement with the Palestinians, since they are incapable of controlling the situation.
Arafat: I know his tricks. Everyone must know that all options are open before the Palestinian people, and not just the Palestinian people, but before the entire Arab nation.
Q: How do you explain that you occasionally ask the Palestinian street not to explode?
Arafat: When the prophet Muhammad made the Khudaibiya agreement, he agreed to remove his title "messenger of Allah" from the agreement. Then, Omar bin Khatib and the others referred to this agreement as the "inferior peace agreement." Of course, I do not compare myself to the prophet, but I do say that we must learn from his steps and those of Salah a-Din. The peace agreement which we signed is an "inferior peace". The conditions [behind it] are the intifada, which lasted for seven years.
[Note: Arafat is referring to the Khudaibiya agreement made by Muhammad with the Arabian tribe of Koreish. The pact, slated to last for ten years, was broken within two years, when the Islamic forces - having used the peace pact to become stronger - conquered the Koreish tribe. His reference to Salah a-Din is to the Muslim leader who, after a cease-fire, declared a jihad against the Crusaders and captured Jerusalem.]
Q: Eight or nine years.
Arafat: Or twenty years. I say that all options are open before the Palestinian people. The Israelis are troubled by this phrase, but I ask them: "Why are you troubled by this phrase? Is it because you do not wish to implement the agreements?".
Q: For practical reasons, do you now suggest to maintain quiet despite everything?
Arafat: Yes, I suggest we maintain quiet. We respect agreements the way that the prophet Muhammad and Salah a-Din respected the agreements which they signed.
Q: If your rival, and I don't want to say enemy, will not respect the accord, what will you do?
Arafat: We will cross that bridge when we come to it. As I said, all options are open before the Palestinian people.
Q: Is Arafat still the same revolutionary fighter? Is he capable of taking to the streets when necessary?
Arafat: This nation of giants has created 100,000 Arafats. We are a nation of giants which has been struggling with World Zionism for 101 years, and we are capable of beginning it all again. I say this not in the name of Arafat but in the name of the new generals.
Arafat's reference to the PLO's 1974 Phased Plan for Israel's destruction in the interview above marks the second time in three months that he has referred to it. He previously invoked it in an interview with the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam (January 1, 1998), on the occasion of Fatah day.
(Israel Government Press Office -- Jerusalem, April 28, 1998)
Following are statements of incitement and threats of violence made by senior officials of Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction of the PLO in the past month, in violation of the Oslo accords and the Hebron Protocol.
"Oh dear ones on the occupied lands, relatives and friends throughout Palestine and the diaspora, my colleagues in struggle and in arms, my colleagues in struggle and in jihad [holy war] The blood of the martyr is never spilled in vain! We say with complete faith, loudly and clearly, that the song of the martyrs is etched in the path of Palestine, and their pure blood is upon our necks . Intensify the revolution and the blessed intifada. Reinforce the strong stance and strengthen the faith. We must burn the ground under the feet of the invaders."
--- excerpts from a message to the Palestinians by PA Chairman Yasser Arafat to mark the tenth anniversary of the slaying of PLO leader Abu Jihad, who was in charge of terrorist operations against Israel. The text was published in the official PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda on April 16, 1998
"The rifle of Fatah, the rifle carried by the Palestinian people which ignited the revolution, will not be buried. Our rifles shall defend our national security, our national campaign, our national unity. Brothers and sisters, I swear, I swear, I swear by the blood of the jihad and the blood of our nation's martyrs - Izz a-Din al-Kassam Yihya Ayyash and Abu Jihad ."
--- Marwan Barghouti, head of Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction of the PLO in Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank"), at a memorial ceremony for slain PLO leader Abu Jihad (Voice of Palestine, April 16, 1998)
"The Fatah movement has forged an alliance with death for the sake of the homeland. The sons of the movement will continue to seek the death of martyrs for themselves, as long as the occupation is on our land."
--- Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee and the Palestinian Legislative Council, during a speech he delivered in Chairman Arafat's name at a memorial ceremony for Abu Jihad held in Gaza (Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, April 19, 1998)
"If Benjamin Netanyahu does not return to the path of logic, the Palestinian people will use all means to oppose the occupation and to liberate occupied Jerusalem."
--- Jamal Mohassein, member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, delivering a speech in the name of PA Chairman Yasser Arafat at a memorial ceremony on April 25, 1998 (Al-Ayyam, April 26, 1998)
"We are ready for a military confrontation The bullets of the Black Panthers will strike at Netanyahu's soldiers."
--- from a statement issued by Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction of the PLO in Jenin announcing the reestablishment of the Black Panther military units (Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, March 26, 1998)
"Gather together, O fighters of Karameh, Litani and Beirut raise your voices aloud: we shall die, we shall die, so that Palestine shall live our blood is your atonement O Jerusalem, and our souls are your defenders, O Palestine we swear unto the holy martyrs: until victory!"
--- statement issued by the student branch of Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction of the PLO in Nablus to commemorate Land Day (Al-Ayyam, March 29, 1998)
(communicated by the Israel Government Press Office)
According to the September 28, 1995 Interim Agreement ("Oslo 2"), the Palestinian Authority (PA) may deploy at this stage up to 24,000 policemen in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, (Annex I, Article IV (3)).
The accord also requires the PA to submit a list of all potential police recruits to Israel for approval (Annex I, Article IV(4)). In the Note for the Record attached to the January 15, 1997 Hebron Protocol, the PA reaffirmed its commitment that the "Size of Palestinian Police will be pursuant to the Interim Agreement."
In violation of the accords, the PA has deployed 40,000 policemen, exceeding the limit set in the Oslo Accords by 16,000, or 66%. According to the Oslo Accords, the PA must submit a list of all police recruits to Israel to forestall the possibility that members of terrorist groups will join the PA security services. The PA has thus far submitted only 18,400 names. Hence, 21,600 Palestinian policemen, or 54% of the total force, have not been approved by Israel.
On March 31, 1998, PA Finance Minister Muhammad Nashashibi presented the 1998 budget to the Palestinian Legislative Council which included outlays for the salaries of 40,000 Palestinian policemen (Associated Press, March 31, 1998). The bloated size of the Palestinian police is particularly evident when one compares it with other police forces, as the following two tables indicate:
Table 1: Comparison of Size of Israel Police and Palestinian Police
Population | Number of (estimate) Policemen
PA: 2,400,000 | 40,000
Israel: 5,925,000 | 25,082
PA 1 policeman per every 60 residents; Israel 1 policeman per every 236 residents
(Israel population estimate supplied by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics; estimate for number of Palestinians is based on the 1997 CIA World Factbook)
Table 1 shows that while Israel's population is more than three times greater than the number of Palestinians living in PA-controlled areas, the Palestinian police is 60% larger than the Israel Police.
Table 2 below compares the ratio of policemen per 1,000 residents in the PA, Israel and various European countries:
Table 2: Ratio of Policemen Per 1,000 Residents (based on Interpol figures)
Number of Policemen
Entity/Country Per 1,000 Residents
As the table indicates, the ratio of policemen per 1,000 residents in the PA is four times greater than the ratio in Israel or in various European countries. [Editor's Note: This is an army. Time to recognize it.]
67 Palestinians Suspected of Cooperating With Israel Have Been Murdered Since the Establishment of the Palestinian Authority
PA Harassment of Suspected Collaborators Violates Oslo
Under the terms of the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is obligated to protect Palestinians suspected of cooperating with Israel and to refrain from harassing them.
The Interim Agreement (Oslo 2) of September 28, 1995 (Article XVI, para. 2) states, "Palestinians who have maintained contact with the Israeli authorities will not be subjected to acts of harassment, violence, retribution or prosecution. Appropriate ongoing measures will be taken, in coordination with Israel, in order to ensure their protection." The Article containing this obligation is entitled "Confidence Building Measures", and its preamble states that both sides will carry it out "to establish a solid basis of mutual trust and good faith."
A similar undertaking was previously made by the Palestinians in the May 4, 1994 Gaza-Jericho Agreement (Article XX, para. 4), which established the PA.
Since the PA's establishment four years ago, more than 160 Palestinians suspected of cooperating with Israel have been wounded or killed. Rather than protect such people, the PA and its security services have targeted and intimidated them in violation of the accords.
Since May 18, 1994, when the PA assumed control over Gaza and Jericho, a total of 67 Palestinians suspected of cooperating with Israel have been murdered (including nine suspects being held in Palestinian prisons) and 96 others injured. Most of those killed and injured were residents of Judea and Samaria.
The Palestinian security services expend considerable efforts to monitor and interrogate Palestinians suspected of cooperating with Israel. Suspects have been kidnapped by the PA security services and forcibly detained in Palestinian prisons, where they have been questioned about their alleged ties to Israel.
The most recent assault on a Palestinian suspected of cooperating with Israel took place on March 29, 1998, when the body of Ribhi Musfi, aged 48, was found on the outskirts of Palestinian-controlled Jericho. Evidence in the possession of the Israel police indicates that Musfi had been called in to an interrogation by the Palestinian security forces in Ramallah. Since that time, and until his body was discovered, there had been no trace of his whereabouts.