The rifle will never fall,” declared Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki on PA TV, using the anniversary of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death to reiterate that Palestinians have a UN-protected “right to use the armed struggle.”
For years, Palestinian Authority leaders and officials have defended and promoted Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236, which “recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means.” The PA claims “all means” includes attacking and killing Israeli civilians, which is why PA leaders claim that Palestinian terrorists are legitimate “freedom fighters” and terrorist prisoners are “prisoners of war.”
However, the PA has chosen to ignore the continuation of the UN resolution which states that the use of “all means” should be “in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations…” The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that “international disputes” should be resolved “by peaceful means.”
But regard for Israeli civilian lives is never a concern for PA and Fatah leaders when justifying and rewarding use of violence and terror against Israel to the Palestinian population.