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September 10, 2002

Fatah Leaders Deny They're Stopping Terrorism
(Arutz Sheva) Contrary to today's widespread reports that Fatah had agreed to call off terrorism, Fatah leaders said this afternoon that "whoever speaks of such a thing is a traitor."

The story began with an alleged "rough draft" of a Fatah declaration, prepared with the help of the European Union, ruling out terrorism against "Israeli citizens." Though a CNN headline blared, "Fatah: End attacks on civilians," and other media featured similar headlines, the declaration was soon renounced by Fatah leaders. Ynet reported today that Fatah bigwigs Hussein A-Sheikh and Fares Kadura said they would publish a formal announcement distancing themselves from the declaration. A leader of Fatah's Al-Aksa Brigades said that his organization carries out most of the attacks and that he had never agreed to stop any terrorism.

Even if the declaration were true, it promised relief only to some Israelis. The draft reads, "We remain loyal to our intention to struggle against the conquest of territories that were conquered in 1967. We will continue in this struggle until they are liberated. At the same time, we in Fatah reject and object to strikes at Israeli citizens, in accordance with the supreme interests of the Palestinian nation [sic]…" Translated, this means that Jewish residents of Yesha and soldiers are "fair game" for Palestinian terrorist murderers even during a period of "no terrorism."