TEL AVIV — The Palestinian Fatah movement has been calling on Palestinians to riot and express their “rage” over U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a leading think tank reported on Friday.
The calls have been made through traditional media but also via Facebook and other social media platforms.
A post on the official Fatah Facebook page on December 11 contained quotes from a song that calls for violence against Jews and Israelis, according to a report by Palestinian Media Watch, a nonprofit monitoring incitement in the Palestinian media.
“I’m coming towards you, my enemy, from every house, neighborhood and street / Our war is a war of the streets… / We’re going down from every house with cleavers and knives / With grenades we announced a popular war / I swear, you won’t escape, my enemy,” the lyrics of the song read.
A post appearing on another Fatah page on December 8 called “to continue the intifada and escalate it, and to see days of popular rage in the coming days.”
In addition, a top PLO official called Trump’s announcement “a declaration of war against our people” and called on Palestinians to “continue the popular uprising.”
“Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Wasel Abu Yusuf… said the American administration’s decision to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem is a sort of declaration of war against our Palestinian people, and a prelude to carrying out the plots that strive to eliminate the Palestinian cause through what is called ‘the deal of the century’ or ‘the regional solution.’
“Abu Yusuf said in an interview with the media outlets that the popular uprising in response to Trump’s decisions will continue and become an intifada of return, freedom and independence,” a report by Wattan, a Palestinian news agency, said on December 12.
Abbas Zaki, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, was quoted by a Lebanese pro-Hezbollah website as saying, “We will not disappoint you” in response to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s calls for a third intifada in response to the American recognition announcement.
Additional Facebook posts on Fatah and affiliated Palestinian pages contained memes calling on Palestinians to “rage for Jerusalem” and “rage for al-Aqsa Mosque.”