Daily Israel Report

Fatah Threatens to Kidnap Soldiers

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the “military wing” of Fatah, threatens to carry out "quality attacks" against Israel.
By Dalit Halevi and Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/12/2014, 6:15 AM

Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade
Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade
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The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the “military wing” of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, has threatened to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel, including the kidnapping of IDF soldiers.

In a newly released video filmed in Gaza, members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades are seen in a warehouse where weapons and dozens of rockets are stored.

One of the activists, who is wearing a mask, tells the camera that the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades supports the demands of the Palestinian delegation for talks on a ceasefire with Israel, adding that Israel must accept all these demands.

He further stresses the organization’s determination to carry out "quality attacks" against Israel, including the kidnapping of soldiers in order to free all the "prisoners" who are serving time in Israeli prisons.

While Abbas has often been touted as a "peace partner," his Fatah party's Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades military wing claimed a shooting attack on "a group of Zionists" near Bethlehem on Sunday. It also claimed responsibility for a failed shooting attack last Sunday in Neve Tzuf, Samaria.

Abbas's Fatah faction has called for the ethnic cleansing of Jews from Israel, and declared "open war" on Israel late last month.

On Monday, Palestinian Media Watch released a translated statement from Fatah, in which the movement boasted of having murdered 11,000 Israelis.