Palestinian Terrorism Glorified At Event Hosted At City of Mississauga Community Centre

On January 15, 2023, the Arab-Palestine Association of Ontario held its annual event marking the 58th anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian revolution in 1965, which is said to have marked the onset of the “armed struggle” by the Fatah movement that year.

The event took place at the Mississauga Valley Community Centre, owned and operated by the City of Mississauga.

In a speech given at the event, Rashad Saleh, President of the Arab-Palestine Association of Ontario said (originally in Arabic):

“We have witnessed in recent weeks or recent months what has happened in the West Bank. Our best youths thought that enough is enough, and they want to return to the weapons, join the resistance/struggle and carry out the armed struggle.”

“We [the Fatah movement] have to endorse the struggle in all its forms [applause].”

HonestReporting Canada has independently verified the translation of Rashad Saleh’s words from the original Arabic.

Nazih Khatatba, the Editor of Meshwar, an Arabic-language Mississauga-based newspaper known for anti-Israel and antisemitic content, reported that Rashad Saleh “called on the Fatah movement to endorse the option of resistance/ struggle [مقاومة] after the options of [Palestinian] Authority failed, and said that there was nothing left for Fatah except the option of resistance/ struggle [مقاومة], mobilizing the Palestinian masses, adhering to our right in all of Palestine, and not giving up any part [of Palestine] during the negotiations.” According to Khatatba, Saleh “called on the sons of Fatah to resist/ fight, and take up arms to confront the crimes of the occupation forces and settlers” and “to mobilize the movement and ignite the revolution until complete victory.”

Hamed Abu Sitta, the Secretary of the Fatah movement in Ontario, delivered a speech on behalf of Fatah “saluting all fighters/ resistance fighters [مقاومين] and to the freed prisoner Karim Younes” who was recently released from an Israeli jail after serving a 40-year sentence for his part in the kidnapping and killing of Israeli soldier Avraham Bromberg in 1983 on the Golan Heights.

 

Palestinian and Fatah flags were hung on the speakers’ podium. The Fatah flag features a grenade with crossed rifles superimposed on the map of Israel, symbolizing its commitment to the “armed struggle” against Israel to “liberate” all of “Palestine,” meaning the destruction of Israel.

The pictures of three former Palestinian leaders, Yasser Arafat, Khalil Ibrahim al-Wazir (Abu Jihad), and Salah Mesbah Khalaf (Abu Iyad), were hung.

Yasser Arafat was the founder of the Fatah movement, PLO, and the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian Authority and Fatah movement, both led by Arafat, initiated the Al-Aqsa Intifada (2000-2004) in which more than 1,000 Israelis were killed.

Khalil Ibrahim al-Wazir (Abu Jihad) was the commander of Fatah’s armed wing al-Assifa. He was the mastermind of the infamous Coastal Road massacre, a 1978 attack on an Israeli bus near Tel Aviv that killed 38 Israelis and wounded another 70, and numerous other terror attacks on Israeli targets in the 1970s and 1980s. As military commander of Fatah, he unified fragmented factions of the PLO from his base in Tunis, and was accused by Israel of directing an escalation of violence against Israel in the territories after the first intifada uprising erupted in the territories 1987.

Salah Mesbah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) was deputy chief and head of intelligence for the PLO and the second most senior official of Fatah after Yasser Arafat. He was accused by Israel and the United States of having founded the Black September Organization that was responsible for the Munich massacre, in which eleven Israeli athletes were kidnapped and killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympic Games.

Aside from using the City of Mississauga’s event space to endorse Palestinian terrorism against Israelis and to revere dead Palestinian terrorists, the Arab-Palestine Association of Ontario has also used social media to laud Palestinian terrorists:

On October 19, 2022, the Arab-Palestine Association of Ontario posted on Facebook a Fatah movement poster featuring “the heroic martyr Uday Kamal Al-Tamimi, the perpetrator of two heroic operations at Shuafat checkpoint and Maale Adomim.”

Uday Al-Tamimi, a Palestinian terrorist, murdered on October 8, 2022, 18-year-old female Israeli soldier Sgt. Noa Lazar and wounded an Israeli security guard at the Shuafat checkpoint in northern Jerusalem and ten days later wounded another Israeli security guard in Ma’ale Adumim before being shot and killed by guards.

On August 9, 2022, the Arab-Palestine Association of Ontario mourned the death of Ibrahim Al-Nabulsi by stating, “May Allah have mercy on the souls of the martyrs of Palestine” and posting on Facebook an audio message of Ibrahim Al-Nabulsi urging Palestinians to continue the “armed struggle” against Israel.

Ibrahim Nabulsi was an Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades commander with close ties to the Islamic Jihad terror group. He was wanted by the IDF for years for a number for terrorist attacks in the west bank, including against Joseph’s Tomb.

Attention: To any venues who are approached by the Arab-Palestinian Association of Ontario to host their events and to any journalists who may want to interview individuals associated with this organization, please take note that this organization has glorified Palestinian terrorism against Israelis and has venerated dead Palestinian terrorists.

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