The Seven Points of Fatah

(January 1969)


1. Fatah, the Palestine National Liberation Movement, is the expression of the Palestinian people and of its will to free its land from Zionist colonisation in order to recover its national identity.

2. Fatah, the Palestine National Liberation Movement, is not struggling against the Jews as an ethnic and religious community. It is struggling against Israel as the expression of colonisation based on a theocratic, racist and expansionist system and of Zionism and colonialism.

3. Fatah, the Palestine National Liberation Movement, rejects any solution that does not take account of the existence of the Palestinian people and its right to dispose of itself.

4. Fatah, the Palestine National Liberation Movement, categorically rejects the Security Council Resolution of 22 November 1967 and the Jarring Mission to which it gave rise.

This resolution ignores the national rights of the Palestinian people failing to mention its existence. Any solution claiming to be peaceful which ignores this basic factor, will thereby be doomed to failure. In any event. the acceptance of the resolution of 22 November 1967, orany pseudo-political solution, by whatsoever party, is in no way of binding upon the Palestinian people. which is determined to pursue mercilessly its struggle against foreign occupation and Zionist colonisation.

5. Fatah, the Palestine National liberation Movement, solemnly proclaims that the final objective of its struggle is the restoration of the independent. democratic State of Palestine, all of whose citizens will enjoy equal rights irrespective of their religion.

6. Since Palestine forms part of the Arab fatherland, Fatah, the Palestine National Liberation Movement, will work for the State of Palestine to contribute actively towards the establishment of a progressive and united Arab society.

7. The struggle of the Palestinian People, like that of the Vietnamese people and other peoples of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, is part of the historic process of the liberation of the oppressed peoples from colonialism and imperialism.


Source: Walter Laqueur and Barry Rubin, ed, "The Israel-Arab Reader" (New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2001)