He also again rejected the idea of a Palestinian Arab state with temporary borders and mentioned yet again that 58% of the PA budget goes to Gaza (where it effectively but indirectly bankrolls Hamas.)
In Gaza, meanwhile, Fatah activists who also wanted to commemorate the anniversary were beaten and arrested by Hamas.
I have just been looking over the Time magazine archives, and they mention that what really happened on January 1, 1965 was the creation of a "military wing" of Fatah, called Asifa, or "stormtroopers." As we have seen countless times, history shows that there is no real distinction between Arab terrorist group "political wings" and "military wings" and the fact that Asifa has not existed since the 1960s while Fatah terrorist attacks still happen today shows this to be the case. (It is interesting to note that Asifa was helped by a fifth column of Israeli Arabs called "Al Ard" in 1965.)
Fatah's penchant for lying has not changed either in the past 45 years. Here is how Time described them in 1968:
El Fatah has publicly taken credit for blasting the garage of former Israeli Chief of Staff Itzhak Rabin, even though he has no garage, and for wounding Defense Minister Moshe Dayan last March, who was actually hurt in an archeological cave-in. After Israel's independence day parade last May, El Fatah crowed that "a suicide force managed to reach the rear of the parade and shell it with rockets and mortars. Our forces destroyed a number of tanks that were seen to go up in flames." This remarkable event was entirely invisible to Israelis and foreign dignitaries watching the parade. When a $1,000,000 fire damaged Tel Aviv's Lydda Airport in October, El Fatah promptly took credit for setting it. The Israelis insist that the blaze was started accidentally by a welder's torch.