The Tanzim militia, founded in 1995 by Yasser Arafat and other Fatah leaders to counter Palestinian Islamism, is widely considered to be an armed offshoot of Fatah with its own leadership structure. The acknowledged head of the Tanzim is Marwan Barghouti, who is as of 2010, serving five consecutive life sentences in Israel for murder, and, according to some accounts, has a substantial following among the “rejectionist” camp which opposes the Interim Agreement (also called Oslo II or Taba) signed on 28 September 1995 with Israel.
The Tanzim is a grass roots organization that operates at the community level. By taking a hardline position against Israel, it has helped siphon Palestinian support from the Islamist groups to the Palestinian Authority and PLO leadership.
Tanzim came to prominence in the street fighting which marked the beginning of the second Palestinian Intifada. Its members tend to be younger than those of other Fatah factions, often having grown up in the post-Oslo era. Many Tanzim members have joined the al-Shaid Yasser Arafat Brigades (formerly the al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades). Tanzim has also recruited female suicide bombers, including Andaleeb Takatka, a 20-year-old Bethlehem woman who detonated an explosive belt at a Jerusalem bus stop in April 2002, killing six Israeli civilians, and injuring sixty. Marwan Barghouti, widely described as heading Tanzim, explicitly condemned terror attacks within Israel, writing "While I, and the Fatah movement to which I belong, strongly oppose attacks and the targeting of civilians inside Israel, our future neighbor, I reserve the right to protect myself, to resist the Israeli occupation of my country and to fight for my freedom."
On February 15, 2015 the Israeli army arrested Jamal Abu Lel, charging that he was "the head of" the Tanzim "terrorist organization," running it from the Qalandiya refugee camp while carrying an Israeli permanent resident identity card due to his residing in Kfar Aqab, on the other side of the Jerusalem Airport from Qalandiya. Abu Lel is accused by the Shin Bet of funding and directing terrorist and shooting attacks against Israelis.
Fatah Tanzim have conducted a number of attacks against Israeli civilians and military, including against women and children. Below is a partial list of militant attacks:
|Date of attack||Attack description|
|April 19, 1998||Fatah militants kill an American Israeli farmer on the Ma’on farm near Hebron.|
|January 14, 2001||Fatah and Hamas claim responsibility for the murder of an Israeli whose body was found in agricultural hothouses in the Gaza Strip.|
|January 17, 2001||Three Fatah Tanzim gunmen murder a 16-year-old Israeli boy who is lured on the internet by a Palestinian woman posing as an American|
|January 25, 2001||Fatah Tanzim militants kill an Israeli in Atarot|
|February 1, 2001||Fatah Tanzim shoot and kill an Israeli driver|
|February 11, 2001||Fatah Tanzim shoot and kill an Israeli driver|
|March 26, 2001||A 10-month-old Israeli baby is shot by a sniper from Fatah Tanzim|
|May 15, 2001||Three Israeli family members are shot and killed by Fatah Tanzim militants while driving on the Alon highway|
|May 18, 2001||Fatah Tanzim shoot and kill an Israeli and his mother on a road north of Jerusalem|
|May 23, 2001||Fatah Tanzim shoot and kill an Israeli motorist outside Ariel|
|May 25, 2001||The burned buried body of an Israeli victim of Fatah is discovered|
|May 31, 2001||Fatah Tanzim militants shoot and kill an Israeli north of Tulkarem|
|June 18, 2001||A Fatah assassin kills an Israeli motorist by gunfire near Tulkarem|
|June 20, 2001||A Fatah Tanzim militant kills with gunfire an Israeli who had gone to visit a Palestinian business partner in Silat a-Dahar|
|July 12, 2001||Four Fatah Tanzim militants shoot and kill an Israeli driver outside Kiryat Arba|
|July 13, 2001||Fatah Tanzim militants kill an official investigating the site of a deadly shooting the previous day|
|July 26, 2001||Fatah Tanzim shoot and kill an Israeli driver near Givat Ze’ev|
|December 12, 2001||Fatah and Hamas claim responsibility for an attack on an Israeli bus that kill 11|
|January 15, 2002||Fatah Tanzim militants shoot and kill a 45-year-old Israeli woman at a gas station near Givat Ze’ev|
|January 16, 2002||Fatah Tanzim militants shoot and kill an Arab resident of Beit Hanina, having mistaken her for a Jewish Israeli|
|January 27, 2002||A female Fatah militant kills one and wounds 150 people in a suicide bomb attack in Jerusalem|
|February 6, 2002||Fatah and Hamas claim responsibility for the murder of an 11-year-old daughter and her mother in Moshav Hamra|
|February 9, 2002||Fatah Tanzim militants shoot and kill an Israeli female driver and injure her son|
|February 27, 2002||Two Fatah groups claim responsibility for a shooting attack conducted by a Palestinian worker against his employer in Atarot|
|May 11, 2003||Fatah and PFLP claim responsibility for a shooting attack that kills an Israeli motorists near Ofra|
|April 17, 2004||Fatah and Hamas claim responsibility for a suicide attack in the Erez crossing that kills one and injures three border guards|
|May 2, 2004||Fatah and Islamic Jihad claim joint responsibility for an gunfire attack that kills four daughters and her mother while driving|
|August 12, 2004||A Fatah Tanzim militant kills six Israeli border guards, two Palestinian civilians, and injures 12 Palestinians by detonating a suicide bomb in Kalandiyah.|
|June 24, 2005||Fatah and Islamic Jihad militants shoot and kill two Israelis near Hebron|
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- This article incorporates public domain material from the Congressional Research Service document "Palestinian Factions".
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