It was only yesterday that the TimesofIsrael reported that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued a rare condemnation of the terror attack that left five Israelis dead in Bnei Brak, as dozens of Palestinians rallied in support of the gunman in his West Bank hometown.
Eleven Israelis have died in the past week in the deadly attacks by Arab Israelis and Palestinians across the country. While Ramallah’s rivals — including Hamas and Islamic Jihad — celebrated the killings, Abbas stayed silent until Tuesday’s attack.
Palwatch But just hours later, Abbas’ party, Fatah branches in Jenin (where the murderer came from) and Nablus were quick to celebrate the attack and honor the shooter as “the heroic Martyr” who “bravely defended our people.”
- “Mercy, pardon, and peace to your soul. We bow before you in honor and admiration. We promise you, heroic Martyr, that we are continuing until victory or Martyrdom, and the victory is indeed near, Allah willing.”
- The murderer is “the symbol of heroism and self-sacrifice”
- “Glory and eternity to our pure-hearted Martyrs, quick redemption to our free[dom] prisoners, speedy recovery to our brave wounded, victory to the heroic Palestinian people, and destruction to the occupation. This is a revolution until victory, until victory, until victory”
The situation escalated after two attacks committed by Arab Israeli terrorists left six people dead over the past week. Those two attacks were perpetrated by Israeli Arab citizens and apparently inspired by the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization. The murders are celebrated in most parts of the West Bank and Gaza and among their supporters abroad, and the celebrants do not discriminate: they honor the killing of everyone…even non-Israeli workers killed there.
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the PA, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, has encouraged terror the last few months. When 3 Fatah terrorists were killed in confrontations with Israel, Abbas himself openly called on Palestinians to murder Israelis – “dish out to them twice as much as we’ve received.” The fact that Fatah’s Jenin branch repeated Abbas’ exact term in the post glorifying yesterday’s murderer, makes it clear that the movement sees the murderous terror as an answer to Abbas’ call: