Friday’s horrendous attack was the direct result of incitement by PA head Abbas and the Palestinian leadership.
On Friday, just a few hours before a Palestinian terrorist murdered three Israelis by stabbing them to death in their home as they celebrated the birth of a grandson, Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Movement encouraged Palestinians to express “rage,” while glorifying death.
On its official Facebook page, Fatah posted a violent image of a Palestinian rioting, with the text “If I fall I will not be the first to die, and not the last to die. O my brothers, I write my will with my blood, please guard my revolution with your blood. Through Fatah’s masses sweeping to attack, I am Fatah, I am a revolution, I am a storm.”
The post used the hashtag “#Rage_of_Jerusalem,” the Palestinian Media Watch reported.
The Governor of the Ramallah and El-Bireh District Laila Ghannam posted on Facebook: “Let us all sound a sincere call for the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
“O Allah, Master of the Universe, we ask of You to guard Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque from evil. O Allah, protect Jerusalem, its [Arab] residents, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the plot of Your enemies, the enemies of the religion [i.e. the Jews]. O Allah, be with [the residents of Jerusalem], strengthen them, and give them victory over their enemies. O Allah, grant us the prayer of the conquerors, or Martyrdom-death (Shahada) at its threshold,” she wrote.
On Thursday, the day before the terror attack, Abbas Zaki, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, stated that the committee had “discussed… the Israeli attacks on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque” and was calling for “escalation.”
“He [Zaki] noted that the movement has declared this Friday a day of general mobilization to Jerusalem… He also noted that the [Fatah] Central Committee called on its supporters and members of the organization to turn this Friday into a day of escalation and refusal of all the Israeli steps in the holy city [of Jerusalem],” the Palestinian Donia Al-Watan news agency reported.
Zaki further “called on the Palestinian and Arab masses to participate as widely as possible in the day of rage tomorrow (Friday), in order to support the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,” the Palestinian WAFA official PA news agency reported.
The terrorist murderer Omar Al-Abed, 19, stabbed and murdered three Israelis and severely injured another, all members of the same family, as they were having dinner in their home in Halamish, north of Ramallah on July 21, 2017.
Al-Abed was shot and wounded by a neighbor, and taken into Israeli custody, receiving necessary medical treatment at an Israeli hospital. Before committing the attack, Al-Abed wrote in his “will” on Facebook that he was taking his knife to respond to what was happening at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and did not expect to return.
In the days leading up to the murderous attack, Palestinian Media Watch reported that Fatah and PA leaders called to “escalate confrontations” and called on Palestinians to “rage.”
Palestinian leaders have ignored the terror attack last Friday in which two Israeli policemen were murdered by terrorists shooting at them from the Temple Mount.
Israel’s subsequent security measures, which included closing the Temple Mount for two days and installing metal detectors at the entrances to the religious site, have been portrayed by Palestinian leaders as “blatant aggression” and “escalation.” Palestinian leaders have used Israel’s response to the terror attack to justify a response of violence by Palestinians.
The Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah warned of “religious war” and said “tensions” would “intensify.”
The official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported that Hamdallah ”warned against the consequences of the occupation government’s steps in Jerusalem. [The PA government] emphasized that what is happening constitutes blatant aggression and an Israeli plan that is targeting the identity, heritage, and faith of the Palestinians in Jerusalem, and their presence in the occupied holy city – something that is only liable to intensify the tensions in Jerusalem in particular and in the region in general, to lead to an explosion of the situation, and to ignite a religious war for whose disastrous consequences the government of Israel will be fully responsible.”
As Palestinian Media Watch has reported, the Halamish murderer who is now in Israeli custody will receive a monthly salary from the PA.
By: United with Israel Staff
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