Mahmoud Abbas: Murdering Israelis is “popular peaceful uprising”
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
A statement by PA Chairman Abbas explains why he has not yet condemned even one of the 22 murders of Israelis during the past two months of terror, even though he tells the international community he is against terror. Referring to the current Palestinian terror uprising, which at the time of Abbas’ statement had already murdered 14 Israelis and wounded 167 in 65 stabbings and 8 shootings, Abbas announced on PA TV that it is a “peaceful uprising.” [Figures from http://mfa.gov.il]
Abbas: “No one called for this uprising and no one asked for it. It stemmed from the hearts of the young... We said to everyone that we want peaceful popular uprising, and that’s what this is. That’s what this is. However, the aggression of firing bullets has come from the Israelis.”
[Official PA TV, Nov. 16, 2015]
According to Abbas, when Palestinians kill young Israeli parents in front of their children, kill Israeli teens, or kill Israeli fathers with their sons, it is not to be condemned as terror because it is an expression of “peace.” And therefore, when Israelis kill the stabbers and shooters who are trying to peacefully kill Israelis - it is the Israelis who are the “aggressors.”
Significantly, Abbas openly admitted that he called “to everyone” for this violence:
“We said to everyone that we want peaceful popular uprising, and that’s what this is. That’s what this is.”
Since this public expression of support by Abbas for this terror, another 8 Israelis have been murdered, 48 have been wounded, and there have been 43 additional attempted murders.
One of the many PA calls to Palestinians to participate in this so-called “peaceful uprising” that Abbas might have been referring to was his Sept. 16, 2015 speech “blessing the blood” spilled fighting to prevent Jews from “defiling” the Al-Aqsa Mosque with “their filthy feet” when going to the Temple Mount. This “defiling of an Islamic holy site” was the excuse used by the PA as trigger for this current terror campaign.
"We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah... The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours and they have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem."
[Official PA TV, Sept. 16, 2015
and official website of PA Chairman Abbas, Sept. 16, 2015]
This justification of murder by Abbas may also explain why PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail said that the murder of Eitan and Naama Henkin in front of their four children was fulfilling Palestinian “national duty.”
During this two month period of daily terror attacks by Palestinians against Israelis, Abbas has not condemned even one attack. However, he has made a point of condemning the recent murder of French, Russian, Lebanese, and Jordanian civilians as victims of terror. The following are excerpts ofhis statement of condemnation, published on Nov. 15, 2015:
“President Mahmoud Abbas strongly condemns the terror operations that took place in Paris... he expressed ‘our absolute condemnation and disapproval of these heinous acts'...” (i.e., 6 simultaneous attacks in which an estimated 130 people were murdered.)
“The president [Abbas] stated: ‘We convey our condolences to our friend the Russian people for the sad event that happened to the Russian plane...This is a painful, criminal incident...” (i.e., the blowing up of a Russian plane that killed all 224 passengers.)
'We convey our condolences to [our] brother, the people of Lebanon for the explosion in the Dehiyeh district of Beirut.” (i.e., double suicide bombing that killed over 40.)
“We do not forget to convey our condolences to our brothers in Jordan as well, for what happened there.” (i.e., attack in Amman in which 5 people were shot dead.)
Abbas ended with a general statement:
“We condemn all forms of terror, and always stand against it.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2015]
But Abbas forgot to add: Unless the victims are Israelis and the terrorists are Palestinians. Then murder is “peaceful.”
The following are longer excerpts of Abbas’ statements:
Official PA TV News broadcast
Excerpt from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the Palestine Prize ceremony
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “No one called for this uprising (i.e., Oct. - Nov. 2015 terror campaign) and no one asked for it. It stemmed from the hearts of the young who have seen everything with their own eyes. They have seen the oppression, the settlements and they have seen the attacks by the herds of settlers, and therefore they have done what they have done (i.e., 14 killed by stabbings and shootings). We said to everyone that we want peaceful popular uprising, and that’s what this is. That’s what this is. However, the aggression of firing bullets has come from the Israelis.”
[Official PA TV, Nov. 16, 2015]
What Abbas called “peaceful popular uprising” had at that time already included:
- 65 stabbings
- 8 shootings
- 8 car rammings
Total killed: 14
Total wounded: 167
[Between Oct. 1 - Nov. 13, 2015,
Source: "Wave of terror October-November 2015," http://mfa.gov.il]
Headline: "The President [Abbas] condemns terror operations in Paris and expresses condolences to [President of France] Hollande”
“The Presidential Office made a statement that ‘President Mahmoud Abbas strongly condemns the terror operations that took place in Paris,’ and that he ‘expressed solidarity and sympathy with the French government and people against terror.’ ...
The president sent a condolence telegram to his French colleague [President] François Hollande for the victims of the terror attacks. In the telegram... he expressed ‘our absolute condemnation and disapproval of these heinous acts that are in contradiction to every human value, convention and law.' He emphasized ‘our sincere sympathy and solidarity, our support for President Hollande and the families of the victims in the face of the dark terror.’... The president stated: ‘We convey our condolences to [our] friend the Russian people for the sad event that happened to the Russian plane...This is a painful, criminal incident.” ... 'We convey our condolences to [our] brother, the people of Lebanon for the explosion in the Dehiyeh district of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, last Thursday [Nov. 12, 2015].' (i.e., double suicide bombing that killed over 40.)
The president stated: ‘We do not forget to convey our condolences to our brothers in Jordan as well, for what happened there recently, which also has characteristics of terrorism’ (i.e., attack in Amman in which 5 people were shot dead.) He added: ‘We cannot approve of these incidents, and we strongly condemn them. We hope that the region will dispose of terror and terrorists, and that all the peoples of the world and all countries will work together to combat terror everywhere, because it has no religion, homeland or affiliation. Therefore, we condemn all forms of terror, and always stand against it.'”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2015]
Paris attacks 2015 - On Nov. 13, 2015, seven terrorist attacks were carried out simultaneously in Paris, France, in which it is estimated that 129 people were murdered. An additional 352 people were wounded, 99 of them in serious condition. The most massive attack took place at the Bataclam Theater during a rock concert, where 87 people were murdered. On Nov. 14, 2015 ISIS claimed responsibility for these attacks.
Russian plane attack 2015 - On Oct. 31, 2015, a Russian plane was blown up over Sinai, Egypt. All 224 people on board were killed. ISIS claimed responsibility for the terror attack.
Amman shooting attack 2015 - On Nov. 9, 2015, 29-year-old Anwar Bani Abdu, a Jordanian police officer at an international police training facility in Al-Muwaqqar, near Amman, Jordan, shot dead 2 Americans, 2 Jordanians and a South African, and injured 6 others, before he was shot and killed by fellow policemen during a shootout. Investigations carried out by the Jordanian government have confirmed that the attacker was not affiliated with any terrorist groups but rather the attack was a result of the attacker’s financial situation and psychological state.
Beirut bombings 2015 - On Nov. 12, 2015, two terrorists carried out suicide bombing attacks at an interval of 7 minutes, in the Bourj el-Barajneh district of Beirut which is inhabited mostly by Shia Muslims and controlled by Hezbollah. More than 40 people were killed and over 240 were wounded in the attacks. The Islamic State terror organization took responsibility for the attacks.