Abbas unable to defend terror glorification
when presented PMW's report
of Fatah leader praising murder
Abbas' answer: "We the Palestinians are not perfect"
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Abbas' only response, as reported in the Jerusalem Post was:
"We the Palestinians are not perfect," Abbas replied, "but these things need to be discussed as a whole." [The Jerusalem Post, Nov. 4, 2015]
Abbas' response implied that Fatah glorification of murder was an exception. However, this is not correct. Throughout the current wave of Palestinian terror, PMW has documented that PA and Fatah officials including those close to Abbas and the media under his control have glorified murderers and others who have attempted murder. The following are a few representative examples among many:
- At the onset of the terror wave, Abbas blessed "every drop of blood that has
been spilled for Jerusalem" and called it "blood spilled for Allah"
PMW's documentation shows that Abbas' PA and Fatah as a policy glorify murderers. Abbas' claim of merely "not being perfect" distances him from the terror glorifying. However, he is very much part of it.
The following is a longer excerpt of the report in the Jerusalem Post:
Headline: On Europe trip, Abbas gets red carpet - and some hard questions
The Hague, Netherlands - On his way to several meetings with Dutch parliamentarians last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his entourage passed 300 demonstrators flying Israeli flags.
Like the Israeli government, the protesters, who convened outside at the urging of Dutch Jewish and Christian pro-Israel groups, accuse Abbas and his government of supporting deadly attacks against Jews...
At the CIDI meeting [the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, the Dutch Jewish community's main pro-Israel lobby and watchdog on anti-Semitism], the delegation patiently listened to Abbas's complaints about Netanyahu. When he was finished, Joep de Geus, the 22-year-old chairman of CIDI's youth department, read to him a quote [exposed by PMW] from Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen who, on October 7, said the murder of a settler couple the previous week in front of their children was a case of "one fulfilling his national duty voluntarily, as best as one can."
Looking at Abbas, de Geus asked: "Your excellency, do we really need a trilateral committee to tell us whether this is incitement?"
"We the Palestinians are not perfect," Abbas replied, "but these things need to be discussed as a whole." [The Jerusalem Post. 4, 2015]