US Ambassador "motivated by Satanic urge"
when he called the Israeli "occupation" "alleged"
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Mahmoud Abbas' advisor Mahmoud Al-Habbash has described US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman and Americans in general, as being motivated by a "satanic urge" and having "lost all morals."
In an interview Friedman gave to The Jerusalem Post, he rejected that Israel occupies any land by using the term "alleged occupation." Abbas' Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs and the PA's Supreme Shari'ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash referred to Friedman's statement as "idiocy," and added that he and "these people," presumably Americans in general, are motivated by "satanic urges" and "have lost all morals":
Al-Habbash: "One of the representatives of the superpowers - who some people consider to be the most expert and knowledgeable people, the greatest supporters of justice, and the greatest democrats - one of them [US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman] spoke several days ago about the occupation, which is clear even to the biggest idiot, and all the more so to a wise man. Regarding the Israeli occupation of the land of Palestine - he [Friedman] said that it is an 'alleged occupation,' in other words: 'You claim there is an occupation? It isn't really an occupation.' What idiocy is this? What satanic urge motivates these people? These are people who have lost all morals, who watch the oppressed and support the oppressors and stand by their side."
[Friday sermon in presence of PA Chairman Abbas,
Official PA TV, Sept. 8, 2017]
Al-Habbash said this during his Friday sermon at the mosque at the PA headquarters in Ramallah, in front of Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen. The sermon was broadcast live on official PA TV.
The fact that the most important religious leader in the PA used the word "satanic" to describe the motives of someone making comments supportive of Israel is not surprising. Al-Habbash has defined the essence of Israel as "Satan's project," saying the conflict between Palestinians and Israel is not new, rather it is the continuation of the "historic conflict" against Jews who have been supporters of "the satans," representing falsehood and evil in the world. According to Al-Habbash, the conflict is "Allah's project vs. Satan's project." From this it follows, that Al-Habbash would label the comment by Ambassador Friedman or anyone supportive of Israel, as driven by something "satanic."
Al-Habbash: "The conflict here in Palestine between us and the criminal occupation and its criminal leaders, is a further manifestation of our trials, a further manifestation of the historic conflict between truth and falsehood, between good and evil. Throughout history, there has been a conflict between good and evil. The good is represented by the prophets and their supporters. The evil is represented by the devils and their supporters, by the satans and their supporters. We are not inventing anything new here (i.e., Palestinian-Israeli). This is a conflict between two entities, good and evil, between two projects: Allah's project vs. Satan's project, a project connected to Allah, which is his will - true and good - and a project connected to oppression and Satanism, to Satanism and animosity, occupation and barbarism."
[Official PA TV, Oct. 23, 2015]
Note: In an interview with the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post on Sept. 1, 2017, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was asked what had taken him most by surprise since being appointed ambassador.
His response: "'I think the American Jewish community tends to look at Israel somewhat myopically,' he said. The Right, he said, is portrayed as believing that peace is not possible. The Left, he explained, is portrayed as believing that only if the 'alleged occupation' ended would Israel become a better society. 'Israel's much more nuanced than that,' he said."