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PA leaders condemn killing of Al-Ja’abari

Official PA daily:
"His self-sacrificing actions (i.e., terror attacks)
will be told for generations to come
and will be eternalized in memory"

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Palestinian Authority leaders have condemned Israel’s killing of Ahmed Al-Ja’abari, head of Hamas’ military wing, which came as a response to Hamas' and other terrorist organizations' continuous rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas demanded that the “Arab countries in the Security Council discuss courses of action to end the [Israeli] aggression,” while Prime Minister Salam Fayyad “called on the international community to do its duty, act immediately to stop this escalation [and] force Israel to stop its aggression.”

Palestinian Media Watch has documented Al-Ja’abari’s statements on killing Jews on the soil of Palestine, “liberation of all of Palestine,” rockets that can strike Israel, and women’s participation in Jihad.

In a headline, the PA’s official daily referred to Al-Ja’abari’s death as Shahada - Martyrdom death for Allah, calling it “the crowning achievement of his life of struggle.” The article also said that “his self-sacrificing actions (i.e., terror attacks) will be told for generations to come and will be eternalized in memory.” Likewise, Abbas’ advisor Al-Aloul called Al-Ja’abari “the Martyr of the entire Palestinian people,” whereas a host on official PA TV sent “condolences to all of the Palestinian people on his death as a Martyr (Shahid).”

Others, such as PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat, demonized Israel by referring to an Israeli “policy of war and terror.” Erekat stated in a press release:
“The fact that Israel continues to kill and target our defenseless people in the Gaza Strip is nothing but the continuation of [its] policy of war and terror. We place sole responsibility on the Israeli government and demand that it stop spilling the blood of our people for the purpose of election campaigns.”
 
Similarly, Israeli Arab member of Israeli Parliament Muhammad Barakeh said that “the Prime
Minister of the occupation, Benjamin Netanyahu, has decided to strengthen his rule at the expense of Palestinian blood.”

The following are the excerpts from the official PA daily and PA TV:

Mahmoud Abbas:
Headline: “Eight Martyrs (Shahids), including Al-Ja’abari, and the aggression continues”
Sub-headlines: “The president calls upon the Security Council to stop the aggression”
“Egypt objects by recalling its ambassador in Tel Aviv”
“Obama looks for excuses for the Israeli aggression”

“Last night, President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter to the current president of the Security Council (India)… demanding that it take action to stop the Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip. The president charged ambassador Mansour [the Palestinian Permanent Observer to the UN] with contacting the representatives of the Arab countries in the Security Council, to discuss courses of action to end the aggression. The president condemned the aggression and warned of the severity of the current escalation. He demanded for it to be stopped immediately in order to save our people in the [Gaza] Strip from the calamities of war.
President Abbas called his Egyptian counterpart, Mohammed Morsi, and demanded that he make every effort to end the Israeli aggression in the [Gaza] Strip.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2012]

Official PA daily:
Headline: “The crowning achievement of his life of struggle was Shahada (i.e., Martyrdom death for Allah) - Flashes from the life of the fighter Ahmed Al-Ja’abari”
“Self-sacrificing fighter, the Martyr (Shahid) Ahmed Al-Ja’abari, was unique. Those close to him described him as likeable, serious and strict, to such an extent that some feared his surprise visits in disguise to the [military] posts of the Al-Qassam Brigades and the harsh punishments that he imposed on those who slacked off and didn’t follow directions. Al-Ja’abari did not like to appear [in public], even though his name was heard in every corner and neighborhood in the Gaza Strip. Gaza residents did not exactly know what he looked like until he appeared [in 2011] with the Israeli soldier, the captive Gilad Shalit, during his transfer to the Egyptians through the Rafah Crossing. He knew well how to hide and perform tasks. After his commander [Muhammad] Deif was injured, he became the de facto commander of the Al-Qassam Brigades. In a short time, he managed to turn the Al-Qassam Brigades from a system of [separate] units into a military system. Al-Ja’abari (Abu Muhammad) vanished (i.e., died) when he was targeted by an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft, but his self-sacrificing actions (i.e., terror attacks) will be told for generations to come and will be eternalized in memory.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2012]

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad:
Headline: “Prime Minister condemns the Israeli military escalation and the policy of assassinations”
“Prime Minister Salam Fayyad condemned the Israeli military escalation and the policy of assassinations against our people in the Gaza Strip, which brought about the deaths of Martyrs (Shahids) and injured many among the residents… Fayyad called on the international community to do its duty, act immediately to stop this escalation, force Israel to stop its aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip and offer them protection"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2012]

Member of PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erekat:
Headline: “Erekat: The war over the Gaza Strip is a continuation of [Israel’s] policy of terror”
“Member of PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erekat, condemned [Israel’s] latest attack and the assassination operations that the occupation army is carrying out in the Gaza Strip. He stated in a press release: ‘The fact that Israel continues to kill and target our defenseless people in the Gaza Strip is nothing but the continuation of [its] policy of war and terror.’ He added: ‘We place sole responsibility on the Israeli government and demand that it stop spilling the blood of our people for the purpose of election campaigns.’”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2012]

PA TV and Abbas’ advisor Al-Aloul:
PA TV host: “Ahmed Al-Ja’abari was the commander of the Hamas movement. Condolences to all of the Palestinian people on his death as a Martyr (Shahid).”
Abbas’ advisor Al-Aloul: “Condolences to all of us. He [Al-Ja’abari] is our Martyr and the Martyr of the entire Palestinian people.”
[PA TV (Fatah), Nov. 14, 2012]

Israeli Arab MP, Muhammad Barakeh:
Headline: ”Barakeh: Netanyahu has decided to strengthen his rule at the expense of Palestinian blood"
“Chairman of [Israeli party] Hadash and [Israeli-Arab] Member of the Israeli Parliament Muhammad Barakeh said yesterday evening [Nov. 14, 2012] that the Prime Minister of the occupation, Benjamin Netanyahu, has decided to strengthen his rule at the expense of Palestinian blood. He added that Netanyahu strives to stay in office and hinder the acceptance of the State of Palestine as a member of the UN. Barakeh added: ‘The Netanyahu-Liberman-Barak government, along with the military establishment… knew what the best timing was to carry out the terrorist crime of assassination. It was preceded by a row of assassinations of [other] Palestinian activists as an attempt to draw a response from the Palestinian factions after which a broader attack [by Israel] against the Gaza Strip would follow.’”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2012]


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