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Fatah spokesman: Israel carries out executions like ISIS

Headline: “Fatah: Israel used the event of the execution in Gaza in order to distort the image of our people”

"Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi stated yesterday [June 3, 2016] that the occupation government made use of the event of the execution (of three convicted murderers on May 31, 2016 -Ed.) carried out by Hamas in Gaza in the international arena in order to compare the executions carried out by ISIS in Iraq and Syria with what Hamas carried out…

The spokesman noted in a press release that what occurred in Gaza serves Israel’s efforts to disrupt the efforts of the Palestinian leadership, the Fatah Movement, and the national information to expose the occupation’s actions by real comparisons and equating of the summary executions and the burning of children and unarmed citizens carried out by Israel in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip with the executions being carried out by ISIS in the region.”

Summary executions - The PA and Fatah routinely present Israel’s killing of terrorists in self-defense during the terrorists’ attacks as “summary executions” carried out “in cold blood” for no reason.

The “burning of children and unarmed citizens carried out by Israel” may be a reference to Muhammad Abu Khdeir and the Duma arson attack:

Muhammad Abu Khdeir - Palestinian teen kidnapped and murdered by Israeli extremists in Jerusalem on July 2, 2014, in revenge for the kidnapping and murder of Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel in the West Bank on June 12. Following Abu Khdeir’s murder, Palestinians took to the streets of East Jerusalem in violent and continuous protests. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli ministers immediately condemned the revenge killing in the strongest terms. Israeli police arrested six Israeli suspects on July 6 of whom three confessed to murdering Khdeir. One of the murderers, Yosef Ben-David, is serving 1 life sentence and an additional 20 years. His two accomplices, both unnamed minors, are serving 1 life sentence and 21 years respectively.

Duma arson attack
- On July 31, 2015, two Palestinian houses in the West Bank village of Duma were ‎set afire by Molotov cocktails thrown through their windows. 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh was murdered in ‎this attack, as was his father, Saad Dawabsheh and mother, Reham Dawabsheh, who both died of their injuries later. The ‎only survivor of the attack was the couple’s other son, 4-year-old Ahmad, who suffered burns on 60% of ‎his body and was treated in Israel. Israeli leaders and citizens from all sectors of society condemned ‎this attack, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas that all ‎Israelis were disgusted by the crime, adding, “We will not countenance terrorism of any kind.” He ordered ‎the security forces "to use all means at their disposal to apprehend the murderers and bring them to ‎justice forthwith." Israeli Police has treated the attack as a nationalistic crime carried out by Jewish extremists in revenge for Palestinian terror attacks. In ‎early December 2015, Israeli police arrested several Jewish extremists who were believed to have been ‎involved in the attack, and in January 2016, Israel indicted 21-year-old Amiram Ben Uliel, a member of the ‎radical Jewish group “Hilltop Youth,” with three counts of murder, attempted murder, arson and ‎conspiracy to commit a nationalistically-motivated crime. Ben Uliel confessed to police that he carried out the attack in revenge for the killing of Malachi Rosenfeld, an Israeli who was shot and killed in a terror attack in the West Bank. Ben Uliel's defense has claimed that his confession was made under torture and suspicions have been raised that the arson and three other subsequent arson attacks against other Dawabshe family members are part of a family feud. Ben Uliel's trial is still pending. A minor whose name remains under a police ‎gag order was also charged.‎
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