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Jpost op-ed cites PMW research on PA terror glorification

Ruthie Blum  |
Jpost op-ed cites PMW research
on PA terror glorification

Right From Wrong: Manchester, Abbas And ‘Evil Losers’

by Ruthie Blum

Last Monday night, a jihadi blew himself up outside the Manchester Arena as American singer Ariana Grande finished performing. The mass casualties – 22 dead and dozens wounded – sent Britain into a state of shock and mourning, with Prime Minister Theresa May upgrading the country’s threat level to “critical.”

The following day, US President Donald Trump visited Bethlehem, where he met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

“Allow me at the beginning to condemn the horrible terrorist attack that occurred in Manchester…leaving tens of casualties and innocent people,” Abbas said during a joint press conference with Trump. “I do offer my warm condolences to the prime minister of Britain, families of victims and the British people.” [...]

While in Bethlehem two days later, however, [Trump] did praise Abbas for having “joined the summit and committed to taking firm but necessary steps to fight terrorism and confront its hateful ideology.”

This is beyond laughable. Abbas can hardly be counted on to combat a path and practice that he embraces and encourages among his people. Indeed, the Palestinian leader not only promotes stabbings, car-rammings and bombings of Israelis; he pays salaries to the families of perpetrators killed “in action.” He also gives his clerics and educators free rein to spread hatred of the West in general and Israel in particular. [...]

The genocidal content of Palestinian sermons is nothing new. Nor is the fact that Abbas holds terrorism dear. According to Palestinian Media Watch, during the month ahead of Trump’s Middle East and European “tolerance tour” alone, Abbas, his Fatah faction and the PA glorified 12 terrorists – 10 of whom murdered 95 people – and named a street after one of them; Abbas’ deputy honored five terrorists responsible for the murder of 38 people; the PA commended the mother of four terrorists, each of whom is serving multiple life sentences; the PA named public squares after two terrorists who kidnapped and murdered an Israeli, with Abbas sending greetings of “honor and pride” to them; Fatah’s youth movement exalted four infamous terrorists in a music video; and the list goes on.