PA Member of Parliament threatens escalation of violence
Official PA TV program The Occupied Capital, on the two-day closure of the Temple Mount after a Palestinians carried out a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, murdering 2 Israelis. Program hosts PA Parliament Member and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Hatem Abd Al-Qader, responsible for Fatah's Jerusalem portfolio.
PA Parliament Member, Fatah Revolutionary Council member, and official in charge of for Fatah's Jerusalem portfolio Hatem Abd Al-Qader: "We are moving towards an escalation. The Israelis are moving towards an escalation, and we have no problem on our part that there will also be an escalation from the Palestinian side. An escalation is answered with escalation, and violence is answered with violence. Those who begin are the guilty ones, and Israel bears the responsibility."
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The “escalation” PA Parliament Member Hatem Abd Al-Qader refers to is Israel’s placing metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount following the terror attack there last week. Three Israeli Arab terrorists brought rifles to the Temple Mount and shot and murdered 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. The three terrorists, Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin, were shot and killed by other policemen during and right after the attack. Subsequently Israel closed the Temple Mount for two days, and then reopened it after installing metal detectors at the entrance. Palestinians are refusing to enter the site in protest of the metal detectors. It should be noted that even in Mecca the Saudi government installed metal detectors to prevent Islamic terror at its main Mosque. Clearly security measures to prevent terror are not seen as desecrating a holy site, nonetheless, the PA is calling it “escalation.”
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