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Abbas: Removal of security measures at Temple mount following Palestinian riots was a victory, “we adhere to peaceful popular resistance (i.e., includes terror attacks)”

Headline: “The [PA] president: Fatah is the leader of the national project and will remain so until freedom and independence”
      “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas emphasized that the Fatah Movement is the leader of the national project and the struggle, and will remain so until achieving our people’s hope for freedom, independence, and the establishment of its independent state whose capital is Jerusalem.
These statements were made during a reception he held yesterday [Aug. 15, 2017], at the Ahmad Al-Shaqiri (i.e., one of the first heads of the PLO) Hall at the [PA] presidential headquarters in Ramallah, for the organizational bodies and members of Fatah in the northern districts…
The president noted that the occupation tried to exploit the situation (i.e., terror attack, 2 murdered) that took place at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on July 14, 2017 to place [metal detector] gates and surveillance cameras at the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (see note below –Ed.). However, the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem – women, men, children, and elderly – stood as one and told the occupation: ‘We will not agree to any change in the status quo at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.’ The [PA] leadership stood with them, supported their demands, and emphasized that the demands of the residents of Jerusalem are the demands of the entire Palestinian people, and the [metal detector] gates and cameras were removed, and Jerusalem and its mighty people won…
The president also said: ‘We adhere to peaceful popular resistance (‎i.e., term used by Palestinians, which also refers to the use of violence and terror‎), because we know what the occupation wants, and we adhere to our policies in coordination with our people in Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and all places where the members of our people are found.’”

The article refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount, including metal detectors at the entrances, following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border police officers were murdered by 3 Israeli Arab terrorists. On July 24, 2017, Israel decided to remove the metal detectors and security cameras it had placed at the site. The PA continued to demand that all measures including inspections at the entrances be removed, and Palestinians continued to riot. On July 27, 2017, PA religious leaders declared that all Israeli measures had been removed.

The terms "peaceful uprising/resistance,” and “popular uprising/resistance" are used by PA leaders at times to refer to peaceful protest and at times to refer to deadly terror attacks and terror waves. For example, ‎Mahmoud Abbas defined as “peaceful popular” the murderous terror during the 2015-2016 ‎terror wave (“The Knife Intifada”), in which 40 people were killed (36 Israelis, 1 Palestinian, 2 Americans and 1 Eritrean) and hundreds wounded by stabbings, shootings and car ramming attacks: Abbas said: "we want peaceful popular uprising, and that’s what this is."

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