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PA Foreign Ministry attacks US envoy for criticizing glorification of terrorist Abu Jihad, exposed by PMW

Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Greenblatt’s statements against Abu Jihad constitute a clear denial of our people’s rights”

“The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said in a statement yesterday [April 25, 2019] that ‘American Envoy Jason Greenblatt is volunteering, as is his habit, to market the occupation’s narratives and positions and to defend them, and is again confirming the absolute American adoption of the occupation, the settlement, and a political path that is hostile to peace.
The ministry added: ‘Accusing the Palestinians of teaching “terror” due to the hanging of a picture of Martyr, commander, and symbol Abu Jihad (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125 Israelis) is ridiculous and expresses the extent of the American bias and its uselessness. It also again proves that the US has adopted the occupation’s positions that deny the Palestinian people’s legal national rights that are anchored in the UN Charter, and primarily the right to self-definition and its legal and just struggle for freedom and independence, the national struggle of which Abu Jihad was one of its symbols (sic., the UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians even in war, and calls to resolve international disputes “by peaceful means”).’
The ministry continued: ‘Greenblatt insists on plotting with the occupation and covering it and its crimes, and intentionally ignores the fact that the occupation is one of the most criminal forms of terror. He also insists on ignoring the terrorism of the gangs of settlers and their armed militias in a biased manner. Greenblatt’s words again emphasize that [US] President [Donald] Trump’s administration and his team are not suitable to fulfill an objective role in achieving peace in the region, and even in raising ideas and viewpoints for resolving the conflict.’”

Responding to a PMW report on the PA Ministry of Education honoring arch-terrorist Khalil Al-Wazir “Abu Jihad,” US Envoy Jason Greenblatt wrote on his Twitter account on April 23, 2019: “Despicable glorification of violence and terrorism displayed at a Palestinian school w/ a painting of Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir). Palestinian students deserve to learn about respectable accomplishments of their community not this. https://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=27619”

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) - was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, in which a total of 125 Israelis were murdered, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and murder of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.


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