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Abbas' advisor: Palestinians are "nation of Ribat;" highlights terrorist Shahids in sermon

Official PA TV broadcast of the Friday sermon from the Great Mosque in Beitunia, delivered by Supreme Shari’ah Judge and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbas

Supreme Shari’ah Judge and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “'Throughout the decades, this Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) waging [Palestinian] nation, which Allah has chosen to dwell in the blessed holy land, has been subjected to ongoing injury and a difficult trial… Is this the present we give our prisoners on the day [dedicated to them]? Is this the present we give to Martyrs (Shahids): to Martyr Yasser Arafat, Martyr Ahmed Yassin and others – Martyr Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir), Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf), [Abd Al-Aziz] Al-Rantisi, Fathi Shaqaqi and others? Are they not worthy of us putting an end to the split position? What were they killed for? Why did they die as Martyrs? Was it not for one cause? One nation? One duty?'  Further on, Al-Habbash calls to put an end to the rift between Fatah and Hamas."

Sheikh Ahmed Yassin – Founder and former head of the terrorist organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous terror attacks and the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians.

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 planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks killing 125 Israelis. This included the most lethal in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) – A founder of Fatah and head of the terrorist organization Black September. Attacks he planned include the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972) and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (March 1, 1973). It is commonly assumed that his assassin, a former Fatah bodyguard, was sent by the Abu Nidal organization, a rival Palestinian faction.

Abd Al-Aziz Al-Rantisi - Co-founder of the terrorist organization Hamas

Fathi Shaqaqi - Founder of the terrorist organization Islamic Jihad, which has carried out numerous terrorist attacks, killing hundreds of Israeli civilians.