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Saeb Erekat twists NZ terror attack to advance his agenda

Headline: "Palestine condemns the terror attack against two mosques in New Zealand"

"PLO Executive Committee Secretary [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat said that the act of terror that took the lives of 49 Muslims (shooting attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019, 50 murdered –Ed.) is the result of extremist ideology that is sowing the seeds of religious war…

Erekat continued: 'This is a crime against humanity, exactly like the crime committed by Israeli extremist settler Baruch Goldstein, who massacred 29 worshippers in the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs Massacre; see note below –Ed.) in Hebron, Palestine, and like ISIS' crimes of terror against the Christians in Egypt, and the crime carried out by an American racist extremist who massacred 12 worshippers in a Jewish synagogue in Petersburg in the US.

He concluded his statement by saying that 'Racism and hatred are diseases that must be fought against and uprooted from every society. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are respectable monotheistic religions, and we must stop the killing and the crimes in the name of religion, and stop the exploitation of religion for political goals.'

The Fatah Movement commented on the similarity in manner and content between the massacre at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Palestinian Hebron on Friday, Feb. 15 (sic., 25), 1994, which was committed by the racist Israeli terrorist Baruch Goldstein and the present massacre by the racist terrorists at the two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15…

Fatah demanded that the international community take a serious position to deal with the causes of the terror and the consequences of the aid that the occupation state Israel receives from the American administration of [US President Donald] Trump, which the terrorists in the world now consider a type of cover for their crimes against humanity, and which allows them to escape the grasp of international justice…

Secretary-General of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF) and PLO Executive Committee member Ahmed Majdalani condemned the despicable crime of terror committed by an Australian extremist.

He said that the one that is feeling the scope of the terror, extremism, and despicable crimes of terror is the Palestinian people, against whom crimes of this type and organized state terror by the occupation state are being committed. Therefore, we call to fight terror and extremist ideas from any party,identify with the Martyrs' (Shahids') families, and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded.

Majdalani added that the attempt to spread extremist ideas and anarchy in the world, and the strengthening of the extremist right through political parties in several of the world's states, and primarily the occupation state, necessitates that the entire world act against this terror that currently constitutes a danger to many of the world's peoples…

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) condemned the fascist attack and despicable crime that was committed at the Al-Noor and Linwood Mosques in New Zealand and led to the death and wounding of more than 100 people. The Front described the crime as a criminal act of terror that exploits innocent blood in order to achieve its dubious goals.

The Front concluded by emphasizing that it condemns all types of terror, and directed the world's attention to the fact that our Palestinian people is the first victim of organized terror in the world, which is represented by Israel – the occupation, settlement, killing, and bloody violence state."

Saeb Erekat also holds the position of PLO Chief Negotiator.

Cave of the Patriarchs massacre - Baruch Goldstein, a member of an Israeli far-right movement, opened fire on Muslims praying inside the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, known to Muslims as the "Ibrahimi Mosque," murdering 29 and wounding 125 on Feb. 25, 1994. Following the attack, which was widely condemned by Israeli leaders and Jewish communities abroad, the Israeli government took concrete steps to prevent similar attacks from occurring by dividing the area of worship into Muslim and Jewish sections and designating several extremist movements, including Goldstein’s, as illegal terrorist groups.

Ahmed Majdalani also holds the position of head of the PLO Department of Labor and Planning (since August 2018)

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