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PA: Arab peace makers are “enemies of the Islamic society,” “worms ‎exposed by the sun,” and Netanyahu is a “distorted copy of Mussolini” ‎

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |

PA to Arab peace makers:

“These are connections that in reality will be nothing more than ‎the connection between a master and his slave.”‎

‎“Tomorrow the US and the White House will ask you to erase the ‎Hadiths (i.e., Prophetic sayings) and the verses of the Quran that ‎are connected to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem.”‎

An endless stream of insults from the PA has been pouring down on the heads of the ‎Arab states that dared normalize and agree to make peace with Israel.‎

While the initial announcements of peace elicited accusations of “betrayal,” ‎seeing the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain actually sign the ‎agreements with Netanyahu and Trump at the White House, took the insults ‎up a notch.‎

A fuming Jibril Rajoub - Fatah’s Central Committee Secretary - likened the ‎Arab foreign ministers to “worms” exposed by the sun, and Netanyahu to ‎fascist Mussolini: ‎

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “At this circus (i.e., ‎signing of peace treaties at the White House), I think the swamps ‎have dried up and these worms (i.e., UAE and Bahrain leaders) ‎have become exposed to the sun. Who would have believed that an ‎Arab leader would stand like a dwarf facing [Israeli Prime Minister] ‎Netanyahu and not mention Jerusalem? … I think that even their ‎speeches were written for them at the White House, and certainly in ‎Tel Aviv of course…This is a ridiculous, stupid, and cheap comedy… ‎What happened is [the result of] dictates from the current fascist ‎administration, and this racist whose name is Netanyahu who is a ‎distorted copy of Mussolini, and of everything that happened in the ‎‎1930s and 1940s in Europe.”‎

[Official PA TV, Sept. 15, 2020]‎

Abbas’ advisor called them nothing less than “enemies of the Islamic ‎society”:‎

Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations ‎Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “We’ll take this phenomenon (i.e., peace ‎between the UAE and Bahrain and Israel)… the period of Prophet ‎‎[Muhammad] – this ugly and awful phenomenon appeared, the ‎phenomenon of hypocrisy and hypocrites who are [not only] ‎superficially affiliated with Islamic society but are actually enemies ‎of the Islamic society”‎

[Official PA TV, Reexamination, Sept. 10, 2020]‎

Along the same lines, Fatah Spokesman Qawasmi accused the UAE and ‎Bahrain of being willing to “erase the Hadiths and verses of the Quran” ‎should the US demand it. He also threw in the old PA libel that Israel's only ‎motivation for signing peace agreements with Arab states is that it seeks to ‎destroy the entire Arab world: ‎

Official Fatah Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi: “I say to all the Arab ‎leaders, to those who have normalized and to those who are thinking ‎and dreaming that they can normalize: If you think that through ‎normalization with Israel you can be saved, you are hallucinating. ‎Who brings the fox into his home? Israel does not want the ‎success of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, or any state in the ‎region. It is interested in fragmenting the region. It is interested in ‎Iraq being destroyed and Syria being destroyed, and they will ‎anticipate the destruction of all the Gulf states… Today they praise ‎Israel – sheikhs who unfortunately have changed and become ‎hypocrites – and they say that Israel is the state of peace… I fear ‎that tomorrow the US and the White House will ask you to erase ‎the Hadiths (i.e., Prophetic sayings) and the verses of the Quran ‎that are connected to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, and you ‎‎(i.e, the UAE and Bahrain) will agree to this.”‎

[Official PA TV, Topic of the Day, Sept. 23, 2020]‎

Similarly, an editorial in the official PA daily stated that the Arab states who ‎signed peace agreements with Israel are “Palestine’s enemies” and that the ‎relation with Israel will be that of “a master and his slave”:‎

‎“There is such a large degree of clarity and defiance in the speech of ‎the Palestinian truth, this truth pains Palestine’s enemies who have ‎begun to be deluded that the connections of normalization that they ‎are establishing can erase the Palestinian truth. These are ‎connections that in reality will be nothing more than the ‎connection between a master and his slave.”‎

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 27, 2020]‎

The PA illustrated its feelings of having been betrayed by the Arab states ‎who signed peace with Israel in this cartoon

‎[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 27, 2020]‎

A Palestinian is carrying churches and mosques representing the Muslim ‎and Christian holy sites of Jerusalem to protect them. There is a blood ‎dripping target on his back with two knives sticking out of it, and a third knife ‎hurtling towards it. The first two knives represent the UAE and Bahrain, while ‎the third indicates whichever Arab country may be next to sign such an ‎agreement.‎

This is not the first time Rajoub compares Netanyahu or Israel to the Nazis, ‎as Palestinian Media Watch has exposed. He has even called PMW’s ‎director Itamar Marcus “Goebbels of the 21st century.” ‎

The following are longer excerpts of the statements cited above:‎

Excerpt of an editorial by the official PA daily

Headline: “Palestine’s time”‎
‎“[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech always was – and thus it will also ‎remain – the speech of the Palestinian truth…‎
Because there is such a large degree of clarity and defiance in the ‎speech of the Palestinian truth, this truth pains Palestine’s enemies who ‎have begun to be deluded that the connections of normalization that they ‎are establishing can erase the Palestinian truth (refers to peace ‎agreements between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain; see note below –Ed.). ‎These are connections that in reality will be nothing more than the ‎connection between a master and his slave. In history there has not been ‎one slave who had the ability to make decisions, free will, and positions, and ‎there is no master who behaved tyrannically and arrogantly whose fate ‎inspired honor and whose end was happy!”‎

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 27, 2020]‎

Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations and Supreme ‎Shari’ah Judge and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah ‎Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “We’ll take this phenomenon (i.e., peace ‎agreements between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain; see note below) and ‎investigate it in the framework of Islamic history, far from other societies. ‎Even in Muslim society, even in the purest society that there was for the ‎Islamic nation and the purest period in Islamic history – the period of ‎prophecy, the period of Prophet [Muhammad], Allah’s blessing be upon him ‎‎– this ugly and awful phenomenon appeared, the phenomenon of ‎hypocrisy and hypocrites who are [not only] superficially affiliated with ‎Islamic society but are actually enemies of the Islamic society …‎
Today we in Palestine are suffering from the two matters, the Palestinian ‎people is suffering from the two matters under the occupation’s oppression. ‎This people is in need of our nation, in need of our nation – not just ‎words – with Palestine as the problem of the entire nation, and Jerusalem ‎as the problem of the entire nation. The entire nation is required to extend ‎its hand and put its hand with the hands of the Palestinian people and those ‎carrying out Ribat (i.e., religious conflict over land claimed to be Islamic) from ‎among the people of Palestine, whether with their bodies or by supplying ‎‎[material goods]. Along come some of the hypocrites, who are the ‎grandchildren of the first hypocrites. They are [working] according to the ‎same method, according to their method. They come and say: Don’t give ‎the Palestinians money, don’t help them until you force them to submit to ‎your will. The Americans are doing this, the enemies are doing this, the ‎occupation is doing this. It will never befit the nation to be among those ‎who say these things, it is impossible…‎
Indeed, money is an important element and factor for the stability of the ‎society, and it is essential. But what is more important than money is ‎principles… Today we are required to balance between these two factors ‎and elements: the element of principles, values, and basic principles, and ‎basic interests, materials, money, and needs for sustenance… Do we need ‎both things? Yes. We need principles and values, and need money and ‎interests, but what is most important for us and for every believer and ‎everyone who adheres to his faith – what is most important is principles. ‎We do not sell and do not exchange our principles, values, religion, faith, ‎and basic principles for money and interests.”‎

[Official PA TV, Reexmination, Sept. 10, 2020]‎

Al-Habbash also serves as Supreme Shari’ah Judge, Chairman of the ‎Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice.‎

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “Today, at this circus ‎‎(i.e., signing of peace treaties at the White House), I think that the swamps ‎have dried up and these worms (i.e., leaders of the UAE and Bahrain) ‎have become exposed to the sun. Who would have believed that an Arab ‎leader would stand like a dwarf facing [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] ‎Netanyahu and not mention Jerusalem, and not refer to even the lowest ‎common denominator of the Arab [Peace] Initiative? I think that even their ‎speeches were written for them at the White House, and certainly in Tel ‎Aviv of course. They don't know what they have signed, and don't know ‎what they are saying. This is a ridiculous, stupid, and cheap comedy…‎
What happened is [the result of] dictates from the current fascist ‎administration, and this racist whose name is Netanyahu who is a ‎distorted copy of [former Italian fascist leader Benito] Mussolini, and of ‎everything that was in the 1930s and 1940s in Europe… Now they have ‎signed on behalf of their leaders – history will judge them, and their fate and ‎‎[the fate] of the one who led them will be the trash can of history. But we – ‎our pride, our honor, our resolve with a bare chest – we will flip over the table ‎on them and those who think that they can ignore this great people in the ‎homeland and in the diaspora.”‎

[Official PA TV, Sept. 15, 2020]‎

Jibril Rajoub also serves as Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

Osama Al-Qawasmi is also a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council

Israeli peace agreements with the UAE and Bahrain – an agreement normalizing diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), called the Abraham Accords, was announced on Aug. 13, 2020, under the mediation of US President Donald Trump. Following the UAE, Bahrain signed a similar peace agreement with Israel, as was announced on Sept. 11, 2020. Pursuant to the Abraham Accords, Israel and the UAE will discuss bilateral cooperation on a number of topics. In exchange for the agreement, Israel agreed to suspend its previously announced plans to apply Israel's civilian law to parts of Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley as per the Trump peace plan. The US announced that “Muslims throughout the world who wish to come in peace to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque, will now be able to fly to Tel Aviv through Abu Dhabi to do so and will be welcomed.”