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Abbas’ advisor praises rock thrower: “May his hands be blessed”‎

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
  • PA: “Rocks frighten the Israelis” – praise for rock thrower

  • Palestinian rock throwing is lethal

The picture above of an older Palestinian man throwing a rock with a sling ‎shot would almost be comical if rocks being thrown by Palestinians were just ‎a game and not a lethal weapon with which Israelis have been murdered.‎

The PA claims rock throwing is "peaceful resistance," but in reality it is an act ‎of terror and thousands of Israelis have been injured and some have been ‎murdered by rocks thrown by Palestinians, among them, for example, these ‎victims: ‎

Asher Palmer (25) and his infant son Yonatan were murdered by a ‎Palestinian who threw a rock at their car, making it overturn, killing ‎them both in 2011. ‎

Adele Biton (3) was driving with her mother and siblings in 2013, ‎when Palestinians threw rocks at their car, causing Adele’s mother to ‎lose control of the car, which crashed. Adele sustained severe head ‎injuries and never recovered. She died in 2015.‎

Alexander Levlovitch (64) was murdered by Palestinian terrorists who ‎threw rocks at his car and caused it to crash in 2015.‎

Israeli soldier Amit ben Yigal (21) was murdered by a Palestinian ‎terrorist who threw a rock down on his head from a building in 2020.‎

By posting the picture of the middle-aged Palestinian rock thrower above, PA ‎Chairman Abbas’ advisor Mahmoud Al-Habbash encouraged this lethal ‎means of “resistance” and added his praise too:‎

“May his hands be blessed”‎

[Facebook page of PA Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Jan. 8, 2021]‎

The rock thrower, Sa’id ‘Arma Abu Al-Abd, has become somewhat a celebrity ‎in the PA, and was also interviewed on official PA TV. The PA TV reporter ‎emphasized that Abu Al-Abd “restored the memory of the Intifada” – a wave ‎of Palestinian violence and terror in which approximately 200 Israelis ‎were murdered (1987-1993) – and stressed that Israelis are “frightened of rocks.” ‎Abu Al-Abd himself took pride in his participation in violence, explaining that ‎rock throwing is something that Palestinians pass on from generation to ‎generation, and that even children do it:‎

Official PA TV reporter: “With his robe and his slingshot, here on this ‎land, he has personified an image that has restored for us the memory ‎of the Intifada. Abu Al-Abd… is proving that rocks really do frighten ‎them (i.e., Israelis).”‎

Sa’id ‘Arma Abu Al-Abd: “Resistance is not limited by age, and I – if I ‎can resist I resist, regardless of my age…‎
I was present in the first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and ‎terror against Israel, approximately 200 Israelis murdered, 1987-1993), ‎and I resisted with all my might and am still resisting to this day…‎
For us Palestinians one generation passes it on to [the next] ‎generation… We all resist, the children resist, Allah willing, and this ‎generation does not need an explanation – it knows what is ‎required of it. It is standing against the enemy and defending its ‎land.”‎

[Official PA TV News, Jan. 6, 2021]‎

Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the PA and Fatah encourage ‎Palestinians to throw rocks at Israelis and present rock throwing as permitted ‎under international law. ‎

Only last month, Fatah called on Palestinians to “strike for the homeland,” ‎showing an image of a rock thrower:‎


‎[Official Fatah Facebook page, Dec. 10, 2020]‎

Fatah has even explained in detail to Palestinians how to best throw a rock: ‎

Posted text: "In order to hit the target, there are three conditions:‎
‎1. Stand stably and balance your legs, arms, and body well‎
‎2. Focus your gaze on the center of the target, and do not look at ‎anything else
‎3. Keep the desired balance between your body and your weapon; ‎you are the one that controls the weapon, and not the other way ‎around
If you did not understand this, read it again, and if you still have not ‎understood, here is an example picture for you"‎

[Official Fatah Twitter account, Dec. 16, 2017]‎

The PA maintains that rock throwing – and all other kinds of violence and ‎terror against Israel - is allowed because international law has endorsed the ‎use of "all possible means." PA leaders and officials often legitimize ‎Palestinian violence and terror by quoting UN resolution 3236 which ‎‎"recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all ‎means." (emphasis added.) The PA interprets "all means" as including ‎violence and killing civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of ‎the resolution, which states that the use of "all means" should be "in ‎accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United ‎Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter ‎‎1, Article 1, opens by saying that "international disputes" should be resolved ‎‎"by peaceful means." ‎

In 2015, Israel tightened its law against rock throwing following a rise in such ‎attacks against Israeli civilians. The law (Penal Code 2015, section 332A) ‎imposes up to 10 years imprisonment for throwing rocks at civilian vehicles ‎and up to 20 years when intent to injure is proven. On Sept. 24, 2015, the ‎Israeli Security Cabinet voted for additional measures against those who ‎throw rocks and firebombs, including a minimum 4-year prison sentence for ‎adults, imprisonment for minors aged 14-18, and fines for parents of younger ‎minors.‎

The following is additional information on the Israeli murder victims ‎mentioned above:‎

Asher Palmer and his infant son Yonatan – A 25-year-old father and his ‎young son who were murdered by two Palestinian terrorists, Ali Sa’ada and ‎Wa’al Al-Araja, who were members of a gang of stone-throwers. Al-Araja threw ‎stones at Palmer’s car from a vehicle driven by Sa’ada, hitting Yonatan in the ‎head and causing Palmer to lose control of his vehicle, which ran into a gulley, ‎murdering both of them instantly near Kiryat Arba in the West Bank on Sept. ‎‎23, 2011. Sa'ada is serving 2 life sentences and an additional 50 years, and ‎Al-Araja is serving 2 life sentences and an additional 58 years.‎

Adele Biton – a 3-year-old Israeli infant who was paralyzed and left ‎unresponsive after Palestinian terrorists threw rocks at her family’s car as they ‎drove near Ariel in the northern West Bank, striking her in the head and ‎causing the car to crash on March 14, 2013. Biton never recovered and died of ‎pneumonia that was a complication of her injuries when she was 4 years ‎old on Feb. 17, 2015. Five Palestinian terrorists who threw the rocks were ‎sentenced to 15 years each on Jan. 28, 2016. ‎

Alexander Levlovich – a 64-year-old Israeli who was murdered by ‎Palestinian terrorists who threw rocks at his car and caused it to crash as he ‎drove in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in southeast Jerusalem on Sept. ‎‎13, 2015, on the eve of Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year). Five ‎Palestinian terrorists who threw the rocks were sentenced to 18 years, 15 ‎years, 13.5 years, 9 years, and 3 years.‎

Amit Ben Yigal – Israeli soldier (21) who was murdered by Nazmi Abu Bakr, a ‎Palestinian terrorist who murdered Ben Yigal by throwing a rock down on his ‎head from a building in Ya’abad on May 12, 2020, while Ben Yigal was ‎participating in an operation to arrest terror suspects. Abu Bakr was later ‎arrested, confessed to the murder, and is still on trial as of Jan. 11, 2021.‎