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Fatah seeks to incite violence in Jerusalem

Itamar Marcus  |
  • Fatah rebroadcasts video of Mahmoud Abbas calling to “defend Jerusalem with our lives” that was broadcast numerous times in 2014 as signal to Palestinians that the PA leadership supported terror attacks

After a week of Arabs rioting every night in Jerusalem, Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party is actively supporting the rioters and encouraging more violence.

The PA is claiming that Jerusalem is under threat because Israel has not announced its agreement to allow PA elections to take place in Jerusalem. As part of the support for the rioters, Fatah posted on its Facebook page dozens of posts in support of the violence, including a video of Mahmoud Abbas that PA TV broadcast 19 times in three days in October 2014, to signal to Palestinians that the leadership wanted violence and terror.

The post opens with the text:

“The message of [PA] President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas to our people in Jerusalem – we will defend Jerusalem with our lives. Long live Fatah, the defender of our land, our holy sites, and our people.”

[Facebook page of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture, April 23, 2021]

At the time, as PMW reported, this video was one of the triggers to a violent terror wave that left 12 Israelis murdered. Among the attacks in that terror wave was the Har Nof Synagogue massacre on Nov. 18, 2014, when two Arab terrorists from East Jerusalem entered a synagogue in Jerusalem and attacked worshippers with guns, knives, and axes, killing 5 worshippers and a police officer.

The following is Abbas’ call for violence on Oct. 17, 2014, that was rebroadcast now by Fatah:

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "It's not enough for us to say: 'There are those carrying out Ribat' (i.e., religious conflict over land claimed to be Islamic). We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. It's not enough for us to say: 'The settlers have arrived [at the Mosque].' They have come, and they must not come to the Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount). We have to prevent them, in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary. This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places."

[Facebook page of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture, April 23, 2021 ]

The video ends with a picture of Jerusalem and the words: “Arab Jerusalem.”