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Palestinian "Martyrs’ blood shortens the occupation’s life and reveals its racist acts" states PA Prime Minister

The following is an excerpt of a statement by PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh at a PA governmental meeting on May 16, 2022 -Ed.




“The [PA] Prime Minister [Muhammad Shtayyeh] said that the 74th anniversary of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) was a very important day for the Palestinian people in the homeland and the diaspora, and that this year this day came at a time when the pace of the Israeli attacks and acts of murder is intensifying.


The latest incidents were the deaths as Martyrs of Palestinian media icon Shireen Abu Akleh (see note below -Ed.), the child Thaer Al-Yazouri (i.e., assaulted Israeli soldiers conducting a counter-terror operation in El-Bireh on May 11, 2022), young Walid Al-Sharif (i.e., Arab rioter who threw rocks at Jews at the Western Wall in April 2022 and while escaping fell and wounded himself, later dying of his wounds on May 14, 2022), released prisoner Daoud Zubeidi (i.e., terrorist, shot at Israeli soldiers in Jenin on May 13, 2022, and died of his wounds two days later), and prior to this a group of male and female Martyrs who were murdered without any consideration for the international laws and conventions.


He added: ‘On Nakba Day (see note below -Ed.) this year, the Israeli operations against our people and its sites that are holy to Islam and Christianity – even though they are intensifying – are bringing us closer than ever to realizing our people’s hope for freedom, independence, and establishing the Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem. This is because the Martyrs’ blood shortens the occupation’s life and reveals its racist acts.The assassination of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was tantamount to throwing a large rock into the still waters of the international laws (sic., there is no evidence that Israel killed Abu Akleh, and ample reason to believe indiscriminate fire by Palestinian terrorists killed her).’”




Shireen Abu Akleh - 51-year-old Palestinian-American journalist for Al-Jazeera who was shot and killed while covering a gunbattle initiated by Palestinian terrorists who attacked Israeli forces during an operation in Jenin on May 11, 2022. The PA immediately accused Israel of shooting Abu Akleh without providing evidence. Israel rejected the accusation, noting Palestinian terrorists were filmed shooting indiscriminately and saying they had hit an Israeli soldier even though no soldiers were wounded, possibly indicating they had shot Abu Akleh. The PA rejected Israel's request to conduct a joint investigation of the incident, and its request to let it examine the bullet that killed Abu Akleh to determine whether it was fired by Israeli forces. The bullet is of a type used by both Israeli soldiers and Palestinian terrorists. In a press conference following Abu Akleh's autopsy on the day of her death, Head of An-Najah National University’s Forensic Medicine Department Dr. Rayyan Al-Ali said it could not yet be determined which side shot her.


Nakba Day - Palestinians commemorate Nakba Day on May 15, the day after the establishment of Israel. On May 15, 1948, combined forces from Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq joined local Arab forces in an attempt to eradicate the newly established State of Israel. The Nakba (Arabic = catastrophe) refers to the establishment of Israel, and the subsequent defeat in the war, including the killing and displacement of Arab civilians that occurred during the war.