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US Congressmen demand Abbas fire former advisor, based on PMW documentation

Full letter from the US members of Congress to PA Chairman Abbas:

His Excellency Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian National Authority
Al Muqata’a, Ramallah West Bank
May 15, 2013

Dear Mr. President:
During our recent meeting in Ramallah, you stressed your absolute commitment to non-violence in resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We were encouraged by your remarks, and appreciate the time you shared with our delegation.

However, upon our return to the United States we were troubled to learn (from PMW) that a senior Palestinian Authority official, Sultan Abu Al-Einein, who previously served as your advisor holding the rank of minister, had recently expressed his open support for the murderer who killed Evyatar Borovsky, an Israeli who was stabbed to death by Palestinian terrorist Salam Al-Zaghal while he was waiting for a ride.

Mr. Al-Einein stated, "We salute the heroic fighter, the self-sacrificing Salam Al-Zaghal." And he went on to note that "He [Al-Zaghal] insisted on defending his honor, so he went against the settler and killed him. Blessings to the breast that nursed Salam Al-Zaghal."

We have also become aware that only hours after the murder, the administrator of Fatah's official Facebook page glorified Al-Zaghal as a "hero."

President Abbas, allowing this type of incitement and hatemongering to take place within your ranks is intolerable if you are truly dedicated to non-violence. We ask that you publically and officially denounce and condemn Mr. Al-Einein’s remarks at once and remove him from his position in your government. We also request that Fatah immediately remove its Facebook page glorifying this murder.

We look forward to seeing you take action on this matter and working with you to create a peaceful and prosperous future for the Palestinian people.

Reps. Eliot Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,

Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs,

Nita Lowey, Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee,

Ted Deutch, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East,

Brad Sherman, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation, and Trade.
[ May 15, 2013]
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