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CAMERA uses PMW documentation to demonstrate PA incitement that fomented violence in Jerusalem

Ricki Hollander  |

Fatah and Hamas Working in Lockstep
to Incite and Attack

by Ricki Hollander, Nov. 6, 2014

On Wednesday, Nov. 5, Ibrahim al-Akri, a Hamas operative and resident of Jerusalem's Shuafat ‎neighborhood, ploughed his car onto pedestrians along the light rail platform, killing an Israeli ‎border policeman and injuring 14 other people, several of them seriously. This was the third ‎terror attack in Jerusalem in two weeks, all carried out by Arab terrorists from Jerusalem... ‎

For nearly two weeks, Abbas and Fatah had been raising the anti-Jewish battle cry "Defend ‎Muslim Holy Site" successfully. Their success was measured in the number of terror attacks, the ‎number of dead and injured Israeli Jews and the number of Jerusalem's Arab residents who, with ‎inflamed passions, were willing to risk their lives in order to kill Israeli Jews and sow havoc in ‎Jerusalem.‎

Several days before a Palestinian Islamic Jihad member from Jerusalem tried to murder Temple ‎Mount advocate Yehudah Glick, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at a conference in ‎Ramallah and called upon Palestinians to defend the Temple Mount (al Aqsa compound) from ‎the Jews "using all means." Palestinians, he said, must be united "to protect Jerusalem" and the ‎Muslim sanctuaries.‎.. In the following days, the PA’s official television network rebroadcast Abbas’ call more than ‎‎19 times, as Palestinian Media Watch documented.‎

The day prior to Yehudah Glick's scheduled talk at the Begin Heritage Center as ‎part of a conference advocating Jewish prayer and civil rights on the Temple ‎Mount, former PA Prime Minister and current chief of Jerusalem Affairs ‎Ahmed Qurei further inflamed Palestinian emotions with a press release ‎accusing Israeli Jews of planning "a large scale invasion" of the Al Aqsa ‎mosque. WAFA, the official PA news agency, discussed Qurei’s exhortations the ‎next morning, just hours before the murder attempt on Yehudah Glick. According ‎to Palestinian Media Watch’s translation, Qurei railed against the preparation of ‎extremist biblical plans encouraging settlers and extremist Jews to carry out large-‎scale invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and calling on the entire Jewish nation to ‎invade the Mosque on the occasion of the so-called 'anniversary of the pilgrimage ‎of Maimonides’, one of the greatest extremist Jewish rabbis who called for the ‎destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the construction of the alleged Temple in ‎its place.‎

The Palestinian leader alleged that Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, "were ‎undergoing one of the most dangerous periods since the beginning of the Israeli ‎occupation" and that "immediate intervention" was called for to protect Jerusalem ‎and "rescue it from the threat of Judaization..."‎

Muataz Hijazi, a member of Islamic Jihad and a resident of the mixed Arab-Jewish ‎Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor, had spent more than a decade in an Israeli ‎prison for his involvement in terrorist activities. Upon his release from prison in ‎‎2012, he told the Ramallah-based Al-Quds News outlet that he hoped to be "a ‎thorn in the side of the Zionist project of Judaizing Jerusalem." Employed at a ‎restaurant at the Begin Centre, the venue of the Temple Mount conference, and ‎equipped with a gun and motorcycle that enabled a quick flight to his nearby ‎home, Hijazi was not only motivated, but was perfectly placed to heed the ‎incitement by the PA leaders. His attempt to murder resulted in critical injury for ‎Glick, while Hijazi was killed in a shootout with Israeli security forces who came ‎to arrest him.‎

The incitement by Abbas and his Fatah movement, however, did not end there. ‎Both Fatah and Islamic Jihad claimed Hijazi as a member and took credit for his ‎attempt to kill Glick.‎

Fatah glorified Hijazi as a martyr on its Facebook page. A photo of the smiling ‎terrorist next to one of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount appeared over ‎the text:‎

Fatah's Jerusalem branch accompanies its heroic Martyr to his wedding, Mutaz ‎Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi, who carried out the assassination attempt of Zionist rabbi ‎Yehuda Glick. (Provided and translated by Palestinian Media Watch)‎

President Abbas too praised Hijazi’s actions in a condolence letter sent to the ‎family…‎

When Israeli security forces temporarily barred both Jews and Muslims from ‎entering the Temple Mount in order to prevent an escalation of violence following ‎the attempt on Glick’s life, President Abbas proclaimed this a "declaration of war." ‎His Fatah party issued a call to arms. According to Palestinian Media Watch, ‎WAFA publicized Fatah’s call:‎

In an announcement that was published by the Fatah Mobilization and ‎Organization Commission today, the movement called to set tomorrow as a day of ‎rage throughout the homeland and in countries which are home to refugees, to ‎express the Palestinian people’s opposition to any attack on the holy places and ‎foremost among them the Al-Aqsa Mosque... And to consider desecration of Al-‎Aqsa as a declaration of a religious war against the Palestinian people and the Arab ‎Islamic nations.‎

Cartoons in the official Palestinian Authority newspaper, Al Hayat al Jadida, ‎continued to urge Palestinians to attack Jews on the Temple Mount. One ‎depicted a masked fighter aiming a slingshot and donating blood to the Dome of ‎the Rock.‎

The second depicted a father in front of the Dome of the Rock informing his son ‎that "purification before prayer is performed with stones" (translation ‎Palestinian Media Watch). ‎

Another cartoon following the Hamas attack on pedestrians,‎

Palestinian Media Watch translates the caption at the top right corner of the ‎photo:‎
‎"Hit the gas at 199 [km/h] for Al-Aqsa."‎
The entrance prohibited traffic sign says "Al-Aqsa/" The watchdog group also ‎notes other posts that encourage Palestinians to run over the "foreign settler" and ‎to rage about Jews desecrating the Al Aqsa Mosque.‎

Abbas, Fatah and Hamas continue to fan the flames and encourage violence.‎