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Abbas blames surge of Palestinian terror on Israel, “which has continued to desecrate our holy sites” and calls for continued “popular peaceful resistance”

Just eight days after Palestinian terrorist Muhannad Halabi stabbed two Israelis to death in Jerusalem and ten days after terrorists shot and murdered two young parents in the West Bank, Abbas made this statement claiming that Israel is responsible for the Palestinian surge in violence because it “descrate[s] the holy sites”:
 “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] met last night [Oct. 11, 2015] with the [Fatah] branch secretaries and representatives of the Fatah Shabiba movement in the northern districts of the homeland (i.e., the West Bank). He updated them on the latest political developments, and expressed appreciation for their efforts to establish the Palestinian cause as the central cause in the region which needs to be the first priority of the international community. The president said that the party responsible for what is happening is the occupation, which has continued to desecrate our holy sites in Jerusalem, protects the settlers during their attacks against our people, and evades fulfilling its obligations according to agreements signed between the two sides until a permanent solution [is reached]. He added that the Israeli government sets loose the settlers who attack our holy sites and our people, block the roads, and burn the crops. The president emphasized that the Fatah movement will remain the spine of the Palestinian revolution, will continue to lead the struggle to freedom through popular peaceful resistance, and will continue to adhere to the national principles, first among them the establishment of our independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital… [In] a phone call with European Union Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini… he [Abbas] emphasized that continued settlers’ provocations in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead to disastrous results.”
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