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Only days after 4 Israelis murdered, Abbas calls “uprising” “peaceful”, inflames Palestinians, says Israel desecrates Al-Aqsa Mosque

Headline: “Mahmoud Abbas: The occupation is responsible for what is happening, and the continuation of the settlers’ provocations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead to disastrous consequences”
     “The president met yesterday [Oct. 11, 2015] evening with Secretaries of [Fatah’s] sub-branches and representatives of Fatah’s Shabiba (i.e., Fatah student movement) in the homeland’s northern districts (i.e., the West Bank), at the Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah. He briefed them on the latest political developments and expressed his appreciation of their efforts to establish the Palestinian cause as a central cause in the region which must stand at the top of the international community’s priorities.
The president stated that the one responsible for what is happening is the occupation, which continues to desecrate our holy sites in Jerusalem, protects the settlers in their attacks against our people, and avoids fulfilling its obligations as stipulated in the agreements signed between the two sides until a permanent arrangement is reached. He added that the Israeli government gives free rein to the settlers, who are attacking our holy sites and our people, blocking roads, and burning crops.
The president emphasized that the Fatah movement will remain the backbone of the Palestinian revolution, and continue to lead the struggle for liberation through popular peaceful resistance, and to adhere to national principles, especially the establishment of our independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital…
The president received a phone call last night from EU Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini. During the conversation, Mogherini expressed the EU’s concern over the escalation of the situation in the Palestinian territories, and emphasized the need to maintain calm. The president responded and emphasized that the Israeli government must stop the settlers’ attacks and their invasions of the Palestinian cities and villages. He emphasized that the continuation of the settlers’ provocation at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead to disastrous consequences.”

Abbas made these statements only a few days after 4 Israeli civilians were murdered by Palestinians:

On Oct. 1, Israelis Naama and Eitam Henkin were murdered in a shooting attack on the road between Itamar and Elon Moreh, near the Palestinian city of Nablus. Their four children, aged 9, 7, 4, and 4 months, were also in the car and witnessed the murders, but were not physically injured. Five Hamas members were arrested by Israel and confessed to the murders.

On Oct. 3, 2015, Palestinian terrorist Muhannad Halabi, 19, attacked Israeli citizen Aharon Bennet, 21, and his family, who were on their way back from prayer at the Western Wall through the Old City of Jerusalem. The terrorist killed Aharon and Israeli citizen Nehemia Lavi, who came to the family's aid, and injured Aharon's wife and 2-year-old son. Following the attack, the terrorist was shot and killed by Israeli security forces. Prior to his attack, in a post on Facebook, the terrorist justified his killings, stating that the attack was a response to Israel's actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This echoes PA incitement and is a reference to the PA libel that Israel is plotting to take over and destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to the PA's portrayal of Jews praying on the Temple Mount as "an invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

PA leaders and officials have legitimized Palestinian violence by quoting UN resolution 3236 which "recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means." The PA interprets "all means" as including violence against civilians, but has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of "all means" should be "in accordance with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations..." The UN Charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war. Chapter 1, Article 1, opens by saying that "international disputes" should be resolved "by peaceful means."

The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an "invasion."