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Abbas’ advisor defends glorification of terrorists: “We do not incite” – we show “our respect, honor, and appreciation for those who are more honorable than us, the Martyrs”

Official PA TV, Friday sermon by Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash at the Muqata’a mosque in Ramallah.

Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “The whole world… everyone knows the truth, knows that we are a people subject to aggression, oppression and persecution, whose rights have been denied, and land taken, and has been denied a dignified humane life. And yet – only a few speak the truth and take a just stand. Some accuse us of incitement against others. What incitement? Are we inciting? Originally, our culture, religion, and values prevent us from spreading the culture of hate, and prevent us from attacking others - neither with actions, nor with words . Our religion and our Quran tell us: ‘Do not attack… Allah does not love aggressors.’ If by incitement they are talking about our insistence on holding on to our principles, and our respect, honor, and appreciation for those more honorable than us, the Martyrs who fall for Palestine – if that is what they call incitement – we do not deny this, and are not ashamed of it, and we do not renounce it. Indeed – we cling to our right, our land, our holy sites, our Jerusalem and our Al-Aqsa Mosque… we adhere to our right to defend ourselves and thrust off the oppression from our people… and we continue to honor our Martyrs and to respect them and to raise them above our heads.”
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