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Op-ed in official PA daily: Israel is responsible for Antisemitism against Jews everywhere, because of Israeli policies against the Palestinians; “The fighting Palestinians are heroes of a national liberation movement”

Headline: “AIPAC’s statements blame us for what is happening in the new Israel”

Op-ed by Jihad Al-Khazen, originally published in the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper

“Read with me: The Palestinian and Arab terror against Israel – this is the topic [of the statement] published by AIPAC, Israel’s lobby [in Washington], which means that this is a blatant lie on the part of a group of traitors from among the US ‘Likud’ (i.e., center-right political party in Israel), working for Israel at the expense of their own ‘country.’
The lobby published a list of operations (i.e., terror attacks), carried out since last Oct. 1 [2015] until today (reference to wave of Palestinian terror attacks, September 2015-April 2016), by Palestinians subjected to occupation, against settlers and the forces of the criminal, terrorist Israeli government.
Israel is the terror today, while the fighting Palestinians are heroes of a national liberation movement. Why are there settlers on the land of Palestine? All that is called Israel is Palestine
, but I and the majority of Palestinians have agreed to a state on only 22 percent of this territory. However, the terrorists in the Israeli government and the settlers did not agree to that…

Likud websites talk about an ‘unholy alliance’ between radical Islamists and American leftists in universities… And the immorality has reached Oxford University in England, where the head of the Labour Club (co-chairman of the club, Alex Chalmers. –Ed) has resigned, on the grounds that the students are acting out of Antisemitism against Israel. If this is true, who is responsible? Israel is responsible, as its crimes against the Palestinians have led many people to blame all Jews for that (i.e., Israel’s acts), although most of them are innocent of the crimes of the occupation government. This government is responsible for the Antisemitism, and no one else. The news item that appeared in one of the Likud websites regards Hamas as a terror organization.

I say that Israel is a terrorist and Hamas is a national liberation movement. All of the above do not preclude me from noting that there is something in Israel which I hope to see in our countries. Former [Israeli] Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was imprisoned after having been sentenced for corruption and obstruction of justice. I hope to see Arab officials of the same status go to prison just like Olmert. There are honorable people among us, but also corrupted and corrupting people who deserve to be put in prison.”