Tuesday’s terror attack in Beersheva, in which four Israelis were murdered, is exactly the kind of attack the Palestinian Authority has been actively calling for.
The P.A. calls this kind of murder “popular uprising/resistance”—euphemisms it employs to hide from the international community and especially donor countries that it is calling for terror and murder.
The P.A., Fatah and PLO leaders have lately increased their calls for “popular” terror. Last month, the PLO held a major event the main topic of which was increasing “popular resistance,” according to official P.A. TV.
Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeina confirmed that the calls are coming from the top of the P.A.:
“Official [P.A.] Presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeina said that ‘peaceful popular resistance remains the most important and effective weapon for restoring the Palestinian rights’” (official P.A. daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2022).
Nor can there be any doubt that murder is what the P.A. wants when it calls for “popular uprising.” Abbas himself clarified this. After 14 Israelis had been murdered at the start of the 2015-2016 terror wave, Abbas told Palestinians:
“We said to everyone that we want a peaceful popular uprising, and that’s what this is. That’s what this is” (official P.A. TV, Nov. 16, 2015).
Palestinians answered Abbas’s call and continued their terror for months, killing 40 people. Abbas never called on them to stop.
The P.A. and Abbas’s Fatah have increased the call for “popular” terror in recent months. Fatah has been calling repeatedly for increased “popular” terror. Fatah Spokesman Hussein Hamayel said:
“We are calling today on behalf of the entire Palestinian people for the necessity of carrying out popular resistance” (official P.A. TV, Feb. 8, 2022).
A week later the Fatah Central Committee echoed the call:
“The Fatah Central Committee … emphasized that we must escalate the popular resistance and stand against the settler herds” (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 14, 2022).
Two weeks later it repeated the call:
“The Fatah Movement Central Committee … repeated its call on the masses of our people to pledge participation as wide as possible in the activities on the ground supporting the prisoners, and to escalating the popular resistance” (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2022).
Last month, the Palestinian National Council Secretary Fahmi al-Za’arir stressed that popular terror is a central theme that “everyone believes” in right now:
“Popular resistance is perhaps one of the most talked-about causes. Everyone believes that the model of the first Intifada [during which approximately 200 Israelis were murdered by “popular resistance”] is the most efficient, strongest, most effective, and perhaps the shortest model in order to achieve the Palestinian people’s rights” (official P.A. TV, “Topic of the Day,” Feb. 8, 2022).
He explained that terror coming from individuals will be accepted internationally, as opposed to terror openly organized by the P.A. After his call for “popular resistance” he added: “World public opinion and all its elements will be closer to the Palestinian people” (official P.A. TV, “Topic of the Day,” Feb. 8, 2022).
The director of the Committee to Resist Settlements, Muayyad Sha’ban, likewise said Palestinians “must expand the popular resistance,” and suggested they “seek creative ideas and new tools for the popular resistance so that it will include all parts of the West Bank and East Jerusalem” (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 25, 2022).
P.A.: Beersheva terrorist is a ‘shahid’
Both the official P.A. daily and official P.A. TV called the terrorist murderer a shahid—an Islamic martyr. By calling him a shahid the P.A. is making it clear that the murder of four innocent Israeli civilians is not only justified as far as the P.A. is concerned, but also supported and rewarded by Islam. There is no higher level a Muslim can achieve today than to become a shahid, according to P.A. Islam.
The P.A. also invited Israeli Arabs to commit terror
It should be noted that Tuesday’s terror attack was carried out by an Israeli Arab, which is something that the P.A. has also called for. Last year, when Israeli Arabs in mixed Jewish-Arab cities in Israel went on rampage, killing Israelis and burning down synagogues, homes and cars, the P.A. and Fatah celebrated and called for more Israeli Arab terror.
For example, Abbas’s Fatah celebrated the participation of Israeli Arabs in the riots, calling it a “sacred obligation … None of us are willing to be absent from the battle”:
“Maintaining our unity and defending the homeland is a sacred obligation. … The eternal capital of Palestine, which is the slogan of the public cohesion and the united struggle from Rafah [i.e., Gaza Strip] to Rosh HaNikra [the Israeli city on the border with Lebanon] and from the Jordan [River] to the Mediterranean Sea, [i.e., all of Israel], is our people’s clear truth, and none of us are willing to be absent from the battle” (official Fatah Facebook page, May 14, 2021).
The P.A. will reward the terrorist’s family with extra money because he was an Israeli Arab.
Finally, the P.A. doesn’t only call for terror and murder—and justify it in the name of Islam—but makes sure to financially reward the terrorists and/or their families after the terror attacks. And since the terrorist who murdered four Israelis yesterday is an Israeli Arab, the P.A. will be rewarding his family with an even greater reward than the families of Palestinian terrorists.
Palestinian families of terrorists who were killed committing their terror attacks are rewarded by the P.A. with a minimum of 1,400 shekels/month ($434) for the rest of their lives. Families of Israeli Arab terrorists who were killed committing terror attacks are rewarded by the P.A. with 1,700 shekels/month ($527) for the rest of their lives. Because this terrorist was married and had five children, the P.A. will reward his family with 3,100 shekels/month ($960) for the rest of their lives.
Itamar Marcus is the founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch.
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