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January 11, 2015 3:35 pm

‘Their Hands Are Covered in Blood:’ Bennett Denounces Presence of PA President Abbas and Qatar at Paris Anti-Terror Rally

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Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett surveys the damage at the HyperCacher market in Paris. Photo: Facebook

Israel Economy Minister Naftali Bennett has issued a stinging criticism of the presence of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as other Arab leaders he deemed to be complicit in terrorism, at today’s anti-terrorism rally in Paris. “Their hands are covered in blood,” Bennett declared in an interview with Army Radio in Israel.

As well as Abbas, Bennett singled out Gulf emirate Qatar for its support of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas organization. “It’s hypocritical of those same Qataris and Arabs who are financing terrorism to come and demonstrate as if against terrorism,” Bennett told a Jewish youth group in the French capital. “I don’t accept this.”

Bennett also said there was no difference between terrorism directed against a Jewish community in the West Bank and that on the streets of Paris. “When an Islamist murderer kills the Fogel family in Itamar, when Abu Mazen [Abbas] finances terrorists who afterwards go and blow themselves up in Tel Aviv, it’s no different from those same terrorists in Paris,” Bennett, the leader of Israel’s nationalist Jewish Home Party, said. “We won’t let 2015 turn into 1938.”

French-Israeli artist and political activist Ron Agam told The Algemeiner that Qatar’s enormous financial influence in France was blunting the response of the French authorities to Doha’s role in supporting terrorist groups. Qatar, he said, owns the iconic Paris St Germain soccer team and has investments in France worth $6.5 billion in leading companies like Total Oil and Veolia, and enjoys as well privileged access to French Muslims through its Al Jazeera news broadcaster. “The Qataris have a privileged relationship with former President Nicolas Sarkozy, and all of the main French politicians are regularly invited to their embassy in Paris and to Doha,” Agam said. As far as Abbas was concerned, Agam said, “France will soon realize that he is more interested in prolonging the struggle of the Palestinians than negotiating in good faith with Israel.”

The presence of the prime minister of Turkey, which actively backs Hamas, also didn’t pass unnoticed. “There they are, right in the first row in the march against terrorism, #MahmoudAbbas and #AhmetDavutoğlu. What a joke,” said Middle East Forum president and historian Daniel Pipes on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Israeli watchdog Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) issued a reminder that Abbas himself continues to glorify acts of terror against Israelis.

“Just last week, five terrorists, who in total recently killed 10 Israelis, were included on a list of ‘Martyrs of 2014’ who ‘ascended’ to Heaven, published in the bi-weekly Al-Asima distributed with the official Palestinian Authority daily,” PMW reported.

“The terrorists on the list, who were called ‘Shahids‘ (Martyrs) and thereby achieve the highest status possible in Islam, included the synagogue murderers who recently killed 5, three terrorists who killed 5 by running them over with cars and an excavator, and the terrorist who attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick,” PMW added.

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama’s absence from the rally was also the subject of criticism. Wrote Forbes magazine commentator Stuart Anderson, “In a statement, President Obama said, ‘And I think it’s important for us to understand, France is our oldest ally. I want the people of France to know that the United States stands with you today, stands with you tomorrow.’ But he won’t be standing with them on Sunday.”

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Algemeiner that Obama’s decision not to attend was “disappointing, as it’s a missed opportunity to build a momentum among people of all faiths and among people of none to fight against Islamist terrorism.”

Cooper praised French President Francois Hollande for showing leadership at the Paris rally.

“I give a lot of credit to Hollande for calling out anti-Semitism when media wasn’t, and for walking at the head of the line, at the rally,” Cooper said.  “Hollande created a moment of solidarity around the world in the fight against Islamist terrorists. He stepped up and showed leadership.”

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  • Dr.Joji Cherian

    The biggest murderer and terrorist of modern times Netanyahoo along with his colleagues invited himself to the Paris rally and destroyed whatever sanctity the event had.Even otherwise what is there in Charlie Heb do has?What voice this publication for freedom of expression do when Deodin Mbala Mbala has been hounded all these years?



  • rm

    Amazing, while Turkey PM is present at the anti terror march Turkey has been shut eyes on the thousands of Islamic terrorists who freely cross into Syria to commit atrocities, including the most wanted Islamic terrorist, the woman who is believed to have killed, among others that are not known, the policeman woman who was directing the traffic and partner of Jihadist that sieged and killed 4 Jewish hostages at the Kosher supermarket. What a joke.

  • Eco

    REALLY ??????????? WHAT ABOUT PALESTINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michael Perloff

    Would Hitler have been invited to march in an anti-war rally? Well, in France maybe, but nowhere else. Would Jack-the – ripper be invited to march in a prostitutes’ rights march? Then why are Islamic sponsors and perpetuators of terrorism against Jews and the Jewish state marching in this demonstration? Or is the message that terrorism which targets Jews is condoned?

  • Straightshooter

    Bennett is spot-on.

  • Jonah

    It’s a missed opportunity for him, that’s for sure. His plans for the caliphate styled takeover of the world have been somewhat thwarted for the moment. Any form of solidarity against Islamic terrorism will cause our president so squirm. What a night mare for the White House.

  • Isaac Brajtman

    The Austraian French ambassador on local TV today commented that we need to try harder to make the 5 million Moslems in France more welcome and help them integrate. . Maybe he Is being diplomatic,or stupid as thats the problem. The real problem is that they don’t want to integrate ,but want us to accept them and change to their ways.Or else !!
    The march itself is a bit of a farce with Turkish,Qatari and Palestinian leaders (major supporters of terrorism) marching against terrorism Why wasn’t Syria and Iran and Isis not represented?

    • Eco


      • Pagey

        Stop SHOUTING and learn to spell.

    • racy

      Wake up! Muslims don’t want to integrate. They want us to submit to their laws or die. You want them in your community, be my guest. Don’t cry later. For many European communities and some parts of America it’s
      already too late.

  • Lauren Goldman

    Having Abb-ass included in this rally is an obscenity. One picture of them walking tells it all: he is next to Chancellor Merkel, giving her his ever-present sneaky sideways glance. Whenever is see him, I feel as if I need a shower. Or a rifle with a scope.

  • piet-hein nelissen

    I agree wholeheartedly

  • jackson mushi

    Hollande is too late to act on the issue of Islamists in France. I wonder the woman during Paris rally,’i am muslim citizen of France, I am not Charlie’. In my opinion the woman was not right, though she claims to demonstrate the free speech.

  • jackson mushi

    however, Hollande is too late

  • susan staehs

    Humanity Cuts To The Chase….One Voice Speaks

    THEY STOOD TODAY …. And Spoke Up For Everyone


  • steven L

    When it is about proselytizing for Islam the US President is front and center but when it is about confronting Islamism, he is nowhere to be found.

  • Mahmoud Abbas is proud of his role in the Munich Massacre.

    Palestinian President Abbas: Paymaster of 1972 Munich Massacre Terrorists
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas financed the Abu Daoud/Black September terror call to murder 11 Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich in 1972. Read the reports, then decide.

    What a delusion and irony – Mahmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen the murdering terrorist of innocent civilians and creator of fiction and delusion.
    Arab-Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas financed the Abu Daoud/Black September terror cell to murder 11 Israeli Olympic athletes in Munich in 1972. He has a warrant for his arrest in Germany and a murder conviction in Italy with life in prison for the hijacking a cruise ship and killing an wheel-bound elderly man. . Mahmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen the head of the Arab-Palestinian Authority is also the master mind of the Achille Lauro hijacking, on 11 October 1985 they thru a wheelchair bound Jew in to the ocean to die. There is a reward on his head by the United States and Germany. This is the person you want to make peace with – how delusional can people be.
    Former PLO official Muhammad Daoud Oddeh published in France in 1999, Abu Mazen was involved in the hostage takeover at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, which led to the death of 11 Israeli athletes.
    Oddeh, known as Abu Daoud, wrote that he was the mastermind of Munich, which was carried out by the so-called Black September organization. He recalled that the plan was concocted in Rome at a meeting he held with senior PLO official Salah Khalaf, better known as Abu Iyad, and another colleague. Soon after, Abu Daoud began planning the operation. The only people he dealt with on the matter were Abu Iyad and Abu Mazen, who, Abu Iyad said, was to secure the funding.
    It was the “real” Black September, set up by Abu Iyad, Abu Daoud, and Abu Mazen as a tributary to Fatah, that was responsible for Munich.

    YJ Draiman

  • Emmett

    Is that a potato latke stuck to the back of Bennett’s skull? Lickud is far from “right wing” & clearly secular, but what makes Bennett’s party “religious” or “zionist”? They make a lot of nice noise like Lickud, but what do they actually do? Didn’t Bennett make a deal with the PM to agree on giving away a lot of Israeli land to Arabs in exchange for being allowed in the government along with several other anti Torah & anti zionist laws? He could have brought down the govt instead of allowing many Arab terrorists with blood on their hands to be freed to kill more Jews. Based on actions & history, not words alone, the only “right wing” or “religious zionist” party is Otzmah. Would the GOI reps/opportunists be in France if it were post election time? Looking at the state of terrorism Israelis have been enduring daily due to lack of government action per order of the PM (without official opposition within the govt), nobody from the current Israeli govt is a representative of how to deal with terrorism. Perhaps they are there to show the French govt how to cover up terrorism. Photo-ops, definitely.

  • Michael

    Outrageous. The appearance at the French rally of Mahoud Abbas, PA President who incites terrorism against Israel calling upon Palestinians to stab and run over Jews was bizarre. And then there were other Arab leaders standing in solidarity with people who refuse to be intimidated by terrorism or those who bankroll global Islamist terrorism. This incredible behavior defines the term chutzpah. It’s kind of like Adolf Hitler showing up at Auschwitz and standing arm in arm with the Jews against the Nazis.

  • Fred

    To view the parade of notables in Paris. In the front row Abbas and other leader who encourage terrorism is like inviting Hitler to a Barmitzwah. What a sham. Its a shame these good people had to die for fundamentalist Islam
    to have added insult to their memory and have these Arabs participate is a mockery to their memory.

  • alan ash

    Bennett is 1000% correct . abbas and the terrorists are preachers of death , how are we so suckered into us believing they want peace , they are scamming the world ,

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  • barry panensky

    Murderers in heaven. Wear is G d?


  • Michael Garfinkel

    “”The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer”

    “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam” – Barack Hussein Obama.

  • Gary Manion

    Its a shame that President Obama has chosen not to attend this unifying event. Evidently he must has a morning tee time already scheduled for this date!

  • Audrey Clement

    Folks, please reconsider your criticism of Obama. With the likes of Abbas and Qataris attending the Paris terrorism rally, I think he did right to stay away.

    I know this much. If I had a choice between attending a rally that had been coopted by the present Palestinian leadership or staying away, I wouldn’t be seen dead there–no pun intended.

  • What about Hollande’s hypocrisy when a week earlier he had voted for a Muslim terrorist state on Israel’s eastern border.

  • I completely agree with Mr. Naftali Bennett on this issue. Were those members of Islamic nations attempting to say they have nothing to do with terrorism? The Saudi’s or at least a member of the Royal family set up Al AQueda, Turkey has been persecuting Christians, as for Abbas he is linked both to Hezbollah/Iran Hamas/Qatar. What on earth were they all doing there, at least Iran had the honesty not to attend. Eygpt’s Mr. Sisi recently criticised Islam publicly and also attended a service a the Coptic Church in Cairo. Was Sisi in attendance? No media station addressed this.

  • Carla Isselmann

    It is quite obvious that Obama would never attend a ralley like Hollande organized in France, since he is one of the murderers.He is one with the Muslim Brotherhood, he is one with the Islamic terrorists, he cannot make himself seen there in Paris , because he would lose the support of all the Islamic groups that push him after 2016 into the UN-groups to fight America.

  • brian ellman

    the Jews

  • brian ellman

    Obama is notable for extending his hand of friendship to our enemies and ignoring and demeaning the friends of the United States—-He and his wife are not friends of Israel or thee

    • Dr.Joji Cherian

      Israel is the biggest enemy of America.

  • We have been gutless. Since Korea our military has not been allowed to use their full force. We have a brave military whose hands have been tied. Isis is not afraid to use all weapons at their disposal. This is World War 111. Like the Nazis these villains care little for human life. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard ROSENBERG

  • mr. H

    Per:Peace , As said,,”You can lead a horse to water., But you can’t make ’em drink.”
    These haters don’t want good

  • Abbas supports the PLO Charter which demands the murder of eight million Jews. His presence at this rally made the rally a joke.

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  • Shayna

    Islam is a political death cult masked as religion bent on world domination using barbaric acts of violence to oppress people, control people and to obtain power.

    Why when there are Islamic terrorist attacks against Jews do we hear only concern about Islamophobia? The press, leftists and media fall right into Islam’s narrative, Islam’s agitprop…Islam is a religion of peace. Don’t believe your lying eyes, just keep repeating the Islamic dogma. Why don’t we hear about the anti-Semitic hate crimes and the rising anti-Semitism after these attacks? Instead of being concerned about anti-Semitism that is actually resulting in the violent murders of Jews, the pundits, leftists, and media talks about the myth of Islamophobia. ISLAMIC AGITPROP.

  • Eric R.

    Sorry, Naftali, but you screwed up. I want you to be the next PM, but the fact is that none of you – Netanyahu, Lieberman or yourself, should have partaken in this rally. You should have strictly stuck with visiting French Jews and encouraging them to get out of that Nazi s**thole.