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November 21, 2014 2:32 pm

As Palestinians Praise Synagogue Atrocity, Mahmoud Abbas Walks Back His ‘Condemnation’

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Twitter.

Hours after this week’s terrorist atrocity at a synagogue in Jerusalem, in which four rabbis and a Druze police officer were murdered, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued a condemnation regarded by many Israelis as woefully compromised.

And now his own party is helping him walk back on that statement.

Initially, Abbas stated that he “condemns the killing of all civilians by any party, as well as the attack in a synagogue in West Jerusalem.” However, his statement also called for an end to “incursions and provocations by settlers against the Al Aqsa Mosque,” and accused “some” Israeli ministers of incitement. That was greeted with anger in Israel, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claiming that the atrocity was “the direct result of the incitement being led by Hamas and Abu Mazen [Abbas’s nom-de-guerre], incitement which the international community is irresponsibly ignoring.”

Many Palestinians, however, believe that Abbas went too far with even this statement. As blogger Elder of Ziyon reports:

A Facebook group called “Abbas does not represent me” has over 140,000 “Likes” so far. It includes this poster showing Abbas as an IDF soldier:

The group is now claiming that Abbas is afflicted with Stockholm syndrome, using as evidence a supposed quote where he says “Israelis are humans like us.”

Yet another one created after the Jerusalem attack shows Abbas with the caption “The people bless and the leadership condemns.”

Palestinian anger with Abbas partly explains the following statement from Najat Abu-Bakr, deputy for the PA president’s Fatah movement in the Palestinian Legislative Council (empa from Elder of Ziyon, who originally brought these comments to light:)

The Palestine National Liberation Organization, Fatah, has justified Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’s statements in which he condemned the operation in Jerusalem yesterday. The organization considered these statements to be political diplomacy, according to a statement by Najat Abu-Bakr, deputy for Fatah in the Palestinian Legislative Council [PLC].

Abu-Bakr expressed her belief that President Abbas’s behaviour under such conditions is the height of diplomacy because he is required to make statements like everyone else. He is responsible for the entire Palestinian people. She pointed out that the public diplomatic front does not accept bloody statements, but ones that are extremely balanced and well-thought out.

In an interview with Al-Quds radio today, Wednesday [19 November], Abu-Bakr said: “The Palestinian president is forced to speak this way before the world. These statements are responsible for the plight of the Palestinian people.” She noted that the objective behind these statements is to light up all the diplomatic signs for the world to wake up to the importance of the Palestinian cause, which the settlers have encroached on through their practices against the Palestinians.

Five Israelis were killed yesterday morning, Tuesday [18 November], and others were injured in an operation of shooting and stabbing with cleavers against extremist Jews in a synagogue on the so-called Agassi Street in the western part of occupied Jerusalem. Two Palestinians were also martyred; they were the two who carried out the attack according to reports by Israeli media sources.

Deputy Abu-Bakr clarified that President Abbas is giving the world more time to resolve the Palestinian cause, which is now going through a state of push and shove, while the scale of confrontation with the occupation is increasing. She noted that President Abbas’s statements contain a clear message addressed to those who are aspiring to make Jerusalem a city for the Jews only, that there are forces that will not show any mercy towards the settlers.

She indicated that Israel is currently using a Talmudic policy based on destruction, killing, and saturating the Palestinians with even more death, particularly since the settlers in the West Bank possess 60,000 pieces of weaponry. Yesterday, they had a similar amount added to the weapons they already have, which is a dangerous indicator. Abu-Bakr considered the Israeli victims to be extremist settlers who are storming Al-Aqsa.

Abu-Bakr clarified that the Palestinians today are facing a battle that is spearheaded by the extremists in Israel consisting of rabbis. This situation compels us to always remember that the real base for action is the West Bank, which Israel is desecrating on a daily basis with its crimes.

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  • Andreia D’vorah Isha

    Sabem quando Yisrael dominará sobre seu inimigo? Quando todos os yisraelitas juntos, como um só homem, humilharem-se perante HaShem YHVH!!! Convoquem o povo para um jejum Sagrado… Todo o YISRAEL, os de casa e os que estão cativos das nações, unidos com o mesmo propósito e no mesmo amor. Chorem! Clamem pelo socorro do HaKadosh Baruch hu que perdoa os pecados. Peçam perdão pelos vossos pecados e a exemplo do profeta Daniel, peçam perdão pelos pecados dos vossos pais. Então HaKadosh Baruch hu Melech descerá para ver a lamentação do seu escolhido e proverá o livramento. Quem lutará por nós? HaShem YHVH !

  • American

    Israel will never have peace until it returns all the land it has stolen.

    • j man

      stolen land,why you guys are dumb,hope you go back to your history class to learn about the rightful owner of thst land before the pedohilia mohammed invaded it,its a payback,

    • ralph

      Before its independence Jews were attacked by Arabs in Palestine. From its first day of independence Israel was attacked by 5 Arab armies refusing to recognize it.
      Israel was since obliged to reply to several attack from neighbourcountries. The “occupation” of “Palestinian land” was the consequence of the 6 day war of 1967. First the Arabs attack Israel and then they complain. Israel has the right and the duty to defend its citizens. If nobody attacks Israel there will be no deaths. Every death is adeath for nothing and will bring only more deaths.

  • D’vorah

    Interessante o primeiro-ministro Benjamim Netanyahu queixar-se que a comunidade internacional está de forma “irresponsável” a ignorar as atrocidades cometidas por grupos terroristas contra civis israelenses. Ora, pois, o que os goim tem que ver com as picuinhas abomináveis entre judeus e muçulmanos? Não seria pelo fato de que não há canto neste planeta que não haja ao menos um judeu metido nalgum bom negócio? E daí? O que a comunidade judaica (Israel) tem feito pelos estrangeiros? MUITO MAIS DO QUE DEVERIA! Mas isso não lhes garante o direito de observar uma aliança. Se a guerra não é minha, por que eu devo lutar? A menos que eu me garante por meio de imensos “favores”.

  • This was a PROGROM and history notes the Jewish emmigration during the 1880 progroms. The Arabs think Jews will leave.
    This time History will not Repeat.

  • A permanent solution is needed to end the killings suffered by both sides. Abbas is a very moderate person and his PLO should be recognized by Israel to corner Hammas. Then both Israel and PLO should start a dialogue under UN auspices to come to a broader settlement and vacation of occupied lands by Israel as far as possible as a gesture of goodwill. Israel may also like to appoint Arabic Jews to key posts of President/Prime Minister which will definitely contribute to promotion of peace and friendship with the Arabs. Thanks.

  • Yael Berman

    I can´t see the comments. Please, can you make it easy to access them? Thanks.

  • HaroldT38

    Why does Netanyahu not publicly chide Obama and Kerry for their silence on PA incitement !

  • Otto Schiff

    Extremists calling others extremists is the height of hypocrisy.

  • David Barrett

    I would recommend that Abu -Bakr be removed somehow or other. He just wants Jews to be killed wherever they may be. He is a disgrace to Islam.

  • Pierre Elie Mamou

    was it unexpectable?

  • Sofia B

    How utterly disgusting of Abbas and his ilks to constantly blame Israel for all their woes. Basically, hoping to kill them all, in the process destroying Israel like they did with Gaza, that was handed to them on a silver platter.

    So much hatred, lies, justifications that do not exist.
    Its so very sad.

  • American

    House slaves are a concept well known in American history. Where is Yasser Arafat’s true disciple?

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    One–Jew, Christian, or Muslim–would be a fool to respond to the nonsense Abu-Bakr and Mahmoud Abbas espoused this week after the atrocity in Har Nof. Let it be sad, though, that people possessing a rational mind and a knowledgeable sense of history know that what happened on Tuesday, November 18, 1014, was the massacre of four pious men during prayer in a synagogue and a valiant police office who endeavoured to rescue innocent human lives from the rampage of two cold-blooded murderers.

  • Billy Bumps

    Abbas is a liar by his own admission..who can believe
    him regarding anything except that he like all pals
    hate Israel/Jews,/Zionists….and wants their death and
    extermination…..where is there any truth in any
    thing said by the pals??..USA/EU if you accept anything
    that the Palestinians say….without visual verification,
    then you have been duped…you believe a lie..
    how can you serve your constituents when you are
    swayed by the lies of the Pals….

  • Robert Feldman

    IN THE WORDS OF THE “pallies” they excuse Abbas for his mild disapproval of the slaughter of 4 Holy Men praying.
    This is no more than “Political diplomacy”, ie the age old “TAQQIAH” or telling LIES to promote Sharia Law.

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    These statements by Abu Mazan’s people show that he is not a serious partner for negotiations. Like his predecessor, he talks out of two sides of his mouth. There us undue faith placed in him by the President and Kerry and the rest of the Western allies. What is important is what is said between the lines.

  • art frank

    If it walks like a savage and talks like a savage, it’s a savage. abbas is one of millions.

  • Israel needs a policy of zero tolerance to terror and violence, with no restraint to any punishment or sever action it sees fit. It must also ignore world criticism and do what is best to provide proper and assured security for its people. No appeasement and no capitulation, and no regard to international pressure or the local pressure to ease the actions and punishment, when it comes to the security of the country and its population.

  • I’m glad Fatah has representatives like Najat Abu-Bakr speaking for them. Any one with an ounce of brains in their head can see the true intentions of Fatah are inline with those of Hamas and there will never be piece in Isreal until Isreal has a true partner to peace.
    Hamas/Fatah glorify death, the jewish people celebrate LIFE. Wake up isreal and defend yourself or expel these people from your land.

  • Anthony Aloysious

    Dear Author

    You made no mention of international law and specifically the ruling of the International Court of Justice or UN Security Council Resolutions 476 and 478 concerning the illegal occupation of the Palestinian Territories. There are over 150 UN Resolutions plus the ruling of the International Court of Justice in the Hague with respect to the 421 mile illegal “wall” which the EU and UN both condemned.

    Likud reject the right of Palestine to exist and reject the international status of Jerusalem (as per UN Security Council Resolutions 476 and 478).

    What about the charters of Nafatali Bennett’s Home Party? This gentleman is part of the coalition that supports Mr Netanyahu.

    Members of the Knesset advocated sustained massacres against the Palestine people – inflammatory comments by Ayelet Shaked are brought to mind. We should not forget – Moshe Feiglin, the deputy speaker of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, who had published a plan for the total destruction of the Palestinian people in Gaza.

    Baruck Goldstein who had sprayed Palestinian people with his automatic Galil rifle in the Palestinian city of Hebron. Goldstein is revered by settlers.
    West Bank mosque torched in suspected settler attack. Eyewitnesses said Israeli settlers arrived at the Nablus-area mosque after midnight and carried out attack.
    Also see:
    Israeli Supreme Court upholds law allowing housing discrimination against Palestinians:
    Palestine is occupied and has Israel has not complied with the International Court of Justice or over 150 UN Resolutions. Palestine was recognised again in 2012 by a massive 138 countries.

    The new Palestinian Government is made up of technocrats and has been acknowledged by the EU and US.

    Thank you.

    • Olivia Evangelista

      Thank you. Please also see below.

      Resolution 478 (1980) of 20 August 1980

      The Security Council, recalling its resolution 476 (1980); reaffirming again that the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible; deeply concerned over the enactment of a “basic law” in the Israeli Knesset proclaiming a change in the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, with its implications for peace and security; noting that Israel has not complied with resolution 476 (1980); reaffirming its determination to examine practical ways and means, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, to secure the full implementation of its resolution 476 (1980), in the event of non-compliance by Israel ; Censures in the strongest terms the enactment by Israel of the “basic law” on Jerusalem and the refusal to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions;

  • nelson marans

    Comments apparently are not being received.

  • It’s time to arrest Abu Mazen, try and convict him, and
    put him in a place where he can no longer incite his
    terrorist followers to such murderous acts as took place
    in the synagogue and on the streets of Jerusalem with
    knives and vehicles these past several weeks. The soul of little Chaya cries out for justice. “Justice, justice, you shall pursue!” Inaction only encourages more heinous acts.
    Witness the threat to assassinate Lieberman.

  • Jacob Corman

    when are we going to stop giving our sworn enemies more goodies. until they stop all transgressions against the State of Israel and its citizens, primarily Jewish, no palestinian should be allowed to enter the Temple Mount for any reasons, what so ever.

  • nelson marans

    By this time, we should realize that that Mahmoud Abbas is a clone of Yasir Arafat, unwilling to make a peace which allows Israel to exist. He should be treated accordingly.