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September 21, 2015 3:59 pm

After Watchdog Report, PM’s Office Confirms PA Culpability for Surge in Attacks Against Jews

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The upswing in Palestinian violence is attributed by the Prime Minister's Office to PA incitement. Photo: Facebook.

The upswing in Palestinian violence was attributed by the Prime Minister to PA incitement. Photo: Facebook.

The Palestinian Authority and Fatah are behind the latest spate of violence against Jews in Jerusalem, according to a watchdog report released on Sunday.

The report, prepared by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) director Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, bases its conclusion about the rock-throwing attacks – one of which was responsible for the death of Alexander Levlovitch, whose car was pelted by Palestinians as he drove home from a Rosh Hashanah dinner — on a series of statements made last week by officials in the PA-controlled press.

The report provides the following four items that appeared in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida last Monday.

1. “Dr. Nabil Shaath [Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner of International Relations] stated … that the continuation of the Israeli occupation’s attacks on the Noble Sanctuary [i.e., Jews visiting the Temple Mount] and the Ribat fighters [those carrying out religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic] will be the spark that sets off the impending explosion, whose onset and scope no one can predict. Likewise, he called on the Palestinian and Arab masses to carry out riots of rage.”

2. “Official Fatah Spokesman in Jerusalem Raafat Alayan called on ‘all Palestinian bodies and national and Islamic factions in all regions of the homeland to enlist and go to the areas of conflict in order to ‘explode’ in front of the occupier and its assistants because of its repeated actions and attacks against the Al-Aqsa [Mosque].’ Likewise, he noted that the Fatah movement called on all the schools in Jerusalem, including the Husni Al-Ashhab School, to go out to the streets in order to express their support of the destination of the Prophet Muhammad’s Night Journey [the tradition that he flew to Al-Aqsa Mosque], and their opposition to its desecration by the settlers…”

3. “Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein warned of the Israeli enemy’s attack against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem… Abu Al-Einein stated that the Israeli enemy aims to destroy about half of the Al-Aqsa Mosque after it completely takes it over, and called on the Arab and Islamic nations to intervene immediately on all levels in order to restrain Israel and defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque from what the Jewish extremists are plotting against it. Abu Al-Einein called on our people everywhere to come to Al-Aqsa and carry out Ribat, and not to leave it as easy prey for the plots of the Israeli extremist right to destroy it and build the alleged Temple in its place. He concluded with a call to Fatah movement members and all of the factions to enlist for Jerusalem and carry out widespread public uprisings, in order to make the enemy pay a price for its actions ‘because the hand that will be raised against the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] will be amputated.’”

4. “The official spokesman of [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas], Nabil Abu Rudeineh stated: ‘We strongly condemn the occupation’s army and police invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the attack of [Muslim] worshipers. East Jerusalem and the places holy to Islam and Christianity are a red line, and we will not sit idly by in the face of these attacks.’ He added that President Abbas has held intensive discussions with all Arab regional and international bodies, and especially with Jordan, Morocco, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, in order to deal with the fierce attack taking place against the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

When asked whether the Israeli government concurs with the assessment that the violence is being encouraged by the Palestinian leadership, an official in the Prime Minister’s Office readily referred The Algemeiner to the following statements Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made on this very issue during yesterday’s weekly cabinet meeting:

“I would like to say something about the Temple Mount. Israel is committed to maintaining the status quo. We are not altering the status quo. Elements that incite with baseless, wild provocations – to the effect that Israel is trying to prevent Muslim prayer on the Temple Mount or wants to destroy the mosques, or other wild things that are being said – it is they who are inciting. This incitement comes from the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic Movement in Israel, Hamas, and – to our chagrin – with the active participation of the Palestinian Authority.

“Therefore, if someone complains about the development of this situation, they would do best to direct their criticism, not towards Jerusalem, but rather towards Ramallah, Gaza and agitators in the Galilee, and unfortunately, towards Turkey, from which incitement issues forth on a daily, even hourly, basis, not only the throwing of firebombs, but also something new – bringing explosives and pipe bombs onto the Temple Mount. Explosives in the Al-Aqsa Mosque are explosives. “

Israel Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told The Algemeiner that security is being heightened in and around Jerusalem to prevent and respond to the disturbances.

“These are taking place in Arab neighborhoods, as well, where police have been injured,” Rosenfeld said. “We have arrested more than 60 suspects in ongoing operations, in order to crack down on and deal with the violence. Assessments are made on a day-to-day basis, and we are taking the upcoming Yom Kippur and Sukkot holidays into account.”

Though this could change at any moment, Rosenfeld said, “The situation is calm, but tense.”



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  • pena capital para los terrorista y sus incitadores, deberian dejar caer rocas desde helicopteros o globos a los tira piedras, al no ser armas de fuego nadie reclamar

  • Jerusalem Was NEVER A Muslim Holy City Or An Arab Capital!

    Arabs turn their back on the Dome of the Rock to pray towards Mecca, Ramadan

    Let’s do a quiz of association.

    What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say JERUSALEM?

    If your answer was “Holy City”, then you are either Jewish or you believe in the Jewish connection to the city of Jerusalem. If you are Christian, Jerusalem is holy to you because Jesus, who was a Jew, lived there. Therefore, it is holy as the Jewish capital and the home of the two Jewish Temples that stood in Jerusalem.

    If you are a Muslim, I am sure you are probably offended by the mere suggestion that Jerusalem was NEVER a Muslim holy city or an Arab capital of any kind, but since you cannot hurt me or blow me up, you’re going to have to face these historical truths and be content with writing violent reactions in the comments section below.

    Facts To Prove Jerusalem Was NEVER A Muslim Holy City 1. The Quran While Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible (Tanach) over 600 times, it is NEVER mentioned in the Quran, not once! Many Muslims claim this is a lie and claim the word Al Aqsa means Jerusalem. Al Aqsa literally means “The Farthest Mosque” and in no way does it mean Jerusalem.
    Jews have in their daily prayers and blessings the longings to Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple. Most Jewish holidays are in memory and celebration of Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple. In the Jewish wedding ceremony we break a glass in memory of the destruction of Jerusalem.

    Jerusalem Was Never An Arab Capital

    While King David made Jerusalem the capital of the Land of Israel, never in the history of the world was Jerusalem ever a capital city of an Arab country, certainly not one called Palestine which NEVER existed!

    You show me a single Arab country in the history of the world who held Jerusalem as its capital, I take down the Israel Shield blog!

    Desecration of the Temple Mount

    Whether you’re Jewish, Christian or Buddhist, you treat your temples and churches with respect and violence is simply not allowed in a place of worship. Watch these Muslims actually destroy furniture and carpets from the Mosque on the Temple Mount. Their lack of respect is witness to the fact that they clearly know that there is nothing holy to them and that the only reason they are holding on to that site is because they are fully aware that it is where the Jewish Temple once stood and will soon stand again. The mosque located on the Temple Mount was originally called Bayt al-Muqaddas which literally means built on the Mikdash (the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem)

    There is one more historical fact that proves Jerusalem was NOT a Muslim holy city and that is, IT WAS A JEWISH ONE!

    No one who disputes the fact that King David was the first to make Jerusalem a capital city.
    No one disputes that David’s son Solomon built the first Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
    No one disputes the second Temple was also built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem
    No one disputes the fact that the Romans ransacked the Temple, slaughtered the Jews and kicked them out of Israel.
    No one disputes that Muslims forcible conquered and occupied Jerusalem and built their mosque on the place of the Jewish Temple
    For those of you who are planning on visiting Rome, you might want to check out Titus Arch which clearly depicts the Roman ransacking of the Temple vessels.

    The fact is, Jews were in Jerusalem before Islam ever existed. Jerusalem was the Jewish capital of Israel before Washington was called the capital of America or London was the capital of England and Paris was the capital of France, so before you demand we give our Holy Capital City to those who come with a fictitious claim backed with terrorism and Jihad, I would ask you to give your capitals to those who call for your destruction as well!

    “The French build in Paris, the English build in London and Israel builds in Jerusalem. Should we tell Jews not to live in Jerusalem because it stirs things up?”

    Even the Israeli Shekel comes from the Temple times. On the right is what the new shekel looked like and on the left is a coin from the Jewish revolt against the Romans.

    Almost everywhere Archaeology excavations is conducted in Greater Israel and Jerusalem, the keep discovering Jewish structures and civilization that dates back thousands of years before Muslim religion was invented.

    For those of you pointing a finger at Israel, you are not only strengthening lies, you are actually motivating those who burn your flags and behead those who believe in freedom.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Until such time as Israel treats these terrorists and their leaders as the potential murderers that they are and with the severity they deserve, there will be no surcease of this violence.

    How many Israeli deaths will it take to initiate suitable actions?

  • steven L

    What about using the Trump way! All the “gangsters” should be picked-up and kicked out of the country.
    Accusing the perpetrators is not a solution. Outrage is not a response!
    Are we witnessing like in the US, Ineptitude, Impotence and Incompetence? All the results of PC!!!! In shrt, the destruction of western democracies by Socialists Alinskites?

  • brenrod

    anyone connected to the rioting should be deported from Israel Its time to drain the swamp of Jew killers.

  • Pastor CJ CLM

    Those wicked Pestilinians love to attack around God’s holy days! Israel is way too soft on them.

  • Dr Shaath should read the Bible: it explains both ‘onset & scope’. Same for Messrs Alayan, Abu Al-Einein & Mahmoud. The written Word is eternally true.

  • My response to this is the same as the Protestant Ministers response, for both have the same underlying problems which are not being properly addressed — until that time, nothing will change.

    1 – Muslims are not altering the status quo, they are violating the underlying sanctity of the site to all religions
    2 – Israelis are also violating terms of the status quo by doing the same thing, but in a less provocative way.
    3 – there are greater issues at work here, but not acknowledged by any side.

    The problems will continue until Israelis and Palestinians come to peaceful terms to their respective statehoods.

    • steven L

      Where have you been all these years?
      For the Pal, peace requires the elimination of Israel! Until then NO PEACE!

    • Ivana Talya Tufakov

      There are not “underlying problems” – there is only ONE “underlying problem”. And that is, that the Arabs want the Jews either completely out of Israel, Palestine, the Holy Land (pick your preference) or DEAD.

      Apparently you don’t seem to “get” why Israelis won’t agree to this.

  • Liza Jones

    Are there no legal avenues which Israel can use to charge these entities with incitement to violence against the State? It baffles me that these leaders can foment aggression that results in death and yet not be held to account.
    I’d be considering them legitimate targets for neutralizing, in some way.

  • Emanuel

    Thank you Obama for taking a stand and defending Iran’s right to wage jihad and kill Palestinians and Israelis while subjugating Africa (whole continent) to China and Russia wholesale, stay classy!