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January 19, 2016 2:04 pm

PA President Compares Plight of Palestinians to Armenian Genocide

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem with Armenian Christian leaders. Photo: Mahmoud Abbas' Facebook page.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem with Armenian Christian leaders. Photo: Mahmoud Abbas’ Facebook page.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas likened the plight of his populace to that of the Armenian victims of the Ottoman genocide during and after WWI, the PA’s Wafa news agency reported on Monday.

Abbas made this comparison during an Armenian Christmas celebration at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon noted the event and provided the following passages from Wafa’s English site, which highlight Abbas’ taking the opportunity of the Christian holiday to criticize Israel and honor Palestinian “martyrs”:

We, Palestinians, have gone through similar experiences with the Armenians; both of us have been repressed, terrorized and banished. As the Armenian people emigrated from their country to ours and then to another place, we are experiencing the same struggle; we emigrated in the 1948 and the refugees in Syria are migrating to the sea, into exile and to places only God knows about.

…We continue to suffer a lot because of the daily killing and slaughter; we are against murder and spilling the blood of any human being, regardless of the gender, race or religion. We value every drop of blood that comes out of any human being.

Therefore we tell our brothers and our families that we are in a state of despair and hopelessness. We realize the doors remain unlocked and the Israeli leadership is trying to shut open doors, but our resistance shall always remain peaceful and we shall not call for anything other than that. Every day we lose three or four martyrs without a single reason or justification, but we will remain patient and stand fast on our land.

The blog noted that some media outlets construed Abbas’ statement about being “against murder and spilling the blood of any human being” as a condemnation of the murder of an Israeli woman in Otniel on Sunday by a 16-year-old Palestinian terrorist (subsequently identified as 16-year-old Morad Bader Abdullah Adais from the PA-administered village of Beit Amra).

The graphic celebrating the stabbing to death of Otniel resident Dafna Meir on Sunday. Photo: Facebook.

The graphic celebrating the stabbing to death of Otniel resident Dafna Meir on Sunday. Photo: Facebook.

“Bizarrely,” Elder of Ziyon wrote, “The Jerusalem Post and i24News reported on this speech as if the main point was that Abbas was condemning the murder of Dafna Meir. He didn’t mention her and didn’t reference the attack.”

As for the PA’s valuing “every drop of blood that comes out of any human being,” Elder of Ziyon referred to a graphic published in the Palestinian news site QudsN – and shared on Palestinian social media pages — celebrating the Otniel woman’s murder.

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