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Abbas Draws Fire From Palestinians for Appearing to Cry at Peres Funeral

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Image showing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas seemingly getting emotional at funeral of late Israeli President Shimon Peres. Photo: i24news screenshot.

An image of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with his head down at the funeral of late Israeli President Shimon Peres provoked the ire of Palestinian media. Photo: i24news screenshot.

An image that appeared to show Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas crying at the funeral of the late Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem on Friday drew angry responses on Palestinian media outlets and online social networks, the Hebrew news site Walla reported.

“Abbas, what is making you cry?” one Arabic-language tweet read. “Is Peres’ passing so painful?”

“Mahmoud Abbas crying at the funeral of war criminal Simone [sic] Peres who massacred thousands of innocent Lebanese and Palestinian civilians,” an English-language tweet said.

Tel Aviv-based American journalist Gregg Carlstrom took a more humoristic approach, tweeting, “Abbas is either crying, or just remembered he left the stove on.”

According to the Walla report, Abbas’ office later denied the 81-year-old leader had been crying, saying he had been focusing on listening to the translation of a eulogy.

The Palestinian news agency Maan reported that Abbas’ Fatah Party issued a statement saying the PA leader’s attendance at the Peres funeral was part of his duties as president.

Munir al-Jaghoub, the head of Fatah’s media committee, was quoted as saying that Abbas’ participation in the funeral sent a “strong message of Palestinian peace to the world.”

At Friday’s funeral, Abbas shook hands and briefly spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Long time, long time,” Abbas said to the prime minister.

Netanyahu, standing next to his wife Sara, told Abbas that his presence at the funeral was “something I appreciate very much on behalf of our people and on behalf of us.”

Shortly after Peres’ death, Abbas issued a condolence statement. “Peres was a partner in making the peace of the brave with both the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin,” Abbas said. “He exerted persistent efforts to reach a just peace from the Oslo agreement until the final moments of his life.”

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, on the other hand, stated, “The Palestinian people are very happy at the passing of this criminal who caused their blood to shed…Shimon Peres was the last remaining Israeli official who founded the occupation, and his death is the end of a phase in the history of this occupation and the beginning of a new phase of weakness.”

Peres — who served as Israel’s president from 2007-2014 and was also twice prime minister, once in the mid-1980s and again in the mid-90s, died at the age of 93 on Wednesday two weeks after suffering a stroke. His funeral was attended by dozens of top leaders from around the world, including US President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

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  • Why Mahmoud Abbas the convicted terrorist
    Abu Mazen. Mahmoud Abbas (a.k.a. Abu Mazen). The leader of the Arab PA, was born in 1935. He was one of the founding members of the ‘Fattah’ and one of the senior-most members of the Arab/Palestinian front. Abbas is also the leader of the Arab Palestinian Authority. He is also the mastermind financier of the Munich Olympic massacre and the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro his men had killed the wheel chair bound Klinghoffer, they pushed him overboard. There is a criminal conviction against Mahmoud Abbas (a.k.a. Abu Mazen) with life in prison; he is an escaped convict with multiple murders. (There was also a reward for his capture by the German and U.S. authorities).
    Mahmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen has been a part of the Fattah leadership and has helped formulate and finance all of the terror tactics devised by this group and now exported to Islamic terror organizations around the world. These tactics include assassination, plane hijacking, car bombs, and homicide bombers, child soldiers used both in Lebanon and Israel, and hate education. Now, Israeli and Western movers and shakers have been inclined to sacrifice and overlook his 50-year terrorist track record on the altar of delusion and wishful thinking, which has sanctified Oslo and its offshoots (the Hebron and Wye Accords, the Road Map and the Disengagement Plan). A U.S. colloquialism states: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” Abu Mazen aka Mahmoud Abbas and his colleagues have fooled Israel and the U.S. and others since 1993. Are Israel and the world going to be fooled once again? Mahmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen declared at his U.N speech in the summer of 2015 that he will not abide by the Terms of the Oslo Accord; therefore, The Oslo Accord is null and void. Israel can now retake full control and sovereignty over Judea and Samaria aka The West Bank.
    Abbas incites and promotes terror and violence; he supports suicide bombers and educates the children to hate and violence. Abbas and his people are also stealing hundreds of millions of dollars designated to help the impoverished Arab/Palestinian masses.
    YJ Draiman

  • Aliquantillus

    Where is his Kippah?

  • henrytobias

    Crocodile tears?

  • CarolAnnD

    They should know by now that he was actually perplexed and saying to himself: “What the hell am I doing here?”