After Palestinians Deny Incitement, Official Calls for Shooting Israelis
A senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official repeatedly called for Palestinians to take up arms against Israelis in an article published last week in prominent Palestinian media outlets. The story was first reported on by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
Issa Karake, the director of the PLO’s Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, accused Israel of trying to kill Palestinian prisoners who were then participating in a hunger strike.
“[The prisoners] are being murdered [by Israel] in silence, through an official and planned method,” Karake wrote last Wednesday on the Prisoners’ Affairs commission’s website. “They are melting, bleeding, and dissipating. If one prisoner will fall, the entire world will fall. The world will die if a Palestinian prisoner will die. … Break the pens, look for a gun and bullets. Do not look at your watches, the time is up.”
More calls to arms were added when the Palestinian news site Al-Quds published the article a day later: “enough, let every one of us look for a gun and bullets.”
This blatant example of violent incitement contradicts Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ assertion during meetings with US President Donald Trump that Palestinians raise their youth in a “culture of peace.”
Trump reportedly scolded Abbas for his claims when the two leaders met again last week in Bethlehem.
“You tricked me in DC! You talked there about your commitment to peace, but the Israelis showed me your involvement in incitement [against Israel],” Trump may have said to Abbas, according to an American source cited in a report on Israel’s Channel 2.
Just before Trump’s trip, the Palestinian Authority (PA) named two public squares after terrorists Karim and Maher Younes. The two Israeli Arab cousins were convicted in the 1980 kidnapping and murder or Israeli soldier Abraham Bromberg.
And on Sunday, Abbas personally appointed Karim Younes to Fatah’s governing institution — its Central Committee.
The PA’s Justice Ministry “emphasized that the decision of the Fatah Movement leadership — led by President Mahmoud Abbas — to appoint the veteran prisoner Karim Younes to the Fatah Central Committee is the clearest and severest response to the campaign being led by Israel to accuse the prisoners [of terrorism],” the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported on Sunday.
President Trump and US lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have raised concerns about the PA’s program of paying terrorists and their families. But Abbas is unlikely to end the program, with a top aide calling the idea “insane.”
Amid growing pressure to halt this practice, it is important to note that Abbas is directly behind the policy concerning terrorist transfers, and is personally responsible for fueling Palestinian hatred against Israelis.