US President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on May 23, 2017. Photo: The White House.
Despite Palestinian assurances to US President Donald Trump’s administration not to incite support for terror, newspapers associated with the ruling Fatah faction in the Palestinian Authority (PA) have joined with official spokespersons from several Palestinian ministries in praising the three terrorists who murdered Hadas Malka, a 23-year-old Israeli policewoman, in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday.
“The smell of blood will continue to surround the holy and occupied city [of Jerusalem] until dawn. There are young people that wanted to say a clear ‘No!’ to the occupation in their way,” declared an editorial in the official PA daily Al-Hayat-Al-Jadida, in a translation made available by the Israeli watchdog Palestinian Media Watch.
The PA Ministry of Health hailed the three terrorists as “martyrs.”
“Three young people were shot by occupation forces and died as Martyrs,” a statement from the ministry said, before demanding “that the international community seriously examine providing international defense to the defenseless Palestinian people.”
A spokesman for Fatah, which is led by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, blamed the international community for “encouraging” Israel to commit “crimes” such as the shooting of the three terrorists after they stabbed Hadas Malka.
“The silence of the international community in light of the continuation of the occupation and its crimes, which have not stopped for even one moment, encourages Israel to permit the spilling of Palestinian blood. The despicable crime that was committed today in cold blood and claimed the lives of three Palestinians is nothing but proof of that,” Osama Al-Qawasmi declared.
Malka’s funeral took place early on Sunday morning in the southern coastal city of Ashdod. “Get up, Hadassi, tell us it’s a dream,” her brother Guy declared at her graveside. “A damned terrorist destroyed all our dreams. We’ll never forget you as our hero sister who protected Jerusalem.”
Leading PA officials including Abbas have routinely assured US President Donald Trump and his colleagues that they reject terrorism and oppose incitement.
“Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace,” Abbas told Trump during their meeting
at the White House in May.