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Has Kerry Heard of the Palestinian ‘Hitler’?

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Originally published at Gatestone Institute.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry may soon have to come up with a new plan to help Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas solve internal problems in ruling his Fatah faction.

The only plan that Kerry has thus far proposed is one that talks about future security arrangements between a Palestinian state and Israel.

What Kerry and the State Department are probably unaware of is that Fatah, Israel’s “peace partner,” is in urgent need of a plan to rid it of its internal disputes.

What the U.S. seems not to understand is that a weak, divided and discredited Fatah will never be able to sign any agreement with Israel.

A series of events over the past few weeks have left many Palestinians wondering if Fatah will ever be able to recover and rehabilitate itself in the aftermath of its defeat by Hamas in the January 2006 parliamentary election.

These events have also raised questions as to Abbas’s ability to rein in and control his own loyalists in Fatah. Abbas, it seems, has lost control not only over the Gaza Strip, but also his Fatah faction.

The most recent crisis in Fatah erupted last week when Fatah legislator and activist Jamal Abu al Rub, who is nicknamed “Hitler,” punched senior Fatah rival Jibril Rajoub three times in the face after a violent confrontation in Ramallah’s Grand Park Hotel, where Rajoub, a former Fatah security commander, was waiting to meet with the Chinese foreign minister.

Abu al Rub later explained that Rajoub had “provoked” him, and that was why he had decided to assault him. According to Abu al Rub, about two months ago one of Rajoub’s bodyguards had assaulted him during a heated meeting of Fatah leaders in Ramallah.

Abbas, in response, decided to expel Abu al Rub from Fatah.

The decision drew strong condemnations from Abu al Rub’s supporters in the Jenin area of the northern West Bank, where dozens of Fatah activists tendered their resignations to Abbas. In a further escalation, Fatah gunmen loyal to Abu al Rub expelled Palestinian Authority policemen from the town of Qabatya near Jenin.

Palestinians have expressed fear that the fight between Abu al Rub and Rajoub could lead to an all-out bloody confrontation between supporters of the two men.

Abu al Rub has since won the admiration of many Palestinians for daring to assault one of the most powerful figures in Fatah.

“Oh Hitler, you have brought pride to the homeland and Allah,” wrote on of Abu al Rub’s fans on Facebook.

Another fan wrote: “We are all Hitler. We are with you even to death!”

The widespread support for “Hitler” reflects the state of dissatisfaction with Abbas and his top aides. Rajoub, who heads the Palestinian Football Association, is one of Abbas’s closest confidants.

By expelling Abu al Rub from Fatah, Abbas has managed to enrage many Fatah activists in the northern West Bank, who have anyway long been complaining that the Palestinian president was “marginalizing” them.

Some Palestinians see the recent events in the northern West Bank as the beginning of a mutiny against Abbas and the Palestinian Authority leadership in Ramallah.

Abu al Rub represents the “young guard” in Fatah who have always challenged Abbas and Fatah’s “old guard.”

Fatah’s “young guard” believes that the veteran leaders of their factions who came to the West Bank and Gaza Strip after the signing of the Oslo Accords 20 years ago have “hijacked” the Palestinian cause by taking exclusive control over the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas and Fatah’s veteran leaders have already succeeded in alienating many other grassroots representatives of the “young guard.”

Last month, another Fatah grassroots leader, Sufyan Abu Zaida, escaped an assassination attempt when unidentified gunmen fired 20 shots at his car. The attack on Abu Zaida came weeks after he published an article denouncing Abbas as a tyrant.

Similar attacks have also targeted prominent Fatah operatives and Abbas critics Hussam Khader and Majed Abu Shamaleh.

The infighting in Fatah does not bode well for John Kerry’s efforts to achieve peace between the Palestinians and Israel. The mounting tensions in Fatah are an indicator of what awaits Abbas if and when he signs a deal with Israel. Even worse, Fatah’s internal problems are good news for Hamas and the enemies of peace.

Palestinian Soccer Chief Demands Israel’s Expulsion from FIFA

Friday, August 16th, 2013

The Palestinian Football Association on Thursday demanded that the International federation of Football (FIFA) expel Israel, because it had refused to allow several Arab youth team players into the Palestinian Authority.

“We ask for a red card, because the yellow card has been raised now for a long time,” PFA chief Jibril Rajub told reporters in Ramallah.

In a May interview with Rajub on Lebanese TV, the host referred to “the negotiations game” with Israel, and Rajoub expressed the view that negotiations are held because the Palestinians lack military strength: “I swear that if we had a nuke, we’d have used it this very morning,” he promised.

An enterprising terrorist since the 1970s, Rajoub told AFP: “We are clinging to the red card to take away the Israeli occupation’s legitimacy and we will not accept any compromise.”

Altogether, Israel refused entry to three managers of the Jordanian football union, two UAE representatives and 13 players and managers from Iraq, according to Rajoub.

Considering the fact that Israeli citizens are officially barred from all the Arab countries, that’s a fairly reasonable number, which was based on an evaluation by the Shabac internal security service.

Israeli Soccer Association chairman Avi Luzon said this is a cheap attempt on Rajoub’s part to gain political capital, and hurt Israel in the process. Luzon said he had already responded to all of Rajoub’s complaints back in May, explaining to FIFA the security concerns behind the decision to block the entry of about 15 participants.

The vast majority of players and coaches were approved for passage into the PA from Jordan via the Allenby Bridge crossing.

The entire affair was discussed satisfactorily last month in a meeting between Luzon, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In April, 2012, the goalie of the Palestinian Olympic soccer team, Omar Abu Rois, who was also a member of Hamas, participated in an attack using AK-47 assault rifles on Israeli soldiers. The goalie and 12 others used a red Crescent ambulance in the attack.

The attack was planned and carried out under the guidance of the PA security service in Ramallah – an outfit Rajoub ran until 2002.

The Palestinian Holy Trinity: Jesus, Arafat and Abbas

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reports that The Palestinian leadership’s falsification of history by presenting Jesus as an ancient Palestinian has increased in regularity as Christmas was approaching this year. In the last month alone, the PA media has transmitted six additional PA misrepresentations of Jesus as a Palestinian, including a statement by the Governor of the Ramallah district Leila Ghannam: “The Palestinian pain is one and the joy is one. We all have the right to be proud that Jesus is a Palestinian and that Palestine is the birthplace of the religions…”

A Palestinian historian, Khalil Shoka, further added on Dec. 16: “The Christian religion started here [Bethlehem]… The entire world is focused on this city because of its important historical and traditional role… because, in the final analysis, Jesus is a Palestinian.” Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, said on PA TV on Nov. 30: “The Palestinian nation is rooted in this land since the Canaanites and the Jebusites. The Arab presence – Christian and Islamic – on this land is uninterrupted. Jesus is a Palestinian par excellence.”

In addition, there is an attempt to connect Jesus to the Palestinian leaders themselves. Senior PA leader Jibril Rajoub, a Fatah Central Committee member, said on PA TV on Nov. 29: “The greatest Palestinian in history since Jesus is Yasser Arafat,” and an editorial in the PA official daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida referred to Arafat, Jesus and Abbas as the Palestinian “holy Trinity”: “Jesus is a Palestinian; the self-sacrificing Yasser Arafat is a Palestinian; Mahmoud Abbas, the messenger of peace on earth, is a Palestinian. How great is this nation of the holy Trinity!”

PMW has documented the ongoing PA historical revision, which falsely connects the current Palestinian-Arab population to a fabricated ancient Palestinian-Arab nation. Although there is no record of any Palestinian-Arab history and no people ever identified as being part of a Palestinian-Arab nation until very recently, the PA claims they are an ancient Palestinian people in an attempt to compete with Israel’s well-documented Jewish history in the land.

While Christian tradition and the historical writings of the period portray Jesus as a Jew living in the land of Judea in Israel, the PA consistently tells its people that they are the ones connected to Jesus. This is not only a distortion of Jesus’ personal history as reported in Christian writings, it is also an anachronism. The Romans changed the name of Judea to “Palestine” in order to punish the Jewish nation after its unsuccessful rebellion, a 136 years after the alleged birth of Jesus.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/the-palestinian-holy-trinity-jesus-arafat-and-abbas/2012/12/27/

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