It is no secret that the leaders of both Palestinian factions — the Palestinian Authority/Fatah and Hamas — long for the destruction of Israel. But it is nevertheless disheartening to see reports like this from our friends at JNS and MEMRI, which details continued Palestinian support for those who have carried out terror attacks against Israel:
In recent months, PA President Mahmoud ‘Abbas frequently participated in events at which he expressed support for prisoners and martyrs. On July 23, 2018, at a Ramallah ceremony honoring Palestinian prisoners and martyrs, during which he awarded medals to the families of the martyred prisoners and to released prisoners, he referred to the martyrs and prisoners as “pioneers” and “stars in the sky of the Palestinian people’s struggle” who “have a top priority in everything,” and stated that the payments to them and to their families would continue. He said: “We will neither reduce nor withhold the allowances of the families of martyrs, prisoners, and released prisoners, as some want [us to do]; if we had only a single penny left, we would pay it to families of the martyrs and prisoners.” Fatah Central Committee Secretary-General Jibril Rajoub described the prisoners as the sector “that has been the most important and vital in confronting the occupation for the past 51 years.”
On April 23, 2018 ‘Abbas met with a group of released prisoners who had been incarcerated in Israeli prisons for 15 years or more. One of them was Rafat Al-Jawabra, a former commander in Fatah’s military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, in Bethlehem, who was responsible for a series of shootings and for a suicide attack in the Jewish settlement of Efrat during the Second Intifada. Al-Jawabra was jailed in 2002, and was released in late 2017 after serving a 15-year sentence. Following his release, Mahmoud ‘Abbas and Fatah held a festive reception for Al-Jawabra who, while still in prison, was elected to head the local council of the West Bank village of Al-Doha. During the reception, ‘Abbas congratulated the released prisoners, saying that “the problem of the prisoners is the problem of the entire Palestinian people… The subject of the prisoners is a top priority for the Palestinian leadership, which invests every possible effort with international organizations and institutions and with the international community in order to ensure their release from the prisons of the Israeli occupation so that they will participate in the building of the independent Palestinian state whose capital is East Jerusalem.”
On April 25, 2018, ‘Abbas met with Latifa Abu Hmeid (Umm Nasser), who has been dubbed “the Al-Khansa’ of Palestine,” the mother of six terrorists, members of Hamas and Fatah, who were involved in shooting and suicide attacks against Israeli civilians. One of them, ‘Abd Al-Mun’im, was active in the Hamas military wing, the ‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, and was killed by Israel. He assisted in the murder of three Israelis in the West Bank on December 14, 1990, and the murder of another Israeli on February 13, 1994...