Op-Ed: Abbas is a War Criminal: The Evidence
Giulio MeottiThe writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He has just prblished a book about the Vatican and Israel titled "J'Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel" published by Mantua Books.
Not only no word of condemnation has come from any Palestinian Arab leader for the lynching and killing of two Israeli soldiers two days apart by Palestinian Arabs. But Mahmoud Abbas and his group of terrorists are responsible for the latest round of Jew murdering.
These days Palestinian Arab groups are meeting in Ramallah to campaign for an intifada against Israel. Terrorists, Mahmoud Abbas loyalists from Fatah, are marching in the PA capital calling for new violence against the Jews. Fatah’s armed wing, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, are claiming responsibility for the slaughtering of the two IDF soldiers in Kalkilya and Hevron. After the killing of the soldier in the City of the Patriarchs, Abbas’ group claimed that “when Fatah says, it does. When Fatah promises, it fulfills”.
As far back as the 1970s, international law expert Yoram Dinstein argued that according to UN definitions, terrorism and incitement against Israelis constitute genocide. That is why the Palestinian Authority’s Chairman Abbas should be tried for crimes against humanity.
When the “moderate” Prime Minister Salam Fayyad took part to demonstrations in which products made in “Jewish settlements” were burned, he was guilty of incitement and should be tried for it.
According to Abbas, then, the 600.000 Jews of Judea and Samaria, and the soldiers who protect them, are legitimate targets for shootings, stabbings, bombings and lynchings.
The Palestinian Authority defined a terrorist as anyone “who occupies the lands of another people and displaces them by force and settles in their place”. According to Abbas, then, the 600.000 Jews of Judea and Samaria, and the soldiers who protect them, are legitimate targets for shootings, stabbings, bombings and lynchings.
Abbas is palpably guilty of inciting against the Jews and of supporting terrorism. While the two Jewish soldiers were ambushed and killed, Abbas’ television was broadcasting hate speeches against Israelis, in which Islamic speakers said that “the enemy is the Jews” and called Israel “Satan with a tail”.
Under Abbas, the PA has been waging a war of words against the Jewish state, engaging in anti-Semitic incitement of the vilest kind and using Holocaust denial, racial slurs, and Judeophobic epithets. It is a stream of hostility cultivated and implemented over the past decade under the Abbas leadership. A stream which is competing with “Der Ewige Jude”, the Eternal Jew, favored by Joseph Goebbels, in which Jews are compared to rats.
Abbas openly rewards terrorists. One of them, Mahmoud Awad Damra, who was sentenced in 2006 to 15 years in prison for his role in terror attacks against Israel, was promoted by Abbas to the rank of major-general. Abbas then bestowed the Star of Honour to Nayef Hawatmeh, the leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and convicted terrorist whose group took the lives of 22 Jewish children in Maalot.
Need more examples of Abbas’ death cult and anti-Semitic terrorism?
December 2012: Abbas honors 6 terrorists responsible for killing hundreds of Israelis and two American diplomats.
January 2013: Abbas pledges to “follow the path” of 15 terrorists responsible for killing hundreds of Jews.
March 2013: Abbas honors the murderer of 2 students.
April 2013: Abbas honors the planner of attacks that killed dozens.
May 2013: Abbas refuses to condemn his advisor who glorified a murderer, as requested by members of US Congress.
Last April, “President” Abbas receives the coffins of 91 terrorists who murdered more than 200 Jews and salutes them with wreaths and the firing of volleys of shots.
Mahmoud Abbas, who in his doctoral dissertation at Moscow Oriental College denied that gas chambers were used to murder Jews, who aims to expel and/or kill 600,000 Jews from Judea and Samaria, is like the piper in the famous Hamelin fairy tale. The real rats are the subhuman Muslim terrorists who have put his hatred into practice.
But the bigger question now faces the Israeli leadership: Is this the same “leader” you are granting sovereignity over the Samarian Jewish town of Homesh?