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Abbas's Organization Praises Girl's Shooter

An official Fatah Facebook page lauds “the sniper of Palestine” who, it predicts, will strike again.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 10/6/2013, 3:54 PM

Shimon Peres, John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas at the World Economic Forum in Amman, 2013
Shimon Peres, John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas at the World Economic Forum in Amman, 2013
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Following the terror attack Saturday in which a terrorist shot a nine-year-old girl in the neck at short range, an official Facebook page run by Fatah praised the attacker, and predicted he would strike again.

The incitement has been reported by watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch.

Fatah is the organization whose chairman, Mahmoud Abbas, is also Chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the body that rules over parts of Judea and Samaria since the early 1990s and with which Israel is conducting “peace talks.”

The administrator of the Facebook page makes a connection between the shooting Saturday, which occurred at Psagot, near El Bireh, and the killing of an IDF soldier by a sharpshooter in Hevron two weeks ago.

"The sharpshooter of Palestine has passed here,” the administrator writes. “He greeted Hevron and rested at El Bireh. Between these two parts of the homeland, he left a manly signature. He saluted and went on his way, and went on to a new place with a new signature, as he tells the tale of those who love the homeland.”

The Facebook page is named “Fatah – The Central Page.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu mentioned PA incitement when he spoke during the weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday and shared his reaction to the terror attack the night before in which 9-year-old Noam Glick was shot at close range.

"The Israeli Government is treating the terrorist attack on the 9-year-old girl from Psagot very seriously. We are not at all pleased that our security and defense measures did not prevent this, during the calmest year in over a decade in terror attacks."

"We have identified an increase in terror attacks lately, and I must say, as long as their media incitement continues, the Palestinian Authority can not absolve themselves of responsibility for these events."

Netanyahu stressed that nothing will help the various inciters and murderers, because "we are here and we are here to stay."

However, he did not announce any ultimatum regarding the continued incitement, and did not say he would cease seeing the PA as a "peace partner."

"From the Government's office, I wish a complete and speedy recovery to little Noam, and extend my support to her family. We are all praying for peace and we support all of the residents of Psagot," Netanyahu summed up.