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Abbas's Fatah Calls for Violent 'Revolution' in Jerusalem

Fatah online campaign to 'rise up' and 'demand blood' after Arab youth murdered, in what looks to be criminal, not 'revenge,' act.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 7/3/2014, 10:11 PM

Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas
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Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction has launched a full campaign calling for a violent "revolution" against Israel, following the abduction and murder of a young Arab resident of Jerusalem on Wednesday.

The murder of Mohammed Abu-Khder (16) has been jumped upon by many claiming it was Jewish "revenge" for the murder of the three Israeli teens, with Arab mobs attacking police and destroying parts of Jerusalem's light rail, causing substantial damage which could take months to fixand leaving several Jerusalem suburbs without little or no public transport.

However, doubt has been thrown on the "revenge" theory after Channel Two report noted Abu-Khder's parents gave conflicting testimony to police over a previous alleged attempted kidnapping of their younger son. Mohammed's mother claimed that "settlers" had attempted to snatch the boy, while the father insisted they were in fact Arabs. Police sources have also indicated the family has internal conflicts, suggesting a criminal motive to the murder.

Nevertheless, Fatah called for local Arabs to "rise up" and "declare a revolution" for Israel to "get out," according to Palestinian Media Watch, which translated the statements.

Fatah on Thursday posted to Facebook a quote of former PA Chairman Yasser Arafat, who stated "blood demands blood; millions of martyrs are marching to Jerusalem." Another post read "Jerusalem, declare a revolution!"

Another post Wednesday showing a photo of burning tires and a stone-throwing Arab child, Fatah wrote "My mother taught me that my stone is my weapon; that I am Palestinian only through my struggle; she taught me to shout that this is my land, so get out!"

In fact Fatah was calling for "blood" even before the body of Abu-Khder was found, writing on Tuesday hours after the three Israeli teens were buried "an oath in the name of the Lord of the Universes, O sons of Zion: blood for blood."

Fatah Central Committee members also got in on the action, with Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization Mahmoud Al-Aloul writing on Facebook Wednesday "rise up, rebels of Jerusalem, rise up for the soul of Mohammed (Abu-Khder), and (for) all the martyrs of Palestine."

Al-Aloul added on Thursday "we warn the settler herds and the occupation state not to continue in their transgressions, and our response will be severe - an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." He added the hashtags #ThirdIntifada and #Palestinerevolts.

Fatah previously justified the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens Naftali Frenkel, Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Sha'ar.