Liberman Calls PA a 'Terrorocracy'

FM Avigdor Liberman urges international community to act against PA, blames Palestinian incitement for escalation in Jerusalem.

Tova Dvorin ,

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) has appealed to the international community over Palestinian incitement to terror in Jerusalem, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Wednesday. The appeal came in the form of a letter to foreign ministers worldwide condemning a letter letter of condolence sent by Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the family of the perpetrator of a recent terrorist attack.

The letter, which was translated into English last week, is a condolence letter to the family of Mu'taz Ibrahim Hijazi, the terrorist who shot Temple Mount rights activist Yehuda Glick.

In his address, Liberman attempts to rally the international community into responding to the incitement. 

On October 29th, an Israeli citizen, Rabbi Yehuda Glick, was shot and severely wounded in Jerusalem by a Palestinian terrorist affiliated with Islamic Jihad, Mu'taz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi. Mr. Hijazi was subsequently killed after opening fire on Israeli law enforcement authorities who had come to arrest him.

Appallingly, rather than condemn Mr. Hijazi's act of attempted murder, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter of condolence to his family, in which he referred to Israel's law enforcement personnel as 'terrorists' and glorified Hijazi as a 'martyr' who, in carrying out this act of violence, was 'defending the rights' of the Palestinians.

Together with the generous financial support provided on an ongoing basis by the Palestinian Authority to the families of Palestinian terrorists, which is drawn from international donations, Abbas's reaction to this terrorist act serves to encourage and incentivize further acts of violence against Israelis. As chilling proof of this, even as I write these words, another Palestinian terrorist has plowed into a group of Israelis as they waited at a Jerusalem light-rail station, killing at least one person and wounding ten. 

Abbas's conduct turned the foundation of law and order and human rights on their head. In his letter, Abbas regards the victim of violence, Rabbi Glick, as a legitimate target, while the perpetrator of attempted murder, Mr. Hijazi, is hailed as a hero. In a particularly deplorable twist of logic, Mr. Abbas vilifies Israel's law enforcement personnel, who like their counterparts around the world, are tasked with safeguarding the rule of law and the physical security of Israel's citizens. 

Given the particular volatility of regional events and the heightened sensitivity currently surrounding the Temple Mount, this celebration by the Palestinian leader of an attack on an innocent Israeli civilian has severe consequences with regard to public safety. Palestinian militants interpret President Abbas's encouragement of terrorism as a signal to heighten attack on Israelis. 

Tragically, such conduct by the Palestinian leadership has long served as a catalyst for acts of terrorism against Jews. The voice of the international community is therefore vital in order to underscore that glorification of terrorism is an unacceptable departure from civilized conduct. 

Liberman later states that Abbas has a "long-standing policy of deliberately foiling any chance at arriving at a peaceful resolution of the conflict" and noted Abbas's pact with Hamas, torpedoing peace talks, and multiple statements inciting violence against Jews. 

The Foreign Minister stresses, in a direct appeal to his counterparts worldwide, that the "Palestinian leadership needs to be held accountable for glorifying terrorists and murderers, to ensure that its conduct is in accordance with accepted international norms," noting that a "society in which cold-blooded murder is revered by the head of state is not one that can be expected to pursue peaceful co-existence." 

Liberman ultimately calls the PA a "terrorocracy" and urges foreign ministers not to remain silent. 

The Foreign Minister's letter is released after three major terror attacks in Jerusalem in less than two weeks, including an attack near the Jerusalem light rail which killed a three-month-old baby and a seminary student, Glick's shooting, and Wednesday's rampage by a Hamas terrorist which killed one person and injured between five and ten others.