Following another shocking terror attack in Jerusalem today when two Arab-East Jerusalem residents entered a synagogue and massacred four worshippers and injured many others including a police officer, blame has been squarely placed by some at the door of Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas.
During recent weeks, in which the Jewish State has suffered a number of vicious terror attacks from Arabs, President Abbas openly spoke about using violence to prevent Jews from entering their most holy site, the Temple Mount, which sits above the Western Wall, by “any means.”
Controversy was sparked today when the Israeli Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) head Yoram Cohen claimed that the attacks were not due to Abbas, stating that the Palestinian President “isn’t inciting terrorism.”
But in an interview recorded on November 5 on Palestinian State TV with PA Supreme Sharia (Islamic law) Judge and Abbas adviser Mahmoud al-Habbash, the judge openly admitted that Abbas was inciting terror and was even an implicit part of it.
Al-Habbash used the term “ribat,” meaning a religious war or conflict to defend or reconquer land defined as Islamic, in describing the recent wave of terror attacks sweeping over Jerusalem.
As you can see in the YouTube video below of that interview, which is translated in English by Palestinian Media Watch, al-Habbash speaks openly and gleefully about the incitement from Abbas and others.
“First of all, allow me to say that we kiss every forehead, every hand and even every foot that carries out ribat at the al-Aqsa Mosque and in Jerusalem…We are behind them. The leadership is with them… we are with them in every movement, in every action and every deed, and we welcome what they are doing at the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Abbas himself is quoted as saying that Jewish presence on the Temple Mount, which is also the site of Islam’s third holiest site, the al-Aqsa Mosque, “defiles” the holiness of the site, suggesting that Jews are unclean in some way, “they have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it.”
The fact that Mahmoud Abbas gained his doctorate for a paper essentially denying the Holocaust speaks volumes about the man who is supposed to represent Palestinian hopes for peace and a better future for all people in the Middle East.