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US House Condemns Anti-Israel Incitement

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(Photo: youtube screenshot)

Two weeks ago, we reported the heartening news that the U.S. House of Representatives was debating a bill against anti-Israel incitement. This week, the House passed said bill, which condemns the Palestinian Authority’s incitement of violence against Israel and her citizens:

“The House has sent a clear message to the Palestinian leadership that its anti-Israel incitement causing so much of the recent tension, violence, and terror will no longer be tolerated,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement issued after the resolution vote. “There should be no doubt that the Palestinian Authority sets the tone with its incitement, resulting in the recent wave of attacks that we’re seeing against innocent Israeli civilians.”

Deutch said following the vote that the recent wave of terror attacks in Israel “is a direct result of incitement by Palestinian leaders accusing Israel of changing the status quo on the Temple Mount…”

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Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 at 2:06 PM  | Stand For Israel

In Europe, Abbas Gets Red Carpet – and Hard Questions

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(Photo: flickr/foreignoffice)

On his recent trip to Europe, P.A. head Mahmoud Abbas received the expected warm welcome from European leaders. But, reports JTA’s Cnaan Liphshiz, Abbas also faced some hard questions regarding his incitement of the Palestinian people toward terrorist attacks against Israel:

“We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem,” Abbas said on Palestinian television in September.

The organizers of the anti-Abbas demonstration in The Hague wrote in a statement: “It defies logic that the Dutch government should receive with all honors the Palestinian Authority, which urges its population to kill Jews…”

At the CIDI meeting, the delegation patiently listened to Abbas’ complaints about Netanyahu. When he was finished, Joep de Geus, the 22-year-old chairman of CIDI’s youth department, read to him a quote from Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen, who on Oct. 7 said that the murder of a settler couple the previous week in front of their children was a case of “one fulfilling his national duty voluntarily, as best as one can.”

Looking at Abbas, de Geus asked: “Your excellency, do we really need a trilateral committee to tell us whether this is incitement?”

“We the Palestinians are not perfect,” Abbas replied, “but these things need to be discussed as a whole.”

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at 10:20 AM  | Stand For Israel

President Abbas, Tell Your People to Stop Stabbing Us

(Photo: U.S. State Dept.)

(Photo: U.S. State Dept.)

Just today, three more Israelis – including a helpless elderly woman – were injured in a stabbing attack in Rishon Letzion. This follows the many stabbings – and thwarted stabbings – that have ravaged Israel for the past month. The Times of Israel’s founding editor David Horovitz writes that Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas must tell the Palestinians to stop terrorizing the Jewish people:

President Abbas, if you truly care about your people, you need to tell them to stop stabbing us.

They’ve killed about a dozen Israelis in the last month or so, and maybe three times that number of Palestinians have died in the attempt — suicidal stabbers, kamikaze knifers.

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Monday, November 2nd, 2015 at 8:17 AM  | Stand For Israel

Outrage at Abbas and UNHRC

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

This morning, Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas briefed a special meeting of the UN Human Rights Council. During the meeting, Abbas proceeded with vitriol against Israel – accusing the Jewish state of aggression against the Palestinian people despite the terror and incitement emanating from his own government and people.

The past few weeks have been devastating for Israel and the Jewish people, as lone-wolf attacks have left nearly a dozen dead, dozens more injured, and an entire population in fear. These attacks have been random, and without warning across the Jewish state. Parents have been shot to death in front of their children. A family of five was attacked by a firebomb. A teenaged boy was stabbed while riding his bicycle. Where is the world’s outrage? Why is Abbas given the platform to mislead the international community about the source of this violence?

According to Abbas, the formula for peace “is very simple.” The “…[Jewish] state must end occupation of land.” He failed to note that to him – and to the rest of the Palestinian population – this “occupation” is the very existence of the Jewish state. To Abbas, all Palestinian violence against Israel is justified because there should be no Israel.

After an hour of this vitriol, Abbas received a standing ovation from his audience. Words cannot describe our outrage.

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 8:41 AM  | Stand For Israel

Abbas and Hamas Promoting Violence in Jerusalem

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(Photo: flickr/News Agency)

While Palestinian leadership – both the P.A.’s Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas officials – denounce violence when speaking to the media that so adores them, they still promote violence against Israel. Former national security adviser Elliott Abrams writes that the Palestinians only “seek to maintain order where they rule, but promote violence where they do not”:

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas was quick to denounce the violence and arson at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. Moreover, he has instructed Palestinian Authority police to prevent a new intifada. But this is the same Abbas who has encouraged violence. He continues to spread the lie that Israel is undermining the Haram al-Sharif or Temple Mount, and said “Al-Aqsa is ours and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. They have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet.” He has verbally supported violence, reacting to the series of stabbings this way: “Each drop of blood that was spilled in Jerusalem is pure blood as long as it’s for the sake of Allah. Every shahid (martyr) will be in heaven and every wounded person will be rewarded, by Allah’s will.”

In Gaza, Hamas tries to prevent Islamic Jihad and other groups from launching attacks into Israel, and restrains its own cadres. But Hamas has glorified the stabbings and killings of recent days and urged its followers to go out and kill Jews.

Why the apparent contradictions? Simple: both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are saying “NIMBY”, or  “not in my backyard…”

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 8:32 AM  | Stand For Israel

Amid Wave of Terror, US Cuts $80 Million in Aid to PA

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

While it may seem that many in the international community have not taken notice to the rash of terror attacks threatening Israel, the Jewish state’s closest ally has taken action. Israel Hayom’s Yoni Hersch reports that because of the wave of terror by Palestinians, the United States is cutting $80 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority:

Terrorism doesn’t pay: Against the backdrop of the ongoing wave of Palestinian terrorism, the Obama administration has decided to cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority by 22% (amounting to $80 million).

An Al-Monitor report quoted congressional sources describing the cut as a “message” to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas regarding Palestinian incitement against Israel…

Meanwhile, the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted unanimously last week to approve a resolution condemning Abbas and other Palestinian leaders for anti-Israel incitement.

“The Palestinian Authority has not fully lived up to its prior agreements with Israel to end incitement and should do more to prepare the Palestinian people for peace with Israel,” the resolution said…

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Monday, October 26th, 2015 at 8:37 AM  | Stand For Israel

US House Resolution Would Accuse Palestinian Authority of Incitement

(Photo: U.S. Government)

(Photo: U.S. Government)

The United States continues to be a supporter of Israel, even during the difficult times the Jewish state is currently experiencing. The Jerusalem Post’s Michael Wilner reports that today in Washington, D.C., the House passed a resolution against the Palestinian Authority’s incitement:

The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday debated and passed a resolution that would condemn the Palestinian Authority for “anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement.”

The non-binding resolution, drafted by Congressman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida) and Ted Deutch (D-Florida), lists a host of statements from PA leadership made since 2013 that its authors consider inflammatory. Noting that the Oslo II agreement, signed in 1995, forbids such rhetoric, it condemns PA President Mahmoud Abbas for praising the killers of Israelis as “heroes,” for labeling Jews a “contaminating” presence on the Temple Mount (Haram al-Sharif) and for encouraging bloodletting in Jerusalem.

The resolution urges Abbas and Palestinian Authority officials “to discontinue all official incitement and exert influence to discourage anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement in Palestinian civil society” and directs the State Department “to regularly monitor and publish information on all official incitement by the Palestinian Authority against Jews and the State of Israel.”

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 at 12:38 PM  | Stand For Israel

Abbas Lies Again



Last night, Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas made claims that Israel had “executed” a young terrorist. Today, however, these claims are shown to be lies, reports Arutz Sheva’s Ido Ben Porat, as the terrorist is in stable condition and is about to be released from the hospital:

Israel “executed the child Ahmed Mansara in cold blood, just like they do to other children in Jerusalem and other Palestinian territories,” Abbas said in a speech broadcast on PA television.

In fact, the young terrorist was hit by a car as he ran through the streets of Pisgat Ze’ev armed with a massive knife, leaving him injured but alive. Ironically, he is now receiving high-level medical care in an Israeli hospital.

Mansara’s accomplice, his 15-year-old cousin Mahmoud Mansara, was, however, shot dead – after charging at police with a knife.

Despite Palestinian claims of innocence, the cousins’ religiously-fueled rampage through the streets of Jerusalem was recorded almost in its entirety by CCTV cameras, in harrowing footage released Wednesday by police.

In Jerusalem, the Prime Minister’s Office reacted angrily to Abbas’ speech, accusing the PA chairman of continuing his campaign of “incitement and lies.”

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Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at 9:13 AM  | Stand For Israel

Abbas Calls for Murder, Palestinians Attack

(Photo: Flickr/ IDF)

(Photo: Flickr/ IDF)

Over the past few years, Palestinian Authority (P.A.) head Mahmoud Abbas has claimed he does not want another intifada against Israel. However, writes Gatestone Institute’s Khaled Abu Toameh, the rising attacks on Israelis by Palestinians show that the P.A.’s hateful rhetoric is indeed provoking anti-Israel violence:

The Palestinian Authority also bears responsibility for the wave of terror attacks: its leaders never condemned the murder of the four Jews near Nablus and in the Old City of Jerusalem. By refusing to denounce the attacks, Abbas and the PA leadership are sending a message to Palestinians that it is fine to murder Jewish parents in front of their children, or Jews on their way to pray at the Western Wall. Instead of condemning the murder of the Jews, the Palestinian Authority chose to denounce Israel for killing the two Palestinians who carried out the Jerusalem attacks. By doing so, the PA is actually inciting Palestinians to seek revenge for the “cold-blooded execution” of the two assailants.

The Palestinian Authority and its leaders are in no position today to condemn the killing of any Jews, simply because it is the PA itself that has been encouraging such terrorist attacks through its ceaseless campaign of incitement against Israel.

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 9:08 AM  | Stand For Israel

Abbas’ Nightmare Vision

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

In today’s Daily Dispatch, we report on Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the United Nations yesterday – a speech that disavowed any past agreements with Israel. Today, The Algemeiner’s Ben Cohen writes of what Israel can expect if Abbas’ vision comes to pass:

The problem is that Abbas has little control over how events pan out. Many Palestinians resent him and his corrupt, nepotistic rule, while quite a few openly detest him. As Abbas weakens in the West Bank, Hamas—with whom he fought a bitter civil war in Gaza in 2007—becomes strengthened. And that’s not to mention the terrorist groups in the wider region, like Islamic State and Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria, who are salivating at the prospect of the West Bank turning into Afghanistan. Nor can we ignore the machinations of the Iranian regime, which now exercises supreme control in Syria and Iraq.

Ironically, the first victims of a collapse along these lines would be Abbas and his regime, as well as the growing Palestinian middle class in Ramallah and its environs. They may not like Israel’s presence, but how many Palestinians in Jenin, say, would swap places with their brethren in Syria currently facing Assad’s barrel bombs? By reneging on his agreements with Israel, Abbas has brought this regional nightmare one step closer to the territory whose interests he claims to represent.

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Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 7:12 AM  | Stand For Israel