Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered military funerals for terrorists and monetary grants to their families, as well as formally granting permission for Hamas flags to be flown at funeral services.
The orders follow Saturday’s mass funeral in Hebron after Israel returned the bodies of five Palestinians shot while carrying out terror attacks. Hamas and other terrorist flags were waved and Palestinians threw rocks at IDF forces, heightening tensions.
This news comes after weeks of active incitement led by Abbas, the Palestinian Authority and Fatah. Last week, Abbas spoke to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and asked: “Ladies and gentlemen, haven’t you wondered; for how long will this protracted Israeli occupation of our land last? After 67 years [i.e., since Israel’s creation], until when? Do you think it can last?”
The Palestinian Authority and Fatah regularly presents all of Israel as occupied “Palestine”, with Palestinian youth taught that one day the “occupation” will end.
Last month, Abbas’ advisor on Islamic Affairs and Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash presented Jews as “evil” and Israel as “Satan’s project”.
On PA television, Al-Habbash referred to the Israel-Palestine conflict as one between “good and evil, between two projects: Allah’s project vs. Satan’s project”.
Fatah recently posted a picture of an anti-Semitic Nazi cartoon from 1936 on Facebook, depicting a Jew and a fox with the words “Trust no fox on his green heath, and trust no Jew on his oath”.