|"When (the knifer) dies, he becomes a shahid."|
Abbas : If I know that (my grandson) had a knife you think I would shut up about it?! You know, we, our security services, go into schools to look for in schools, students' bags, to check whether they have knives. You do not know it. In one school we found 70 boys and girls carrying knives. We took the knives from them, talked to them and told them it was a mistake. "We do not want you to kill and die". "We want that you will live and others live".Despite Abbas' insistence that kids who die while trying to murder Israelis are "martyrs," this is theatre meant for the Israeli left to make them believe that Abbas is peaceful. And this is easy to prove.
Ilana Dayan Could be that they just do not listen to you?
Abbas : When a child goes and takes a knife, he does not consult with anyone. Even with his parents, nor his brother. He doesn't say: "I'm taking a knife and going out". No sensible person would allow his son to come to him and tell him: "I want to take a knife and kill", and he will answer him: "you are wise." It is not possible. It is not possible. He will take away the knife and lock him inside. Parents do not want it.
Ilana Dayan but afterwards they become a shahid, or martyr, they are praising them ...
Abbas : Sorry, when he died ...
Ilana Dayan: They get consolation from you, and they get compensation, and become saints ...
Abbas : When he died, he is a martyr. When he dies, he becomes a martyr. Shahid ...
Ilana Dayan: But then it becomes a next example for...
Abbas : No, no.
Ilana Dayan: ..he becomes a role model. And then another one wants to be like him.
Abbas : Once he dies, it is another matter. Another matter. I do not want him to be a martyr. I want him to live. But after he dies, it was over. I do not know where he is going. So don't settle accounts with us over this.
Ilana Dayan: So why this keeps happening?
Abbas : Ask yourself why this boy, 15, takes a knife and knew he was going to die, and still going. Ask yourself why. This is because there is no hope for him.
All of Abbas' major speeches and statements and meetings are published on the official PA news agency site, Wafa. But Wafa didn't mention this interview. Instead it mentioned a phone call between Abbas and the Egyptian Foreign Minister.
The official PA daily newspaper, Al Hayat al Jadida, didn't report on this interview. But at the same time that Israeli media reported on it, Al Hayat reported that Abbas issued a decree to restructure the Central Election Commission. And it has a video of a school event honoring the mothers of "martyrs."
Abbas' meetings and statements are also published on his Facebook page. But the only entry from about the same time as this interview being published was about Abbas giving awards to some teachers and journalists.
If Abbas and the PA is against knife attacks, then where are the news stories about that?
If there was a school where 70 children brought knives in their backpacks, why was this not reported in Palestinian news media? Why are there no op-eds that say that the knife attacks are immoral?
On the contrary, only this week the official Fatah Twitter account published this image of a knife, saying "Israel is forcing the young Palestinians to follow this path to Jerusalem. Leave our land, you, your occupation, and your soldiers, and let us live in peace."
And Fatah's social media has been explicit in supporting knife attacks in the past as well, such as this one from Facebook showing a Jew being stabbed captioned "Here is Jerusalem, you crazies, beware!"
If Abbas is against murdering Jews, then why is this not said in Arabic on the media that he controls? Why is the message being given the exact opposite, that martyrdom is wonderful and praiseworthy?
It's too bad that Ilana Dayan didn't ask these questions.
Abbas is trying to do to Israeli Jews what J-Street is trying to do to the American Jewish community - fragment them and weaken them by appealing to those who really, really want peace and are willing to believe the words of a proven liar rather than the facts.
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