Mahmoud Abbas has said on multiple occasions - to the UN, to the media, even to his people at times - that he doesn't want a religious war and that Israeli actions in Jerusalem threaten to turn the conflict into one.
Most recently he said to the EU Parliament, "I assure you that we are not in favor turning the political conflict into a religious conflict, but peace is the interest of all."
Now watch this video of a Fatah fighter from the Al Aqsa Brigades whose mother lovingly prepares his Ramadan iftar meal as he puts on his uniform, mask and weapons.
The religious themes are direct and deliberate. The spiritual components of Ramadan are directly associated with war. (Incidentally, so is the keffiyeh.)
Even more direct is this poster that the Al Aqsa Brigades has on their site of their fighters praying.
Abbas and Abbas' own people are the ones who want to inflame passions based on religion.
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