A Murder in Jerusalem Is Part of Hamas’s Double Game

Nov. 23 2021

In Jerusalem on Sunday, a Hamas operative named Abu Shahidam shot dead twenty-six-year-old Eli Kay, and wounded four others. The same day, an eighteen-year-old Palestinian stabbed a sixty-seven-year-old man in an apparent terrorist attack in Jaffa. Yoav Limor explains why more attacks are likely to follow, and how Israel can respond:

First there is Hamas’s increased effort to direct attacks from the Gaza Strip, through the West Bank, into Israeli territory. A Gaza cell of this kind was apprehended last month in Samaria before carrying out a series of bombing and abduction attacks. . . . The second reason is the lack of governance in the West Bank, as reflected in growing anarchy in some areas. Although the Palestinian Authority has launched an operation to regain control of northern Samaria, it is facing a growing challenge from various elements, from terrorist organizations to criminal gangs.

The terrorist organization is playing games with Israel: in Gaza, Hamas wants to maintain peace as well as dialogue with Israel to maintain a ceasefire, but at the same time it is trying to escalate tensions in the West Bank. This situation has existed for many years, but Israel cannot continue to tolerate it. The time has come to make Hamas choose between calm or war, on all fronts.

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More about: Hamas, Israeli Security, Jerusalem, Palestinian terror

The Significance of Mahmoud Abbas’s Holocaust Denial

Aug. 19 2022

On Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, during an official visit to Berlin, gave a joint press conference with the German chancellor Olaf Scholz, where he was asked by a journalist if he would apologize for the murder of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. (The relationship between the group that carried out the massacre and Abbas’s Fatah party remains murky.) Abbas instead responded by ranting about the “50 Holocausts” perpetrated by Israel against Palestinians. Stephen Pollard comments:

Scholz’s response to that? He shook Abbas’s hand and ended the press conference.

Reading yet another column pointing out that Scholz is a dunderhead isn’t, I grant you, the most useful of ways to spend an August afternoon, so let’s leave the German chancellor there, save to say that he eventually issued a statement hours later, after an eruption of fury from his fellow countrymen, saying that “I am disgusted by the outrageous remarks made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. For us Germans in particular, any trivialization of the singularity of the Holocaust is intolerable and unacceptable. I condemn any attempt to deny the crimes of the Holocaust.” Which only goes to show that late is actually no better than never.

The real issue, in Pollard’s view, is the West’s willful blindness about Abbas, who wrote a doctoral thesis at a Soviet university blaming “Zionists” for the Holocaust and claiming that a mere million Jews were killed by the Nazis—notions he has reiterated publicly as recently as 2013.

On Wednesday, [Abbas] “clarified” his remarks in Berlin, saying that “the Holocaust is the most heinous crime in modern human history.” Credulous fools have again ignored what Abbas actually means by that.

It’s time we stopped projecting what we want Abbas to be and focused on what he actually is, using his own words. In a speech in 2018 he informed us that Israel is a “colonialist project that had nothing to do with Judaism”—to such an extent that European Jews chose to stay in their homes and be murdered rather than live in Palestine. Do I have to point out the moral degeneracy of such a proposition? It would seem so, given the persistent refusal of so many to take Abbas for what he actually is.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Germany, Holocaust denial, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority