By B. Cohen
Barely 24 hours after the Palestinian Authority submitted its application to join the International Criminal Court (ICC,) the Fatah movement of PA President Mahmoud Abbas has published a gruesome image on its Facebook page inciting genocide against Israeli Jews.
The image, by Arab artist Ali Faour, was published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Fatah’s founding on the terrorist organization’s Facebook page. The anniversary was celebrated at a ceremony in Ramallah on Wednesday morning, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.
Faour’s image shows a Fatah flag attached to a gun emerging from a pile of skulls, several of which are marked with a Star of David. The image conjures up memories of the corpses which Nazi execution squads dumped into mass graves during the Holocaust.
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW,) an Israeli monitoring group, noted that incitement against Israel’s very existence has been a key theme in Fatah’s celebration of its anniversary. “Central to the visual images is the map of ‘Palestine,’ used by both the Palestinian Authority and Fatah, which includes both the PA areas and all of Israel, thus denying Israel’s existence in any borders,” the group said.
PMW also highlighted the host of a children’s program on PA TV who praised a young girl for wearing a pendant shaped like “occupied Palestine, which will return to us some day.”
As The Algemeiner reported yesterday, the PA is focused on joining as many international organizations as possible, following Tuesday’s failed vote on Palestinian statehood at the UN Security Council. Membership of the ICC would, the Palestinians calculate, provide a major opportunity to focus attention on Israel’s alleged “war crimes” while keeping the focus away from the PA’s long record of incitement.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to counter the PA’s moves at the ICC.
“We will rebuff this attempt to force diktats on us just as we repelled the Palestinian appeal to the UN Security Council,” Netanyahu said on Wednesday, insisting the Palestinians had more to fear from the court than Israel.
“It is the Palestinian Authority that has formed a unity government with Hamas – an avowed terrorist organisation that, like the Islamic State , carries out war crimes – which should be concerned about the ICC,” he said.