By B. Cohen
A prominent official of the Palestinian Fatah movement who is also an adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has issued a bloodcurdling threat to “Palestinians who sell land to Jews” – and it’s far from being the first time that this same official has engaged in violent, incendiary rhetoric.
Sultan Abu Al-‘Einein, who advises Abbas on “civil society organizations,” told the Iranian Arabic-language channel Al-Alam TV that Palestinians who sell their land to Jews “should be be killed in the streets and hanged on electric poles.”
During the interview, translated by the Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI,) a snarling Abu Al-‘Einein praised the man who attempted to murder Israeli activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick, saying that “the way to fight the Israeli occupation is the way of the martyr Mutaz Hijazi.”
As his voice reached fever pitch, Abu Al-‘Einein declared that any Palestinian “who sells even an inch of our Palestinian land must be killed in the streets and hung on an electric pole.”
Abu Al-‘Einein has made several similarly violent statements already this year.
In June, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that the Palestinian Authority had rejected a call from five U.S. congressmen to fire Abu Al-‘Einein after he praised Salam Al-Zaghal, the murderer of Eviatar Borovsky, a 31 year old father of five from the Jewish community of Yitzhar in the West Bank. On that occasion, Abu Al-Einein also lauded the mother of the murderer, with the words, “blessings to the breast that nursed him.”
In July, Abu Al-Einein called for an all-out war against Jewish residents of the West Bank. “Let every hour of the settlers’ presence on our land be a source of threat and terror for them. Let us deprive their lives of security, so that the Palestinian land becomes a minefield against the occupation,” he urged.