By D. Bender
An Israeli Arab leader’s bellicose calls for open warfare and Hamas posters urging West Bank Palestinians to “avenge the deaths” of terrorists who carried out recent attacks are the latest incitement towards a “Day of Rage” after Muslim prayers Friday.
“The Great War for Jerusalem has begun,” declared Sheikh Kamal Khatib, deputy chairman of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement.
Vowing to reporters in Jerusalem that “…it will not end until the promise of Allah be fulfilled and the land will be released of the filthy hands of the Israeli occupation,” Khatib said that regional Muslim violence was the “result of a volcano about to erupt,” that would affect the entire area.
“Israel is lying that she wants peace and coexistence,” he claimed, alleging that, “it wants to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and build the [Third] temple.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu has declared repeatedly in recent days that Israel has no such plans.
“Hamas, the Islamic Movement and the Palestinian Authority [PA] are disseminating countless lies and falsehoods against the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said Tuesday after a shooting and axe attack at a Jerusalem synagogue killed four worshipers and a police officer, and wounded over a dozen others.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) took responsibility for the attack, which was perpetrated by two members from east Jerusalem,
“They are saying that the Jews are contaminating the Temple Mount. They are saying that we are planning to destroy the Holy Places, that we intend to change the order of prayer there – this is all lies,” Netanyahu said at a press conference.
“These lies have already claimed a very heavy price,” the PM continued. “They took the life of a three-month-old baby, Chaya Zissel Braun, who had been taken for her first visit to the Western Wall, along with her parents, who wanted to thank God for giving them a baby. They also claimed the lives of Karen Jemima Mosquera, Jidan Assad, Aharon Badani, Sgt. Almog Shilony and Dalia Lemkus.
“All of them were pure souls. All of them were victims of this mendacious incitement. Today they are joined by additional victims of the same wild blood libel of the kind that is etched in the memory of our people,” he said.
Khatib, however, charged that “Netanyahu is lying to the Arab world when he says he will keep the status quo in Jerusalem.” He blamed the Israeli government for the escalation in violence in Jerusalem, and called the recent attacks “the natural result of racism and attacks on holy sites.”
Khatib called on Palestinians in the West Bank to join the clashes in Jerusalem. “What’s left for you, the Palestinian people of the West Bank?” he asked, “What must happen for you to rise up?
“The attacks in Jerusalem are driving all the Israelis crazy,” Khatib continued. “I’m certain you have what to say and do to contribute. We call on our brothers in the West Bank to commence an intifada against the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, after 21 years of useless peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.”
In parallel, Hamas on Thursday called on residents of Hebron, Ramallah and east Jerusalem to hold a “Day of Rage” after Friday prayers.
Posters distributed in Hebron invited residents “to participate in a parade commemorating the martyrs after the Friday noon prayers, on 21.11.2014.”
The posters featured the faces of the terrorists who carried out suicide shooting, ramming and stabbing attacks in recent weeks in Jerusalem, at a synagogue in the capital on Tuesday, at a bus stop in the Gush Etzion bloc of communities to the south, at a Tel Aviv train station, and an Israeli Arab who was killed as he attacked police with a knife.
Last week, Netanyahu traveled to Amman, Jordan and met with King Abdullah and US Secretary of State John Kerry, where the three called to calm the situation and for the restoration of quiet.
“To my regret, the answer that we received from the Palestinian Authority was to declare a day of rage in Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said.
“And today we all saw the result. The world sees this slaughter but, to our regret, does not demand that the Palestinians stop the wild incitement against Israel that is the root of the conflict. I call on all heads of state in the civilized world – I want to see outrage. I want to see condemnation, a deep and uncompromising condemnation of these murders of Israelis, of Jews. Do not discriminate between blood and blood,” Netanyahu urged world leaders.
Watch a video of PA, PFLP, and Hamas leaders’ incitement justifying, lauding and congratulating the two Palestinians who carried out terror attack at the shul HERE.