A senior Palestinian Authority official has said that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ public condemnation of the abduction of three Israeli teens notwithstanding, a majority of Palestinians support the terrorist action.
Amin Maqboul, secretary-general of the important Revolutionary Council of Abbas’ ruling Fatah faction, told The Jerusalem Post that most on the Palestinian street are happy about the kidnapping of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel if it means they can be traded for thousands of jailed Palestinian terrorists.
Indeed, Palestinians young and old have been taking their joy to the Internet, where flourishing campaigns on Facebook and Twitter celebrate the abduction with a three-finger salute (one for each of the captive youths).
This grotesque commemoration escalated this week when Palestinians uploaded to YouTube a parody video suggesting that the abduction was a conspiracy hatched between Israel and Hamas.
“The purpose of these videos is to mock Israelis, to make us look stupid,” Dr. Ido Zelkovitz, a professor of Middle East History at Haifa University, told the Walla news portal. “The video is also full of religious motifs and smacks of anti-Semitism.”