Palestine House board member portrays Jerusalem massacre as a “courageous and qualitative” operation

Palestine House board member portrays Jerusalem massacre as a “courageous and qualitative” operation

Dr. Nazih Khatatba, a board member of the Palestine House and an editor of Toronto-based Meshwar newspaper, keeps praising the attack, in which 4 rabbis and an Israeli policeman were murdered in a Jerusalem synagogue (November 18, 2014) by two Palestinian terrorists, armed with a handgun, an meat cleaver and a knife. Israeli Canadian and Toronto born Howie Rothman, was severely wounded after he was struck in the head and neck with a meat cleaver during this attack.

In his editorial titled “al-Quds Operation and the Quiet Intifada”, (Issue 118, November 28, 2014, page 5) Khatatba portrays the Jerusalem massacre as a “courageous and qualitative” operation and justifies the Palestinian recent wave of terrorist attacks aimed at Israeli targets.

The following are excerpts of Khatatba’s editorial:

“The activities of the occupation in al-Quds [Jerusalem] and al-Aqsa [Mosque] in particular, and in the other Palestinian territories in general, during a long period of time posed the Palestinians in front of only one option, which is initiating an attack with several innovated tactics culminated in the courageous and qualitative al-Quds operation, which was carried out on Tuesday [November 18, 2014] by two Palestinians in a Jewish synagogue. This ushers a new phase which should properly be called the phase of the new Fedayeen, fighters who sacrifice their life in battle (الفدائيين الجدد)…

“This [operation] is not included within the term of “terrorism” as is being said by the Americans, the Israelis and their Arab collaborators, but it was carried out as an action of self defence and rescue for the Palestinian people, that recently experienced the severest cases of insult and humiliation by the Zionists, and that what explains the the joy of the Palestinian street following this operation, its euphoria and sense of power…”

Few days prior to the Jerusalem massacre, Khatatba justified the ‘run-over’ and stabbing attacks against Israeli Jews and overtly supported launching a Palestinian armed intifada (war) against Israel.

On the same day the Jerusalem massacre occurred, Khatatba harshly criticized the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), for issuing an official announcement condemning (however faintly) the attack.

In another post Khatatba warned the Israelis (translated from Arabic): “…the feeling of horror once again dominates the settlers’ [mind]. You will never enjoy life in security and occupation with security, and you will never succeed to cause havoc freely from now on, as for any Palestinian martyr there will be much more [dead] settlers.”