(April 11, 2022 / JNS) Make no mistake: The current terror wave in Israel, in which as of the time of writing four terrorists have murdered 14 people, was initiated and is being fueled by the Palestinian Authority and P.A. chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party.
The P.A. and Fatah are using all their usual methods: implicit and direct calls for violence; demonization of Israel and Israelis; invoking the false claim that Israel and Israelis are planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque; attacking Israeli politicians for walking in Jerusalem; and repeating sundry other libels.
As Palestinian Media Watch has already exposed, in the run-up to the Muslim month of Ramadan, the P.A. intensified its false rhetoric that Israel was seeking to escalate violence and destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Those calls were then used as a means to incite hatred and spark terror attacks.
Speaking on official P.A. television on the first day of Ramadan, P.A. Supreme Shari’ah Judge Mahmoud al-Habbash made the P.A.’s expectations of the Palestinians perfectly clear: In the same way as the Prophet Muhammad engaged in war during Ramadan, so too should Palestinians engage in “jihad.” Explaining how Muhammad embarked on the Battle of Badr and conquered Mecca during Ramadan, Habbash clarified that Ramadan is “not a month of laziness but rather … a month of Jihad, conquest, and victory.”
“How was this month [of Ramadan] in the life of Prophet [Muhammad]? … Did the Prophet spend Ramadan in calmness, serenity, laziness and sleepiness? Far be it from him. … The Prophet entered the great Battle of Badr [624 C.E.] during Ramadan … martyrs fell from among the companions of the Prophet—14 martyrs,” said al-Habbash. “The companions did not say: ‘O Prophet of Allah, now is a time of fasting and it is hot.’ … On the 17th of Ramadan he set out to Badr, and the great Battle of Badr took place,” he continued.