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PMW: New PA libel: Israel plans to assassinate Abbas like it did Arafat

Sunday, November 6, 2016 15:25
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PMW Bulletin
Nov. 6, 2016

New PA libel: Israel plans to assassinate Abbas like it did Arafat
Fatah still adheres to use of violence, 12 years after Arafat’s death

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
p:+972 2 625 4140 e: pmw@palwatch.org
f: +972 2 624 2803 w: www.palwatch.org

Israeli is planning to “eliminate Abbas politically and physically,” as it
did Yasser Arafat, according to the newest Palestinian Authority libel
against Israel.

With the 12th anniversary of the death of former PA leader Yasser Arafat
approaching, the PA is using the opportunity to reiterate its old libel that
Israel murdered Arafat, ignoring the fact that it has been disproven by
several different medical teams. To this libel documented by Palestinian
Media Watch numerous times, Palestinians are now adding a new libel, warning
of the impending “assassination” by Israel of current PA Chairman Abbas.

Israeli leaders’ criticism of Abbas is being twisted by Palestinian leaders
as a sign of Israel plotting his imminent “elimination”- “politically and
physically.” In an article entitled “Will Israel repeat the scenario of the
assassination of Arafat with PA President Mahmoud Abbas?” the independent
Palestinian news agency Ma’an quoted Fatah Movement Spokesman Osama
Al-Qawasmi:

“The Israeli statements regarding President Abbas are most dangerous and
testify to an Israeli plot in the region and exploitation of the situation
in order to eliminate Abbas politically and physically.”
[Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 26, 2016]

He added that “Fatah views with full severity the attempts to repeat what
happened with the late Yasser Arafat and the use of the same means in the
elimination attempts.”

PLO Executive Committee member and Secretary-General of the PFLP Ahmed
Majdalani also repeated the two libels, stating that Israel wants to copy
“the scenario of the assassination of the late Yasser Arafat”:

“Israel is striving to repeat the scenario of the assassination of the late
Yasser Arafat with President Mahmoud Abbas… the occupation government is
striving to politically assassinate Abbas and to blacken his good name in
preparation for his physical elimination.”
[Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 26, 2016]

A columnist for the official PA daily made a specific connection between the
criticism levelled by Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman of Abbas
recently and the alleged impending murder:

“Israeli Minister of Death (sic., Minister of Defense) Avigdor Liberman gave
an extensive political interview to the Al-Quds newspaper… in which he
attacked [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and called to ‘replace him’ with a new
leadership…
Anyone who will go back and review what happened to the late president, the
symbol Yasser Arafat… can understand the Israeli method of dealing with
the Palestinian leaders in general and with the decision makers in
particular. There is no need to remind the Palestinians and the Israelis of
the cruel campaign against the symbol Yasser Arafat, until he was brought
for burial after being poisoned by the Israeli intelligence and the
mercenary henchmen.”
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2016]

Similarly, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Director-General of the PA
Commission for Information and Culture Muwaffaq Matar described “three
stages” of an alleged Israeli “assassination attempt” against the
Palestinian “national project.” Matar “warned against the political
assassination operation, after which will come the physical assassination of
[PA] President and Commander-in-Chief Mahmoud Abbas as part of the
preparation for the assassination of the spirit of the national project.”

“[Matar] warned of the dangers of the second stage that has also already
begun, with the talk about the legitimacy of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas,
and noted that it is liable to be a political assassination operation, after
which will come a physical assassination. Likewise, he mentioned the signs
preceding the assassination of the leader, president, and symbol Yasser
Arafat… and noted that the one who stood behind this plot was then
occupation army Minister of War (i.e., Israeli Minister of Defense) Ariel
Sharon, and today [Minister of War] Avigdor Liberman stands at its head.”
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 28, 2016]

An example of a tribute to Arafat is the image at the top which was posted
by Fatah on Facebook. It shows that Fatah today, as during the days of
Arafat, continues to adhere to the option of using violence – “the armed
struggle” – against Israel. The image shows Yasser Arafat with the number
12, marking 12 years since his death, with the number “1″ formed by a
Kalashnikov assault rifle. [Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 30, 2016]

The following are longer excerpts of the statements above about Israel’s
alleged plotting of the “assassination” of PA Chairman Abbas:

Headline: “Will Israel repeat the scenario of the assassination of Arafat
with [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas?”
“The statements being occasionally made by Israeli government ministers
about Palestinian [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, which constitute a danger to
his political and personal life, are increasing…
Fatah Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said: ‘The Israeli statements
regarding President Abbas are most dangerous and testify to an Israeli plot
in the region and exploitation of the situation in order to eliminate Abbas
politically and physically.’ Al-Qawasmi added in an exclusive interview with
[independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that Israel’s repeated
statements that President Abbas is an obstacle to peace are part of its
efforts to get rid of him, particularly after the international efforts of
the PA in the UN.
He clarified that Israel considers Abbas a strategic danger to its ideas and
intentions, and emphasized that Fatah views with full severity the attempts
to repeat what happened with the late Yasser Arafat and the use of the same
means in the elimination attempts. …
PLO Executive Committee member [and Secretary-General of the Popular Front
for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)] Ahmed Majdalani emphasized that the
Palestinian leadership must take the statements of the Israeli government
ministers seriously and deal with them with great care, and he noted that
these statements express a trend in the Israeli government and not personal
opinions.
Majdalani clarified in an exclusive statement to Donia Al-Watan that Israel
is striving to repeat the scenario of the assassination of the late Yasser
Arafat with President Mahmoud Abbas, and noted that the occupation
government is striving to politically assassinate Abbas and to blacken his
good name in preparation for his physical elimination.”
[Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Oct. 26, 2016]

Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official
PA daily

“Israeli Minister of Death (sic., Minister of Defense) Avigdor Liberman gave
an extensive political interview to the Al-Quds newspaper that is published
in Jerusalem on Monday, last Oct. 24 (sic., 2016(, in which he attacked [PA]
President Mahmoud Abbas and called to ‘replace him’ with a new leadership…
Anyone who will go back and review what happened to the late president, the
symbol Yasser Arafat (for who in a few days it will be 12 years since his
death as a Martyr) [parentheses in source], can understand the Israeli
method of dealing with the Palestinian leaders in general and with the
decision makers in particular. There is no need to remind the Palestinians
and the Israelis of the cruel campaign against the symbol Yasser Arafat,
until he was brought for burial after being poisoned by the Israeli
intelligence and the mercenary henchmen.”
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 29, 2016]

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman gave an interview to the
Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds on Oct. 24, 2016, in which he promised to
build a port and airport in Gaza if Hamas stops rearming and attacking
Israel, and said he supports the two-state solution.

“Fatah Revolutionary Council member and Director-General of the [PA]
Commission for Information and Culture [Muwaffaq Matar] said that the
[Palestinian] national project is being subjected to an assassination
attempt in three stages, and warned against the political assassination
operation, after which will come the physical assassination of [PA]
President and Commander-in-Chief Mahmoud Abbas as part of the preparation
for the assassination of the spirit of the national project…
Matar explained yesterday, Thursday [Oct. 27, 2016], in an interview with
Radio Mawtini, the dangers of this plot, and said: ‘The first stage began
with the attempt to thwart the holding of the Seventh General Conference of
the [Fatah] Movement, and this is because of the plotters’ understanding
that the conference is the main basis for reviving Fatah, in other words,
for reviving the PLO and the Palestinian national project.’
He added and warned of the dangers of the second stage that has also already
begun, with the talk about the legitimacy of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas,
and noted that it is liable to be a political assassination operation, after
which will come a physical assassination. Likewise, he mentioned the signs
preceding the assassination of the leader, president, and symbol Yasser
Arafat (- that Israel assassinated Arafat is a common Palestinian libel and
claim that has been disproven -Ed.)… and noted that the one who stood
behind this plot was then occupation army Minister of War (i.e., Israeli
Minister of Defense) Ariel Sharon, and today [Minister of War] Avigdor
Liberman stands at its head, a minister in the occupation state’s extremist
right-wing government led by [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu.”
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 28, 2016]

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