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Released Islamic Jihad terrorist to Mahmoud Abbas: ‘We’ll remain your loyal soldiers’

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More stark evidence of how committed the Palestinian leadership is to its longstanding jihad against the State of Israel.

The Palestinian jihad mission is also reflected in the Palestinian “pay-for-slay” program, which is mysteriously never raised with significance at the international level. Instead, the world continues to encourage the ongoing propaganda about a Palestinian “resistance,” despite the fact that the Charters of all the major Palestinian organizations document the goal of obliterating Israel “from the River to the Sea.”

“Released terrorist to Abbas: “We’ll remain your loyal soldiers,” by Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Maurice Hirsch, Palestinian Media Watch, January 2, 2022:

While the PA on the one hand is eager to disclaim responsibility for any and all terror attacks, claiming that terrorists act alone and without orders from the PA, on the other it is claiming that all imprisoned terrorists are Prisoners of War – i.e., legitimate soldiers of the PA. Moreover, it is clear that the terrorists themselves see their role as that of “soldiers” serving the PA.

This was stressed by recently released terrorist and member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) – an internationally designated terror organization – Hussein Suleiman Al-Zre’i in a televised phone conversation with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Three times Al-Zre’i stressed to Abbas that the imprisoned terrorists see themselves as “your loyal soldiers.” Al-Zre’i, who served 19 years in prison for carrying out shooting and mortar attacks against Israeli towns in Gush Katif, inside the Gaza Strip, further emphasized that as Abbas’ and Fatah’s “soldiers” they “will continue on this path. This is what Fatah has accustomed us to” – meaning the path of terror. Abbas blessed terrorist Al-Zre’i, stressing that what he did, i.e., indiscriminate shooting and mortar attacks that targeted Israeli civilians, was “not a tiny part,” but “a great and important part”:

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “I appreciate the nation for recognizing the great efforts of you [prisoners]. We, for our part, my brother Hussein, whatever you want… we are prepared to fulfill our duty…”

Released prisoner Hussein Suleiman Al-Zre’i: “May Allah bless you, Your Honor the President. You are the symbol of the existing leadership, and we’ll remain your loyal soldiers. We are aware of the positions you have held on the prisoners’ cause, and on the cause of the salaries of the Martyrs and prisoners… Allah willing, our aspirations of establishing the Palestinian state whose capital is Jerusalem will be realized under your leadership, and we will remain soldiers loyal to you, your leadership, and all the members of the [Fatah] Central Committee. Our struggle is part of the Palestinian people’s struggle and part of the struggle of our [prisoners’] movement, which is fighting and attempting to reach a state through its struggle, and we will continue on this path. This is what Fatah has accustomed us to… [My] struggle, 19 years [in prison], is a tiny part of the deep and great struggle that you have led…”

Mahmoud Abbas: “May Allah bless you. It is not a tiny part, it is a great and important part, and it is a brick in building the great palace that will come about without a doubt: the independent Palestinian state. There is no doubt we’ll get rid of them and their occupation, and no doubt our flag [will fly above] Jerusalem…”

Hussein Suleiman Al-Zre’i: “We will triumph and Fatah will triumph… We support you and will remain your loyal soldiers until the end. The prison gave us greater will and endurance towards establishing our goals. Allah willing we’ll get greater will and [become more] daring to continue the struggle towards achieving the main goal, which is establishing the state whose capital is noble Jerusalem.”

[Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Northern Gaza Strip Branch, Dec. 20, 2021]

While PIJ is very distinct from and – within Palestinian politics – even hostile towards Fatah, PIJ and Hamas terrorists see themselves, in the context of the conflict with Israel, as “soldiers” of the PA, as is illustrated by Al-Zre’i’s comments to Abbas.

This perception rests on at least two principles. First and foremost, as extensively documented by Palestinian Media Watch, the PA pays monthly salaries to all the Palestinian terrorist prisoners, including those who belong to Hamas, PIJ, and other internationally designated Palestinian terror organizations. Secondly, the 2004 PA Law of Prisoners and Released Prisoners demands the release of all the terrorist prisoners as a pre-condition to any Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Explaining the rational for demanding the release of all the terrorists, Abbas has clarified that the PA demands their release since it was the PA who sent the terrorists and “ordered” them to commit their acts of terrorism:

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