On Monday, a close associate to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for renewed aggression against Israelis, drawing immediate condemnation from the Israeli government.
“Wherever you find an Israeli, slit his throat,” declared Sultan Abu al-Einein in an interview with a Palestinian West Bank-based “news” organization called Donia al-Watan.
According to The Times of Israel, Abu al-Einein is “an adviser to Abbas on civil society organizations and a Fatah Central Committee member.”
Ironically, the call to arms came in response to a poignant question about the potential for positive diplomatic relations between Israel and the Fatah Party.
Abu al-Einein was defiant throughout the entire interview, dismissing any prospect of the Palestinian Authority recognizing the humanity of Jews in Israel.
“If you ask me my blunt position, I would say — every place you find an Israeli, slit his throat,” he sneered. “Likewise, I am against talks, negotiations, meetings, and normalization in all its forms with the Israeli occupation.”
The Israeli government responded forcefully to the Fatah Party member’s threats, challenging the international community to recognize Palestinian instigation of terror. The Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Israel’s Civil Administration office in the West Bank directly addressed Abu al-Einein’s genocidal rhetoric on Facebook:
“Such words, in the summer of 2016, in a region that wakes up and falls asleep to the news of terrorist actions similar [to the words said by Abu al-Einein], cannot be allowed to stay within the bounds of rhetoric,” the post reads.
Both the United States and the United Nations have remained relatively silent on the latest round of Palestinian-government comments calling for “freedom fighters” to mutilate innocent Israelis.