On December 13, 2018, IDF forces killed Ashraf Na'alwa, who had perpetrated the October 7 attack at the Barkan industrial park and was a fugitive for two months, as well as Saleh Al-Barghouti, one of the perpetrators of the December 9 shooting attack in Ofra. After news of their deaths broke, Fatah published a series of posts and images on its official social media accounts in which it praised the two terrorists, who killed three Israelis and wounded eight, describing them as "heroes" and "martyrs" that "traced the map of the homeland in their pure blood."Fatah in the West Bank urged the Palestinian people to "escalate the confrontation" on December 14, 2018 "out of loyalty to the martyrs."[1]

Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah responded to the events on his Facebook page, calling the terrorists "righteous martyrs" and holding Israel responsible for the escalation of violence in the West Bank.[2]

The PA media accused Israel of "executing" the terrorists, while either ignoring or implicitly questioning their involvement in the attacks. The PA's official news agency  Wafa stated that "the occupation accuses the martyr Na'alwa of carrying out a shooting attack against two settlers in the settlement of Barkan,"[3]  and the PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported that Al-Barghouti had been "shot by the Israeli occupation" without making any mention of the attack in Ofra.[4] Fatah's executive committee, as well as movement officials and spokesmen, including the spokesman of the movement's recruitment and organization commission Munir Al-Jaghoub and Fatah spokesman 'Atef Abu Saif, accused Israel of executing young Palestinians in cold blood.[5]  The PA presidency published a statement condemning Israel's IDF raids on Palestinian cities and holding them responsible for the violence "which we denounce and oppose and whose price both sides are paying."[6]

It should be noted that this is not the first time the PA and Fatah have lavished praise on terrorists.[7]

Hamas claimed the two terrorists as its own, and published obituaries lamenting the loss of "two of its best jihad fighters: the heroic martyr Ashraf Na'alwa, who humiliated the occupation for over nine weeks [by avoiding capture] after [his] high-quality operation in the settlement of Barkan, and the heroic martyr Saleh Al-Barghouti, who carried out the operation in the settlement of Ofra..."[8]

The following are examples of posts on Fatah's Facebook page praising the two terrorists killed on December 13:

Posts On Fatah Facebook Page: Na'alwa And Al-Barghouti Are Heroes, May They Be Rewarded With Paradise

A post on Fatah's Facebook page states: "The heroic fallen [soldiers] of the homeland trace the map of the homeland in their pure blood so that Palestine can live as a free Arab [land]. May you attain honor and eternal life [in Paradise]... The martyr dies on this soil for the sake of his God and his land. His pure soul [ascends] to the Lord of Heaven and Earth, to enjoy the pleasures of the world to come, where there is no occupation and no tyranny and no killing... These are the martyrs of Palestine who now live with their Lord. 'And do not say about those who are killed in the way of Allah, "They are dead." Rather, they are alive, but you perceive [it] not' [Quran 2:154]."[9]

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Date Posted: December 13, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – A MEMRI TV clip posted on December 10, 2018 on the MEMRI TV YouTube channel translating and exposing Jordanian political commentator Sufyan Tal calling the Holocaust "the greatest lie in modern history" has been censored by YouTube for "hate speech." YouTube has disabled features – ads, comments, likes, and suggested videos – for the clip, and has labeled it with the warning: "The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as inappropriate or offensive to some audiences."

The MEMRI TV clip is part of the Tom Lantos Archives On Antisemitism And Holocaust Denial Project that translates and exposes antisemitism in the Arab and Muslim world and informs efforts, including policies, strategies, and legislative initiatives, to counter antisemitism. By limiting the clip's distribution, YouTube is preventing the exposure of antisemitism and curtailing the fight against it.

The MEMRI TV clip shows Sufyan Tal saying, on November 11, 2018 on Lebanon's Al-Quds TV, that "many of the world's scientists have proven that the Holocaust is the greatest lie in modern history" and "according to the statistics of the Jews themselves" six million Jews could not possibly have been killed by the Nazis unless "each Jewish woman would have had to have given birth three times a year, according to some studies" to reach that number.

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Date Posted: December 12, 2018

In a November 24, 2018 speech at the 32nd International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rohani called on the Islamic world, Sunni and Shi'ite alike, to unite against the enemies of Islam, that is, the West, particularly the U.S., Israel, and the Saudi regime that carries out their dictates. Rohani, who is perceived as moderate and conciliatory by the West, laid out his vision – i.e. the vision of the Islamic Revolutionary regime in Iran – that advocates the destruction of the State of Israel, that he says has no right to exist.

In light of Tehran's political and economic straits, and against the backdrop of the volatile open Tehran-Riyadh struggle, the Iranian leadership is attempting to underline the religious/ideological element that is shared, in its opinion, by Shi'ites and Sunnis – namely the hostility to Israel and the U.S – and on this basis to call for unity of the Islamic world. Furthermore, in accordance with the ideology of Iran's Islamic Revolution, Rohani is going over the Saudi leaders' heads to address the people, conveying revolutionary-Shi'ite messages in the name of Islamic unity.

In his speech, Rohani delineated, in accordance with the revolutionary-Shi'ite vision, the forces of good in the world – Shi'ite Islam and supporters of the Islamic resistance in the Iranian revolutionary spirit – and the forces of evil – the West, led by the U.S., Israel, and the Saudi regime that pretends to be religious and Islamic but that is collaborating with the U.S. and Israel, and accused the U.S. of attempting to enslave the peoples of the region. Rohani stated that there are two ways Muslims can face these forces of evil: they can either surrender to them and betray Islam, or they can resist them with all their might.

Statements in this vein were also made a few days later by senior cleric Ayatollah Hossein Nuri Hamedani, who bears the title of marja' taqlid, i.e. source to emulate, the highest level of authority in Shi'a Islam. On November 27, 2018, he said, in an address at the conference: "We and all Muslims have a single goal, and a common enemy – America and Israel – and our shared aim is the liberation of Jerusalem and the elimination of Israel. America's resentment towards the Iranian people is because they follow the path of protecting the poor and the downtrodden in the world, including those in Yemen and Syria, and [among] the Muslim peoples.

"Unity is very important to us, and the main issue [is] the destruction of Israel and the liberation of Jerusalem, because the Imam [Ayatollah Ruhollah] Khomeini [founder of Iran's Islamic Revolution]emphasized that as long as this cancerous growth [Israel] exists, the Islamic nations face a problem..." Referring to the Saudi regime leaders, he said: "No man can serve both America and the places holy [to Islam in Mecca and Medina]. In every place where the Islamic nations unite with each other, we will overcome all the problems. The heart of the Islamic nations is always together, and we will never tolerate an insult to the sanctities of the Muslims."[1]

The following are the main points of Rohani's November 24, 2018 speech at the 32nd International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran:[2]

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Date Posted: December 03, 2018

TV host Dina Zakaria of the Turkey-based Muslim Brotherhood channel Watan TV praised Egyptian policeman Suleiman Khater, who had perpetrated the 1985 Ras Burqa Massacre. On October 5, 1985, Khater murdered seven Israelis, including four children, who had been vacationing in Sinai. Zakaria portrayed Khater as a hero who had to kill the "Zionists," who were advancing toward his post. She added that Khater, who was found hanging in his prison cell, was killed "for the sole purpose of pleasing the Zionist state." The show aired on October 7, 2018.

To view the clip of Dina Zakaria on MEMRI TV, click here or below.

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Date Posted: November 29, 2018

Addressing an event organized by jihadi non-governmental organization Al-Rehmat Trust in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Islamic scholar Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Qasmi justified the killing of Jews to protect the religious nature of an Islamic state, declaring: "The defense of the State of Medina lies in the killing of Jews."

In Pakistan, Islamist groups and mainstream political leaders such as Prime Minister Imran Khan describe Pakistan as Madina-e-Saani ("Second Medina"), meaning that Pakistan is the second Islamic state after the one established by Prophet Muhammad in Medina in what is today Saudi Arabia. Al-Rehmat Trust is the charity wing of Pakistani jihadi organization Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM).

Jaish-e-Muhammad is led by Maulana Masood Azhar, one of the three terrorists freed by India in exchange for the passengers of an Indian Airlines plane hijacked to Kandahar in 1999 when the Taliban were in power in Afghanistan. Maulana Ilyas Qasmi is the chief of the da'wa ("preaching") department of Al-Rehmat Trust.

Maulana Qasmi is a regular speaker at the events organized by Al-Rehmat Trust. Delivering a special speech at an inter-madrassa debate competition in Peshawar, Maulana Ilyas Qasmi also invited hundreds of people to prayer, jihad, and Kalima. "Kalima" refers to the words spoken to proclaim one's belief in Islam: "There is no deity but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger."

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Date Posted: November 27, 2018

n November 13, 2018, Jawad Nasrallah, the son of Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah, was designated a terrorist by the U.S. State Department, which also accused him of trying to "activate a suicide bombing and shooting cell based in the West Bank" in January 2016. The State Department said that the designation sought "to deny Nasrallah... the resources to plan and carry out terrorist attacks," indicating that he would be denied access to the U.S. financial system. [i]

In a MEMRI TV translation of an interview that aired on NBN TV on June 11, 2007, Jawad Nasrallah said that "the most honorable death" was martyrdom "for the sake of Allah, especially if it is at the hands of the Zionists, the murderers of the prophets, the violators of the covenants, with all their evil characteristics." He added that by the time "our children" have grown up... [the Israelis] will be gone, eradicated." 

To view this clip on MEMRI TV, click here or below:

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Date Posted: November 16, 2018