Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki spoke of the days of the "knife revolution" which, he said, "struck terror upon Israel." "Now that the knives are gone, the [Israelis] spread corruption, enter the villages, and wreak destruction," he said. Speaking at the funeral of Palestinian teen Leith Abu Naim, killed during clashes with Israeli forces in a est Bank village, Zaki Wcalled to "spew from our ranks anyone... who believes in relations with Israel." Footage from the funeral, which took place on January 31, was broadcast by the Lebanese Al-Quds TV channel.
Fatah Central Committee Member Abbas Zaki: "I say here: Not everyone who seeks martyrdom gets it. That is not possible. The Almighty in the skies only awards martyrdom to those who deserve it. How many have lost their lives, only to have people urinate on their graves, despite all the privileges they enjoyed. But a youth like [Leith Abu Naim] is a magnet to whom all the world is drawn. So let us learn how to show solidarity, strengthen our unity, know our enemies, and spew from our ranks anyone who trembles [with fear], who is treacherous, or who believes in relations with Israel.
"It is time that this mighty people realizes that a few months ago… The knife revolution, which began with [Muhannad] Al-Halabi, struck terror upon Israel. Now that the knives are gone, the [Israelis] spread corruption, enter the villages, and wreak destruction."