|Mahmoud Abbas doesn't see the moral rot|
over which he presides [Image Source]
Fatah party representatives praised as a hero a Palestinian attacker who stabbed an Israeli to death at a West Bank junction on Tuesday. The organization posted pictures from the scene of the attack on its official Facebook page, accompanying each image with a caption boasting of the stabber’s “success.” Officials also expressed hope that he would be quickly released from prison. [Times of Israel]
...calling it revenge for Israel’s treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including two who recently died while in custody. The group called the killing a “gift” to Palestinian prisoners and promised more operations in the future. Abbas, who has repeatedly condemned the use of violence and vowed to prevent another uprising as long as he is in power, did not immediately comment on the attack... [LA Times]
The Facebook page of Fatah, which he heads, carries a heroic portrait today of the stabber, Salaam ("peace") Zaghal, an AK-47 rifle positioned beneath his head. The caption addresses the killer with these words:
“Peace be with you the day of your birth, on the day of your imprisonment and on the day of your freedom...” [source]
Moral contortions of that kind are unfortunately a big part of today's Palestinian Arab social mores. In that sense, Abbas is a well-chosen and highly appropriate figurehead.