(Exclusive Fatah photos below.)
The photo above, of a Hamas rally in Gaza yesterday, was published by the Reuters news agency.
But the other photos below – of yesterday’s Fatah rally held on a university campus in the West Bank – are being published here for the first time by non-Palestinian sources.
Fatah is the organization headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and supported and funded by the same western governments that are expected yet again to adopt anti-Israeli resolutions that will make a two state solution harder to achieve, at the mis-named Paris peace conference on Sunday. Over 70 nations are expected to attend.
Photo above: Hamas holds an enormous rally in Gaza yesterday to celebrate the truck terrorist who murdered 4 young Israelis and injured 17 others on Sunday in Jerusalem. Sweets and chocolate were handed out at the rally “to thank Allah” for their deaths.
This week, Hamas – the group that routinely suppresses free speech, and executes and tortures Palestinian opponents – slammed Facebook for limiting its “right of expression” after Facebook blocked over 100 pages which supported Hamas. Some of the blocked Facebook pages had called for the murder of civilians, and provided links to other web pages explaining how to manufacture bombs.
“We condemn the arbitrary measures taken by Facebook management against the pages and accounts supporting the Hamas movement,” said Hamas spokesman Husam Badran. “We affirm that those pages have the right to express their points of view just as anyone else does.”
Photos above: An armed Fatah rally held yesterday on the campus of Birzeit University near Jerusalem in the West Bank. World leaders are expected to demand Israel relinquish all security control over the surrounding areas between Bir Zeit and Jerusalem at Sunday’s Peace conference in Paris.
I am told that some of those in the photos are students at the university and the rally was held with university approval.
Bir Zeit continues to receive significant funding from European governments and NGOs associated with European governments. For example, in 2014, one of Bir Zeit’s partner organizations was pledged a four-year $17.6 million grant from Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
Please also see previous dispatches relating to Fascist-style rallies at the nearby Al-Quds university, a university which, at the time, was partnered with (and receiving funding from) Brandeis University and Bard Collage in the United States.
Scenes yesterday afternoon from a “moderate” Palestinian university (November 6, 2013)
President of al-Quds University resigns (March 27, 2014)
Above, Chaya Zissel Braun, a 3-month-old baby killed in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem on October 22, 2014. She was disembarking in a stroller with her parents and other passengers from a tram at a light railway stop in northern Jerusalem, when the terrorist deliberately rammed his car at high speed into them.
Chaya and her parents hold dual American-Israeli citizenship. Hamas proudly claimed responsibility for that attack and yesterday a US district court in Washington, DC, ruled that Hamas’s chief funders, the governments of Iran and Syria, must pay a total of $178.5 million in punitive damages to Chaya’s parents as a disincentive for these governments to continue funding terror attacks. (Whether they will pay is another matter, but persons close to the incoming Trump administration say America is finally going to get tough with Iran.)
Also killed in that attack was Keren Yamima Mosquera, 22, from Ecuador, who was of Jewish origin and had come to Israel to formally convert to Judaism.
Chaya’s grandfather, Shimshon Halperin, told reporters that Chaya’s parents had tried for years to conceive without success and Chaya had been their first child.
The couple managed to have another baby in August 2015, delivered by the same Israeli-Arab medic who had cared for their daughter after the attack.
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