Abbas Extends Condolences to Suspected Jerusalem Shooter's Family

Letter to Muataz Hijazi's family condemns 'heinous crime committed by the murderous, terrorist gangs in the Israeli occupation army.'

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 16, 2014.
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent a condolence letter to the family of Muataz Hijazi, the man suspected of shooting right-wing activist Yehuda Glick in Jerusalem last week.

In the letter sent over the weekend, Abbas made no reference to Hijazi's suspected involvement in the shooting.

Instead, he wrote, "With anger and condemnation we received the message about the heinous crime committed by the murderous, terrorist gangs in the Israeli occupation army against Muataz Ibrahim Hijazi, who rose to heaven as a casualty in the fight for the Palestinian people's rights and for the holy sites."

Abbas added that he strongly condemns Hijazi's "barbaric" killing, which joins a long list of crimes perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinian people since the Nakba.

But, he wrote, such incidents will not deter the Palestinian people from claiming their rights to a homeland – rather, they will only make them more resilient in the face of occupation.

In the letter, Abbas urges Palestinians to unite in defense of their homeland and against aggression. He calls on them to join forces to thwart the occupation, whose goal, he says, is to prevent Palestinian self-determination and the establishment of a Palestinian state with a capital in Jerusalem.

The letter was signed by Abbas and bore the Palestinian president's logo. It was also published on the Facebook page of Ahmed Al-Ruweidi, the Palestinian Authority's adviser on Jerusalem.

A source in the Fatah faction said that Abbas feels the Palestinian people's frustration with diplomacy and understands he must confront Israel's destructive policies.

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