Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Wednesday evening of “executing” the 13-year-old who carried out the stabbing attack in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev on Monday, even though he is still alive.
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Speaking at his Muqata headquarters in Ramallah to mark the Islamic New Year, Abbas referred to the escalation in violence, saying “The aggression against our people and holy areas has increased in a manner that disrupts the peace and quiet,” which, in his words, “requires international intervention.”
He also said the Palestinians would not agree to change the status-quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and would not allow Israeli plans to undermine the holiness of the place. “Only we have rights to Al-Aqsa as Palestinians and Muslims, and no one else has any rights there,” he said.
Abbas, as noted, referred to the “execution” of the Pisgat Ze’ev perpetrator, saying: “We will not agree to continue the situation on our land, and not the policy of occupation and aggression by Israel and its settlers, who commit terror against our people, our homes, our trees, our holy places, and who execute our children in cold blood, as they did to the child Ahmed Mansara [the stabber] and other children in Jerusalem and other places. We will continue our national struggle which is based on self-defense.”
He added that the Palestinians would file a complaint with the International Criminal Court in The Hague for “the murder of the Dawabshe family, the child [Mohammed] Abu Khdeir, and the executions.”
He called on the Palestinians to “unity, battle, and alertness to the occupation plans that aim to invalidate our national project. We will not stop defending our people, which is our right.”
The Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement in response to Abbas’ address, calling his remarks, “Incitement and lies. The teenager he’s referring to is alive and hospitalized at Hadassah after he stabbed an Israeli child who was riding his bicycle. While Israel is maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount, Abu Mazen [Abbas], with his inciting remarks, is cynically using religion and thus causing acts of terror.”
On Wednesday, Police released a video showing Monday's attacks in Pisgat Ze'ev, perpetrated by two assailants, aged 13 and 17. The video shows the two chasing a person who escaped after they stabbed him, seriously wounding him. At the end of the chase the two continue with knives drawn to a candy store, where they attacked a 13-year-old Jewish boy going by on his bike. They stabbed him in the neck, critically wounding him. One of the attackers is then seen facing Border Police officers, running at them with a knife in his hand. Officers then shoot him down.
Palestinians said in recent days that the 13-year-old attacker was innocent and accused police of shooting at him for no reason. The boy was seriously wounded. Nabil Abu Rudeina, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's spokesman, said the incident was an attempted murder.
Meanwhile, Saeb Erekat, the chairman of the PLO executive committee, accused the Quartet on the Middle East and the international community of giving in to Israeli dictates by postponing a visit by a Quartet delegation, which was scheduled to arrive in Ramallah on Wednesday.
The postponement of the visit "sends a troubling message that the international community is willing to heed Israeli demands for non-intervention, thus signaling acceptance of Israel's escalation of its violations of individual and collective Palestinian rights."