The call to jihad against Jews and the state of Israel is repeated so many times among Palestinians that few take it seriously enough anymore. People have become habituated. Yet given its historic and current persistence, it remains puzzling why so many people still believe Palestinian propaganda about being oppressed and brutalized by Israel. If Palestinians wanted peace, they would openly declare acceptance of the Jewish State, and renounce all the passages in the PA, PLO, Hamas, and Fatah charters and declarations that call for the obliteration of Israel. They would admit that Palestinians are historically comprised of citizens from the surrounding region after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Hence they are more properly known from a historical standpoint as Ottoman South Syrians.

The day the Jewish state was born, the Palestinians who failed in their violent efforts to keep Jews out of the region declared the day the day of catastrophe — Nakba Day.

In line with this history, on the 74th Nakba Day, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vowed to “continue payments to prisoners and ‘martyrs.’” The program is well known as the Pay for Slay program; Palestinians are glorified as martyrs and their families are paid substantial sums for murdering Israelis, including children. 

“On ‘Nakba,’ Abbas vows to continue payments to prisoners and ‘martyrs,’” by Khaled Abu Toameh, Jerusalem Post, May 15, 2022:

The Palestinian Authority will continue to pay allowances to the families of Palestinian prisoners and those killed while carrying out attacks against Israel, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday.

Abbas’s renewed commitment to the families of the prisoners and “martyrs” was made on the 74th anniversary of Nakba Day, “Catastrophe Day,” a term Palestinians use to describe the 1948 War of Independence.

During several rallies in the West Bank on Sunday, Palestinians sounded sirens for 74 seconds, marking the number of years since the establishment of Israel.

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Abbas and other Palestinians also emphasized that they would remain committed to the “right of return” for Palestinian refugees and their descendants to their former homes inside Israel.

“The Palestinian people and their leadership will not rest until all prisoners enjoy freedom,” Abbas said, adding that he would remain committed “to the rights of the families of the martyrs and prisoners.”

Abbas said he was proud of the “steadfastness of the brave prisoners held in occupation prisons.”

Abbas has staunchly refused to halt the payments to the families of the prisoners and “martyrs” – a scheme described by some as “pay for slay.”

“The great Palestinian people cannot be defeated because they have a just issue that cannot be obliterated by false narratives,” Abbas said. He called on Israel’s leaders “to get out of the cycle of denial of the other because it will not bring security and stability to anyone.”

The Palestinians would not agree to give up any of their rights, especially their right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital, Abbas said.

In the center of Ramallah, thousands of Palestinians participated in a rally marking the anniversary….



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