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Israel Under Attack: Senior Hamas commander killed in targeted IDF strike

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Over the last nearly two days, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorists have fired over 1,000 rockets into Israel, hoping to hit civilians. Six people have been killed by the rockets and 200 others are injured in Israel.

Israel responded on Wednesday by targeting key terrorist positions and confirmed the killing of the brigade commander for Gaza City.

Israel’s iron dome missile defense system has intercepted nearly 90% of the rockets. However, a number of rockets bypassed the system as the attacks continued for the second day. The barrage included a Hamas anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), which hit the community in Netiv Ha’Asara. It hit a jeep, killing one person and injuring another.

Also, overnight, Khalil Awad, 52, and his daughter Nadin, 16, Arab-Israelis were killed in the city of Lod after a rocket hit their car.

Later on Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed the death of IDF combat soldier Staff Sgt. Omer Tabib, 21, who was hit by an Anti-Tank missile fired from Gaza.

Riots broke out in Israel when Arab mobs set fire to buildings, cars, looted synagogues, and threw rocks at civilians. In the city of Lod, the situation was so extreme the mayor compared it to the Nazi pogrom “Kristallnacht.”

Palestinian news agencies are reporting that 43 Palestinians have been killed. The IDF has said a number of rockets shot by Hamas and PIJ have landed in Gaza and that the Israeli army is sending alerts to Palestinian civilians before striking targets.

The IDF has been carrying out targeted strikes in Gaza as threats continue. They’ve killed a number of Hamas and PIJ terrorists chiefs as part of what has been dubbed “Operation Guardian of the Walls.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with local leaders and security officials on Wednesday evening.

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PA President Abbas pushes ‘institutionalized anti-Semitism’ against Jews

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, while in Germany and standing next to German chancellor Olaf Scholz, accused Israel of committing “50 holocausts” against the Palestinians. This follows a long tradition of Abbas’ anti-Semitic statements on the Holocaust. In 2018, Abbas accused Jews of being “subjected to a massacre every 10 to 15 years…not because of their religion, but rather their social behavior related to usury and banks.” In 2015, Abbas also stated that “[i]f they [Jews] say they made sacrifices in World War II, and we respect what they say, they should not treat us the way they were treated [by the Nazis].” And in his 1984 book, The Other Side: The Secret Relationship between Nazism and Zionism, Abbas stated that “We find that Zionists believe in the purity of the Jewish race, as Hitler believed in the purity of the Aryan race.”

Such anti-Semitism runs rampant in the Palestinian Authority (PA). PA political figures and press have consistently defamed Israel by comparing it to Nazi Germany to brainwash the Palestinian population against reconciliation and normalization with the Jewish state. Since 2021 alone, there have been ample examples of the PA using such drivel in their propaganda machine. This is part of a much larger, institutionalized anti-Semitism embedded in Palestinian nationalism itself.

 

Claim #1: Israel, Israelis are Nazi Germany, Nazis

PA media and political figures liken Israel to Nazi Germany, and Israelis to Nazis. Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub called “Zionism and this racist fascist occupation” “the ugly face of Nazism,” and called Israelis “the new Nazis who are working to eliminate the Palestinian people.” The Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida has accused Israel of “carrying out the Hitleresque holocaust anew against the Palestinian Arab people and the peoples of the Arab world.” Al-Hayat Al-Jadida also stated that, regarding Jewish violence against Arabs in the May 2021 riots in Israel, that “Israel has repeated Kristallnacht.” [The reality was that Jewish violence against Arabs was widely condemned in Israel and paled in comparison to Arab violence against Jews during that same time.] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida also stated that “Israel is becoming a state most similar to Nazi Germany.”

 

Claim #2: Israel’s Leadership are Nazis

 

PA media and political figures also liken Israel’s leaders to Nazis. Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub calledNetanyahu “the ugly face of Mussolini and Hitler.” A political cartoon on the website of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture portrays Benjamin Netanyahu dressed as Hitler giving a Nazi-salute with a blood-drenched hand with the caption “Adolf Netanyahu.” A host on PA TV stated that “What Eichmann did to the Jews in Austria, they’re doing- [Israeli Parliament Member] Naftali Bennett is doing to us, exactly. They have copied the experience.”

 

Claim #3: Israel’s Prisons Are Nazi Death Camps

 

Lastly, PA media and political figures also liken Israel’s prison system to the Nazi death camps and crematoria. Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub called Israeli prisons “an identical copy of Auschwitz and the death camps.” PA Shari’ah Judge Nasser Al-Qirem referred to Israel’s prisons as the “Nazi occupation’s bastilles.” The Official PA dailyAl-Hayat Al-Jadida  accused Israel of carrying out crimes against Palestinian civilians similar to “Hitler’s Nazi detention camps,” and earlier had stated that Israel’s “detention camps have become most similar to the Nazi crematoriums.”

Abbas’ statement that Israel has committed “50 holocausts” against the Palestinian people should not be surprising, given that Abbas has made similar anti-Semitic statements for years. The Palestinian Authority in turn, through various political figures and its press propagate similar statements. Coupled with other anti-Semitic, anti-Israeli, and even jihadi comments, the Biden administration should not further accommodate the PA, nor seek to join it in the Abraham Accords.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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