What do verbally defending two terrorist organizations at the United Nations and being arrested for involvement in one of those terror groups have in common? They both made headlines in less than a week and were each done by Palestinian officials. Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian lead negotiator with Israel, told a United Nations forum last week that Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) were “not terrorist organizations,” according to a report by The Jerusalem Post.
The PFLP claimed responsibility for a killing rampage in a Jerusalem synagogue in 2014, and just recently, Hamas and the PFLP both claimed credit for the June terror shooting and stabbing in Jerusalem that murdered 23-year-old Israeli border policewoman Hadas Malka. Israeli Prime Minister’s Office Spokesman Ofir Gendelman tweeted in response to Erekat’s comments that the two organizations—which are on the United States terrorist list—have “killed 1000+ Israelis. That’s support for terrorism.”
Tweeted Gendelman, “Saeb Erekat’s outrageous statement at the UN that Hamas & PFLP aren’t terror org’s is a new record of Palestinian lies&support for terrorism.”
Meanwhile, a member of the PFLP who also happens to be a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council as a member of the Palestinian parliament (MP) was arrested over the weekend.
Gendelman, citing the Israel Security Agency, tweeted on Sunday that “Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian MP and a leader of the PFLP terror group, has been arrested (again) for involvement in terror activities.”
i24News reported that the IDF said that Jarrar posed “substantial security risks” when she was arrested and that the arrest had nothing to do with her role in the Palestinian government.
Jarrar was previously arrested several years ago and released last year.
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, July 2, 2017)