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Fayyad: Stop using Palestinians to justify terror
Published Wednesday 21/03/2012 (updated) 24/03/2012 14:49
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Mourners stand around the bodies of the victims of Monday's shooting in Toulouse
during their joint funeral service in Jerusalem, March 21, 2012. A gunman,
suspected of killing three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in the name
of al-Qaida, said on Wednesday he would hand himself over to police after an
hours-long siege in which he wounded three officers. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Wednesday condemned the killing of three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in France, rejecting the suspected gunman's motive of avenging Palestinian children killed by Israel.

"This terrorist crime is condemned in the strongest terms by the Palestinian people and our children ... No Palestinian child can accept crimes against innocent people," Fayyad said in a statement.

The suspect Mohamed Merah, 24, claimed to belong to al-Qaida, and to want revenge for Palestinian children and French military involvement abroad, according to France's Interior Minister Claude Gueant.

He is also suspected by authorities of killing three soldiers of North African origin last week.

After an hours-long siege in a Toulouse neighborhood in southwestern France on Wednesday -- in which he wounded three officers -- Merah said he would hand himself over to police in the afternoon.

Fayyad slammed the shootings as an "attack on innocent lives ... a cowardly terrorist act," and he denounced the attempt to link the crime to solidarity with Palestinians.

"It is time for these criminals to stop exploiting the name of Palestine through their terrorist actions, and to stop pretending to stand up for Palestinian children, who only seek a decent life for themselves and for all children of the world," he added.

The PLO's diplomatic mission to Paris also denounced the attack. Palestinians "condemn in the strongest possible terms the hateful attack carried out in Toulouse," a joint statement of the missions to France and UNESCO said.

Noting the prior attack had targeted Muslim soldiers, the diplomats said the reported links between the shootings suggest "the murderer is driven by a multi-faceted racist hatred."

"We warn against any political exploitation of these events, and wish to assure the families and relatives of victims of our solidarity, and we join them in their pain and their grief," it added.
1 ) Amos / Israel
21/03/2012 15:01
Why don't you start with your SCHOOL BOOKS??

They still preach and educate FATHOMLESS HATRED TOWARDS JEWS

2 ) Tibi / Tubas
21/03/2012 15:02
Hooray for Fayyad !!
It is long over-due to "Stop using Palestinians to justify terror", and
Fayyad should tell this same message to Hamas and Islamic groups,
that continue firing rockets at Israeli civilians too !!!

3 ) Mel / USA
21/03/2012 15:14
This all stinks of political 'False flag attack'set-up?It's all SO politically "convenient",right now,in France.Like innocent civilians get murdered,in Palestinian EVERY DAY,by Israeli ZIONISTS! Pro-Zionist,anti-Schengen,anti-immigrant' Sarkozy's due to get booted out in French elections?Innocent deaths for votes,eh Nick? Using a Zionist proxy agent here?? This whole thing smells fishy!Who paid his flights back to EU from ?AfPak,Libya,Syria etc? CIA?French intelligence?Libyan NTC? Fishy!

4 ) Robert / US
21/03/2012 15:43
What happened in France is sad and inexcusable !!. Just like what happens in Palestine .What PA Prime Minister Fayyad said is correct. I remember hearing a story of how a palestinian child was killed by AN israeli solider and the parents of the child donated organs to a Jewish child. What a jesture !!! I've been to a lot of conferences in the US and have heard from Palestinians and Israelis who want PEACE . We in the US don't get the TRUTH .ARE MEDIA IS ONE SIDED AND GROSSLY UNBALANCED

5 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
21/03/2012 15:58
Sadly, the Palestinians are paying the price for their previous support of terrorism at any price against Israeli and Jewish targets around the world. Arafat wanted the world to adopt his cause, and unfortunately many organizations did and have embraced Arafat's policy of liberation of Palestine "by any means." Young Palestinians may not know their fathers and grandfathers used to blow airliners out of the sky and kill Jewish athletes in the Olympics - all in the name of Palestine.

6 ) Tobias / USA
21/03/2012 16:22
What Fayyad probably means is that Only Palestinians can use
"Palestinians to justify terror", and neither he nor the PLO denounce
Gaza's 1,000s of war-crime rocket attacks, on Israeli civilians !!!

7 ) Robby / USA
21/03/2012 16:26
We said Mr. Fayyad.

8 ) Nour / One-State
21/03/2012 16:31
Fayyad ya Fayyad, you must have gone mad. Of course we don't condone the murder of innocent children anywhere - but where was your enthusiasm when Gaza was being bombed to smithereens? When that family was bombed on its beach while enjoying a picnic? Fayyad wants to impress the donors and continue his administration for the sake of having an administration and payroll - and to hell with the national project of liberation.

9 ) mohmed / somalia
21/03/2012 16:36
god forbidden killing innocent people but the anger is there and the frustration is there when the other side is killing innocent people.

10 ) @#s 1,2,3 / US
21/03/2012 19:21
It's always the same cracked record. Zionists are the victims and real victims are the guilty ones. I do approve what Robert /US # 4 says for what he says is correct. Terrorism was introduced to the whole region of the Middle East by the Zionist terror organizations like Irgun, Haganah and Stern. Stop acting as victims while you are the real murderers.

11 ) ghada / palestine
21/03/2012 19:39
No ya Nour Fayyad did'nt go mad but things happened at the wrong time for the wrong reason ....ofcourse how do we forget the masacre of our children by the cruelty of Israel???? hana' shalabee is another example and thousands are like her. fayyad does'nt deserve to be attacked like this.

12 ) Either the time is over / OR the time is Now
21/03/2012 20:55
Either the time is over for statements, that never lead anywhere, and
for refusing to Talk, to Negotiate, to Compromise, and to Sign a peace agreement, that ends the conflict, and provides for the security of Israel,
OR the time is Now, to accept that a Palestinian state will never be created.

13 ) Rachael / USA
21/03/2012 22:24
That "evil schoolbook" story has been debunked nine ways to Sunday by numerous organizations, folks. Look at Israeli schoolbook maps sometime, and show me where the Palestinians live from those.

14 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
21/03/2012 23:53
Nour - what do you mean you don't condone the murder of non-Palestinian children? Of course you do! Your leaders do! If you want us to believe you, then tell us here and now that you, Nour, demand that Ahlam Tamimi be sent back to jail. She helped in the Sbarro suicide bombing that murdered 15 people including 7 children. She is free, and Palestinians cheered her and call her a hero. If you do not condone her actions, then let's her you condemn her actions.

15 ) ian / australia
22/03/2012 01:36
#1 Amos / Israel "Why don't you start with your SCHOOL BOOKS?? They still preach and educate FATHOMLESS HATRED TOWARDS JEWS" Totally made up urban myth Amos...no such "school books" exist! Cynically concocted hasbara recycled ad nauseam by the gullible...unlike, for example, "Toffee and the Gorilla" which is real and quite beyond belief! Also..."fathomless"? Really? Would have thought Palestinian grievances quite easy to fathom!

16 ) ian / australia
22/03/2012 01:55
"The suspect...claimed to belong to al-Qaida"..."the murderer is driven by a multi-faceted racist hatred." A what? Surely, deranged lone nut is the most likely explanation.

17 ) Malone / Hfx
22/03/2012 02:45
#13...if "palestine" is not in Israeli books,it's simply because there is no "palestine".

18 ) Gordon / Canada
22/03/2012 03:44
Amos, you should probably look at YOUR SCHOOL BOOKS buddy. They preach and educate FATHOMLESS HATRED TOWARDS EVERYBODY WHO IS NOT A JEW

19 ) Catalyst / Japan
22/03/2012 09:43
Fayyad & PLO's statement are appropriate for internationally and domestically as well, to attain independence peacefully and show their principle to donor countries. It's very interesting how Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other groups will send message to their people and international community over Toulouse shooting.

20 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
22/03/2012 11:14
Gordon #18, please show us a few examples to prove your accusation. Strange how so many foreigners like you are experts on such specific subjects half way around the world. Please give the name of the book, author, date of publishing, and which grades it is used. I'm betting a two-four of X that you can't prove it with any real examples.

21 ) Mark Singer / Ramallah, Palestine
22/03/2012 11:33
Dear oh dear #1. When was the last time you cracked open a Palestinian textbook...or any textbook for that matter? Let me explain it to you in simple terms. The PA relies on international donations. Including for the capacity building of the Ministry of Education...whom recieves books through financial support from USAID, the EU or the UN. Those books are approved by international organizations and thus...do not say "kill all the jews" in them.

22 ) ian / australia
22/03/2012 14:03
"We warn against any political exploitation of these events..." Too late for that I would think after "Rubi" Rivlin's speech at the funeral claiming "the Jewish people face wild and insatiable animals, wild animals made crazy by their hatred" (which is a macabre variant of "they hate us for our freedom") along with references to Amalek, invoking the injunction of Maimonides to kill the descendants of the eternal enemy whenever and wherever they are found! So much for Prime Minister Fayyad's...

23 ) ian / australia
22/03/2012 14:03
(contd.) subtle analysis and statemanslike call for commonsense and restraint!

24 ) @#s 13,15,18 and 21 / few examples
22/03/2012 18:19
1-new world history for 10th grade, page 106 blamed an jewish israeli zionist for trying to burn Al-Aqsa in 1969, when in fact it was Denis Michael Rohan a christian evangelist that did it and was sentenced and jailed 2- same book page 63 claimed "secret decisions made in the congress later named 'the protocol of the elders of zion' were aimed for taking over the world" (this book was censured last year by israeli authorities)

25 ) deano / uk
22/03/2012 19:50
Its funny how the Zionists kill children in the hundreds and no one utters a word

26 ) shalom ben fayyad / tel aviv
22/03/2012 23:28
great show mr.president

22/03/2012 23:30
Noting the prior attack had targeted Muslim soldiers, the diplomats said the reported links between the shootings suggest "the murderer is driven by a multi-faceted racist hatred." HOW THE HELL WOULD HE KNOW THEY WERE MUSLIMS??

28 ) Israeli / Israel
23/03/2012 13:37
It is not a palestinian schoolbook that teaches jew hatred, it is another more well known book.

29 ) ian / australia
24/03/2012 00:05
#24 Yes, insane kibbutz volunteer Denis Michael Rohan was (sadly) an Australian nutcase (sometimes called a "zionist extremist", which I guess he was)...so they got that wrong but still a far cry from Newt Gingrich's bizarre allegation about arithmetic taught in Palestinian schools: "if there are 13 Jews and 9 Jews are killed, how many Jews are left?" So...still essentially an urban myth despite some understandable bias like teaching the foundation of Israel as a "catastrophe" (which it was)...

30 ) ian / australia
24/03/2012 00:09
(contd.) rather than an uplifting tale of "making the desert bloom" in the G-d given land which was miraculously just waitng there, empty and deserted, for the "return" of its rightful owners! Take home message: BS cuts both ways!

31 ) ian / australia
24/03/2012 00:14
#28 As though Torah doesn't have some ghastly, archaic rubbish in it! No offence.
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