Jewish Journal

Abbas condemns the Itamar murders

by Brad A. Greenberg

March 14, 2011 | 2:57 pm

JewishJournal.com has a lot of content about the Itamar murders. A lot of it is commentary about the March 11 murder of five Jews in the West Bank. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the attack of the Fogel family “despicable,” “inhuman and immoral”:

“A human being is not capable of something like that,” Abbas said in Arabic during an interview Monday morning on Israel Radio. His words were translated into Hebrew by the interviewer.

“Had we had advance information, we would have prevented this,” Abbas said of the March 11 attack that left five members of the Fogel family of Itamar dead, including a 3-month-old baby.

Abbas also said that the Palestinian Authority would work to find the killer or killers responsible, and that he has agreed to a request by Israel to launch a joint investigation.

Abbas, who called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to offer his condolences—Netanyahu called them “weak and mumbled statements”—took issue during the interview with Netanyahu’s accusation that the Palestinian Authority incites against Israel in its mosques and schools. The PA leader offered to set up an Israeli-Palestinian-American committee to look into the allegations.

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