The official described the diplomatic consequences as a secondary goal of the move, with the primary aim inflicting political damage on rival Hamas.
Ramallah, July 12 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas intends to follow up on the severe reduction of exit permits for Gazans to receive treatment in Israel and the West Bank by rounding up Palestinians and killing them by firing squad, to determine whether the international community will continue to blame only Israel for Palestinian suffering.
A senior Palestinian Authority official who spoke on condition of anonymity told journalists that the president plans to begin the mass executions next month, following the Muslim festival of Aid al-Adha.
“Now that the Raïs has successfully pushed the Egyptians not to open the Rafah crossing from the Gaza Strip, lest the humanitarian crisis there be alleviated, he will increase the pressure even further,” the official declared. “His Excellency has determined that there is nothing he can do against his own people for which he will be blamed. The United Nations, human rights organizations, and the news media have established that they will seek to pin ultimate blame on Israel for any Palestinian suffering, and this is a way to ratchet up that opprobrium to levels not seen since the 2014 Gaza War.”
Last month Abbas ordered a cessation of payments to Israel for fuel to run Gaza’s sole power plant, leading not to condemnation of him by the Security or Human Rights Councils, but to international pressure on Israel to supply the fuel free of charge, and to denunciation of Israel for refusing to do so. The anonymous official described the diplomatic consequences as a secondary goal of the move, with the primary aim inflicting political damage on the rival Hamas movement that governs the Gaza Strip.
“Hamas showed multiple times over the last few wars with Israel that nothing Palestinians do to their own people will ever be scrutinized except to accuse Israel of creating the situation,” he observed. “Now the Raïs is merely using that Hamas tactic against them in hopes that the people of Gaza will get angry enough at the cronyism and disregard the movement has for them, except as cannon fodder, to overthrow them and invite Fatah back in.” Hamas defeated Fatah in a brief civil war in the Gaza Strip in 2007 and expelled them, leading to a political rift in the Palestinian Territories that has yet to be bridged.
A spokesman for Human Rights Watch dismissed the reports as irrelevant. “We don’t need specific evidence of anything to accuse Israel of war crimes,” retorted the man.
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