In this image released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, right, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Credit: AP
Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, the supposed voice of "moderation" in the region, addressed an adoring crowd January 4th as he marked the anniversary of his political party, Fatah. To celebrate the occasion, Abbas "renewed his pledge" to martyrs from Hamas and other factions including famed WWII Nazi ally, Grand Mufti Muhammad Amin al-Husseini. Some might recall details about the Grand Mufti and his co-conspiracies to rid the Middle East of their Jewish inhabitants from my previous article on the Farhud, a brutal pogrom carried out in 1941 against the Jewish community in Iraq.
"On the anniversary of Fatah, we renew the pledge to our fortunate martyrs," Abbas stated proudly.
"We pledge to continue on the path of the martyr brother Abu Ammar, and his comrades and brothers, the leaders from all the fighting factions – all the martyrs."
Below is a transcript and video of Abbas' speech, which aired on PA TV. The translations have been provided by MEMRI:
"Let me mention the martyr Abu Jihad, Khalil Al-Wazir, the martyr Abu Iyad, Salah Khalaf, the martyr Abd Al-Fattah Hamoud, the martyr Abu Ali Iyad, the martyr Abu Sabri Saydam, the martyr Abu Yousuf Al-Najjar, the martyr Kamal Adwan, the martyr Kamal Nasser, the martyr Abu Al-Waleed Saad Sael, the martyr Faysal Al-Husseini, the martyr Abu Al-Hol, the martyr Abu Al-Mundhir, the martyr Khaled Al-Hassan, the martyr Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, the martyr Abd Al-Aziz Al-Rantissi, the martyr Ismail Abu Shanab, the martyr Fathi Shiqaqi, the martyr George Habash, the martyr Omar A-Qassem, the martyr Sakhr Habash, the martyr Suleiman Al-Najjar, the martyr Bashir Al-Barghouthi, the martyr Hani Al-Hassan, the martyr Abu Ali Mustafa, the martyr Abu Al-'Abbas, the martyr Samir Ghosheh, and today's martyr, the martyr of the Intifada, Abu Al-Abd Khattab. Allah's mercy upon them all.
"In addition, there were tens of thousands of martyrs and heroes. Here we must remember the pioneers – the Grand Mufti of Palestine, Hajj Muhammad Amin Al-Husseini, as well as Ahmad Al-Shukeiri, the founder of the PLO, and Yahya Hamouda, the head of the PLO Executive Committee. Let us not forget the martyr Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam, who sparked the 1936 revolution." [...]