JERUSALEM, Israel – The official Facebook page of Fatah posted two pictures recently leading some to speculate that the group that runs the Palestinian Authority feels it has international backing to kill Jews since the United Nations Security Council passed an anti-Israel resolution.
The first post was a drawing of its "map of Palestine," which includes all of Israel and is painted like the Palestinian flag, being used [as a dagger] to stab the word "settlement," the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) said. "The text above the image: '#Palestine will defeat the settlement.' "
Following the U.N. resolution, which said that Israeli settlements in biblical Judea and Samaria, a.k.a. the West Bank were invalid, the picture was reposted. This time it had "thank you" written at the top, the names of the countries that supported the resolution along the sides and a pool of blood under the dagger.
"Is Fatah thanking the 14 countries for their UN vote because they interpret the U.N. as granting Fatah permission to kill Israelis?" PMW director Itamar Marcus wrote in an editorial.
"Or is Fatah thanking them because now that the U.N. declared settlements 'illegal' it sees itself free to kill more Israelis?" he added. "Either way Fatah is saying more Israelis will pay with their lives as a result of the UN vote."
Fourteen countries supported the resolution including Russia, Angola, Ukraine, Japan, Spain, Egypt, Malaysia, Venezuela, New Zealand, Senegal, Uruguay, France, China and Britain.
Israel has diplomatic ties with all except Venezuela and Malaysia. Those two countries, as well as New Zealand and Senegal, put forth the resolution a second time after Egypt, the original sponsor, postponed the vote indefinitely the previous day.
Israel recalled its ambassadors to New Zealand and Senegal and said it is limiting its work contacts with the 10 relevant embassies here as well as limiting official travel to and from those countries "until otherwise decided."
The U.S. abstained from the vote, allowing it to pass and further straining relations between Israel and the outgoing administration of President Obama. The U.S. wasn't mentioned in the Fatah cartoon image.