The Toronto-based Palestine House has recently celebrated the 14th birthday of the Palestinian child terrorist Ahmed Manasrah and called for his immediate release from the Israeli jail.
The event was held on Friday, January 19, at the Palestine House offices in Mississauga, Ontario with the attendance of Chairman of the Palestine House, Fadlo Mechael, the Vice Chairman, Nazih Khataba, other board members, parents and children.
A birthday cake was baked in honour of Ahmad Manasrah and decorated with the following message written on it: “Happy Birthday. Freedom. Ahmad Manasrah, 13 years old boy, shot and caged by Israel.”
Children are seen holding colourful balloons and posters that read in Arabic: “Palestine House Canada [flags of Palestine and Canada], Free Ahmad Manasrah, Solidarity campaign with the child prisoner.”
A little girl greeted Manasrah on his birthday by reading the following message in French and English:
“Hi everyone, I’m Maryam Muhanad. We are Canadians Palestinians children came today to celebrate the 14th birth of Palestinian prisoner hero Ahamd Manasrah. We ask all the nations in the world for freedom to Ahmad Manasrah. Free, Free Ahmad Manasrah. Free, Free Ahmad Manasrah.” To watch the video click here. To see more pictures of the event click here.
Armed with kitchen knives, Ahmaed Manasrah, 13, went on October 12, 2015 with his cousin Hassan Manasra, 15, to Jerusalem’s Pisgat Zeev neighborhood to attack Jews. The two Palestinian teenagers stabbed two Israelis, a 13-year-old, who was critically injured; and a 25-year-old, who was moderately injured. Hassan Manasra was shot dead by security forces after charging at police with a knife and Ahmaed Manasrah, was hit by a car, recovered after being treated in an Israeli hospital and is facing charges of attempted murder.
The Palestinian al-Quds Intifada, also dubbed the Knife Intifada, is supported and directed by the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah (the Palestinian Authority-PLO-Fatah) and Gaza (Hamas).
The green light for violent agitation and terror attacks is given by the Palestinian leadership, and the message is translated into actions by field operatives of the Palestinian organizations or by Palestinian residents.
The Palestinian leadership also guarantees a network of social and financial support to any Palestinian resident who is arrested, wounded or harmed in the course of anti-Israeli terror activity, including monthly stipends for the individual and his or her family.
According to the Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from September 13, 2015 to February 4, 2016 the number of people murdered in the Palestinian terrorist intifada reached 32 and 302 people were injured (25 of them seriously). The Palestinian new wave of terrorism included 117 stabbings, 41 shootings and 23 car rammings in addition to firing rockets (from Gaza), detonating explosive charges, and many thousands incidents of stone throwing and firebombings.
The Palestine House stands by the Palestinian al-Quds Intifada also dubbed The Knife Intifada
The Palestine House was de-funded in 2012 by the federal government for what then Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney referred to as a “pattern of support for extremism.”
Minister Kenney’s spokesperson said that “Palestine House has in the last few years aligned itself with terrorist causes, including celebrating the release of terrorists and honouring the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), one of the groups that formed the Palestine Liberation Organization and in the 1960s and ’70s, was responsible for numerous armed attacks and aircraft hijackings.”
In 2014, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) submitted to Peel Region Police several complaints of possible hate crimes allegedly committed by Meshwar newspaper. The complaints documented cases of anti Jewish rhetoric including sympathizing with a terrorist attack (Jerusalem massacre), posting an article questioning the veracity of the Holocaust and a cartoon that depicted the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drinking the blood of Palestinian children. No charges have been laid against the Palestine House.
On October 14, the Palestine house posted on its official Facebook an invitation to its planned rally. The English version read the following: “In solidarity and support of the Struggle of the Palestinian people against the Israeli occupation and aggression.”
The Arabic version of the invitation mentioned the intifada: “Protest rally in solidarity and support of Palestine Intifada (انتفاضة). In cooperation with solidarity movements with Palestine in the area of Toronto, the Palestine House invites you to to participate in the solidarity rally with al-Quds and Palestine Intifada (انتفاضة). It will take place on Friday October 16 at 6pm in front of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto.”
Dr. Nazih Khatatba in his own words
Nazih Khatatba, vice chairman and board member of the Palestine House, advised al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of Fatah movement, to change their policy and instead of uttering threats at Israel, to demand from Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President and the leader of the PLO and Fatah movement, to re-arm them. The following is Khatatba’s posting (originally in Arabic):
“Al-Aqsa Brigades [the military wing of Fatah movement lead by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] declared a general mobilization and warned the [Israeli] Occupation of attacking the President [Abbas]!!!!
“O brother, take him [Abbas] and keep him for yourself. I swear by Allah, do not be afraid as he [Abbas] under Israeli protection. Most importantly, ask him [Abbas] to return the weapons he took from you [al-Aqsa Brigades], and to instruct the operatives of the security forces that under his control not to arrest you.”
Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade (AAMB) was designated in 2003 by Canada as a terrorist organization and its status was reaffirmed in November 2014.
Nazih Khatatba sympathizes with the Palestinian “struggle” which includes activities and operations that are deemed by Israel, US, Canada and the West as acts of terrorism. In his editorial titled “al-Quds Operation and the Quiet Intifada”, (Issue 118, November 28, 2014, page 5) Khatatba portrayed the massacre of 4 rabbis in Jerusalem by Palestinian terrorists who killed their victims with meat cleavers as a “courageous and qualitative” operation. One of the victims was Howie Rothman, an Israeli Canadian, was died of his wounds a year after he was struck in his head and neck with a cleaver.
On the same day the Jerusalem massacre occurred, Khatatba harshly criticized the Palestinian President for issuing an official announcement condemning (however faintly) the attack.
A few days prior to the Jerusalem massacre, Khatatba justified the ‘run-over’ and stabbing attacks against Israeli Jews and overtly supported launching a Palestinian armed Intifada (war) against Israel.
In a editorial (Meshwar, Issue 106, June 13, 2014, P. 5), Khatatba called the Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jail “freedom prisoners” and “freedom fighters”, even though many of them were convicted (and confessed) of terror-related crimes, including murder of civilians.
For one of his editorials (Meshwar, Issue 103, May 2, 2014, p. 5), Khatatba chose the following heading: “Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and [the City of] al-Quds [Jerusalem] are in need for mujahideen [jihad fighters], not tourists.”
In his editorial (Meshwar, Issue 85, August 23, 2013, page 5), Khatatba criticized Hamas for abandoning the confrontation with Israel. “We sided with Hamas and defended it to the point that we in Meshwar newspaper were during the last war on Gaza subject to a campaign and pressure of the Canadian Jewish organizations [apparently referring to the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs – CIJA] because of this position,” wrote Khatatba.
“We were not deterred as Hamas was confronting Israel, not [meaning we did took this position] because of the blackness of its eyes or its extremist practices. We placed the confrontation with Israel above any other consideration. We ignored everything for the sake of this confrontation. However, the situation has changed, as Hamas is not anymore interested in [confronting] Israel… Hamas has to deal with its destiny by its own and we will not sympathize with it.”
In a previous op-ed (Meshwar, volume 66, November 30, 2012, page 8), Khatatba expressed his support of Hamas and other Palestinian organizations that took part in a war with Israel, during which thousands of rockets and mortar shells were launched from the Gaza strip toward Israeli communities.
“It is essential to add this achievement (note: the article was published prior to the UN recognition of Palestine as a non member observer state) to the triumph that the resistance in Gaza has achieved due to its firm endurance and launching of hundreds of rockets on Israeli cities. These rockets dented Israel’s deterrence and created a new reality, that no one can deny, principally the Palestinian leadership, of the role of the popular and military resistance to improve the conditions in any future negotiations with Israel,” Khatatba wrote.
“The unyielding fortitude and victory that Gaza achieved would not have materialized without the unconstrained help of Iran, Syria and Hizballah, who provided weaponry, rockets, training and financing… The Palestinian resistance should speak out loud and clear and not be afraid to express gratitude to Iran, Syria and Hizballah…”
Dr. Nazih Khatatba has recently praised In his editorial on Meshwar (Issue 146, December 24, 2015, p. 6) the Lebanese terrorist Samir Quntar who was killed in an Israeli airstrike for his “bold offensive operation” in 1979 during which he murdered an Israeli civilian and smashed the head of his 4 year-old daughter on beach rocks and crushed her skull with the butt of his rifle.
He maintained that Quntar’s decision to join the ranks of Hezbollah should not be condemned as he intended to “continue the armed struggle” against Israel and “started working for establishing a movement that will fight for the liberation of the occupied Golan Heights as a prelude for liberating all Palestine.”
Khatataba wrote, “Dear Sirs, tell us what is wrong about it [Quntar decision to join Hezbollah for continuing the armed struggle against Israel]? If such a man sacrificed his period of adolescence and later his life for fighting the Israeli occupation, for the sake of the holy sites of the [Islamic] nation and faith and was developing plans for fighting [is not considered a fighter], who is [eligible] to be deemed a fighter, and who is [eligible] to be considered martyr!!!!…”
“Dear Sirs, Dear distinguished people, no. Samir Quntar does not need from you to give him the eligibility for martyrdom, honour and patriotism, as he did not change and remained eager to become a martyr for the sake of Palestine. His compass did not deviate from Palestine and from regarding Israel as the prime and the only enemy of the Palestinians and Arabs and as a constant threat to the future of their countries. Anyone who fights the Israeli occupation is a martyr who is eligible for this title regardless his nationality, ideology, religion or faith.”
(This article originally appeared on CIJ News and is republished with permission)