Posters found on cement blocks in the Occupied West Bank, written in Hebrew and presumably posted by right-wing Israeli settlers, called for the assassination of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The posters depicted Palestinian President Abbas in crosshairs. They were denounced by local Palestinian officials, according to the WAFA News Agency.
“Posters calling for the assassination of the President of the Palestinian people constitute the assassination of the path of peace pursued by the President”, stated the General Secretary of the Executive Committee for the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat.
He laid full responsibility for any future confrontations or violence on the “occupying power and the Trump administration that encourages Israeli aggression”.
WAFA quoted the spokesman for the President, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, who said in a statement that the posters inciting violence against the president’s life are “unacceptable and rejected” and “a crossing of all red lines,” advising the Israeli government not to make any attempts to harm the Palestinian leader.
The Palestinian government, including the Foreign Ministry and Fatah movement, all condemned the incitement.
Israeli paramilitary settlers frequently invade Palestinian areas and write graffiti containing anti-Arab slurs and other degrading statements. They also frequently attack Palestinian civilians and burn Palestinian homes and businesses.