Abu Mazen's Fatah organization, as well as his important advisers, have publicly lauded the perpetrator of the recent vehicular terror attack in Jerusalem which killed two people, including a three-month old infant.
Fatah published a poster in which it calls the murderer, Abdel Rahman al-Shalodi, a "hero and martyr." The same language was used on official website of the Palestinian Authtority (see the website post).
Sultan Abu Al-Einein, an advisor to Abu Mazen, used his Facebook page to call a-Shalodi "a heroic martyr." Last year, after Al-Einein praised the stabbing murder of Evyatar Borovsky, five members of the U.S. Congress asked Abu Mazen to condemn the statements and fire his advisor. Abu Mazen refused.
Chief Palestinian Negtiator Saeb Erekat, while criticizing Netanyahu's linkage of the vehiuclar terror attack to Palestinian incitement, implied that the murder was justified because of Israeli sovereignty in East Jerusalem: “We regret all loss of life. At the same time we reiterate that the Israeli occupation of Palestine remains the main source of violence and instability in the region.”