Friday Protests Loom After Abbas Cites Verse ‘That Permits Muslims to Wage War for Allah’

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Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction is urging mass Gaza solidarity protests across the West Bank after midday prayers on Friday, after Abbas in a speech cited a Qur’anic injunction that those who are wronged are permitted to fight.

On Wednesday the official P.A. news agency WAFA reported on a speech by Abbas the previous evening in which he vowed that “no-one in the world will enjoy stability and safety if this is not granted to the children of Gaza, Jerusalem, the West Bank and all of Palestine’s children.”

The speech, delivered to PLO officials at his headquarters in Ramallah, ended with a sura from the Qur’an: “Permission (to fight) has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory.”

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