A poster campaign calling for the assassination of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has drawn condemnations from both the Palestinians and the United States on Wednesday.
The posters, which show the face of Abbas in rifle crosshairs with the caption in Hebrew “Assassinate the murder funders,” appeared in numerous locations in Yehudah and Shomron on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the Palestinian ambassador to the U.N. said he would circulate a letter against the campaign in the Security Council.
Israel bears full responsibility for “the consequences of the unambiguous and inciting calls to assassinate the Palestinian president,” Abbas aide Saeb Erekat said.
Erekat said they were taking the threat seriously and called on the international community to condemn the posters.
“Just like I condemn incitement from the Palestinian side, I condemn the incitement calling for the assassination of President Abbas,” White House Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt said in a tweet. “This is completely unacceptable! All peace-loving people should condemn actions like this as well.”
Derech Chaim, the far-right group responsible for the campaign, defended it in an online posting, saying the Israeli government’s security policy has been ineffective, allowing deadly terror attacks to become “part of the routine.”