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Last night, three-month-old Chaya Zisel Braun was laid to rest. Chaya was the most recent victim of Palestinian terrorism against Israelis and Jews.
Early yesterday evening, Hamas member Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi deliberately drove at full speed onto a Jerusalem train platform, killing baby Chaya and injuring eight others. There is no excuse for the cold-blooded murder of an innocent baby. Yet, on official Hamas television, Hamas spokesman Hossam Badran glorified the attack.
The Jewish people know all too well that before a nation is attacked with guns and rockets it is attacked with words of hate. Hamas has attacked Israel with both. As Prime Minister Netanyahu has pointed out, this is how President Abbas's partner in government acts.
Earlier this week, in its remarks to the Security Council, Israel warned that President Abbas was inciting violence against Jews. Less than a week ago, he called on Palestinians to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem by using "all means" necessary. Yesterday, we saw the results of his inflammatory remarks.
President Abbas has not uttered a single word to condemn the heinous attack. But I suppose we should not be surprised; he is too busy leading a campaign to erase the connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem while also inciting violence in Jerusalem. Following the terrorist attack, President Abbas's senior adviser, Sultan Abu Al-Einein, called the perpetrator a "heroic martyr".
Extremists use words of hate to glorify a culture of death; the Security Council must use its words to sanctify life. I urge you to condemn yesterday's terrorist attack and denounce the rise in Palestinian incitement. I also ask that you call on President Abbas and the Palestinian leadership to educate their children for peace and coexistence. It is the only responsible way to lay the groundwork for a stable peace in our region.
I should be grateful if you would have the present letter distributed as a document of the Security Council.