In a story on Abbas calling for Palestinians to increase "resistance" in anticipation of their statehood bid at the United Nations in September, Reuters kingpin propagandist and serial liar Tom Perry continues with the sham image-making:
Perry doesn't tell readers that as recently as 2008, Abbas told interviewers:Long an opponent of violence by Palestinians, Abbas has faced domestic criticism for appearing hesitant to support other forms of activism such as protests and marches, part of what Palestinians call "popular resistance."
Perry attempts to dupe his audience into believing that Abbas is hesitant to call even for peaceful protests and marches when the historical record demonstrates that Abbas actually defines "resistance" on a much grander scale, i.e., armed violence, and openly boasts that he has spearheaded violence in the past, served as a model for the use of violence by other terror groups, and may encourage his people to turn to violence again in the future, when the time is right.“At this present juncture, I am opposed to armed struggle because we cannot succeed in it, but maybe in the future things will be different [...] I had the honor of firing the first shot in 1965 and of being the one who taught resistance to many in the region and around the world; what it’s like; when it is effective and when it isn’t effective; its uses, and what serious, authentic and influential resistance is…. It is common knowledge when and how resistance is detrimental and when it is well timed…. We [Fatah] had the honor of leading the resistance and we taught resistance to everyone, including Hizbullah, who trained in our military camps."
Faithful reporting on this point would of course, undermine Perry's entire advocacy campaign so instead, we are fed fictions.