Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator to the peace talks compared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the leader of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Palestine TV on Friday evening.
Erekat asked what the difference was between Netanyahu and al-Baghdadi, saying that the prime minister was a criminal who doused a 16-year-old teenager with gasoline and burned him and al-Baghdadi was a criminal terrorist who cuts off the heads of foreign journalists in Iraq and Syria.
Erekat was referring to the teenage Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khdeir who was burned alive by three Jews in July in the capital. The Jerusalem District Court indicted the three
for the murder and kidnapping of the teen. They were accused of pouring gasoline on Abu Khdeir and burning him while he was still alive.
Hours after it was announced that the Jews were arrested for the killing Netanyahu unequivocally condemned
Erekat told Palestine TV on Friday that Netanyahu says he is the head of an organization called the Jewish state and al-Baghdadi says he is the head of an organization called the Islamic State, Israel Radio reported.
"Extremism is blind, and it does not belong to any religion," Erekat said.