Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not adhere to the request of several US congressmen to reprimand a Fatah official who praised the killer of an Israeli settler in the West Bank, Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported on Wednesday.
The congressmen urged Abbas to dismiss the official, Sultan Abu
al-Einein from the government after saying "We salute the heroic
fighter, the self-sacrificing Salam Al-Zaghal [the killer of Israeli settler Evyatar Borovsky]."
In a letter of reply to the congressmen, the official's office director allegedly wrote that "It would have been more appropriate for the Congress to document settler attacks on the Palestinian people, schools and mosques in the West Bank."
Al-Einein also reportedly serves as President Mahmoud Abbas' adviser on civil society organizations.
The congressmen's request came shortly after 31-year-old Israeli settler Evyatar Borovsky was killed by a Palestinian in the West Bank in April.