PLO issues revised version of Abbas' controversial 'execution' speech

October 15, 2015 15:04

The Palestine Liberation Organization on Thursday released a different version of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech, which was broadcast on Palestine TV on Wednesday night.

The new English version quotes Abbas as talking about the “shooting of our children in cold blood as they did with the child Ahmed Mansara and other children from Jerusalem.”The modified English version was released by the PLO’s Negotiations Affairs Department, which said this was a “full translation” of Abbas’s speech.

However, the Arabic version of Abbas’s speech does not talk about “shooting.” Instead, Abbas is quoted as talking about the “execution of our children in cold blood, as they did with the boy Ahmed Manasrah and other children in Jerusalem and other places.”

PLO officials did not offer any explanation as to why they chose to change Abbas’s statement about Manasrah.

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