‘I believe in his way,’ Palestinian official says of slain Hamas leader

Senior Palestinian Authority official Jibril Rajoub eulogizes Hamas terror master as an ‘extraordinary leader.’

By Ryan Jones | | Topics: Hamas, palestinians
Senior Palestinian official Jibril Rajoub thinks that slain Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri was a role model. Photo by Flash90
Senior Palestinian official Jibril Rajoub thinks that slain Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri was a role model. Photo by Flash90

Western leaders continue to claim that Hamas does not represent the Palestinians at large. And leaders of the Palestinian Authority continue to shout clearly from the rooftops that they are wrong.

The latest example involves senior Palestinian Authority figure Jibril Rajoub, who on Wednesday eulogized slain Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri as an “extraordinary national leader,” saying his alleged targeted killing by Israel is “as much of a loss for Fatah just as it is a loss for Hamas.”

Al-Arouri and six other Hamas officials were killed when an apartment in Beirut was struck by missiles earlier this week. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had marked him for death, along with other senior Hamas leaders, following the October 7 terrorist invasion.

Before we go any further, who is Jibril Rajoub? His remarks will no doubt be widely dismissed or ignored by Western mainstream media because they don’t fit the narrative. But Rajoub isn’t some fringe voice. He’s one of the most recognizable of Palestinian leaders, and his words carry a lot of weight.

Rajoub was once the warlord of all Palestinian Authority armed forces in Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”). Today, he is Secretary General of the Central Committee of the ruling Fatah faction, the party of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Rajoub is also head of the Palestinian Football Association and the Palestine Olympic Committee.

Now that we’ve established this is a man to whom people listen, what did he, a representative voice of Palestinian government and society, have to say about a Hamas leader like Saleh al-Arouri?

“I am among the believers in his ideology, his way, and his activity,” Rajoub said of al-Arouri in an interview on official Palestinian Authority TV this week. “I see his passing as much of a loss for Fatah just as it is a loss for Hamas and a Palestinian loss and a loss for the global liberation movement, whether they are Muslim or non-Muslim.”

Rajoub went on to encourage young Palestinians of all stripes and affiliations to follow in Hamas’s path of “perfecting the resistance [terrorism] and confrontation with the occupation [Israel].”

Back in November, Rajoub was one of the first Palestinian Authority officials to speak publicly about the October 7 attacks, and he openly justified the mass slaughter and kidnapping of Israelis.

The October 7 attack was part of “the defensive war our people are waging,” Rajoub told a press conference in Kuwait, drawing no distinction between Hamas and his own Palestinian Authority.

Hamas’s involvement in this war is “important,” continued Rajoub, who referred to Hamas terrorism as part of the “fabric and of our struggle.”