CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - It is instructive to analyze the reaction of the Palestinian populations in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and Gaza following Thursday night's terror attack on Mercaz HaRav yeshiva (religious seminary) in Jerusalem's Kiryat Moshe neighborhood, which killed eight students, seven of whom were teenagers.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) showed its true colors in a front-page article in the official state daily al Hayat al Jadida, which featured a photo of the Israeli Arab who carried out the attack.
The caption under the photograph read, "The Shahid Alaa Abu D'heim," honoring D'heim as having achieved Islam's highest status -- that of a martyr -- by open firing at close range on unarmed Jewish students studying in the library.
Since nothing goes in al Hayat al Jadida outside the purview of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his colleagues, the Ramallah-based government made it clear that it condoned the incident.
Nonetheless, the PA chairman issued a statement to the media condemning the murders.
Abbas, who doctoral thesis is a historical denial of the Holocaust, has adopted the methodology of his mentor, the late PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, who often said one thing to English-speaking diplomats and another when addressing his Arab constituency in his mother tongue.
It helps to remember that the Koran, Islam's holy book, permits Muslims to lie when speaking with infidels, that is, any non-Muslim. So within the Islamic faith, it's not dishonorable to lie to Christians or Jews or anyone else who is not a Muslim.
Meanwhile, the al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades, often described as Fatah's "armed wing," condoned Thursday's attack, justifying it as "resistance [that] remains the only method to restore our rights, free our prisoners and liberate all our lands."
It's important to understand that "all our lands" refers to the entirety of the State of Israel and not to a Palestinian state existing alongside the Jewish state.
Here again, it's worth noting that the PA chairman urged the al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades to join the Palestinian Authority's security forces.
For its part, Al-Aksa advised Abbas to discontinue negotiations and end security cooperation with Israel, release gunmen being held in PA security installations, and return any confiscated weapons to be used in future terror attacks on Israelis.
And in the Gaza Strip over the weekend, the ruling Hamas faction announced its willingness to resume talks with the PA government.
On Thursday evening, when murder and mayhem rained down in Jerusalem, Hamas-affiliated Palestinians in Gaza took their celebration to the streets, filling the night skies with dazzling fireworks, handing out sweet treats to one another, and firing their rifles in the air in a joyful expression of victory.
Worshippers hurried to the mosques to offer thanks for the Jewish blood that was spilled -- one thing the two rival Palestinian factions can agree upon.
The Palestinian Media Watch and The Jerusalem Post contributed to this story.