A convicted Palestinian terrorist who has previously called for the use of a nuclear bomb against Israel is being allowed to enter the United States next week as part of a Palestinian delegation coming into the country for Israel-Palestinian talks.
Rex Tillerson’s State Department will give a free pass to Jibril Rajoub, the government agency confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon Thursday evening.
As a young man, Rajoub was sentenced to life in prison after hurling a grenade at an Israeli bus in the city of Hebron. Years later, he was freed as part of a prisoner exchange deal. But shortly thereafter, Rajoub was hauled away to prison after allegedly reengaging in jihadi activities.
After his second stint in prison, Rajoub joined up with a Fatah terror cell in the disputed territories. Rajoub was deported to Lebanon after leading operations in the first intifada, a bloody Palestinian terror campaign responsible for thousands of lives lost. But he would come back for good to the Palestinian territories in the mid-90s as Yasser Arafat’s security adviser.
And just a couple of weeks ago, Rajoub celebrated International Women’s Day by honoring female suicide bombers responsible for the murder of countless innocents.
In a letter sent to Secretary Tillerson this week, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) strongly advised against Rajoub being allowed to enter the country, noting he has “promoted Palestinian terror for years and most actively promoted terror during the 2015-2016 terror wave, in which 40 people were murdered and over 500 were wounded.”
If he enters the United States, PMW has called upon the U.S. to prosecute him for “incitement to murder American citizens.” Several Americans have been killed in Palestinian terror campaigns that Rajoub may have had his hand in, the organization claims.
Despite all of the public evidence documenting Rajoub’s advocacy for genocidal terror, Tillerson’s State Department has taken to defending the Palestinian leader.
“Perhaps a man who threw a grenade at a bus, sentenced to life, and then has been re-arrested multiple times after subsequent early releases hasn’t really reformed?” said Dr. Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute, in a piece for Commentary Magazine questioning Tillerson’s decision to let Rajoub enter the country. “Perhaps Rajoub’s vehement opposition as head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee to a moment of silence for the Israeli athletes murdered during the 1972 Munich Olympics suggests that he really hasn’t embraced the spirit of peace or truly rejected terrorism?”
Rubin continues, calling the decision an “insult to every American victim of terrorism.”
Secretary Rex Tillerson is allowing a man with genocidal ambitions, who has created countless victims from his terror campaigns, into the country. As someone who has the complete authority to block Rajoub’s entry, why Tillerson is giving this terrorist a free pass is puzzling.