Following Palestinian Media Watch's report last month that Abbas' advisor and Head of the PA's NGO Authority, Sultan Abu Al-Einein, glorified the murderer of an Israeli just three days after the killing, five members of the US Congress sent a letter to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas demanding that the PA official be removed from office:
"We ask that you publicly and officially denounce and condemn Mr. Al-Einein's remarks at once and remove him from his position in your government."
The letter was signed by Reps. Ed Royce, Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey, Ted Deutch, and Brad Sherman. PA official Abu Al-Einein had praised the murderer with the following words:
In addition, the PA distorted the demands made by US Congress in the letter. Reports from different Palestinian sources said that the Congressmen demanded Sultan Abu Al-Einein be deported, despite the fact that deportation was never mentioned in the letter.
An announcement on the website of Fatah's Lebanese branch called the US request a sign of "American arrogance":
The following are the reports from Palestinian sources of Abbas' rejection of Congress' demand:
Abu Al-Einein's Bureau Chief, Raafat Ulayyan, told Ma'an that American Congress sent an official letter protesting Abu Al-Einein's visit to the family of the person who carried out the operation (i.e., the murder) at the Za'atara check-point south of Nablus during which a settler was killed.
He added: 'It is unfortunate that the American government sees only with one eye. It sees Sultan Abu Al-Einein visiting a disabled family, but it doesn't see the organized crimes that settlers and the occupation's soldiers commit against the Palestinian people.'
Lebanese branch, June 14, 2013]