Abbas honors terrorists
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Earlier this month, two Palestinian terrorists attacked an Israeli soldier in Hebron and stabbed him with a knife. Despite his wounds, the soldier managed to shoot both terrorists, one of whom was killed while the other was injured.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas sent a condolence telegram to the family of the killed terrorist Abu Aram, in which he called him "pure of heart." The soldier's act of shooting the terrorist who tried to kill him was defined by Abbas as an "assassination." The official PA daily referred to the soldier's self-defense as a "loathsome crime," while the attempted stabbing of the Israeli soldier was called "legitimate struggle."
A few days later, Mahmoud Abbas sent his personal representative, Abbas Zaki, to visit the families of both terrorists and to express the leadership's "solidarity." Zaki said that the death of Aram was "cold-blooded murder" and "expressed the pride of the Palestinian leadership in this generation and in this heroism."
Palestinian Media Watch reported last year that Abbas sent a grant of $2000 to the family of a terrorist who was killed while attempting to attack Israeli soldiers with pipe bombs.
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The following are the two reports of Abbas' honoring of the terrorists in the official PA daily:
"President Mahmoud Abbas sent a telegram of condolence to the Abu Aram family in Yatta, in Hebron, for the death of their son who was pure of heart, Zakariya Jamal Abu Aram.
In his telegram, the President said: 'I was greatly saddened by the announcement of Martyrdom death of your pure-of-heart son Zakariya Jamal Abu Aram, who was assassinated by the occupation army. His pure soul has ascended to the heights of glory in defense of the pure land of Palestine and the matters that are holy to our pure nation.'
The President denounced this loathsome crime, which was carried out as part of a string of crimes by the occupation army against our defenseless people, with the aim of striking fear into it and dissuading it from continuing in its legitimate struggle for freedom and the establishment of our independent state, with Jerusalem as its capital."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 11, 2012]
"The day before yesterday [Fatah] Central Committee member Abbas Zaki conveyed condolences in the name of President Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah Central Committee to the family of the Martyr Zakariya Jamal Abu Aram from the town of Yatta in Hebron, who died as a Martyr after being shot by the occupation forces when he tried to prevent the arrest of the prisoner freed in the [Gilad] Shalit [prisoner exchange] deal. Zaki expressed the solidarity of the President and the leadership of Fatah with the family of the Martyr... He pointed out that the cold-blooded murder of Abu Aram is organized crime of the extremist Israeli government... Zaki also visited the family of the injured prisoner Muhammad Omar Rashid who was also injured in town of Yatta (in the same incident)... He expressed the pride of the Palestinian leadership in this generation and in this heroism."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 14, 2012]