|PA Minister of Religious Affairs:
Arch-terrorist and founder of Hamas,
is "exalted Palestinian figure" and "icon"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
A senior Palestinian Authority minister has presented arch-terrorist and founder of Hamas, Ahmed Yassin, as a role model for Palestinians. In a Friday sermon recently broadcast on official PA TV, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash stated that Yassin is an "exalted national Palestinian figure," an "icon," and that Palestinian children are taught about his "legacy, Jihad, actions, and morality."
Under Yassin's leadership, Hamas killed hundreds of Israeli civilians in suicide bombings, drive-by shootings and other terror attacks.
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While defending Arafat against criticism that had been voiced on Al-Jazeera TV, PA Minister Al-Habbash included Hamas leader and terrorist Yassin in his praise:
"Almost ten years after the death of the great leader Yasser Arafat, a leader over whom there was no dispute among the Palestinian nation... No one dared come out against us and accuse Arafat of treason. Can Arafat be accused of treason? Can Ahmed Yassin be accused of treason? Can they be accused of treason? They are exalted national Palestinian figures. They are icons - people teach their children about their legacy, their Jihad, their actions and their morality."
[Official PA TV, Sept. 13, 2013]
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin - Founder and former head of the terrorist organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous terror attacks and the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians.
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