Terrorist murderer's motivation echoes PA incitement
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
The Palestinian terrorist who stabbed two people to death on Saturday night in Jerusalem posted on his Facebook page his motivation to murder. Muhannad Halabi's words echo the hate and terror promotion of the PA leaders and show the direct connection between the murderer's actions and the PA leaders' incitement.
Palestinian terrorist Muhannad Halabi wrote:
"According to what I see, the third Intifada has begun.
What is happening to the Al-Aqsa Mosque is what is happening to our holy places and the way of our Prophet [Muhammad] and what is happening to the women of Al-Aqsa and our mothers and sisters.
I do not believe that the people will succumb to humiliation.
The people will rise up (literally "make intifada"), it will indeed make intifada."
[Facebook page of Muhannad Halabi, Oct. 2, 2015]
The calls for Palestinians to act violently to "protect" and "defend" the Muslim holy sites have been led directly by Mahmoud Abbas himself, who blessed "every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem" and presented violence in "defense" of holy sites and against the Jews' "filthy feet" as a religious imperative:
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We bless you, we bless the Murabitin (i.e., those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic), we bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is ours, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is ours, and they have no right to defile them with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem."
[Official PA TV Sept. 16, 2015]
Saturday's terrorist also referred to the female Palestinian fighters - "the women of Al-Aqsa" - who have been harassing and fighting Israelis who have been on the Temple Mount. Terrorist Halabi echoed the many PA leaders who have praised their behavior, including, Abbas' advisor on Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Al-Ruweidi:
"I am proud of the male Ribat fighters and the female Ribat fighters, our sisters, who using blood, arrests, attacks, and beating, succeeded in expelling them [Israelis] with their bodies, their firm stand and their Ribat. Truly, all my respect and appreciation to them."
[Official PA TV, July 26, 2015]
The terrorist murderer was also motivated to stop the so-called Palestinian "humiliation". Abbas' advisor Al-Ruweidi likewise referred to those fighting Israel as restoring Islamic honor:
"Permit me to say, they are not only protecting the Al-Aqsa Mosque, they protect the honor of the Islamic nation, because this is Jerusalem we're talking about."