Abbas glorified terrorist Abu Sukkar, in speech read by Rajoub
Moderator at the PA memorial for terrorist Ahmad Jabara Abu Sukkar: “The speech of President Mahmoud Abbas will be delivered by Jibril Rajoub, member of Fatah’s Central Committee.”
Member of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “Abu Sukkar, the legend who walked on earth, Abu Sukkar, who with the sweat of his brow, with his faith, with his sincere belonging outlined a path for us and wrote a page [of history] that is unforgettable and indescribable… Believe me that Abu Sukkar is worthy of being named the most noble among the noble [prisoners] because he is Abu Sukkar. Abu Sukkar, who spurned his American passport, who scorned the life of comfort, who returned to the homeland [from the US] to fulfill our dream, is worthy of receiving the utmost honor and appreciation from us. To the people of [village] Turmus Ayya and to Abu Sukkar’s family, I say: ‘You lost a hero, but we, Abu Sukkar’s comrades… in Fatah and in the Palestinian National Movement, lost a beacon…’
I truly believe you did Abu Sukkar an injustice by asking me to speak, because I do not think that all the dictionaries would be able to do this man justice. Nonetheless, I suggest that everyone read about the life experience of Abu Sukkar, from the day he left [his village] Turmus Ayya until his return to Turmus Ayya. He went to jail. With his simplicity, his honesty and his sincere belonging he was a role model for tens of thousands of prisoners and detainees…
I cannot but say that Abu Sukkar lived as a giant and died as a giant. He should remain in our hearts with this glory, this greatness, with this sincere, honest and constant smile that lasted until the last moment of his life.
I salute our prisoners, one more time, brother commander Marwan Barghouti, our comrades in the [Fatah] Central Committee, brother Ahmad Sa’adat… We love and value you and your families, and foremost among them Um Al-Qassam (Marawan Barghouti’s wife) whom we salute.”
During the ceremony terrorist Abu Sukkar’s family was given a plaque of honor by member of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub representing PA Chairman Abbas, Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake, District Governor of Ramallah Laila Ghannam, and Chairman of the Prisoners’ Club Qadura Fares.
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Note: Ahmad Abu Sukkar - planned a bombing attack in 1975 in which a refrigerator filled with explosives was detonated on a main street in Jerusalem. 15 people were killed and over 60 people were wounded. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, but was released from prison after 28 years as part of a goodwill gesture from Israel to the PA in 2003. He was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and an advisor to Arafat on prisoners' affairs. He died of a heart attack in 2013 in the PA.
Marwan Barghouti - serving five life sentences for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli civilians. When arrested in 2002, he headed Fatah's military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.
Ahmad Sa’adat - serving a 30-year sentence for heading the PFLP terror organization. A song at a PFLP event also praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.
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