PA news agency describes terrorist killer of 3 as “Martyr” and calls the attack an “operation”
Headline: “The occupation sentenced prisoner Bilal Ghanem to 3 life sentences and an additional 60 years”
“Attorney for the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Muhammad Mahmoud announced today (Monday) [July 11, 2016] that the occupation’s district court in occupied Jerusalem sentenced prisoner Bilal Ghanem from Jabel Mukaber in occupied Jerusalem to 3 life sentences and an additional 60 years.
Mahmoud added that the court imposed very high monetary fines on Ghanem that reach a total of 1,900,000 Israeli shekels: 750,000 shekels as compensation to the families of those killed, 150,000 to every injured person, and 100,000 to the driver of the bus on which the operation (i.e., terror attack, 3 murdered) was carried out.
It should be noted that prisoner Ghanem carried out a shooting and stabbing operation, together with Martyr (Shahid) Baha Alyan, in a settler bus in the Armon Hanatziv area of occupied Jerusalem on Oct. 13 last year , one day after the terrorist attack of settlers against the boy prisoner Ahmad Manasrah (Israeli police apprehended him after he stabbed 2 people –Ed.).
The indictment filed by the Israeli prosecution against Ghanem includes the murder of 3 settlers and an attempt to murder an additional 11. The details of the operation, as they appeared in the indictment, are as follows: Before they carried out the operation, Bilal Ghanem and Alyan talked about the invasions of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque being perpetrated by the occupation and its settlers, and the burning of the Dawabsheh family by settlers. It was noted that these were the reasons that caused Alyan and Ghanem to carry out the operation. The two bought a handgun for 20,000 shekels to carry out the operation.
Likewise it was said that the two arrived at the place of the operation, exchanged a signal between them, and then began to carry out the operation. Ghanem opened fire on the settlers sitting in the back of the bus, while Alyan began to stab with a knife… the Israeli occupation authorities continue to hold the body of Martyr Baha Alyan, and have refused to transfer it [to his family] since the operation and until now. Likewise, they demolished the home of his family at the beginning of the year .”
Baha Alyan and Bilal Ghanem – 22 and 23-year-old Palestinian terrorists who on Oct. 13, 2015, boarded a bus in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood with a gun and a knife and attacked passengers, murdering Israelis Chaim Haviv (78), Alon Govberg (51), and Richard Lakin (76), and wounding 3 Israelis. Alyan was shot and killed by an Israeli security guard at the scene and Ghanem, a Hamas terrorist who served time in Israeli prison in 2013-2014, was wounded. Ghanem is serving 3 life sentences and an additional 60 years for these murders.
Pisgat Ze'ev stabbing attack - two Palestinian terrorists, cousins Hassan Manasrah (15) and Ahmad Manasrah (13), stabbed Yossef Ben Shalom (21) in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood in northeastern Jerusalem, and then repeatedly stabbed Naor Ben Ezra (13) who was riding his bike on Oct. 12, 2015. Both victims were seriously injured. Hassan Manasrah was killed while fleeing the scene, and Ahmad Manasrah was shot by Israeli police, arrested, and hospitalized. Ahmad Manasrah is serving 9.5 years in prison for two counts of attempted murder, after his original 12-year sentence was shortened by the Israeli Supreme Court on Aug. 10, 2017, which claimed he had "gone a long way in his rehabilitation."
Duma arson attack - Two Palestinian houses in the West Bank village of Duma were set afire by Molotov cocktails thrown through their windows on July 31, 2015. 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh was murdered in this attack, as was his father, Saad Dawabsheh and mother, Reham Dawabsheh, who both died of their injuries later. The only survivor of the attack was the couple’s other son, 4-year-old Ahmad, who suffered burns on 60% of his body and was treated in Israel. Israeli leaders and citizens from all sectors of society condemned this attack, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas that all Israelis were disgusted by the crime, adding, “We will not countenance terrorism of any kind.” He ordered the security forces "to use all means at their disposal to apprehend the murderers and bring them to justice forthwith." Israeli Police has treated the attack as a nationalistic crime carried out by Jewish extremists in revenge for Palestinian terror attacks. In early December 2015, Israeli police arrested several Jewish extremists who were believed to have been involved in the attack, and in January 2016, Israel indicted 21-year-old Amiram Ben Uliel, a member of the radical Jewish group “Hilltop Youth,” with three counts of murder, attempted murder, arson and conspiracy to commit a nationalistically-motivated crime. Ben Uliel confessed to police that he carried out the attack in revenge for the murder of Malachi Rosenfeld, an Israeli who was shot and murdered in a terror attack in the West Bank. Part of Ben Uliel's confession was deemed inadmissible by a court on June 19, 2018, given that it was extracted under torture, and the court also threw out the confessions of a minor whose name remains under a police gag order for the same reason; the minor was later released to house arrest, and all charges against him of involvement in the Duma arson were dropped during a plea bargain reached on May 12, 2019. Suspicions have been raised that the arson and three other subsequent arson attacks against other Dawabshe family members are part of a family feud. The trial of Ben Uliel is still pending.
Break-in/Invasion/attack of Al-Aqsa Mosque - The PA and its leaders misrepresent all of the Temple Mount as an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore, they vilify any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.