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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 [2015], 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 [2016].”

Jerusalem line 78 bus terror attack - On Oct. 13, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists, Baha Alyan (22) and Bilal Ghanem (23) boarded a bus in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood with a gun and a knife and attacked passengers, killing Israelis Haviv Haim (78) and 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.

Pisgat Ze'ev stabbing attack - On Oct. 12, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists, Hassan ‎Manasrah (15) and Ahmad Manasrah (13), stabbed Yossef Ben Shalom (21) in the Pisgat ‎Ze'ev neighborhood of East Jerusalem, and then repeatedly stabbed Naor Ben Ezra (13) who was riding his bike. Hassan Manasrah was killed while fleeing the scene, and Ahmad Manasrah was shot by Israeli police and hospitalized. Both victims of the attack were seriously injured. The terrorists, who were cousins, came from the nearby Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina.

Duma arson attack - On July 31, 2015, two Palestinian houses in the West Bank village of Duma were ‎set afire by Molotov cocktails thrown through their windows. 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 is being 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 is treating 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 killing of Malachi Rosenfeld, an Israeli who was shot and killed in a terror attack in the West Bank. A minor whose name remains under a police gag order was also charged.‎
Ben Uliel's defense has claimed that his confession was made under torture and suspicions have been raised that the arson and two other subsequent arson attacks against other Dawabshe family members are part of a family feud. Ben Uliel's trial is still pending. (July 2016)

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view 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.
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