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Terrorist murderer of 3 glorified with public readers' chain of Nazareth school children

Al-Quds, Palestinian daily  |

[Israeli-Arab website Arab 48, Dec. 10, 2016]

Headline
: "Nazareth has completed the message of Martyr Baha Alyan with the longest chain of readers"
        "As a sign of honor for the soul of Jerusalem Martyr (Shahid) Baha Alyan (i.e., terrorist who murdered 3) who organized the longest chain of readers in 2014 that surrounded the walls of Jerusalem, the city of Nazareth followed in his path and organized the longest chain of readers, that stretched from the plaza of the Spring Square to within the old city and until the Church of the Annunciation, under the title Nazareth Reads. Hundreds of elementary and high school students and young men and women of all ages arranged themselves in rows yesterday morning [Dec. 10, 2016] and sat, sometimes in a crouch, or on the public benches in the city, while each held a book in his lap and delved into it in order to acquire knowledge in a city that every day tries to stand firm against the violence, intolerance, and sectarianism. This step was taken with in cooperation between the Inma'a Association [for Democracy and Capacity Building] and the Nazareth municipality, and at its base was the idea raised by the young person from Nazareth, Saeb Masarwah, who spoke as coordinator of the project and said: 'We saw fit to establish the largest and longest chain of readers in the city of Nazareth as a completion of the message of Martyr Baha Alyan who came out of Jerusalem. We are gathering here in order to emphasize our unity as Arabs everywhere, and we will complete the message in all of the Arab cities and villages.' Masarwah noted that the Nazareth municipality supported the project and welcomed the cultural idea, and dealt with the cultural scene and the community of readers in Nazareth. Likewise, he said that this is one of the most positive steps that the city has taken, 'and I was happy today to see the small children, the young men and women reading, and this is the proof that the situation of our people is still good. Perhaps we think that we are a society that does not read, but this long chain proves that we still read.' […]
In another interview with a volunteer of the Inmaa Association, Hanaa Farid Zaher, who participated in the organization of the project, she said that as a young person from Nazareth, she sees this chain as one of the most important activities that has been organized in the city, 'and we will organize this chain many times, and we will not be satisfied with one chain, in order to know the rate of our success as young people, students, the cultural institutions, and the municipality, in changing society.' Regarding the importance of the project, she noted that it constitutes a cultural awakening of Nazareth. When we awaken culturally and ideologically, we will become free and will free ourselves of mistaken habits and ideas that are found among us and that pass from generation to generation, as Martyr Juliano Mer-Khamis (Israeli actor, film maker, and peace activist assassinated by a Palestinian –Ed.) said: A rifle without culture behind it kills and does not free."
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Published on Israeli-Arab website Arab 48 on Dec. 10, 2016, and in Al-Quds on Dec. 11, 2016. The headline on Arab 48 was "Nazareth: Chain of readers in honor of the Martyr (Shahid) Baha Alyan"

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, killing Israelis Chaim Haviv (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. Ghanem is serving 3 life sentences and an additional 60 years for these murders.

Juliano Mer-Khamis – Israeli actor, film maker, and peace activist, with an Israeli Jewish mother and Arab Christian father. He was assassinated in Jenin on April 4, 2011, by a Palestinian.

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