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PA PM at Martyrs' Day event: "On behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and on my behalf, I salute the Martyrs of Palestine, defenders of our land"

Headline: "The [PLO] National Association [of the Martyrs’ Families of Palestine] honored the Martyrs of the Egyptian and Jordanian armies and the first Martyrs of the homeland"
     "[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said that the Palestinian Martyr (Shahid) has become a global symbol of liberation and freedom, and every Martyr’s name has become connected to a resolute struggle against the occupation and its tyranny, and to the eternal connection to the land and the homeland.

Yesterday [Jan. 9, 2017] a ceremony was held to mark Palestinian Martyrs' Day in the hall of the Red Crescent organization in the city of El-Bireh, in the presence of District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, District Governor of Nablus Akram Rajoub, Fatah Central Committee member Jamal Muhaisen, [PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, and Secretary-General of the [PLO] National Association of the Martyrs’ Families [of Palestine] Muhammad Sbeihat ...

Hamdallah said: 'In the days of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) and the journey of wanderings, as in the days of the revolution and the struggle, and in the stage of building and the strengthening of our national rights, sons of Palestine rushed to defend it, its holy sites, and its honor, and their blood mixed with the blood of the Arab brother Martyrs, and processions of Martyrs ascended and still ascend [to Heaven].' He added: On behalf of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and on my behalf, I salute the Martyrs of Palestine, defenders of our land and our comprehensive national identity, defenders of the homeland and the cause, whose giving constitutes the compass of the activity and the roadmap for bringing our national project to its inevitable fate - the end of the occupation of all of our land, the release of all of the prisoners, and the establishment of the independent State of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital, in the 1967 borders.'

He continued: 'We remember all of our righteous Martyrs who paved the path to freedom, independence, and the state with their sacrifice and struggle. Today we remember heroic Martyr Ahmad Musa [Salameh] (i.e., terrorist), the creator of Palestinian Martyrs' Day, and all of the Martyrs of Palestine throughout the long path of our people in the different stages of the revolution, from all of the factions of national activity and from all places, within the homeland and in the diaspora, and also in the prisons of the Israeli occupation. We cannot forget the Martyrs of the numbers (i.e., buried in Israeli cemeteries for terrorists and enemy soldiers) whose bodies the Israeli occupation still holds. We request that Allah have mercy on all of their souls and we stand in honor and admiration before their sacrifice.'

Sbeihat said: 'The ceremony is a small part of our obligation to the Martyrs, their families, and those died in defense of the land of Palestine. They deserve that we mark every memorial day, as their pure blood and souls have given us the ability to be united.' He noted that 226 Martyrs joined the processions of Martyrs in 2015, and 272 in 2017 (sic., 2016), as part of the ongoing Jerusalem uprising. Sbeihat also praised the president and his government for standing by the Martyrs' families.
During the ceremony they honored... Martyr Yasser Dhiab Hamdouni (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1) from Jenin, [former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj] Amin Al-Husseini, and the Martyrs of the Arab and Egyptian armies."
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"Hamdallah... during the honoring of the mother of one of the Martyrs on Palestinian Martyrs' Day"

Ahmad Musa Salameh was involved in Fatah's first terror attack on Jan. 1, 1965, which targeted Israel's National Water Carrier. Salameh was killed by Jordanian soldiers following the attack.

Yasser Dhiab Hamdouni - was serving a life sentence for participating in the murder of Israeli citizen Avner Maimon in the Palestinian town of Ya'abad in the West Bank (June, 12, 2003). Hamdouni, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing), died on Sept. 25, 2016, after collapsing while exercising in the Israeli Rimon Prison yard.

Haj Amin Al-Husseini - Grand Mufti of Jerusalem at the time of the British mandate, and spiritual and a political leader of the local Arab population. He strongly opposed Zionism and was behind riots and attacks on Jews. During World War II he actively collaborated with Nazi Germany, meeting Adolf Hitler personally and recruiting Muslims for the Nazi army.

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