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Official PA daily: Planner of suicide bombing that killed 6 praised for “successful operation”; even “top PA officials praised” it

Headline: "When hunger goes from ransom to rebel"

"In 2002, during the occupation's invasions of the West Bank (i.e., Operation Defensive Shield), there was something preoccupying young Hamza Omar Shamarkha (i.e., terrorist, involved in murder of 6) from the village of Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem, more than anything else; together with additional people, led by Martyr (Shahid) Marwan Zalum, (i.e., former head of Fatah terror faction in Hebron) he was planning a self-sacrifice operation (i.e., suicide bombing attack) that was carried out by Martyr Andalib Takatka in Jerusalem, at a time when difficult conditions prevailed in the Palestinian territories. [PA] President Yasser Arafat was under siege, and most of the cities in the West Bank were under siege and suffered from daily attacks and killing.
The operation in the heart of west Jerusalem - on which the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s military wing) signed – succeeded. It reverberated due to the one that carried it out, so much so that top officials in the PA praised the operation.
The occupation authorities arrested Hamza on April 13, 2002, and the occupation court sentenced him to 6 life sentences and another 20 years…
He did not let his years in prison pass in vain, [but spent] them obtaining a master’s degree in economics and political science.
Journalist Muhammad Takatka lived with Hamza in the Rimon Prison for about five years, and praised his qualities: ‘Hamza was a polite man, of good character, and educated. We studied together for the matriculation exams. He completed his bachelor’s degree studies in prison and obtained his bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew (i.e., Israeli) Open University in Tel Aviv. He continued his studies until he obtained a master’s degree’…
His brother Muhammad, who was 11 when Hamza was arrested, sent him a message: 'When hunger goes from ransom (referring to an Arabic saying that when a person is very hungry he is liable to do terrible things –Ed.) to rebel, know that victory is drawing near. My brother in the darkness, I do not remember your prison cell number by heart. I do not know in exactly which corner you are lying at this moment, but I know that the walls of your gloomy cell submit to your strength when you lean on them. I also know that you rise to fight death when you feel it near, and that the flock of hypocrites around you is wandering and wailing, while you, like a lion, are steady in your place and stand like a king. My brother, I know that you are still standing, and I also know that our sunbeams will be spun only from your shadow. May Allah, make it easier for you, hero.’"

Operation Defensive Shield - a large Israeli military operation in April 2002 in response to the many suicide bombings during PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005). Israel put Arafat under siege and invaded six of the largest West Bank cities in an attempt to destroy the terror infrastructure.

Hamza Omar Shamarkha – is serving 6 life sentences and another 20 years for sending the suicide bomber Andalib Takatka to her attack at Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda outdoor market on April 12, 2002 in which she murdered 6 and wounded more than 80 people.

Marwan Zalum was the commander of the Hebron branch of the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). He was responsible for several terror attacks in the Hebron region, including sending the terrorist who shot and murdered infant Shalhevet Pass in her stroller on March 26, 2001. He also provided the explosive device used in a suicide attack at the entrance to Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open market on April 12, 2002, in which 6 were murdered and 80 wounded. He organized the planting of a bomb in southern Hebron, which murdered Israeli soldier Shai Cohen on July 9, 2001, and initiated a shooting attack at the entrance to Kiryat Arba on July 12, 2001, in which 1 person was murdered. He was killed by the Israeli army on April 22, 2002.

Andalib Khalil Muhammad Suleiman or Andalib Takatka – Female suicide bomber from Fatah who blew herself up on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem on April 12, 2002, murdering 6 and wounding more than 80.

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