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Official PA daily says murderer who stabbed 3 to death “succeeded,” presents him as having “morals” as he “spared” a mother and her children

Headline: "Halamish – the ugly face of the occupation"

"While the celebrations are continuing on and on in the occupation entity after the release of [Israeli] soldier Elor Azaria (he was released to house arrest pending an appeal of his conviction –Ed.), after he was convicted of executing young Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sharif (i.e., terrorist, stabbed 1 with an accomplice) from Hebron in March 2016, three ministers in the occupation government, with the support of Israeli party leaders and religious leaders, are competing among themselves with calls to execute young Omar Al-Abd (i.e., terrorist, murdered 3), 19, from the village of Kubar, after he carried out a stabbing operation in the settlement of Halamish, west of Ramallah…
According to a report published by the Hebrew [Israeli] Channel 10, relying on an investigation of the occupation army and its intelligence, Omar Al-Abd succeeded in killing 3 settlers and wounding a fourth during his operation, but he could also have killed the wife of one of the 3 settlers that were killed. However, he preferred not to do so as she was a mother holding two of her children in her arms, and thus he proved that ‘morals have a place, even in war. '
According to Channel 10, the female settler whose life he spared was the reason for the wounding of Al-Abd and his arrest, and she was the reason he was prevented from leaving the settlement in peace after carrying out the operation, after she hurried to call the occupation forces who reached the place quickly. (PMW was not able to find any such report published by Channel 10 –Ed.)"
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Elor Azaria - a 20-year-old sgt. and combat medic in the Israeli army who shot 21-year-old Palestinian terrorist Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sharif in the head as he lay wounded on the ground and killed him in Hebron on March 24, 2016, shortly after Al-Sharif, together with 21-year-old terrorist Ramzi Aziz Al-Qasrawi, had stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier. Al-Qasrawi was shot and killed during the attack. Azaria has stated that he shot Al-Sharif because he saw him moving and thought he might have a bomb on him and be trying to detonate it - other sources, including a Magen David Adom investigative committee and a military criminal investigator, have confirmed that this possibility had not been ruled out. The shooting and killing was filmed by a Palestinian activist of the NGO B’Tselem. Azaria was condemned by many Israeli politicians and officials following the incident, particularly then Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and Azaria was put on trial on charges of manslaughter. Azaria was convicted of manslaughter in January 2017 and sentenced to 18 months in prison. Azaria is appealing the conviction.

Omar Al-Abd – 19-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and murdered 3 Israelis - Yosef, Haya, and Elad Salomon - and severely injured 1 - Tova Salomon - as they sat at their Sabbath dinner table in Halamish, north of Ramallah, on July 21, 2017. Al-Abd was shot and wounded by a neighbor and taken into Israeli custody, receiving necessary medical treatment in an Israeli hospital.
Before committing the attack, Al-Abd wrote in his "will" on Facebook that he was taking his knife to respond to what was happening at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and did not expect to return. A week earlier, a terror attack was carried out at the Temple Mount in which 2 Israelis were murdered. Following the attack Israel closed the Temple Mount for two days and reopened it with metal detectors at the entrance to the holy site. Palestinians interpreted these measures as an “aggression” and “attack” against the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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