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Fatah official glorifies killer of Israeli as a “Martyr”

Headline: “Zaki: Netanyahu insists on being a leader of the extremists”
         “Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki… said that the occupation army’s crimes, the theft of the Palestinian civilians’ lands, the demolition of the home of Martyr (Shahid) Adel Ankoush’s (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 with two accomplices) relatives in Deir Abu Mash’al, and the other acts of destruction are proof of the [state of] chaos and confusion that the occupation government is in. He said: ‘[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu insists on being a leader of the extremists and continuing his racist policies.’ Zaki emphasized that he is certain of victory thanks to the resolve of the Palestinian people and the adherence of its leadership to the rights. He said: ‘The members of our people in Jerusalem forced the occupation government to decide to remove the metal detectors and the cameras from the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates (see note below –Ed.).’”

Bara Saleh, Adel Ankoush, Osama Ata – three Palestinian terrorists who carried out a terror attack in Jerusalem on June 16, 2017. Two of the terrorists, one armed with an automatic weapon and the other with a knife, attacked Israeli police officers north of the Old City of Jerusalem. Seconds later a third terrorist stabbed and murdered Israeli border policewoman Hadas Malka, 23, at the Old City’s Damascus Gate as she and other officers were responding to the first attack. All three terrorists were shot and killed by the Israeli officers. Aside from Malka, four Israelis were wounded in the attack. ISIS initially claimed responsibility for the attack but Hamas rejected the claim, saying the terrorists were members of Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

The mention of Israel removing metal detectors refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount, including metal detectors at the entrances, following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border police officers were murdered by 3 Israeli Arab terrorists. On July 24, 2017, Israel decided to remove the metal detectors and security cameras it had placed at the site. The PA continued to demand that all measures including inspections at the entrances be removed, and Palestinians continued to riot. On July 27, 2017, PA religious leaders declared that all Israeli measures had been removed.