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Abbas’ advisor denies attributed statements that were negative toward killed terrorists: "The Martyrs are more honorable than all of us, and all of us bow our heads before [their] heroic acts"

Headline: “Al-Habbash denies that he made any statements about the tunnel Martyrs”
      “Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine, [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] advisor on Religious and Islamic Affairs, [and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice] Mahmoud Al-Habbash denied the publications of several people on social media about statements attributed to him regarding the Martyrs (Shahids) that fell in recent days in the Gaza Strip (refers to terrorists killed in an attack tunnel in Israeli territory, see note below; Reports were published on Facebook alleging that Al-Habbash condemned tunnel digging and said that those who die digging a tunnel are not Martyrs –Ed.).
Al-Habbash said in a press statement: ‘We are proud of our Martyrs and the members of our people that stand firm everywhere who have fallen because of the criminal occupation – whatever the path and location by which they have risen [to Heaven]. We consider all of them Martyrs with Glorious Allah, together with the prophets and righteous in Paradise.’
He added that a handful of people who are disguising themselves as journalists are seeking to stir up a storm or seeking fame by spreading rumors at the expense of our righteous Martyrs’ blood, in order to harm the national unity and disrupt the internal [Fatah-Hamas] reconciliation process – something which serves the occupation, and which no free and honorable Palestinian accepts…
Al-Habbash emphasized that whoever published this fake and baseless news item will be prosecuted and persecuted by the people, because the Martyrs are more honorable than all of us, and all of us bow our heads before the heroic acts of the members of our people and their sacrifices in the struggle against the occupier that steals our land, our Jerusalem, and our freedom.”

On Oct. 30, 2017, Israel destroyed a tunnel that infiltrated Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip, which was being built by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror organization. Eight Palestinians - who were in Israeli territory at the time - were killed in the tunnel when it was destroyed, including PIJ commander Arafat Abu Murshid and his deputy, Hassan Abu Hassanein. The bodies of the terrorists are being held by Israel as of November 2017.