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Fatah official praises terror attack as a “great thing”

This article appeared in the following locations: SHMS News Agency, Dec. 13, 2018; official Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, Dec. 13, 2018; official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 16, 2018

Headline: "Abbas Zaki to SHMS News: We are proudly following the Givat Assaf operation, and you will soon hear of the absolute cessation of the security coordination"
     "Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki today (Thursday) [Dec. 13, 2018] welcomed the Givat Assaf operation in which 4 Israelis were murdered and wounded (i.e., 2 murdered and 2 wounded) by shooting east of Ramallah).
Abbas Zaki said: 'We are proudly following the events in the West Bank. The young Palestinians are avenging a blood vengeance – three Martyrs (Shahids) (refers to terrorist murderers Ashraf Na’alwa and Saleh Barghouti who were killed resisting arrest, and possibly terrorist Majdi Mteir who was killed while committing a stabbing attack; see notes below –Ed.) for three Israelis. (not clear who Zaki is referring to as there have been 5 Israeli murder victims in recent attacks –ED.) This is a great thing.'
In a phone conversation with SHMS News [Agency] he added: 'The Israeli enemy has expropriated our land and murdered our children. We will not raise our hands and surrender.' He also said: 'The Israeli enemy must know that those who knock on the door will hear an answer.'
In response to the Palestinian factions, which are repeatedly calling on the PA to cease the security coordination [with Israel], he said: 'There is no security coordination. The entire country is occupied at the moment; nobody is coordinating in order to slaughter himself.'
He added: 'It seems that the leadership is examining how to deal with the matter. Allah willing, you will soon hear from a senior security official about the cessation of the security coordination.'"
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Givat Assaf shooting attack – a terrorist shot and murdered 2 Israelis and seriously wounded 2 others in a shooting attack next to Givat Assaf, near Ramallah, on Dec. 13, 2018. The terrorist fled the scene in a car driven by another terrorist. As of Dec. 17, 2018, they have not been apprehended.

Barkan Industrial Zone Attack – 23-year-old Palestinian terrorist Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa shot and murdered his 2 Israeli coworkers Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi in a factory in the Barkan Industrial Zone near Ariel on Oct. 7, 2018. Na'alwa fled the scene, but was located two months later in Nablus and shot and killed in a shootout when the Israeli army and police tried to apprehend him on Dec. 13, 2018. The Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas' military wing) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Until this attack, the Barkan Industrial Zone had been an example of coexistence with Israelis and Palestinians working together.

Ofra shooting attack – Palestinian terrorists shot and wounded 7 Israelis - a pregnant woman, her husband, another man, and 4 teenagers - in a drive-by shooting attack next to Ofra, north of Jerusalem, on Dec. 9, 2018. The pregnant woman was severely wounded and doctors had to deliver her baby prematurely before operating on her. The baby died three days later. The terrorists fled the scene but were located three days later. One terrorist, Saleh Omar Saleh Barghouti, was shot and killed by the Israeli army during the attempt to apprehend him, while other terrorists were taken into custody. The Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas' military wing) claimed responsibility for the attack.

Majdi Mteir – Palestinian terrorist who stabbed 2 Israeli border police officers in the Old City of Jerusalem on Dec. 13, 2018, before being shot and killed by other officers at the scene.

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