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PMW director quoted in Jerusalem Post article on murderer of young Israeli woman

Khaled Abu Toameh  |

Murderer To Martyr:
Did Israel Turn Criminal Into 'Freedom Fighter?'

Israel’s decision to label the murder of Ori Ansbacher as a terrorist attack will enable the family of her murderer, Arafat Irfaiya, to apply for financial aid from the Palestinian Authority or other Palestinian groups, a PA official told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

No Palestinian group has claimed responsibility for the February 7 rape and murder of Ansbacher in Jerusalem. Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which often praise terrorist attacks against Israelis, have refrained from commenting on the case of Irfaiya...

Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, a nongovernmental organization and media watchdog that studies Palestinian society, said the PA was facing an absurd “ethical dilemma” over the case of Irfaiya.

“The PA supports and pays a salary to anyone who is imprisoned for ‘fighting the occupation,’” Marcus noted. “This means that the PA pays a salary to anyone who murders an Israeli in a terrorist attack from the day of his/her arrest, and that the PA-funded Prisoners’ Club provides legal representation to the terrorist in the Israeli court system. However, the PA considers rape a ‘criminal act’ and not a ‘nationalistic act,’ and therefore a rapist is not entitled to any support – legally or financially.”

Marcus, in a report titled “The gruesome Palestinian ‘ethical dilemma,’” said that if the PA recognizes the murderer as having acted out of nationalistic motivation, they will be paying him at least NIS 1,400 each month.

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