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PA daily interviews grandson of “heroic” terrorist who massacred Jews in 1929: Grandfather “went to the noose... happy over the Martyrdom-death for Palestine,” Israel called "1948 territories"

Headline: “The anniversary of the execution of the Al-Buraq Rebellion heroes still dwells in the hearts of our people”

“Even though 89 years have passed since the execution of the Al-Buraq Rebellion heroes (i.e., 1929 Hebron Massacre and accompanying riots, 65 Jews murdered) Ataa Al-Zir and Muhammad Jamjoum from Hebron and Fuad Hijazi from Safed in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel; 3 murderers, see note below)… by the British Mandate forces, the memory of this group’s execution still dwells in the hearts of all of the Palestinian people…

Muhammad Walid Al-Zir Al-Husseini (69), the grandson of heroic Martyr Ataa Al-Zir, told the story to [the official PA news agency] WAFA as he heard it from his mother: ‘When my grandfather was executed my mother was over 10 years old. Her heart was broken by her sorrow over him, and then my grandfather pulled her to him and told her: “Don’t be sad, we are heroes for Palestine. Let our people be proud of us throughout time. Our souls are not more precious than this holy homeland.”’ 

The grandson told what he heard from his mother: ‘On the day of their execution… my grandfather asked that the execution be carried out without handcuffs, but his request was rejected by the English prison guard. My grandfather shattered his handcuffs and went to the noose with his head held high, happy over the Martyrdom-death (Shahada) for Palestine and its holy sites, unafraid of death.’


Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir “committed particularly brutal murders [of Jews] at Safed and Hebron,” according to the report by British Government to the League of Nations. They were convicted of attacking British soldiers and murdering Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre, in which 65 Jews were murdered. They were executed by the British in 1930.

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