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Bethlehem Mayor honors Fatah terrorist leader

Bethlehem Mayor Anton Salman honored Fatah terrorist leader Atef Abayat who was accused of murdering 1, by participating in a ceremony marking the 17th anniversary of the deaths of terrorist Atef Abayat – a Fatah terror leader accused of murdering 1 – Issa Abayat (apparently refers to Issa Al-Khatib –Ed. PMW was unable to determine the circumstances of his crimes.), and Jamal Nawawreh, commander of Fatah’s terror wing the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades. The ceremony was organized by Fatah. An article by the independent Palestinian news agency PNN on the event did not quote Mayor Salman, but noted that speeches were given at the event praising the three and their activities during the PA terror campaign (the second Intifada, 2000-2005). The article includes a picture of Bethlehem Mayor Salman standing second from the left and jointly holding an honorary plaque for the family of terrorist Jamal Nawawreh.

Text on plaque: “Granted by

The Fatah Movement

Bethlehem Branch

To the family of Martyr

Jamal Nawawreh

Commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (sic., the same title is written on the plaque for Issa Abayat, and likely on that of Atef Abayat who was a Fatah terror commander in Bethlehem)

For the anniversary of his death as a Martyr


Presumably plaques with identical text were prepared for the families of the other honorees at the ceremony, including terrorist Atef Abayat.

Atef Abayat – Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) commander in Bethlehem who was accused of murdering Sarit Amrani in a shooting attack in the West Bank (Sept. 20, 2001). He was also accused of shooting at the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo. Abayat was killed in a car explosion about a month after the murder of Sarit Amrani. PMW has been unable to verify the circumstances surrounding his death.

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