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Terrorist prisoner Hammad carried out "the greatest heroic battle that this land has ever known"

     “The Prisoners’ Club has published the story ‘The Blazing Fire’, by prisoner Thaer Hammad, who carried out the Wadi Haramiyeh operation (i.e., He murdered three civilians and seven Israeli soldiers in an ambush in 2002 shooting them down one by one from a hilltop) which is the subject of the story… The most important thing distinguishing this story [from others] is the fact that the hand that wrote its words is the same hand which inscribed upon Palestinian land the greatest heroic battle that this land has ever known. The young Thaer Hammad, the story’s hero, was lifted by heroism to a level which no one has ever attained – or, rather, which has been attained only by few in the history of the struggle against the Zionist occupation…
The story begins with [his] growing up and childhood in the midst of a town that raises the values of struggle and manliness, and strengthens selfhood through the values of greatness, dignity and the refusal of humiliation and submission – and hence the rejection of the occupier, and resistance towards its aggression. We felt this in Thaer’s connection with his grandfather and his Shahid (Martyr) uncle, and the way in which these values are passed from adults to children; how his bond with his grandfather grew and developed, and how he learned from him a positive attitude towards guns, and love for the homeland…
We saw how this personality developed and was formed within the academy of the family [metaphor] and the military college of his grandfather [metaphor]. This matter alone demands that we carry out a reevaluation, especially since we stand today in the shadow of universities and curricula which do not bring a student to a tenth of what was achieved by the national university in which Thaer completed his studies [metaphor].
The story shows what material Thaer’s personality is made of, because this was not simply a matter of impulsive emotion and improvisation, but rather punctilious preparation and careful planning…
This requires that people in education, and anyone involved in building selfhood – and especially military people who are interested in consolidating a military doctrine and building up morale among our soldiers – attend that great school which was established by his grandfather, his father and his uncle; [that they] carry out research, reach conclusions, and draw a comparison between it and the situation in our universities today. Thaer carries us onto the battlefield, in order to convey to us, live and direct, what is going on in his heart, as well as what takes place on the battlefield. He clearly defined the strategic goal: Shahada (Death for Allah), and defined the immediate goal: to hunt those who specialize in torture, day and night, and to teach their country and their leaders the greatest lesson…
Allah did not wish to grant him Shahada, and he remained a silent witness, for thirty months [the time that passed until his arrest]… After thirty months, they [Israel] created a breach in the mighty wall, through which they managed to enter. This, too, should be studied and researched well. Why did this story of heroism end this way? With all the sorrow and pain, we say that this was the collective responsibility of all of us. We must work extensively on this, because the paths opened for us by Thaer remain open, and in the future we shall need to do more, because the enemy who stands before us learns lessons; there is no limit to his greedy aspirations and his brutal aggression.”

Note: This is not the first time the official PA daily has praised this terrorist. In 2009, the Editor-in-Chief, Hafez Barghouti, referred to Thaer Hammad as ” the hero of the Intifada.”

Thaer Hammad – Palestinian terrorist serving 11 life sentences for murdering 3 Israeli civilians and 7 soldiers by shooting them with a sniper rifle from a hilltop in Wadi Al-Haramiya between Ramallah and Nablus on March 3, 2002.
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