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“Heroic prisoner sniper” - PA TV praises murderer of 10

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |

During the Palestinian Authority’s 5-year terror campaign – the second Intifada (2000-2005) – one Palestinian terrorist murdered 3 Israeli civilians and 7 soldiers by shooting them with a sniper rifle from a hilltop in Wadi Al-Haramiya between Ramallah and Nablus. His name was Thaer Hammad and he is serving 11 life sentences in an Israeli prison. He is also one of the PA’s terrorist darlings.

Thus official PA TV glorified him as the “heroic prisoner sniper” on the 18th anniversary of his imprisonment:

 Official PA TV host: “Eighteen years since the imprisonment of heroic prisoner sniper Thaer Hammad. The one who carried out the Wadi Al-Haramiya operation that defended our people from the occupation’s worst checkpoint at the time. This picture was shared by activists and gained many shares yesterday.”

Text on screen showing social media posts: “Thaer Hammad, the hero of Wadi Al-Haramiya, began his 18th year in the occupation’s prisons”

[Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, Oct. 5, 2021]

Earlier this year, when preparing for elections and recognizing the popularity of murderers of Israelis among the Palestinian public, Abbas’ Fatah Movement enlisted murderer Hammad to promote Fatah’s election campaign:

Below terrorist murderer Hammad is Fatah’s logo.

Text on image: “I am a son of Fatah, and I will applaud none but it. I am committed to the decisions of Fatah’s bodies and to Fatah’s one and only [election] list. This is a revolution until victory

Prisoner leader Thaer Hammad

#I_will_vote – Fatah”

[Facebook page of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture, April 4, 2021]

Palestinian Media Watch has exposed that the PA organizes and supports study programs in the Israeli prisons where terrorist prisoners study for university degrees and teach each other. One of the terrorists benefiting from this is murderer Thaer Hammad who “acquired an education for himself”:

“Thanks to his [Thaer Hammad’s] efforts and thanks to the support and auspices of those who preceded him in captivity, he achieved a [high school] matriculation certificate and university degree [in prison]. He acquired an education for himself.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 6, 2021]

This was cited in his honor when the Palestinian Writers’ Union and the Jordanian Writers Society launched a novel written by murderer Hammad. Participants at the ceremony praised Hammad’s murder of 10 as a “lauded and amazing act”:

“Novelist Rashad Abu Shawer said in his speech: ‘This novel’s author is a prisoner sentenced to 11 life sentences. When he was sentenced, he was approximately 20 years old. The reason for this sentence is an act (i.e., terror attack) that soon will be told about in detail in a literary work, which will document this lauded and amazing act, even if some of the details have [already] been published on social media and in the Arab and international media.”

Palestinian Writers’ General Union Secretary-General and poet Murad Al-Sudani: “the launch of this novel is tantamount to giving honor to the prisoner lords, to Martyrdom-death, to heroism, and to Palestine that is borne by the sacrifices… This is a gesture of loyalty to prisoner Thaer Hammad, the young man who tangibly displayed extraordinary heroism and continued to acquire education inside prison, like the rest of the heroic prisoners who have turned the prisons into an academy of science and knowledge.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 6, 2021]

PMW has exposed similar praise for the murderer by Abbas’ Fatah Movement. In a video posted by the party murderer Hammad was portrayed as an agent on a successful mission:

"Date: Monday, March 3, 2002

Location: Wadi Al-Haramiya

The one who carried it out:

Thaer Kayed Hammad, from Silwad near Ramallah, born in 1980

Target: The Israeli army checkpoint in Wadi Al-Haramiya

Weapon used: A World War II M-1 rifle

At 04:30, Thaer set out in the direction of the checkpoint.

At 06:00, he fired the first bullet.

There were 6 soldiers at the checkpoint, and he killed them.

He hit them one after the other.

Thaer killed another 5 at the checkpoint, so the number rose to 11 (sic., he murdered 10 - 3 civilians and 7 soldiers).

After reaping the soldiers and settlers, his rifle blew up.

He fired just 24-26 bullets, and quietly left the place.

The operation lasted 20 minutes.

Thaer was arrested 20 months after he carried out the operation.

Thaer is serving 11 life sentences.

The Wadi Al-Haramiya operation

is one of the most famous operations carried out by the Palestinian resistance in the second Intifada.

Fatah TV production Montage: Ali Fa'our"

[Facebook page of the Fatah Movement - Bethlehem Branch,  Feb. 10, 2018]

The following is a longer excerpt of the report cited above:

Headline: “The Palestinian Writers’ Union and the Jordanian Writers Society launch prisoner Thaer Hammad’s novel”

“The Palestinian Writers’ General Union and Jordanian Writers Society held a conference at the society’s headquarters to launch the novel ‘A Knight and Beit Shean’ by prisoner Thaer Kayed Hammad (i.e., terrorist, murdered 10), which was published by the Phoenix publishing house in Jordan.

Novelist Rashad Abu Shawer and Palestinian Writers’ General Union Secretary-General and poet Murad Al-Sudani participated in the conference…

Novelist Rashad Abu Shawer said in his speech: ‘This novel’s author is a prisoner sentenced to 11 life sentences. When he was sentenced, he was approximately 20 years old. The reason for this sentence is an act (i.e., terror attack) that soon will be told about in detail in a literary work, which will document this lauded and amazing act, even if some of the details have [already] been published on social media and in the Arab and international media.’

He added: ‘Thanks to his efforts and thanks to the support and auspices of those who preceded him in captivity, he achieved a [high school] matriculation certificate and university degree [in prison]. He acquired an education for himself, and now he is presenting his first novel (sic., Hammad previously wrote a book entitled “The Blazing Fire”) while defying the prison walls.’ …

Al-Sudani said that the launch of this novel is tantamount to giving honor to the prisoner lords, to Martyrdom-death, to heroism, and to Palestine that is borne by the sacrifices. He added that this is a gesture of loyalty to prisoner Thaer Hammad, the young man who tangibly displayed extraordinary heroism and continued to acquire education inside prison, like the rest of the heroic prisoners who have turned the prisons into an academy of science and knowledge.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 6, 2021]

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.