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PA Daily distorts gang of teen terrorists who murdered a woman as victims "who loved hanging out and football"

Headline: “‘The ninja kids’ were made to disappear inside the occupation’s prisons”





“Among the stories of families that have been burned by the fire of longing and missing those who are behind bars, the story of young children who loved games, hanging out, and football stands out:


On Friday, Feb. 8, 2002, Ahmed Salah Al-Din Shweiki met with his four friends Muhannad Jweihan, Samer Abu Mayaleh, Amjad Abu Armila, and Samir Ghaith (i.e., five teenage terrorists who together murdered a woman) at the Jabel Mukaber woods next to Abu Tor, one of the neighborhoods of occupied Jerusalem, in order to play their favorite game, football.

The clock pointed to 2:00 p.m. when an Israeli military helicopter began to circle in the sky and shoot from above the woods (sic., the terrorists committed their murder before Israeli security forces took action). Large masked undercover forces began to spread out at the site, and ambulances hurried to save the wounded, while the neighborhood’s residents were in shock from what was happening around them.


The mother of prisoner Ahmed [Shweiki] remembered and told [the official PA daily] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida about that day, about all its painful details, when the neighborhood’s residents began to gather in front of their house. According to the first reports, he died as a Martyr together with his four friends.


The residents experienced confusion and fear due to the contradictory reports, and after the picture became clear it turned out that Samer, 12, died as a Martyr, and Ahmed, 14, was wounded by two bullets. He was arrested while wounded, together with the rest of his friends who underwent cruel torture after they were miraculously saved from the bullets, onthe claim that they murdered an Israeli settler woman with blows and stabs. After their arrest and interrogation, the occupation called the group of Jerusalem children the Jerusalem ‘ninja kids squad.’


The children underwent a most cruel interrogation by the Israeli Security Agency interrogators at the prison in the Russian Compound. The Israeli military court sentenced unfair punishments on the childhood that was made to disappear inside the dark prison cells, which reached the point of a life sentence: It sentenced Shweiki to 20 years, Jweihan to 25 years, and Abu Armila to 25 years. It sentenced Ghaith to life and another 20 years, because he was the oldest of them (sic., he led the terror group).


The fire of waiting


Ahmed’s mother feels a longing and yearning that is difficult for her to describe. Nineteen years have passed in which her son has been in her thoughts and imagination. In all the moments of joy and sorrow she has felt his absence…

Between the sealed walls of her home, she is burned by the fire of waiting for the moment of her son’s release. As her heart is torn with longing for her son, she says: ‘One year is left, and then the nightmare will end that has been pursuing me every moment since my son was arrested as a child while wounded and bleeding, for in his absence any meaning of joy has dissipated.’”




The article includes pictures of four of the terrorists from before their attack.




Samir Ghaith, Muhannad Jweihan, Amjad Abu Armila, Ahmed Shweiki, and Samer Abu Mayaleh - Palestinian terrorists from Jerusalem aged 14-18 and members of a group of terrorists that murdered 25-year-old law student Moran Amit at the Armon Hanatziv Promenade in Jerusalem on Feb. 8, 2002. The group carried out additional terror attacks in Jerusalem. Ghaith, the group leader, is serving a life sentence and an additional 20 years. Jweihan and Armila are serving 25-year prison sentences. Shweiki is serving a 20-year prison sentence. Mayaleh was killed while the group was being apprehended.