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Fatah leader: Tel Aviv murderer was “true thunder, a legend, and a man worth 1,000 men”

Event moderator: “Our people in Palestine from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, our Arab and Islamic nation… In the name of the families of the Martyrs, the Hazem family, relatives of the heroic Martyrdom-seeker Ra’ad Fathi Zidan Hazem (i.e., murderer of 3), who shook Tal Al-Rabia (i.e., Tel Aviv) and imposed a curfew… [I introduce] Fatah Central Committee member, brother, uniting national leader Abbas Zaki …

Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “First, blessings to Jenin… This is the incredible city… You feel that its people is calling: “Death and not humiliation!” It is as if its people is saying: “I shall carry my soul in my palm and toss it into the abyss of destruction, and then either a life that will gladden friends, or a death that will enrage the enemies” … I know that Ahmed Nasser Al-Sa’adi (i.e., terrorist) is the heroic Martyr who took revenge for [the death of] Ra’ad [Hazem], who was true thunder, a legend, and he was a man worth 1,000 men. All the Arab armies may not bring a revival [like the one] caused by the fear that Ra’ad imposed inside Israel. Allah be praised, this is something from Allah… These masses will continue out of appreciation and honor for this lofty example of fighters… You, the people of Jenin, are in practice, in the clearest way, implementing the [Fatah] Central Committee’s decisions and the Palestinian people’s consensus on Feb. 7 [2022] about cutting off the ties with Israel, cancelling the recognition of Israel, pursuing the settlers, and about standing proudly to let the world hear that the Palestinian will not surrender or kneel, and the people of Jenin are translating the Palestinian leadership’s decisions [into action].” 

Ra'ad Hazem - 28-year-old Palestinian terrorist and PA Security Forces member who shot and murdered 3 Israeli civilians - 27-year-olds Tomer Morad and Eytam Magini and 35-year-old Barak Lufan - and wounded 14 others when he opened fire on a crowded bar on Dizengoff Street in central Tel Aviv on April 7, 2022. Hazem escaped the scene of the attack and was found hiding near a mosque in Jaffa by Israeli security forces several hours later. He opened fire on them and was killed in the ensuing shootout.

Ahmed Al-Sa’adi – Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist who shot at Israeli security forces who were conducting a counter-terror operation in Jenin on April 9, 2022, following the murder of 3 in Tel Aviv on April 7, 2022 by terrorist Ra'ad Hazem from Jenin. Al-Sa’adi was killed in the ensuing shootout.

Tal Al-Rabia is the Palestinians’ Arabic translation of Tel Aviv, to wrongly imply the existence of an Arab village of that name prior to Tel Aviv.

The following is a longer excerpt of the poem quoted by Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki:

“I shall carry my soul in my palm and toss it into the abyss of destruction…
And then either a life that will gladden friends, or a death that will enrage the enemies.
By your life! I see my death, but I hasten my steps towards it…
By your life! This is the death of men.
And who asks for a noble death - here it is.”
The poem was taught to Palestinian 7-graders until 2017 ("Our Beautiful Language for 7th grade," section 1, p. 81, in use until 2017)

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