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Fatah openly supports “the pure and heroic” Tel Aviv / Bnei Brak terrorists who murdered 8

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |

The two Palestinian murderers who killed 8 people in two separate terror attacks in central Tel Aviv and in Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv in March and April have been named “heroic Martyrs” by Abbas’ Fatah Movement.

Terrorist Ra'ad Hazem shot and murdered 3 Israeli civilians and wounded 14 others when he opened fire on a crowded bar on Dizengoff Street in central Tel Aviv on April 7, 2022.

Terrorist Diya Ahmed Hassan Hamarsheh, a Fatah member himself, shot and murdered 5 people – 2 Israeli civilians, 1 Israeli police officer, and 2 foreign workers from Ukraine – in Bnei Brak on March 29, 2022.

Fatah Secretary in Jenin Ata Abu Rmeileh counted these crimes as part of the “triumph over the occupation,” and stressed Fatah’s admiration for the murderers. He vowed that “we adhere to the covenant and the oath to these Martyrs” and to arch-terrorist Abu Jihad who was behind the murder of at least 125 Israelis:

Fatah Secretary in Jenin Ata Abu Rmeileh: “The Jenin district is triumphing, triumphing over the occupation…  As a sign of support for the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and the pure Martyrs and heroic Martyrs Ra’ad [Hazem], Diya [Hamarsheh] (i.e., terrorists who murdered 8), and all the Martyrs, today we light the torch of freedom and the torch of the prisoners to emphasize that we adhere to the covenant and the oath to these Martyrs and to the Martyr leader, the First Stone and the First Bullet, Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125).”

[Official PA TV, Giants of Endurance, April 19, 2022]

During Ramadan, Palestinian Media Watch documented the PA and Fatah’s encouragement of Palestinians to carry out attacks and kill Israelis. Not only did PA Chairman Abbas send condolences to the family of murderer Ra'ad Hazem, the PA actively incited riots and terror using the PA libel that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is being “desecrated” by Jews. One imam directly called for the “extermination of the evil Jews,” while another asked Allah to “liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the defilement of the evil Jews” – both requests were broadcast live by official PA TV. Abbas’ own advisor also fueled the terror wave, teaching Palestinians that “Ramadan is… not a month of laziness but rather … a month of Jihad, conquest, and victory.”

Even as many Palestinians – including teenagers - heeded these calls and attacked Israelis, one Fatah official stressed that “we love Martyrdom-death as we love life.” Talking about the imprisoned terrorists, senior PA leader Jibril Rajoub expressed the PA’s admiration and support for them, urging all Palestinians to “bow our heads before their greatness.”

PMW also recently revealed the chilling chant of Palestinians: “How sweet it is to kill Jews”:

Ra'ad Hazem - 28-year-old Palestinian terrorist 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.

Diya Ahmed Hassan Hamarsheh - Palestinian terrorist and Fatah member who shot and murdered 5 people - Israeli civilians Rabbi Avishai Yehezkel and Ya'akov Yisrael Shalom, Israeli police officer Amir Khoury, and 2 foreign workers from Ukraine identified as Alexander and Dmitry - in Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv on March 29, 2022. An Israeli police officer shot and killed Hamarsheh, ending the attack. Hamarsheh, from Ya'abad near Jenin, had been working in Israel illegally. He was imprisoned for 6 months in 2015 for dealing in illegal weapons and membership in a terror organization.

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) - was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, in which a total of 125 Israelis were murdered, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and murder of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

Jenin – refugee camp north of Nablus that was a major hotbed of terrorism in the PA terror campaign 2000-2005 (the second Intifada). To reduce the attacks, Israeli forces entered Jenin on April 3, 2002, to conduct searches as part of Operation Defensive Shield, which was carried out to destroy the terror infrastructure in the West Bank, and several days of intense fighting against Palestinian terrorists in booby-trapped houses ensued. While the PA claimed that the Israeli forces committed a “massacre” and killed hundreds of civilians, a UN report refuted these claims, confirming that 52 Palestinians were killed in the battle of which the majority were terrorists. 23 Israeli soldiers were also killed in the fighting.