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Proud sisters: In the PA, siblings are taught to admire their murderer brothers

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |

Proud sisters: In the PA, siblings are taught to admire their murderer brothers

•    Sister of terrorist who sent suicide bomber who murdered 21: “We are proud of him and all that he did”

•    Sister of murderer who killed 3 with an axe: “I’m proud of you for what you did”

On a regular basis, the PA glorifies terrorists who have attacked, wounded, and/or succeeded murdering Israelis. As Palestinians express joy over their relatives’ martyrdom-death in a terror attack, so too they express their pride in their terrorist relatives who are imprisoned for murdering Israelis. 

Recently two sisters declared their pride in their two imprisoned terrorist brothers.

Amjad Ubeidi, an Islamic Jihad terrorist who is serving 23 life sentences, is a source of pride for his family because he sent female suicide bomber Hanadi Jaradat to carry out a suicide attack at a restaurant in Haifa on Oct. 4, 2003. There she murdered 21 people and wounded over 50: 

Sister of terrorist Amjad Ubeidi: “We send [Amjad Ubeidi] our love. Our heart is with him. We are all with him. We have not forgotten him and will not forget him. We are proud of him and all that he did. Allah willing [his] imprisonment will not last long.”

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

Another proud sister is the sister of As’ad Al-Rifai, one of the terrorists who last month attacked Israelis with axes and knives in the town of Elad near Tel Aviv and murdered 3 Israelis. His family is not upset over his crime but was worried about him when he was on the run from Israeli forces after the murders. But once he was arrested his mother was able to relax. And the murderer’s young sister is even “proud of what he did”: 

Mother of terrorist murderer As’ad Al-Rifai: “When the [Israeli] army came to us, of course they came quickly. In other words, we didn’t know anything… They spent a long time with us, perhaps two hours… They told me: We will demolish this home… To me, it’s fine. I don’t care about homes or anything. To me, the most important thing is that my son As’ad is healthy and whole, but also that he will continue to hold onto life… Four days that we don’t eat or drink, because we don’t know what his fate is, if he is alive or dead. But Allah be praised, when I learned that my son is alive (i.e., captured by Israel), I held onto life more.”

Sister of terrorist As’ad Al-Rifai: “I’m the sister of As’ad, Hanin Yusuf Al-Rifai. I’m proud of you As’ad for what you did. You [said with your actions:] For your sake, O land.”

[Facebook page of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture, May 10, 2022]

Palestinian Media Watch has documented many relatives of terrorists and murderers who express pride and happiness over the killing of Israelis.

At the time, the PA stressed its pride in suicide bomber and murderer of 21, Hanadi Jaradat, who was sent by terrorist Amjad Ubeidi, when the PA Ministry of Culture published a poetry collection in honor of the terrorist titled: “What Hanadi Said.” The PA Ministry of Culture’s dedication praising murderer Jaradat, read:

“What Hanadi Said” 
“To the rose of Palestine, the iris of the Carmel, the Martyr Hanadi Jaradat”
The ending of the poem in Jaradat’s honor:
"Oh Hanadi! Shake the earth under the feet of the enemies!
Blow it up!
Hanadi said: 'This is my wedding'
It's Hanadi's wedding, the day when death as a Martyr for Allah becomes the highest goal, that redeems my land."

[Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, official PA daily, Jan 11, 2016]

As'ad Al-Rifai and Subhi Abu Shuqeir - Palestinian terrorists aged 19 and 20 respectively who used axes and knives to murder 4 Israelis - Oren Ben Yiftah (36), Yonatan Habakuk (44), Boaz Gol (49), and security guard Shimon Matuf (75) - and wound 3 others at a park in Elad east of Tel Aviv on Israeli Independence Day, May 5, 2022. Matuf was seriously wounded in the attack and died of his wounds nine months later on Feb. 2, 2023. Al-Rifai and Shuqeir worked in the town without work permits and therefore knew the area well. The two escaped after the attack and were arrested on May 8, 2022.