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Terrorist murderer was a “respected teacher” and justified, says activist on PA TV

Official PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem


National Activity Committee in Jerusalem member Ahmed Safadi: “You asked what caused Martyr Fadi Abu Shkhaydam (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1), a schoolteacher, to become a Martyr. He chose the Chain Gate [of the Old City of Jerusalem], as it is the closest to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He didn’t want to be inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque so as not to repeat the matter of the metal detectors (see note below -Ed.). He wanted to be as close as possible. How did such a respected teacher reach a situation that he wants to do this? Because he saw the scene of the occupation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on a daily basis, the violation of rights, the students, the invasions, and the harassing of the men and women carrying out Ribat(i.e., religious conflict over land claimed to be Islamic).”


Fadi Abu Shkhaydam - Palestinian terrorist who participated in planning the suicide bombing carried out by Andalib Takatka near the Jerusalem Mahane Yehuda outdoor market on April 12, 2002, in which 6 were murdered and more than 80 wounded. Abu Shakhdam is serving 6 life sentences and an additional 20 years.


The mention of "the matter of the metal detectors" refers to Israeli security measures at the Temple Mount, including metal detectors at the entrances, following an attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israeli border police officers were murdered by 3 Israeli Arab terrorists. On July 24, 2017, Israel decided to remove the metal detectors and security cameras it had placed at the site. The PA continued to demand that all measures including inspections at the entrances be removed, and Palestinians continued to riot. On July 27, 2017, PA religious leaders declared that all Israeli measures had been removed.


The PA and its leaders misrepresent all of the Temple Mount as an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore, they vilify any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock. Israeli police ban Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount because of threats of violence by Palestinians.