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Hamas MP: “The West Bank was immersed in pure blood of a new group of Martyrs… This holy land must be perfumed by this pure blood”

PA Parliament Member Marwan Abu Ras: “This morning the land of the West Bank was immersed in pure blood of a new group of Martyrs of Palestine, of whom we are proud. We are honored by this new group of Martyrs of Palestine (i.e., 5 killed terrorists). The processions of Martyrs will not end until our land is liberated… Salvation, liberation, and victory – they have a price. Victory over this criminal enemy cannot be a free gift out of kindheartedness or generosity of this enemy. Rather victory must be extracted by force, and our land must be immersed in our blood. This holy land must be perfumed by this pure blood.”

[Hamas Ministry of Interior and National Security in the Gaza Strip, YouTube channel, Oct. 26, 2022]

The “Martyrs” referred to by MP Abu Ras were all terrorists:

Wadi’ Al-Houh, Ali Antar, Hamdi Qayyim, Mash’al Baghdadi, Hamdi Sharaf – Palestinian terrorists and members of the independent terror cell “the Lion’s Den” who shot at Israeli soldiers raiding and destroying a headquarters and weapons and explosives laboratory of the cell in Nablus on Oct. 25, 2022. The soldiers returned fire in self-defense, killing the 5 terrorists. Al-Houh was a senior member of “the Lion’s Den.” During the raid PA Security Forces shot at the Israeli soldiers, who returned fire in self-defense and wounded several of them.

The Lion's Den - an independent Palestinian terror cell largely based in Nablus. It has not stated an official affiliation and its members come from a variety of terror organizations, including Fatah's military wing the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad. The Lion's Den was responsible for numerous shooting attacks in the West Bank during 2022, with an uptick in shootings during September-October. Two of the main founders of the cell were Fatah terrorists Muhammad Al-Azizi and Ibrahim Al-Nabulsi, both killed in shootouts with Israeli forces on July 24, 2022 and Aug. 9, 2022 respectively.

MP Abu Ras gave this speech at a graduation ceremony of the “‘Obligatory’ training courses for the Hamas Ministry of Interior and National Security officers – class of Martyr Uday Al-Tamimi. Oct. 25, 2022”

Uday Al-Tamimi – 22-year-old Palestinian terrorist who shot and murdered 18-year-old female Israeli soldier Sgt. Noa Lazar and wounded an Israeli security guard at the Shuafat checkpoint in northern Jerusalem on Oct. 8, 2022. Al-Tamimi managed to escape and later shot and wounded an Israeli security guard at the entrance to Ma’ale Adumim east of Jerusalem on Oct. 19, 2022, before other guards at the scene shot and killed him in self-defense.