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Official PA daily op-ed glorifies murderers who participated in killing 65 Jews in 1929 Hebron Massacre

This op-ed by Issa Abd Al-Hafiz was written as a reaction to Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s arrest by the Israeli Police for reckless driving. The writer praises Hamdallah for challenging the policemen and writes that the Palestinian people have not lacked bravery since the Balfour Declaration of 1917. He adds:
 “For those who don’t remember the Palestinian history of giving, resistance and bravery: In 1929, when the British Mandate authorities sentenced Al-Zir, Hijazi and Jamjoum to death, the three pushed forward to reach the noose. Each of them wanted to be the first to win the honor of Martyrdom (Shahada). Atta Al-Zir even broke his iron shackles and approached the noose. He refused to have his face covered, to show the executioner that he did not fear death.”

Note: Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir “committed particularly brutal murders [of Jews] at Safed and Hebron,” according to the report by British Government to the League of Nations. They were convicted of attacking British soldiers and murdering Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre, in which 65 Jews were murdered. They were executed by the British in 1930.
The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.