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Car attack that killed 2 was “a daring operation”; the terrorist had “determination and courage”

Op-ed by Ali Haidar from Beirut published in The Capital City, a bi-weekly paper distributed with the official PA daily:
     "Yet again, a member of the Palestinian resistance (i.e., Ibrahim Al-Akari, Hamas terrorist who killed two) has broken all restrictions imposed on Palestinians within the occupied [West] Bank in general, and on Jerusalem residents in particular, and carried out a daring operation (i.e., his car terror attack in Jerusalem on Nov. 5, 2014). Despite Israeli security measures, a Jerusalem resident succeeded in surprising the occupation’s security establishment and striking a painful blow to the settlers in the heart of Jerusalem, which led to the death of a Border Police officer and a settler, and wounded approximately 14 others…

It is clear that the occupation’s policy is based on the Palestinian people’s adapting quickly to the reality imposed [on it] by Israel. In this context, the Prime Minister of the enemy [government] Benjamin Netanyahu, has continuously emphasized that Tel Aviv would triumph in the campaign in Jerusalem. Yet it is evident that Israeli hopes depend on complete silence in the Arab world.

Despite this, as [often occurs] at historic junctures, there comes a man who foils the Israeli plans, and puts the issue of Jerusalem back at the top of the agenda… This time, a member of the Palestinian Resistance (i.e., Hamas), who ‘armed’ himself with what he could, succeeded in charging into a group of settlers and security personnel with his car. Moreover, he possessed an extent of determination and courage that allowed him to get out [of the car] holding a metal bar, to fight to the last breath.

The individual operations (i.e., terror attacks) are meant to preserve a state of struggle, instead of frustration.
Even if the achievements written down by the Palestinian people are unlikely to lead to a change in the general course of the [Palestinian] issue, the continuing flow of Martyrs’ (Shahids’) blood and the heroic actions of the resistance members usually lead to a change in the course of events, and shock the enemy…

At the present time, the Palestinians have no alternative other than resistance, even if [only] as part of a temporary activity that will ensure the curtailing of the Palestinian and Arab concessions [to Israel], and – in addition – disrupt Israeli policy. At the very least, it is important that the individual actions continue – at times by means of a car ramming into groups of settlers, and at times through bullets aimed at the greatest of the rabbis lying in wait for Al-Aqsa (i.e., allusion to terrorist Mutaz Hijazi who attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick on Oct. 29, 2014) – in addition to the daily demonstrations.”
[The Capital City, bi-weekly distributed with Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Nov. 13, 2014]

Note: The Capital City lists as its "general supervisor" Othman Abu Gharbieh, who is a member of Fatah's Central Committee and the Secretary General of the Popular National Conference of Jerusalem, the PLO institution that publishes this bi-weekly.

Ibrahim Al-Akari – Hamas terrorist from East Jerusalem who deliberately ran over people at a light-rail station in Jerusalem on Nov. 5, 2014, killing Jidan Assad, 38, and Shalom Aharon Badani, 17, and injuring at least 13 others. Al-Akari was shot and killed by Israeli police officers who arrived on the scene.

Mutaz Hijazi – Islamic Jihad member and released prisoner from Jerusalem who attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist working to assure rights for Jews to visit and pray on the Temple Mount, on Oct. 29, 2014. The assassination attempt took place following a conference on establishing times and places for Jews to pray on the Temple Mount. Glick was seriously wounded in the attack; Hijazi was killed soon afterwards when he opened fire on an Israeli police force that was attempting to arrest him.