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Fatah official: Jesus was "the first Martyr, the first Palestinian"‎

‎"Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Saeb Erekat and District Governor of Jericho ‎and the Jordan Valley Majed Al-Fatiani, lit up the Christmas tree in central Jericho on ‎Monday [Dec. 15, 2014] evening... Erekat said that several days ago, Fatah ‎Revolutionary Council member Ziyad Abu Ein had lit up an olive tree with his pure ‎blood, thereby joining the procession of [Palestinian] Martyrs (Shahids), and added: ‎‎'Shouldn't it be so, since the first Martyr, the first Palestinian, Jesus, peace be upon ‎him, was from among us?'" ‎
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Note: Ziad Abu Ein, Fatah Revolutionary Council member and head of the PA Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall, died on Dec. 10, 2014 at ‎a demonstration in the West Bank that ‎turned violent. Immediately following his ‎death, PA and Fatah leaders claimed that ‎Abu Ein was murdered. Footage from the ‎event shows Abu Ein in an altercation with ‎an Israeli soldier who grabbed Abu Ein by ‎the neck, and later shows Abu Ein on the ground clutching his chest in pain. The ‎autopsy, which was overseen by Israeli and ‎Palestinian pathologists, revealed that the ‎cause of death was a heart attack, but ‎disagreement remains over the extent to which the altercation with Israeli forces may have caused ‎the heart attack. Palestinians have ‎continued to describe Abu Ein's death as a ‎‎"murder" and "assassination" by Israel.‎

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