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PA MP: Intifada is response to Israelss attack on the Al-Aqsa, and calls terrorist “Jihad fighters”

Member of Palestinian Parliament and Secretary-General of the National Initiative Movement Mustafa Barghouti: “Yesterday we were at Muhannad [Halabi’s] (i.e., terrorist who stabbed two to death) funeral. The Palestinian people is completely united, with all its strength, in admirable national unity in this popular intifada. The response to Israel for its crimes, attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and murder of young Jihad fighters, is this unity and popular intifada. This popular intifada has broken out and will bring about its goals with Allah’s help.”

Muhannad Halabi (19) killed 2 Israelis, Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi and Aharon Bennett, and injured Bennett’s wife, Adele, and their 2-year-old son in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on Oct. 3, 2015. Following the attack, he was shot and killed by Israeli security forces. Prior to his attack, in a post to his private Facebook page, the terrorist referred to recent terror attacks as part of a "third Intifada,” and said that it was a response to Israel’s actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and that the Palestinian people would not “succumb to humiliation.” This is a reference to the PA libel that Israel is plotting to take over and destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to the PA's portrayal of Jews praying on the Temple Mount as "an invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."