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PA daily columnist writes about terrorist as “Martyr” who had a wedding, calls his mother “glorious”

Headline: “The lofty smile at separating from Muhannad”
      “I tried, but didn’t succeed in writing even one paragraph about the wedding (i.e., funeral) of Martyr (Shahid) Muhannad Halabi (i.e., terrorist who stabbed 2 to death), the champion that opened the door to the sabra uprising (one of the names for the wave of attacks and riots in Jerusalem –Ed.), in order that you will pass through quickly, like a fire in a field of thorns. The ink froze while I was still looking at the smile of the glorious woman, his mother, as she separated with a kiss to his forehead, as if it was really his wedding day, waving her hand in celebration of separating from him, and ululating [in joy]. Her smile rises above our heads as she shows us with pride, strength and resolve as Muhannad leaves. In the separation celebration I thought secretly in my heart to sneak in among the women in order to whisper in her ear out of mercy: ‘I ask you to cry, let me see your tears flowing freely, shout in pain, wail like all bereaved mothers, hit those who comfort you with a shaking hand.’ But I did not dare. I was helpless. I was afraid. I returned without moving forward while the scene still continued, and I have no explanation… I said to myself, a day will pass and she will begin to cry, but she contradicted me with her ululations and cries of joy while receiving students who have come to bless her, as if she is drawing forth laughter from her childhood from a secret place where she prepared it for this day, or as if she is remembering memories that pass before her eyes like a film. I know with certainty that Muhannad’s mother will want to cry over his death and shed more tears than the water of the sea after her heart wearies from longing, but I am not sure if she has enough tears left from all the sorrow for those who have died. As if she heard what I secretly thought, she came without getting up from where she sat and notified me: ‘It is enough for me to visit him in a sea of slumber every night, after the well-wishers have left, with a sweeping hug, so he can rest in my arms after the long journey behind the walls of the city in which he lit candles. Jerusalem is the city he loved to death.”

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."