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Mother of killed Palestinian terrorist expresses pain at losing her son

Headline: “The Manasrah family, the renewed pain of loss – a body held [by Israel], and a boy behind bars”
     “The Manasrah family did not know what fate had in store for it, and was surprised by the death of its son Hassan Khaled Manasrah, 15 (i.e., terrorist who stabbed two and was killed), [surprised] by the injury of his cousin Ahmad Saleh Manasrah (i.e., terrorist who stabbed two), and [surprised] by the arrest of the Martyr’s (Shahid’s) brother, the boy Ibrahim, 17. A month has gone by, its days and hours, but the effects of the events on the family can still be seen. The family has known no rest between the holding [by Israel] of the Martyr’s body, the harassment of the arrested injured Ahmad, the false accusations against the Martyr’s brother Ibrahim, and the repeated raids on its house in Beit Hanina, north of occupied Jerusalem. Details of the story are tinged with the renewed pain of loss and the pain of the injured, and decorated with verses of resolve and patience. Martyr Manasrah’s mother began to speak of the short stages of the Martyr’s [life], and said: ‘He was born on Monday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2000, two days after the outbreak of the Al-Aqsa Intifada. He grew up in front of my eyes, and was loved by all his siblings. He helped me organize the house, and loved to play with his cousin in the courtyard across from the house.’ She added: ‘Hassan was in 10th grade and excelled in his studies. A week before the event, his father went to the Ibn Khaldoun School to inquire about his studies, and his teacher said that he is upright, educated, and has excellent grades.’ … In a voice tinged with sorrow and pride, she continued: ‘On Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, I received my sons after they returned from school. They ate as usual, and afterward I was busy in the kitchen and with dishwashing. Hassan purified himself before prayer, prayed the afternoon prayer, and went out. At approximately 3:00 p.m. I heard the sounds of ambulances which were unusual. I asked my daughter to go up on the roof and see what’s happening in the street. She said that it was the usual sounds which are heard almost every day.’ However, she [the mother] emphasized: ‘I felt like the sounds of the ambulances and the noise were inside the house, and not in the main street which is far from my home.’ News of the stabbing operation (i.e., stabbing attack) and the death as a martyr of the one who carried it out near the settlement Pisgat Ze’ev, and a video of the injured and arrested Ahmad Manasrah began to spread on social networks, and the news struck the family like lightning. Ahmad’s mother thought he was the Martyr, ‘but I did not know the Martyr was my son, Hassan, and that Ahmad was arrested. After half an hour, Martyr Hassan’s father and the arrested Ahmad’s father were called in for investigation and the news arrived that the Martyr was Hassan, and the arrested injured was Ahmad Manasrah.’ She said: ‘I did not imagine that Hassan was a Martyr. I miss him. I tried to find his picture on the internet, and did not find anything. I want to smell his scent and kiss him, but for more than a month there’s an erupting volcano within me because I lost Hassan and Ibrahim was arrested, and the pain of Ahmad’s arrest.’”

Pisgat Ze'ev stabbing attack - On Oct. 12, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists, Hassan ‎Manasrah (15) and Ahmad Manasrah (13), stabbed Yossef Ben Shalom (21) in the Pisgat ‎Ze'ev neighborhood of East Jerusalem, then repeatedly stabbed a 13-‎year-old boy (name undisclosed at time of writing) who was riding his bike. Hassan Manasrah was killed while fleeing the scene, and Ahmad Manasrah was shot by Israeli police and hospitalized. Both victims of the attack were seriously injured. The terrorists, who were cousins, came from the nearby Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Hanina.