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Palestinian social media "rages" at exclusion of Tel Aviv terrorist from PA list of "Martyrs"

Al-Jazeera website (Arabic)  |
Headline: “Tweeting: Nashat Melhem is a Martyr despite your opposition”
     “The [PA] Ministry of Health in Ramallah refused to include the name of Martyr Nashat Melhem in the list of the Martyrs (Shahids) of the Palestinian uprising that broke out last October [2015], something that provoked the wrath of the Palestinian street and whose echoes are reflected in the social media. [Social media] activists expressed their great anger over this step [by the ministry], which came after the ministry originally added the Martyr’s name to their documents, and raised the number of Martyrs to 150, but afterward they surprisingly omitted him and returned the number to 149. The activists created the hashtag #the_150th_Martyr_despite_your_opposition , and many expressed their condemnation and great anger with it [the ministry’s decision].

Mark of Cain:
A large number of [social media] activists agreed that the omission of Melhem from the list of Martyrs published by the Ministry of Health is a mark of Cain, which will haunt it forever, and emphasized that Martyrdom (Shahada) is not the exclusive property of the PA. Likewise, the activist Khalil said in a tweet he wrote that the Ministry of Health did this because it gave in to Israeli pressure.

The heroic Martyr [Melhem]:
‘You were born a leader, lived like a leader, and down with the leaders after you’ tweeted the account ‘Gaza now,’ and added that there is no leader in the land worthy of remaining, and also emphasized that the Martyr was one of the reasons for the change in Tel Aviv’s way [of life], and its turning into a ghost town.
Muhammad Omar said that Martyr Melhem ‘the hero does not need certificates of this world or a death certificate from the Ministry of Health,’ and described him as ‘a Martyr of the homeland.’ The activist Bassam wondered in a tweet: ‘Is someone who sold his soul for Allah at all interested in lists of the traitorous [Palestinian] Authority?’

President Abbas:
Some of the activists expressed their opinions of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and the activist Tareq Yusuf said that while Abbas is giving passports to singers and people he [Tareq Yusuf] considers ‘rabble,’ the the name of Martyr Melhem is omitted [from the list of Martyrs].
The activist Uday supported his words, and said: ‘Martyr Nashat does not need the Ministry of Health or the collaborator Abbas’ recognition of him as a Martyr,’ and added that at the moment it is the resistance’s obligation to weed out the collaborators.”



Text in image:
“Martyr Nashat Melhem 150”
Melhem’s photo appears in the “0” of “150.” The image refers to the social media protest, according to which Melhem ought to have remained the 150th Martyr on the PA Ministry’s list of “Martyrs” of the popular uprising.
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Nashat Melhem - 29-year-old Israeli Arab terrorist who carried out a shooting attack, killing 2 Israelis, Alon Bakal and Shimon Ruimi, and wounding 8 others, at Hasimta bar in Tel Aviv on Jan. 1, 2016. Melhem fled the scene, and later that day killed a taxi driver, Bedouin Israeli Amin Shaaban, in another part of Tel Aviv. A week after the attacks, on Jan. 8, 2016, Israeli security forces tracked down Melhem in a building in his hometown of Arara in the north of Israel. After Melhem opened fire at them, the Israeli security forces shot and killed him.


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