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PA Ministry of Health: Even though we removed terrorist who killed 3 from official Martyr list, he's still a Martyr whose "name is engraved with his pure blood, which watered the ground of our free land"

Headline: “[PA] Ministry of Health: Melhem is a Martyr and does not need anyone’s approval”
     “The PA Ministry of Health emphasized that it only documents the names of Martyrs (Shahids) who are within its jurisdiction and responsibility i.e., the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and in the Gaza Strip. The ministry added in a press release today, Saturday [Jan. 9, 2016], that the omission of Nashat Melhem from its lists does not mean the title [of Martyr] has been taken away from him. On the contrary, he [Melhem] is one of the dearest Martyrs, and his name is engraved with his pure blood, which watered the ground of our free land.
The ministry noted that the omission of Martyr Melhem’s name arises from the fact that the Ministry [of Health] is responsible for counting the ill, the types of illnesses, the injured, and the Martyrs within its area of jurisdiction, and that the omission of Melhem from the list under no circumstances means that Nashat is not a Martyr. On the contrary, he is like every Palestinian Martyr from everywhere in the land. The ministry stated that ‘we are proud of our Palestinian people in the 1948 territories (i.e., Israel), and pride ourselves of their sacrifice which is engraved in history and of their achievements in every field - intellectual, scientific, and national [achievements], and we cannot deny their genuine belonging to their mother homeland Palestine.’”
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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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