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PA and Fatah glorify Tel Aviv murderer of 3

PA Ministry of Health on Tel Aviv murderer:
“He is one of the dearest Martyrs, 
and his name is engraved with his pure blood, 
which watered the ground of our free land”

Fatah to Tel Aviv killer: 
“Congratulations and may Allah receive you in Heaven”

Official PA daily: 
Terrorist killer was “assassinated” 
and victim of “execution” by Israel

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Abbas’ Fatah movement posted an uncensored version of the picture of dead terrorist murderer Nashat Melhem lying in a pool of blood. It also praised the killer of 3 as a “Martyr” and congratulated him on its official Facebook page:

Text: “Nashat Melhem died as a Martyr (Shahid) after an armed confrontation in the courtyard of a mosque in Umm Al-Fahm on blessed Friday, congratulations and may Allah receive you in Heaven” 
[emphasis added,
Official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement, 
Jan. 8, 2016]

Nashat Melhem was a 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. While fleeing after the attack, Melhem killed a taxi driver, a Bedouin Israeli Amin Shaaban. A week after the attacks, on Jan. 8, 2016, Israeli security forces tracked down Melhem to his hometown of Arara in the north of Israel. After Melhem opened fire, the Israeli soldiers shot and killed him.  

The PA Ministry of Health called the murderer “one of the dearest Martyrs (Shahids),” whose “name is engraved with his pure blood.” The ministry explained that it was unable to include terrorist Melhem on its list of “Martyrs” because he did not come from the areas under the ministry’s jurisdiction. Following criticism, the ministry issued a press release emphasizing Melhem’s status as “Martyr” (Shahid) despite the omission from the list:

“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 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.”
 [Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 9, 2016]

A Shahid (Martyr) is someone who died for Allah. When the PA calls Melhem a “Shahid,” this is implicit incitement to murder. The PA is saying that Allah himself supported the murder of two Israeli civilians. No one can be a Shahid if the action for which he died was something Allah rejected.

The official PA daily also referred to Melhem’s terror attack as something positive: “the Tel Aviv operation,” and portrayed him as a victim of Israel, claiming he was “assassinated” and “executed”:

“An Israeli ‘commando’ force assassinated young Nashat Melhem, who carried out the Tel Aviv operation, yesterday [Jan. 8, 2016] during an exchange of gunfire.” 
[emphasis added, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 9, 2016] 

“In response to the execution of Nashat Melhem by special Israeli police forces, [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu stated that ‘in the name of all Israel’s citizens,’ he thanks ‘the police, intelligence services, and counter-terrorism unit for their precise work around the clock and for carrying out the mission required of them (sic., not Netanyahu’s actual statement, see below).’”
[emphasis added, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 10, 2016]

 
Text in image: “Martyr Nashat Melhem 150”
Melhem’s photo appears in the “0” of “150.”
The image shows terrorist murderer Melhem as the 150th “Martyr” on the PA Ministry’s list of “Martyrs” of the current “uprising.” 
[Al-Jazeera website, Jan. 9, 2016]
Al-Jazeera reported on great outrage on social media over the PA ministry’s decision not to include Melhem as “Martyr number 150” on the list of “Martyrs” of the current “uprising.” Angry tweets targeted the PA Ministry of Health and PA Chairman Abbas, activists created the hashtag #the_150th_Martyr_
despite_your_opposition,
and “many expressed their condemnation and great anger” with the ministry’s decision:
  • “Nashat Melhem is a Martyr despite your opposition”
  • “You [Melhem] were born a leader, lived like a leader, and down with the leaders after you”
  • “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.”
  • “Is someone who gave his soul for Allah at all interested in lists of the traitorous [Palestinian] Authority?”
  • “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.”
[Al-Jazeera website, Jan. 9, 2016]

The official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, Adnan Al-Damiri, also referred to murderer Melhem as a “Martyr” and was outraged at the rumor that PA Security Forces had helped Israel catch the murderer:

“After Nashat Melhem’s death as a Martyr (Shahid), do the hostile and filthy-minded continue to spread [the lie], together with the occupation and its mobilized, false media, that Martyr Nashat was in the West Bank and the Palestinian security  assisted in searching for him?!?! Do Hamas, its halfwits, and its dupe followers still rely on the Hebrew media, leaks from the Hebrew press, and enemy sources, in order to satisfy their lust for hatred of Fatah and the PA? You should be ashamed of your lie, even just a little. A Muslim does not lie, and a fighter does not lie!”
[Facebook page of official spokesman of the PA Security Forces
 Adnan Al-Damiri, 
Jan. 8, 2016]

That terrorist murderer Melhem is honored as a “Martyr” by PA leaders and media is not surprising. Palestinian Media Watch has documented that this is PA practice, and this has continued unabated during the current wave of Palestinian terror attacks. Any terrorists who has been killed by Israel during his or her attack has obtained the honorable status as “Martyr” - “Shahid.” 

The following are four recent examples, all mentioned as “Martyrs” in the official PA daily on Jan. 5, 2016: 

“Martyr“ Ahmad Jamal Taha, who “hundreds of citizens accompanied to burial... in a mass procession,” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2016] and “Martyrs Alaa Abu Jamal and Baha Alyan” whose homes “the Israeli occupation forces sealed with reinforced concrete.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan 5, 2016]

Ahmad Jamal Taha was a 16-year-old terrorist who stabbed Israeli soldier Ziv Mizrachi to death and injured another soldier, on Nov. 23, 2015, at a gas station on route 443, between Jerusalem and Modiin. Taha was shot and killed by other Israeli soldiers at the scene.

Baha Alyan was a 22-year-old terrorist who on Oct. 13, 2015, together with another terrorist boarded Israeli bus no. 78 in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood with a gun and a knife and attacked passengers, killing Israelis Haviv Haim (78), Alon Govberg (51), and Richard Lakin (76), and wounding 4 Israelis. Alyan was shot and killed by an Israeli security guard at the scene

Alaa Abu Jamal was a terrorist who deliberately drove his car into people standing at a bus stop on Malchei Yisrael Street in Jerusalem on Oct. 13, 2015, hitting three people. Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 60, was killed and the other two were injured. Abu Jamal then got out of his car and started stabbing people, wounding others. The terrorist was killed by a security guard. He was a relative of the terrorists who murdered 5 worshippers and a policeman in the Har Nof synagogue in Jerusalem in November 2014.

Official PA TV News used a report on the destruction of the home of "Martyr" terrorist Muhannad Halabi to glorify him as well. Halabi’s successful stabbing murder of two Israeli civilians in Jerusalem’s Old City in the beginning of October, is seen by Palestinians as the spark that ignited the current stabbing terror campaign. PA TV honored him as the “engineer of the mass uprising” while describing the destruction of his home:

“A silent stone [from Halabi’s home] is not more precious than the Martyr’s [Halabi’s] soul. They demolished the home, expelled the family and killed the engineer of the mass uprising, only out of anger and revenge.”
[Official PA TV, Jan. 9, 2016]

The following are longer excerpts of the statements referred to above:

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.’”
[Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 9, 2016]

Headline: “A special Israeli force assassinated Nashat Melhem, who carried out the Tel Aviv operation”
An Israeli ‘commando’ force assassinated young Nashat Melhem, who carried out the Tel Aviv operation (i.e., terror attacks that killed 3), yesterday [Jan. 8, 2016] during an exchange of gunfire in the village of Arara in the triangle (i.e., a concentration of Israeli Arab towns in the center of Israel, east of the Sharon area), after a full week of intense, incessant searches.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 9, 2016] 

Headline: “Netanyahu threatens and promises to continue summary executions”
“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to back up the [Israeli] police, [Israeli] Intelligence Services, and the Israeli police counter-terrorism unit, and to encourage them to continue the summary executions that they are carrying out in the West Bank, Gaza, and the Palestinian interior (i.e., Israel)...
In response to the execution of Nashat Melhem by special Israeli police forces, Netanyahu stated that ‘in the name of all Israel’s citizens,’ he thanks ‘the police, intelligence services, and counter-terrorism unit for their precise work around the clock and for carrying out the mission required of them (sic., not Netanyahu’s actual statement).’ 
In his statements, Netanyahu continued to threaten. He said: ‘Whoever murders Israelis or assists [murderers], his fate will be the same, within Israel’s borders and outside them.’”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 10, 2016]

Netanyahu’s actual words on Jan. 9, 2016: “In the name of all the citizens of Israel, I thank the police, intelligence service, the SWAT team - they did their work professionally, systematically, day and night they focused on the goal and achieved it... Everyone who comes to murder Israelis should know that sooner or later we will reach him, within the borders of the state, and outside the borders. No one is immune. We will reach the murderers and we will reach -everyone who assists them.”

Text posted on the Facebook page of official spokesman of the PA Security Forces Adnan Al-Damiri

“After Nashat Melhem’s (an Israeli Arab terrorist who killed 3 on Jan. 1, 2016) death as a Martyr (Shahid), do the hostile and filthy-minded continue to spread [the lie], together with the occupation and its mobilized, false media, that Martyr Nashat was in the West Bank and the Palestinian security  assisted in searching for him?!?! Do Hamas, its halfwits, and its dupe followers still rely on the Hebrew media, leaks from the Hebrew press, and enemy sources, in order to satisfy their lust for hatred of Fatah and the PA? You should be ashamed of your lie, even just a little. A Muslim does not lie, and a fighter does not lie!”
[Facebook page of official spokesman of the PA Security Forces
Adnan Al-Damiri, 
Jan. 8, 2016]

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 gave 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.” 
[Al-Jazeera website, Jan. 9, 2016]

Headline: “Crowds accompany [Ahmad Jamal Taha] to burial, the fourth Martyr from the small town in the October uprising” 
“Hundreds of citizens accompanied to burial Martyr Ahmad Jamal Taha, 21, from the small town northwest of occupied Jerusalem, in a mass procession, which turned into a demonstration against the occupation and its crimes.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2016]

Ahmad Jamal Taha - 16-year-old terrorist who stabbed Israeli soldier Ziv Mizrachi to death and injured another soldier, on Nov. 23, 2015, at a gas station on route 443, between Jerusalem and Modiin. Taha was shot and killed by other Israeli soldiers at the scene.

Headline: “The occupation destroys the inner walls of Martyrs Abu Jamal and Alyan’s houses and seals them with cement”
“Yesterday [Jan. 4, 2016] Israeli occupation forces sealed the homes of Martyrs Alaa Abu Jamal and Baha Alyan, in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of southeast Jerusalem, with reinforced concrete.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan 5, 2016]

Jerusalem line 78 bus terror attack - On Oct. 13, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists, Baha Alyan (22) and Bilal Ghanem (23) boarded Israeli bus no. 78 in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood with a gun and a knife and attacked passengers, killing Israelis Haviv Haim (78) and Alon Govberg (51), and wounding 4 Israelis. Alyan was shot and killed by an Israeli security guard at the scene and Ghanem, a Hamas terrorist who served time in Israeli prison in 2013-2014, was wounded. Two weeks after the attack on Oct. 27, a 3rd victim in the attack, Richard Lakin (76), died from his wounds.

Alaa Abu Jamal - Palestinian terrorist who deliberately drove his car into people standing at a bus stop on Malchei Yisrael Street in Jerusalem on Oct. 13, 2015, hitting three people. Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 60, was killed and the other two were injured. Abu Jamal then got out of his car and started stabbing people, wounding others. The terrorist was killed by a security guard. He was a relative of the terrorists who murdered 5 worshippers and a policeman in the Har Nof synagogue in Jerusalem in November 2014.

Official PA TV News broadcast
The demolition of terrorist Muhannad Halabi’s family home in the town of Surda

“A silent stone [from Halabi’s home] is not more precious than the Martyr’s [Halabi's] soul. They demolished the home, expelled the family and killed the engineer of the mass uprising, only out of anger and revenge.”
[Official PA TV, Jan. 9, 2016]
 
Muhannad Halabi - 19-year-old Palestinian terrorist who 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."


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