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Reading and murder linked by Hebron University
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Reading and murder linked
by Hebron University
 
Hebron U commemorates killer of 3
with human chain of readers
 
Murderer was "an intellectual, a reader,
and above all - a Martyr and a fighter"
 
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
 
Two Palestinian terrorists, Baha Alyan (22) and Bilal Ghanem (23) boarded a bus in Jerusalem and attacked passengers with a gun and a knife, killing 3 Israelis and wounding 4, on Oct. 13, 2015. Terrorist Alyan was shot and killed by a security guard while the other terrorist was arrested.
 
Hebron University considers the murderer Baha Alyan a "Martyr" and a "fighter" worthy of commemoration. The university decided to honor him by establishing a "human chain of readers," since the terrorist himself had once organized such a chain around Jerusalem.

 
 
[Raya News Network, Feb. 1, 2016] 
 
Addressing the dead terrorist as "Dear Baha," the host of the ceremony explained that the event was "to complete the mission you started." He went on to say that the students are using their "belief in the pen and the book as means to convey our Palestinian message to the world." [WAFA (the official Palestinian news agency), Feb. 1, 2016]
 
The use of "the pen and the book" to convey a "Palestinian message" stands in stark contrast to Baha's use of a gun and knife to convey a Palestinian message of murder of innocent civilians on a bus.
 
This is yet another example of how Palestinians turn terrorist murderers into role models and link cultural values to other Palestinian "values" of murder and terror, as documented by Palestinian Media Watch.
 
Ahlam Abayat, the activity coordinator and a student of journalism and communications at Hebron University explained the purpose of the event:
 
"Our objective is to commemorate the Martyr's idea, and to encourage awareness and culture, to introduce the reading culture into society and to prove that our Martyrs are not just numbers, but had their own ideas and dreams, and goals for which they strived just as any other living person."
 
WAFA, the official Palestinian news agency, added that the murderer "believed in life, loved Palestine and acted to strengthen the role of the young," and that his body which is being held in Israel, is "still pulsating with the warmth of life!"
 
The following is a longer excerpt of the article from the official Palestinian news agency:
 
Headline: "Baha Alyan in Hebron University!"
"Baha Alyan (i.e., terrorist who killed 2) was powerfully present today [Feb. 1, 2016] in the plazas and corridors of Hebron University, and in its passageways and gardens, as an intellectual, a reader, and above all - a Martyr (Shahid) and a fighter, and this was in order to fulfill one of his greatest dreams: to create a reading culture in a society which suffers from the bitterness of occupation and cultural and economic colonialism in its most criminal forms.
'Dear Baha, the invitation you sent us on March 16, 2014 has reached us, with a slight delay, but has finally reached us. Today, hundreds of students from Hebron University stand in order to complete the mission you started, out of their belief in the pen and the book as means to convey our Palestinian message to the world,' said the host of the ceremony. Thus began the longest chain of readers (i.e. chain formed of people reading books) within the university's walls...
Ahlam Abayat, the activity coordinator and a student of journalism and communications at Hebron University said:
'The idea was inspired by Martyr Baha Alyan, who headed the longest academic chain of readers around the walls of Jerusalem. Today, we have done it around the university, together with all its student clubs and all faculties, and our objective is to commemorate the Martyr's idea, and to encourage awareness and culture, to introduce the reading culture into society and to prove that our Martyrs are not just numbers, but had their own ideas and dreams, and goals for which they strived just as any other living person.'
Baha, the intellectual, the Martyr and the fighter, who believed in life, loved Palestine and acted to strengthen the role of the young, passed away covered in wreaths of flowers, but his ideas did not perish, and his body, which is held frozen in the Israeli [mortuary] refrigerators since Dec. 13 of last year [2015], after his father refused the occupation's conditions for handing him over, is still pulsating with the warmth of life!"
[WAFA (the official Palestinian news agency), Feb. 1, 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.

 


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