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Terrorists who participated in brutal murder of Israeli soldiers in 2000 honored as “heroic” by PA TV
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3 Ramallah lynch terrorists
who participated in brutal murder
 of 2 Israeli soldiers in 2000
all honored as “heroic” by PA TV

Since their arrest, the PA has paid the 3 terrorists salaries
reaching a combined total of 
2,023,600 shekels ($583,606)
 

 
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
 
In October 2000, two Israeli reserve soldiers, Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami, accidentally entered Ramallah. They were lynched by a Palestinian mob who brutally murdered them and mutilated their bodies. Many remember the following photo of one of the Palestinian murderers joyously displaying his bloody hands to the frenzied Palestinian mob. 

One of the participants in the lynch, Aziz Salha, displaying the blood of the victims.  
Israel released him in the Shalit prisoner exchange deal with Hamas in 2011
 
Three of the Palestinians who participated in the murders and are imprisoned in Israel were recently honored by official Palestinian Authority TV in an episode of Giants of Endurance - a program about terrorist prisoners. While visiting the families of murderers Habbes Bayyoud, Muhammad Nawarah, and Jawad Abu Qara, the PA TV reporter referred to each of them as “heroic.” A sister of one of the murderers also emphasized how her brother makes the family “raise their heads and feel proud”: 
 
 
Official PA TV host: “I’m with the family of heroic prisoner Habbes Bayyoud... We are now at the home of heroic prisoner Muhammad Nawarah...”
Sister of terrorist Muhammad Nawarah: “Muhammad is a handsome guy and makes one proud. I am proud that I have a brother like Muhammad... Thanks to him, we raise our heads and feel proud...”
PA TV host: "We have now arrived at the house of heroic prisoner Jawad Abu Qara...”
[Official PA TV, Giants of Endurance, June 16, 2018]
As Palestinian Media Watch has documented, these murderers are not only honored by the PA in words. Since their arrests, the PA has generously rewarded them each with a salary as is stipulated by PA law. Their salaries, as of June 2018, have reached a combined total of 2,023,600 shekels ($583,606).

The PA policy of
honoring terrorists as well as the ongoing PA practice of rewarding them with salaries are two of the many ways the PA supports terror. Earlier this week, PMW's findings and documentation played a central role in the creation and passing of the Israeli law to deduct from PA tax money a sum equivalent to what the PA pays in terrorist salaries.

The following is a longer excerpt of PA TV’s visit to the families of the 3 lynchers:

Official PA TV host: “I’m with the family of heroic prisoner Habbes Bayyoud who was sentenced to life (i.e., 2 life sentences) within the occupation's prisons... We are now at the home of heroic prisoner Muhammad Nawarah who is serving a life sentence, may Allah release him..."
Sister of terrorist Muhammad Nawarah: “Muhammad is a handsome guy and makes one proud. I am proud that I have a brother like Muhammad... Thanks to him, we raise our heads and feel proud...”
Host: "We have now arrived at the house of heroic prisoner Jawad Abu Qara, who is also serving a life sentence (sic., 25 years). We wish him and all of our prisoners full freedom.”
[Official PA TV, Giants of Endurance, June 16, 2018]
 
Habbes Bayyoud, Muhammad Nawarah, and Jawad Abu Qara - Palestinian terrorists who participated in the Ramallah lynching on Oct. 12, 2000, in which a Palestinian mob brutally murdered and mutilated the bodies of two Israeli reserve soldiers, Vadim Nurzhitz and Yossi Avrahami, who had accidentally entered Ramallah. Bayyoud is serving 2 life sentences, Nawarah is serving 1 life sentence, Abu Qara is serving 25 years.

Under Palestinian Authority law, the PA pays Bayyoud, Nawarah, and Abu Qara and thousands of other terrorist prisoners monthly salaries from the day of their arrest.
Since their arrests (in 2001 and 2002) through June 2018, the PA has paid Bayyoud, Nawarah, and Abu Qara a combined total of 2,023,600 shekels ($583,606). Their current salary of 7,000 shekels/month each will increase until reaching 12,000 shekels/month each.


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