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Violence and terror
Glorifying terrorists and terror
Violence and terror
After demonizing Jews and Israelis, including citing Islamic sources that depict Jews negatively, and culminating with ongoing lies and libels that portray Jews as an immediate threat to Palestinian life and existence, the Palestinian Authority foment violence against Jews and Israelis, presenting it as legitimate and even heroic self-defense.

PA terror promotion takes many forms. Nationalistically, the PA actively elevates violence as a valid and heroic means to achieve political goals, while religiously, fighting and killing Jews has been presented repeatedly by PA religious and academic leaders as Allah’s will. On the social level, Palestinian leaders and society honor even the most loathsome of murderers portraying them as heroes and role models: Dalal Mughrabi, who led a bus hijacking in which 37 were killed, has schools, summer camps, and many other events and places baring her name to immortalize and glorify her and her terror attack.
 
Click to view PMW special report: “From Terrorists to Role Models

The success of the PA’s promotion of violence is readily evident: A majority of Palestinians support killing and suicide terror against civilian Jews and Israelis. A poll conducted after the murder of eight teenagers who were studying in a Jerusalem high school in 2008, found that 84% of Palestinians supported the murder [NY Times, March 19, 2008, citing the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research].


This violent image of a dagger being thrust into the Star of David has appeared hundreds of times in a video clip for children on PA TV, from 2001 – 2008.

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Glorifying terrorists and terror
Palestinian society’s habitual glorification of terrorists as heroes and role models is one of its most effective means of promoting terror. In honoring the worst killers, the PA is simultaneously giving approval to murder and enticing future terrorists with assurances of glory and honor if they succeed in killing. Terror and murder become the Palestinian’s ticket to fame, honor and glory.

The terrorists honored most highly amongst Palestinian society are those who have killed the greatest number. Abd Al-Baset Udeh, killer of 30 at the Passover Seder massacre, had a soccer tournament for 14-year-olds named for him. His brother was honored with distributing the trophies. Dalal Mughrabi, terrorist bus hijacker (led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children) has had summer camps, schools, graduation ceremonies and sporting events named for her, as well as many TV documentaries honoring her. Palestinian newspapers also frequently glorify Mughrabi, as in the Al-Ayyam article which described Mughrabi as writing "the most glorious page of heroism in the history of the Palestinian struggle. [Aug. 2, 2009]. Thaer Hammad, who as a lone gunman murdered 10 Israelis in 2002, was glorified by the official PA daily as “the hero of the Intifada."

This adulation of the worst terrorists and praise for their heroism reflects the policy of the leadership of the Palestinian Authority. This video shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas,
issuing “greetings of honour and esteem” to mass murderers, whom he publicly names, one by one:
“I send greetings of honour and esteem to all prisoners...
Said 'Ataba (serving life sentence for murder in terror attack)…
Marwan Barghouti (serving 5 life sentences for planning murderous terror attacks)
Ahmad Sa'adat (serving 30 years in prison for heading the terrorist organization PFLP; honored on PA TV for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister Ze'evi in 2001, but never tried)
Aziz Dweik (Hamas leader, chairman of Palestinian parliament)
Jamal Huweil (life sentence for planning terror attacks)
Jamal Tirawi (life sentence for café suicide terror attack).
Greetings to you from our people.”
[PA TV (Fatah), April 17, 2008]
Abbas poses with young boy holding photo of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 13, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “The Martyrs’ (Shahids') promise”

The image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, together with a boy, holding a picture from a Fatah rally which shows a poster of Abbas and a poster of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the murder of 37 civilians, including 12 children.

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
Fatah: "Hebrew media is inciting against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas" after his photo with young boy and poster of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 13, 2017
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
“The Hebrew media is inciting against Palestinian [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas
After he received as a ‘gift’ from a Palestinian boy a picture of Dalal Mughrabi, who killed 35 Israelis (sic., 37) in 1978, from the 52nd [Fatah] Launch (Intilaqa) rally in Bethlehem”

The images show posts in Hebrew, English, and Arabic by the Israeli news Facebook page “In the Middle East,” which reported on the photo posted on the official Fatah Facebook page on Jan. 13, 2017. The photo shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, together with a boy, holding a picture from a Fatah rally which shows a poster of Abbas and a poster of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the murder of 37 civilians, including 12 children.

Text on the posts in the image:
“Friends, we ask to share this picture throughout the network.
[PA Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas gave a Palestinian boy a picture of him and of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who carried out a large terror attack in 1978 on the Coastal Road in which 35 Israelis (sic., 37) were murdered.”

Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier
Fatah FB pic shows terrorist who murdered 9 holding M-16 semi-assault rifle 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 12, 2017
Text and image posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text:
"#Falcon_ of_the[_Al-Aqsa_Martyrs']_Brigades (i.e., Fatah's military wing)
#The_settler_hunter
#Martyr (Shahid)_commander #Raed_Al-Karmi (i.e., terrorist, responsible for the murder of 9 Israelis)"

The image shows terrorist Raed Al-Karmi wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and holding an M-16 semi-assault rifle, and the Dome of the Rock in the background.

Text on image:
"Falcon of the Brigades
Martyr
Raed Al-Karmi
2002-2017
#The_settler_hunter"

Raed Al-Karmi – was a senior Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) operative and responsible for the murder of 9 Israelis in several attacks: Etgar Zeituni and Motti Dayan on Jan. 23, 2001; Zvi Shelef on May 31, 2001; Danny Yehuda on June 18, 2001; Elie Na’aman on July 4, 2001; Dov Roseman on Aug. 26, 2001; Hananya Ben Avraham on Oct. 5, 2001; soldier Yaniv Levy on Aug. 28, 2001 and Israeli army officer Erez Merhavi on Sept. 6, 2001. Al-Karmi was killed by the Israeli army on Jan. 14, 2002.
Fatah FB glorifies "Martyr" who murdered 9 Israelis 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 12, 2017
Text and picture posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: "Jan. 14, 2002 - in two days it will be the anniversary of the assassination of Martyr (Shahid) commander quick-responding Raed Al-Karmi (i.e., terrorist, responsible for the murder of 9), a senior member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (i.e., Fatah’s military wing) in Tulkarem"

Raed Al-Karmi – was a senior Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) operative and responsible for the murder of 9 Israelis in several attacks: Etgar Zeituni and Motti Dayan on Jan. 23, 2001; Zvi Shelef on May 31, 2001; Danny Yehuda on June 18, 2001; Elie Na’aman on July 4, 2001; Dov Roseman on Aug. 26, 2001; Hananya Ben Avraham on Oct. 5, 2001; soldier Yaniv Levy on Aug. 28, 2001 and Israeli army officer Erez Merhavi on Sept. 6, 2001. Al-Karmi was killed by the Israeli army on Jan. 14, 2002.
Official PA daily: Jerusalem truck-ramming terrorist was a "Martyr" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 10, 2017
Headline: “The occupation arrested 20 citizens from the West Bank, three of them from the family of Martyr Al-Qanbar”
     “The occupation forces yesterday [Jan. 9, 2017] arrested 20 citizens from districts of the West Bank, including young Shadia Al-Qanbar, sister of Martyr (Shahid) Fadi Al-Qanbar.”

Fadi Al-Qanbar – 28-year-old Palestinian terrorist who on Jan. 8, 2017 murdered 4 Israeli soldiers – officer Yael Yekutiel, 20, and cadets Shir Hajaj, 22, Shira Tzur, 20, and Erez Orbach, 20 – and wounded over 15 other soldiers in a truck ramming attack at the Armon Hanatziv Promenade, in southeast Jerusalem. After ramming into the soldiers at high speed, Al-Qanbar ran over the wounded soldiers again repeatedly, until an armed civilian, who was also hit by the truck, managed to get up and shoot and kill the terrorist. Al-Qanbar supported ISIS online.
Fatah highlights trending hashtag on Twitter in Turkey following truck-ramming that killed 4: #PalestinianResistanceIsNotTerror  
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 9, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “The hashtag #FilistinDireni?iTerörDe?ildir – #PalestinianResistanceIsNotTerror – takes sixth place [in the Twitter rankings] in Turkey as a sign of opposition to Turkish Prime Minister [Binali Yildirim’s] statements condemning the Jerusalem operation (i.e., terror attack, 4 murdered, over 15 wounded)”

The image presents a screenshot from Twitter, showing that the indicated hashtag is ranked in sixth place in Turkey.


Fadi Al-Qanbar – 28-year-old Palestinian terrorist who on Jan. 8, 2017, murdered 4 Israeli soldiers – officer Yael Yekutiel, 20, and cadets Shir Hajaj, 22, Shira Tzur, 20, and Erez Orbach, 20 – and wounded over 15 other soldiers in a truck ramming attack at the Armon Hanatziv Promenade, in southeast Jerusalem. After ramming into the soldiers at high speed, Al-Qanbar ran over the wounded soldiers again repeatedly, until an armed civilian, who was also hit by the truck, managed to get up and shoot and kill the terrorist. Al-Qanbar supported ISIS online.
PA daily describes truck-ramming: Driver "died as a Martyr, shot and killed by the occupation forces, after he crashed into soldiers"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 9, 2017
Headline: "4 of the occupation's soldiers were killed and an additional 15 were injured in a car ramming operation in occupied Jerusalem"
     "The chorus of the Israeli right, which [Israeli] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads, did not delay in making inciting statements against the PA and holding it responsible for the car ramming attack that took place yesterday [Jan. 8, 2017] in occupied Jerusalem, in which 4 of the occupation's soldiers were killed, and an additional 15 were injured, 3 of them seriously.
In an unscheduled meeting that was held against the background of the car ramming operation, the reduced [Israeli] Political-Security Cabinet decided to demolish the home in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood in East Jerusalem of the family of the Martyr (Shahid) that carried out the operation, not to transfer his body to his family, to reject any request the family has submitted or will submit for unification with their relatives in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and to blockade Jabel Mukaber and arrest anyone who shows joy over the operation…
The truck driver, a resident of Jabel Mukaber, died as a Martyr, shot and killed by the occupation forces (sic., he was shot by a civilian), after he crashed into soldiers in the park in the settlement neighborhood of 'Armon Hanatziv,' which overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem."

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DFLP: Truck ramming attack is “part of the Palestinian resistance, which is one of the hoists of the Palestinian national struggle” and “a legal right anchored in international law”  
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 8, 2017
Headline: “Abu Tharifa: The [car] ramming is a natural response to the policy lines of the occupation”
     “Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) political bureau member Talal Abu Tharifa said that the [car] ramming operation (i.e., terror attack, 4 murdered, 15 wounded) that took place today [Jan. 8, 2017] in occupied Jerusalem comes as part of the Palestinian resistance, which is one of the hoists of the Palestinian national struggle. Likewise, he said that this is a legal right anchored in international law and all the resolutions of the international bodies...”
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PFLP “blesses” and “congratulates” Palestinians over terror attack, emphasizes “its adherence to the option of intifada and resistance” 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 8, 2017
Headline: “The Popular Front blesses the Jerusalem operation”
     “The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) congratulated the masses of our people over the Jerusalem operation (i.e., terror attack, 4 murdered, over 15 wounded), which came as part of the popular response to the crimes of the occupation and the unbridled settlers against our people and our holy sites in Jerusalem and in the occupied homeland.
The front emphasized that this operation proves again that the intifada of the young Palestinians (Palestinian euphemism for several months of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis 2015 - 2016 -Ed.) continues, and is strengthening and improving from day to day, and that all of the attempts to thwart it or conspire against it will not succeed.
The front eulogized the one who carried out the operation, released prisoner Fadi Al-Qanbar from Jabel Mukaber in Jerusalem, and emphasized its adherence to the option of intifada and resistance as a path to unity and liberation...”
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Gazan Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades praises terror attack in Jerusalem, calls to "aim the rifle’s muzzle at the occupation’s soldiers and the herds of its settlers" 
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, Jan. 8, 2017
Headline: “The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades: The Jerusalem operation points to the adherence of the Palestinian people to the brigades’ path of revolution”
      “The Martyr (Shahid) Nidal Al-Amoudi Division of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (not connected to Fatah in the West Bank and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas –Ed.) of the Fatah Movement blessed the heroic [truck] ramming operation that was carried out by released prisoner [Fadi Al-Qanbar] today, Sunday [Jan. 8, 2017], in occupied Jerusalem, and brought about the deaths of 4 settlers (sic., Israeli soldiers) and the wounding of over 20 others.…
The brigades called to continue and escalate the pace of the resistance to the occupation, in all its forms (i.e., including violence), throughout the occupied Palestinian territories. They also emphasized that they completely bless the heroic operation that was carried out by a free Palestinian resident of Jerusalem. They added: ‘We call on our people in the West Bank and in Jerusalem to carry out more quality individual [operations] like this, and to aim the rifle’s muzzle at the occupation’s soldiers and the herds of its settlers.’ In addition, they emphasized that this does not require a decision or approval by any party.”
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PA TV refers to truck ramming terrorist as a "Martyr" seven times 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 8, 2017
Official PA TV News, on the truck ramming attack by terrorist Fadi Al-Qanbar in Jerusalem on Jan. 8, 2017, in which he murdered 4 Israeli soldiers
Visual:
Caption on screen: “Martyr shot and killed by the occupation after a [truck] ramming operation during which 4 of the occupation’s soldiers were killed”
Official PA TV newsreader: “Citizen Fadi Ahmed Al-Qanbar, 28, became a Martyr after carrying out a truck ramming operation in the Jabel Mukaber area of occupied Jerusalem, during which 4 of the occupation’s soldiers were killed and 15 were wounded to varying degrees. [Israeli] Police Spokeswoman Luba Samri noted that one of the soldiers was seriously wounded and four others were moderately wounded.”

Official PA TV newsreader: “The occupation forces broke into the house of the Martyr’s family in Jabel Mukaber and arrested five of the family members and summoned other [family members] for interrogation. Our reporter said that the occupation forces carried out a search of the home and destroyed its contents.”
Terrorist Fadi Al-Qanbar’s sister : “We didn’t understand a thing. They came to us and said: ‘Your brother died as a Martyr.’ We all went out and they told us: ‘Get out of the house, don’t stay in it, get out of the house.’ We went to my uncle’s home, and they went in and broke what was in the house.”

Official PA TV reporter: “Today, in a routine step after every operation (i.e., terrorist attack) - the occupation forces, with reinforcements of course, break into the home of the parents of the Martyr, that is to say the one who carried out the operation - and that is what happened in Jabel Mukaber where the Martyr and his family members lived."

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PLO and PA officials glorify Saddam Hussein, Abu Jihad, and "the rest of the giants whose names were perpetuated in the Palestinian history" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2017
Headline: “Marking Palestinian Martyrs’ Day in Gaza – Al-Agha: A national strategy is needed…”
     “During the [Palestinian] Martyrs’ Day ceremony that was held by the National Committee of Martyrs’ (Shahids) Relatives and the [PLO ] National Gathering of the Martyrs’ Families [of Palestine]… PLO Executive Committee member Zakariya Al-Agha gave a speech…
He mentioned eternal Martyr [former PA] President Yasser Arafat, doctor of the revolution George Habash (i.e., founder of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (i.e., founder of the terror organization Hamas), Fathi Shaqaqi (i.e., founder of the terror organization Islamic Jihad), Prince of Martyrs Abu Jihad (i.e., a Fatah founder responsible for attacks in which 125 Israelis were murdered), Abu Ali Mustafa (i.e., secretary-general of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), Haider Abdel Shafi (i.e., a founder of the PLO), [former Greek Catholic] Archbishop [of Jerusalem] Hilarion Capucci (i.e., smuggled weapons to Palestinian terrorists), and the rest of the giants whose names were perpetuated in the Palestinian history.
Likewise, he emphasized that Palestinian Martyrs’ Day is also Arab Martyrs’ Day and the day of leader [former Egyptian President] Gamal Abdel Nasser, [former Algerian] President Houari Boumediene, [former Iraqi] President Saddam Hussein, and Pan-Arab fighter [former Lebanese politician] Kamal Jumblatt. He clarified that simultaneously to raising the memory of these great leaders, [we are] renewing the promise and the loyalty to their memory and the memory of all of the Martyrs of Palestine and of the Arab nation."

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Abbas inaugurates street named after archbishop who smuggled weapons to Palestinian terrorists 
Source: Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Jan. 6, 2017
Image and text posted on the Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas


Posted text: “[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] inaugurated Archbishop [Hilarion] Capucci Street and Mahmoud Abbas Street in Beit Sahour.
President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas this afternoon, Friday [Jan. 6, 2017], inaugurated Archbishop Hilarion Capucci Street and Mahmoud Abbas Street in the city of Beit Sahour…
The president praised the contributions of [former Greek Catholic] Archbishop [of Jerusalem] Hilarion Capucci, who was recognized thanks to his great support of the Palestinian cause. His Honor [Abbas] said: ‘We have lost a great national fighter and a tenacious Palestinian resistance fighter, and that is Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, a son of Palestine, who sacrificed much for his second homeland of Palestine, for originally he was from the city of Aleppo in Syria. He left clear and influential fingerprints on the path of the Palestinian revolution, and we thank the city of Beit Sahour for naming one of the city’s streets after him.’”

The image shows PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas unveiling the street sign: “Archbishop Hilarion Capucci Street – Jan. 6, 2017”

[Facebook page of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Jan. 6, 2017;
Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 7, 2017]

Hilarion Capucci – former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem who exploited his status as a religious leader to smuggle weapons to Palestinian terrorists. He was arrested in 1974 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released in 1977 due to the Vatican’s intervention. In October 2013, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas awarded him the Star of Jerusalem Medal.
Child in Fatah parade holds poster of Abu Jihad, terrorist responsible for 125 murders 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 4, 2017
Images and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page

Posted text: “The Fatah Movement organized a demonstration in the city of Tubas on the 52nd anniversary of the Launch (Intilaqa) of the Palestinian revolution”

 

The image shows a boy carrying a poster of terrorist Khalil Al-Wazir “Abu Jihad,” responsible for the deaths of 125.

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Fatah post glorifies 2 terrorists who murdered Israeli security agent 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Jan. 4, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “The two veteran prisoners of Bethlehem, prisoner Mahmoud Jamil Hassan Abu Sorour and prisoner Nasser Hassan Abu Sorour (i.e., assassins of an Israeli security agent), are beginning their 25th year in the occupation’s prisons.”

Mahmoud and Nasser Abu Sorour – Palestinian terrorists who participated in planning and carrying out the assassination of Israeli security agent Haim Nachmani on Jan. 3, 1993, in Jerusalem. Both are serving a life sentence.
Official PA daily glorifies "heroic" archbishop who abetted terror: "You go to Paradise, O archbishop of the Jihad fighters" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 3, 2017
Headline: “Hilarion Capucci’s lessons”
Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     “The Syrian Palestinian Arab hero [former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem] Hilarion Capucci was arrested in mid-1974 when he was caught in his car on his way back from Lebanon to Palestine with weapons and explosives. His arrest was an unusual event, and it filled the media outlet headlines on the TV and radio, and in newspapers, because he constituted a pioneering model of heroic clergy like Sheikh Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam (Islamic preacher who led a terror group, see note below –Ed.). It is true that he did not lead a revolution, but he was a partner to it to his very bones and did all that he could to aid it. The courts of the Israeli occupation authorities imposed 12 years of imprisonment on him, but the pope at the time (i.e., Paul VI) intervened and his imprisonment was shortened to 4 years. He was released in late 1977, and went into exile in Rome in 1978…
Farewell, O archbishop admired in your eternity. You go to Paradise, O archbishop of the Jihad fighters, as you merit it. Your lessons in nationalism will not be in vain, and will remain a milestone in the struggle of the Palestinian Arab people who will remain loyal to you and to your struggle, as long as there are Palestinians on the face of the earth.”

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PA daily prints drawing of terror-enabling archbishop on background of Palestinian flag 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 3, 2017
Image in the official PA daily


The image shows former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem Hilarion Capucci, who smuggled weapons to Palestinian terrorists and who died on Jan. 1, 2017. In the image Capucci’s face appears on the black stripe in the Palestinian flag.

Hilarion Capucci – former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem who exploited his status as a religious leader to smuggle weapons to Palestinian terrorists. He was arrested in 1974 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released in 1977 due to the Vatican’s intervention. In October 2013, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas awarded him the Star of Jerusalem Medal.
PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Fatah youth movement glorify archbishop who smuggled weapons to Palestinian terrorists as a "beacon" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 3, 2017
Headline: "Noted members of our people are eulogizing great national fighter Capucci"
     "The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the masses of our people, our Arab nation, and free people of the world of the death of great national fighter Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, former [Greek Catholic Arch]bishop of Jerusalem, who passed away yesterday (sic., Jan. 1, 2017) in Rome, the capital of Italy, at nearly 94 years old, after spending his life in the struggle for an independent Palestinian state whose capital is East Jerusalem. The ministry said in its notice that great fighter Archbishop Capucci died while leaving behind a rich legacy of courage, struggle, and sacrifice for the freedom of the homeland and man. Likewise, it said that Capucci constituted an example of deepening the Islamic-Christian fraternity and the national unity, and noted that he spent many long years of his life in the Israeli prisons, during which he constituted a beacon for sacrifice, altruism, self-sacrifice, and determination to continue his path for the just causes of our people…
Fatah’s Shabiba [youth] movement in Palestine sent a notice through its information committee, in which it told the masses of our people, our Arab nation, and all of mankind of the death of Archbishop of Jerusalem Capucci, and described him as an olive tree whose roots strike deep into the soil of Jerusalem and Palestine."

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Hilarion Capucci – former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem who exploited his status as a religious leader to smuggle weapons to Palestinian terrorists. He was arrested in 1974 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released in 1977 due to the Vatican’s intervention. In October 2013, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas awarded him the Star of Jerusalem Medal.
Abbas and other PA officials eulogize archbishop who smuggled weapons to Palestinian terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 2, 2017
Headline: "The [PA] president described him as a great fighter – Palestine eulogizes Archbishop Hilarion Capucci"
     "The State of Palestine, its [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, and its forces and national activists yesterday [Jan. 1, 2017] eulogized [former Greek Catholic] Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, who died yesterday in Rome, the capital of Italy, at the age of 94.
President Abbas described Archbishop Capucci, who was known for his patriotic positions and his defense of the rights of the Palestinian people, as a great fighter. It should be noted that President Abbas awarded the late archbishop the Star of Jerusalem Medal in 2013 in Rome. The national unity government led by [PA Prime Minister] Rami Hamdallah eulogized Archbishop Capucci. Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud said that the death of Archbishop Capucci left deep sorrow in the heart of every Palestinian, due to the his overflowing life of struggle and the positions he adhered to in the defense of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian cause – and this alongside his religious eminence.
The Fatah Movement eulogized fighter Capucci, who filled a large and active role in supporting the Palestinian resistance, both by providing aid to the Palestinian revolution, and through his unceasing defense of the rights of the Palestinian people and its just cause."

Hilarion Capucci – former Greek Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem who exploited his status as a religious leader to smuggle weapons to terrorists. He was arrested in 1974 and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released in 1977 due to the Vatican’s intervention. In October 2013, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas awarded him the Star of Jerusalem Medal.
Official PA daily profiles "patriotic" archbishop who smuggled weapons to Palestinian terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 2, 2017
Headline: "Capucci – his body is in the diaspora, his spirit is in Jerusalem"
     "A journey of struggle formed among ancient alleys in occupied Jerusalem – amazing in all of its details, inspiring pride in all of its parts, its end sad, without detracting from the pride…
Capucci was a Syrian Christian clergyman who was born in Aleppo and became an archbishop of the Greek Catholic Church in Jerusalem in 1965. He was known for his patriotic positions opposing the occupation in Palestine, and acted in secret in order to assist the resistance. He was arrested by the occupation authorities in August 1974 while attempting to smuggle weapons to the resistance, and a military court of the occupation sentenced him to 12 years in prison. He was released after four years through the Vatican's mediation, and was expelled from Palestine in November 1978. From then until his death he lived his life in the diaspora, in Rome.
It should be noted that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas awarded the late archbishop the Star of Jerusalem Medal in 2013 in Rome…
Capucci lived in East Jerusalem, and the religious role he received did not prevent him from participating in supporting the resistance and transferring weapons to members of the Palestinian resistance, while taking advantage of his special status. The occupation monitored Capucci and his movements. On Aug. 8, 1974, it became clear that his car that was loaded with explosives was traveling in a suspicious manner towards Jerusalem, and that Capucci himself and his aide were traveling in it. The car and those in it were transferred to the occupation's police station at the Russian Compound in Jerusalem, and weapons and explosives were found in [the car]."

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