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Abbas' advisor who praised murderer now calls terrorist attacker "heroic Martyr"
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Abbas' advisor who praised murderer
now calls shooting terrorist "heroic Martyr"
who "challenged the Zionist enemy"

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Abbas' advisor who once praised a murderer as "heroic fighter" now praises another as "heroic Martyr" "who ascended to Heaven... in the battlefield while challenging the Zionist enemy."

Today, a Palestinian named Muhammad Mubarak shot at an Israeli checkpoint north-east of Ramallah. He was killed in the ensuing exchange of fire with Israeli forces.

Shortly after the shooting, Abbas' advisor Sultan Abu Al-Einein praised the terrorist on his Facebook page, calling him "our heroic Martyr":

"In the name of the merciful and compassionate Allah,
'Of the believers are men who are true to that which they covenanted with Allah. Some of them have paid their vow by death (in battle), and some of them still are waiting; and they have not altered in the least.' [Quran, Sura 33:23, Pickthall translation]
With the most exalted expressions of honor and pride and with symbols of Jihad and resistance, we part with piety from our heroic Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Mahmoud Mubarak from the resolute Jalazone refugee camp, who ascended to Heaven as a Martyr in the battlefield while challenging the Zionist enemy. We ask Allah to grant mercy on our Martyr and give forbearance and solace to his family and relatives.
To the eternal Paradise, oh our heroic Martyr."
[Facebook page of Advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on NGOs
and member of the Fatah Central Committee, Sultan Abu Al-Einein,
Jan. 29, 2014]
 
In May 2013, Palestinian Media Watch documented that Abu Al-Einein praised the murderer who stabbed an Israeli to death calling him a "heroic fighter" and expressed "blessings to the breast that nursed [him]".

Following the exposure, five members of US Congress demanded that Abbas denounce these words of glorification and fire Abu Al-Einein, but Abbas defied this demand.
 

The following is an excerpt from Abu Al-Einein's speech in May 2013, praising the murderer:
"Praise Allah who honored us and designated us to be in Ribat (religious war defending or liberating "Islamic" land) until Judgment Day, until the dawn of freedom and national independence will shine [on us]... On behalf of all those who fell as Martyrs or were wounded, we salute the heroic fighter, the self-sacrificing Salam Al-Zaghal from the Tulkarem District, whose honor and pride would not let him remain silent, consenting to the settlers' aggression against him in his vehicle. He insisted on defending his honor, so he went against the settler and killed him. Blessings to the breast that nursed Salam Al-Zaghal."
[Palestine Live TV, May 2, 2013]