PA TV glorifies murderer of US tourist,
Taylor Force, calling the killer a “Martyr” 11 times
- Official PA TV reporter: “Martyr Bashar Masalha, 22, ascended to Heaven in Jaffa on March 8 ... He returned and was embraced by his homeland as a Martyr within it.”
- Poster at funeral called him “Heroic Martyr”
- Official PA daily: “Masalha died as a Martyr... after carrying out a stabbing operation in Jaffa, in which he killed an American tourist.”
On March 8, 2016, Palestinian terrorist Bashar Masalha attacked civilians in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, stabbing to death an American tourist, Taylor Force, and wounding 11 others. The terrorist was shot and killed by Israeli police. The day after the murder, Palestinian Media Watch reported that Abbas’ Fatah praised the murderer as “the heroic Martyr.” Last week, Israel gave his body to the Palestinian Authority.
Reporting on the funeral in which hundreds participated, official PA TV glorified the murderer calling him “the Martyr” - “Shahid” - 11 times. Becoming a Martyr in Islam represents the highest religious achievement that can be attained by a Muslim, according to PA teachings, and the Martyr is granted numerous rewards. The PA TV reporter explained that the funeral was “a large national wedding befitting of Martyrs.” The reference is to Islamic belief that a Martyr marries 72 Dark-Eyed Virgins in Paradise:
PA TV reporter: “His family, friends, and people of the region took it upon themselves to ensure that this [burial] would be a large national wedding befitting of Martyrs... The Martyr was accompanied to his last resting place in the cemetery for Martyrs in Hajja.”
[Official PA TV, May 21, 2016]
The official PA daily also honored the murderer as a “Martyr”:
“Masalha died as a Martyr on March 8 , after carrying out a stabbing operation in Jaffa, in which he killed an American tourist.”
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 21, 2016]
Mahmoud Abbas has not condemned even one terror attack during the 8-month terror campaign (2015-2016). Even when US Vice President Joe Biden urged Abbas to condemn this terror attack in which a US citizen was murdered, Abbas refused. He “offered condolences,” but never condemned the attack. [The Jerusalem Post, March 10, 2016]
Worse still, Abbas has justified the attacks. After Palestinians had carried out 65 stabbing attacks, 8 shooting attacks, and 8 car ramming attacks, in which a total of 14 Israelis were murdered and 167 were wounded, Abbas defended them as part of a “popular peaceful uprising”
“We want peaceful popular uprising, and that’s what this is. That’s what this is.”
[Official PA TV, Nov. 16, 2015]
The following is a longer excerpt of the report on PA TV News, glorifying the murderer as a "Martyr”:
Official PA TV newsreader: "In Qalqilya, hundreds of citizens accompanied the body of Martyr Bashar Masalha [to his burial]..."
Official PA TV reporter: "After delays by Israel in the transfer of his body, Martyr Bashar Masalha’s family, from the village of Hajja, east of Qalqilya, received their son in the evening... The Martyr Bashar returned from Qalqilya to his village Hajja in a procession... His family, friends, and people of the region took it upon themselves to ensure that this [burial] would be a large national wedding (i.e., to the 72 Virgins in Paradise) befitting of Martyrs... The Martyr was accompanied to his last resting place in the cemetery for Martyrs in Hajja..."
Funeral participant: "Despite the delays by the Israeli side transferring the Martyr’s body... the PA did everything it could and applied national and political pressure to the other side so they would transfer the Martyr’s body. Despite what they (i.e., the Israelis) did, the Palestinian will prevailed and we received the Martyr’s body..."
Official PA TV reporter: "Martyr Bashar Masalha, 22, ascended to Heaven in Jaffa on March 8  (i.e., he was shot after killing US tourist)... He returned and was embraced by the soil of his homeland as a Martyr."
[Official PA TV News, May 21, 2016]
Bashar Masalha - 22-year-old Palestinian terrorist who carried out a stabbing attack, murdering Taylor Force, an American tourist, and injuring 11, in Tel Aviv-Jaffa on March 8, 2016. Masalha was shot and killed by Israeli police.
A Martyr's funeral is considered a wedding to the 72 Virgins in Paradise, in Islam.