Press Release, March 13, 2011
Palestinian Authority incitement to terror
prior to the murders in Itamar
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by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
In the period prior to the murders of Ruth and Udi Fogel and three of their children in the Israeli town Itamar, the Palestinian Authority continued to encourage terror by glorifying terrorists as heroes and role models and through calls for violence. In addition, in an act that sent a clear message of support for terror, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas awarded $2000 to the family of a terrorist who attacked and tried to kill Israeli soldiers - just 2 months ago.
The following are some examples of terror promotion in the period leading up to the terror attack in Itamar on the West Bank two days ago in which terrorist(s) murdered five members of an Israeli family:
Abbas awards $2000 to family of terrorist
In December, a Palestinian terrorist carrying two pipe bombs ran towards the soldiers at an Israeli checkpoint, screaming "Allahu Akbar" - "Allah is Greater". The soldiers shot him before he could detonate the bombs.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas granted "the relatives of the Shahid" $2000:
"The governor of the Jenin district, Qadura Musa, has awarded a presidential grant to the family of the Shahid (Martyr), Khaldoun Najib Samoudy, during a visit that took place yesterday in the village of Al-Yamoun. The governor noted that the grant is financial aid in the amount of $2000 that the President [Mahmoud Abbas] is awarding to the relatives of the Shahid, who was recently killed as a Martyr at the Hamra checkpoint by the Israeli occupation forces."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah) Jan. 25, 2011]
A day before the terror attack in Itamar:
Abbas’s advisor proposes naming city square after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi
"Advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas... The weapons must be turned towards the main enemy (i.e., Israel)"
"Advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas and under-secretary of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, Sabri Saidam, delivered a speech in which he criticized [the fact] that many leaders don’t participate in the [events marking] the anniversary of Martyrs... He emphasized that the weapons must be turned towards the main enemy [Israel] and that internal differences of opinion must be set aside. Saidam noted the awful living conditions of the families of Shahids (Martyrs), in the country and outside of it, and as proof he said that the allowance to the family of Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., leader of the bus hijacking in 1978 in which 37 civilians were murdered) is a mere $123. He… emphasized that the anniversary of Dalal's Martyrdom-seeking (i.e., her terror attack) should be made greater by inaugurating a square in her name in the city of El-Bireh."
[Al-Ayyam, March 10, 2011]
During the week of the terror attack in Itamar:
PA newspaper advertizes football tournament named after the first female suicide bomber
"The administration of the Al-Amari youth center [in Ramallah] has announced its plans to launch a youth tournament (for 19-year-olds) to be named 'Shahida (Martyr) of Honor, Wafa Idris [tournament].' The Al-Am'ari administration is maintaining contacts with the Palestinian Football Association for permission."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 6, 2011, p. 1]
Note: Wafa Idris was the first Palestinian female suicide bomber. She blew herself up in Jerusalem, killing one and injuring more than 150 on Jan. 27, 2002. As a volunteer for the Palestinian Red Crescent, she was able to bypass Israeli security and enter Jerusalem in a Palestinian ambulance.
Fatah movement lauds suicide bombers
"The Fatah movement commemorated at the Deheisheh [refugee] camp some of the Shahids (Martyrs) from the camp who fell in March, 2002, during the Al-Aqsa Intifada [i.e., the PA's five-year terror campaign 2000-2005]. The movement organized a procession which set off from opposite the camp's youth center to the home of the Shahid Muhammad Daraghmeh, who carried out a detonation operation [i.e., a suicide bombing in which he killed 9 Israelis] in Jerusalem.
The movement publicized an announcement denouncing the crimes of the occupation [i.e, Israel] and commemorating the Shahids whom it referred to as 'the stars of March'. Along with Daraghmeh they include Saed Sa'ud Abu Amar, Jad Mahmoud Atallah, Issa Zakri Faraj, and Ayyat Al-Akhras."
Note: Al-Akhras, at age 17 the youngest female suicide bomber, killed 2 Israelis in her suicide attack in March, 2002.
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 4, 2011]
In the presence of Abbas's representative:
"The [Fatah] movement exploded models of buildings in settlements...
Abbas's representative: "Fatah... wrested its right to use all means of resistance in order to achieve its aim"
"Azzam Al-Ahmed, member of the Fatah Central Committee, said during a gathering on the 46th anniversary of the establishment of Fatah, held in the village of Turah, south-west of Jenin, that Fatah is determined to achieve the aims for which it was established....The Jenin branch of the Fatah movement held a gathering... attended by Azzam Al-Ahmed, member of the Fatah Central Committee, representing President Mahmoud Abbas... The ceremony opened with a reading of the first military announcement by the Al-Asifa movement (Fatah unit), noting the commencement of self-sacrifice activity in Palestine [i.e., terror attacks in Israel]. This was followed by some military demonstrations and scouts performances, and some members of the [Fatah] movement blew up models of buildings in [Israeli] settlements... Azzam Al-Ahmed said: 'We emphasize today the aims for which the Fatah movement was established...'. He added that Fatah is a mass movement which believed in popular revolution and wrested its right to use all means of resistance in order to achieve its aim."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 2, 2011]