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Daily Mail reports on PMW findings about PA TV praise for terrorist who butchered two female hikers
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Daily Mail reports on PMW findings
about PA TV praise for terrorist
who butchered two female hikers


Palestinian man who stabbed
two female hikers in 2010 attack
is praised as an 'heroic prisoner' on television
  • Kifah Ghneimat was apparently described as a 'heroic prisoner' in June by a television host, who spoke with Ghneimat's mother
  • He and Iyad Fataftah attacked British-Israeli Kay Wilson and American Kristine Luken in 2010. Luken did not survive
  • Wilson has said of the video: 'I'm numb... I'm stunned, absolutely stunned... it's so rage invoking'
by Zoe Szathmary, July 10, 2016
 
A Palestinian man who attacked two female hikers not far from Jerusalem in 2010 was reportedly praised on Palestinian Authority TV.

Kifah Ghneimat and Iyad Fataftah attacked British-Israeli Kay Wilson and American Kristine Luken in 2010. Luken did not survive.

Ghneimat was apparently described as a 'heroic prisoner' in June by a television host, who also spoke with the man's mother. The segment was translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

'I watched my friend chopped up before my eyes, and only survived because I played dead, despite being stabbed 13 times and having over 30 bones broken by the sheer force of the blows.

'Each time he plunged his machete into me I could hear my bones crunch, and also my flesh ripping from the serrated blade.

'They left, only to return moments later and roll me over, and I watched him plunge the knife into my chest, just missing my heart.'

The men took off, and Wilson got herself to a car park, the Mail on Sunday reported.

Wilson recalled: 'I could hear my lungs filling with blood and I was aware that each step might be my last.'

PMW said in a news release: 'Ghneimat was sentenced to 2 life sentences and an additional 60 years imprisonment. Fataftah was sentenced to 1 life sentence and an additional 20 years imprisonment.'

The group said: '[Ghneimat's] mother was invited to participate and was interviewed, but not about Ghneimat's crime or what it is like to be the mother of a murderer.

'Rather, PA TV wished to know what this murderer's favorite food was during the Ramadan.'

According to PMW, Ghneimat's mother said of her son: 'He was kind and calm. He did not have any problems... Meat with tahini, grilled meat, chicken with rice...

'You know that only a father can properly educate his children. A child does not have respect for his mother...


'Allah willing, he [Kifah] will get out [of prison] and educate his children... Don't despair of Allah's mercy. Allah willing, it will arrive soon. Allah willing, my son, you will be among us.'

Referring to the video, Wilson told Fox News: 'I think I'm numb... I'm stunned, absolutely stunned... it's so rage invoking.'

She said: 'As far as [the mother] is speaking, her son did nothing wrong… I think she is so far gone into her own delusion and deception.'

PMW's website says: 'Founded in 1996, Palestinian Media Watch is an Israeli research institute that studies Palestinian society from a broad range of perspectives by monitoring and analyzing the Palestinian Authority through its media and schoolbooks.

'PMW's major focus is on the messages that the Palestinian leaders, from the Palestinian Authority, Fatah and Hamas, send to the population through the broad range of institutions and infrastructures they control.'
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