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Abbas Zaki
Abbas Zaki is a senior official in Fatah. He is currently a member of the Fatah Central Committee and (since 2009) the Commissioner of Relations with Arab Countries and Relations with China. He was the PLO Ambassador in Lebanon until 2009 [Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 10, 2009].
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He remains a close associate of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and has also been chosen on several occasions to deliver speeches in Chairman Abbas’ name.
Abbas and Zaki’s close working relationship is an indicator of Zaki’s seniority in PA government, thereby making his statements and positions on various issues all the more significant. Palestinian Media Watch has documented numerous statements by Abbas Zaki glorifying terror and denying Israel’s right to exist. For instance, Zaki stated in 2011 on Al-Jazeera TV that that the goal is for Israel to be “removed from existence.” He went on to say that “this is not a [stated] policy. You can’t say it to the world. You can say it to yourself.”

The following section documents relevant statements made by Abbas Zaki:
PA TV demonizes Israel: Israel has “systematic” policy to “murder Palestinian children whose only sin was love of the homeland” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 31, 2018
Official PA TV News, on the funeral of Laith Abu Na’im who was killed during violent confrontations with the Israeli army, interview from the funeral with Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki: “I saw the scene of the murder, two meters away. Therefore, when a human being turns into a savage, and the one who is armed with all types of weapons attacks a young person of such an age and kills him – he loses his humanity. The flow of the young people and [former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser] Arafat’s slogan ‘Millions of Martyrs are marching to Jerusalem’ are the guarantee for the continuation, and the resolve of the leadership against all of these challenges.”
Official PA TV reporter: “Laith [Abu Na’im] reached his final resting place today, after he was shot and murdered at point-blank range by the hostile soldier, and this was as part of the systematic Israeli policy to murder Palestinian children whose only sin was love of the homeland.”
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Fatah official to Hezbollah head’s call for intifada over US announcement on Jerusalem: “We will not disappoint you”  
Source: Al-Mayadeen (Lebanon), Dec. 11, 2017
     “Palestinian Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki said that the [Fatah] Movement is no longer interested in any relations with the US, as it and Israel are currently two sides of the same coin. He also said that [US President Donald] Trump will no longer have a role in the political process or a [peace] agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Zaki’s statements came after Hezbollah Secretary-General Mr. Hassan Nasrallah’s speech at a mass demonstration for Jerusalem held in the southern quarter of Beirut, in which he called on the Palestinian people to carry out a third intifada in response to American President Donald Trump’s recent decision, as part of which he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Zaki addressed the secretary-general of Hezbollah and said: ‘We will not disappoint you.’”
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Fatah official: US President Trump is an “ignoramus… thinks he can give Jerusalem to Israel as he gave his daughter to Kushner” 
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Dec. 7, 2017
Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, A New Day, special broadcast on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki: “We are standing before this ignoramus (i.e., US President Donald Trump), who has attempted to make himself like [former British Foreign Secretary Arthur] Balfour of 2017 by giving a national home to the Jews in Palestine. He came to place himself over something that does not belong to him, as if it were a business deal. Like he gave his daughter Ivanka to [Jared] Kushner, he thinks he can give Jerusalem to Israel. In other words, a business deal…
I think that now he is not only our enemy, but also his own enemy, the enemy of the international community, the enemy of Europe, of Turkey, and of the Arabs who [just] yesterday were his pawns… [Jerusalem] is [the place of] lord Muhammad’s Night Journey, [and the place of] Jesus’ resurrection. It is the earth’s gate to Heaven. This fool will not be able to change anything. Therefore, now the options are open and no one will blame us… Everyone needs to put a picture of Trump with a donkey on his head – let them burn him and hang him. We need to see [a picture of] Trump on every street and step on it… Now, I declare today that Trump has joined terror. Terror is the highest form of occupation known to man (sic., generally “occupation” and “terror” are reversed in this sentence). This terrorist occupation – currently the American administration is terrorist, it has joined the Likud (i.e., Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party). Therefore, the extremists in Israel and Trump are two sides of the same coin.”

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Fatah official: The US is "the snake’s head” 
Source: YouTube channel of Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon), Dec. 6, 2017

Fatah Movement Central Committee member Abbas Zaki:
"This is a clear declaration that Trump has joined the terror, because the occupation is the highest form of terror. In Trump’s declaration, he reminded us of the old imperialism, when [former British Secretary of State Arthur] Balfour declared that the Jews have the right to have a national home in Palestine... His declaration is worthless, and therefore we must boycott this administration, and have no contact with the snake’s head... One who pins his hopes on the Americans or on the illusion of peace is not a Palestinian."
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Fatah official on Hamas disarmament: “As long as there is an occupation, it is forbidden to cancel any of the expressions of the resistance... It is necessary to keep the weapons... and honor them only when it will be worthwhile for us” 
Source: Falestinona, website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon, Nov. 30, 2017
     “The Al-Quds monthly (i.e., the magazine of Fatah’s Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon) conducted an interview with Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki…
[Question:] Have you discussed the matter of Hamas’ weapons?
[Abbas Zaki:] Our viewpoint is that as long as there is an occupation, it is forbidden to cancel any of the expressions of the resistance, and one is welcome to use clean weapons against the enemy. However, it is forbidden that this use of weapons be subordinate to a faction or the caprice of a group, but rather [it should be subordinate] to a national decision... We in the Fatah Movement laid the foundations of the culture of resistance, and if not for us, no one would be carrying weapons. Therefore, the talk about weapons needs to be conducted respectfully and with caution, as the weapons are a security balance, and the circumstances do not allow using them currently because we are part of a defeated nation and armies that are fighting each other. It is necessary to keep the weapons, develop them, and honor them (sic., apparently intent is “use them”) only when it will be worthwhile for us and harmful for the enemy. Based on this, the option of popular resistance is what is on the agenda, but it is necessary to find a specific definition for the popular resistance so that in the end it will lead to civil disobedience and in it all of the means will be used in order to disprove the democracy of ‘Israel’ and expose it as an apartheid entity.”

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Fatah official: “The weapons of the resistance are pure… Whoever harms the weapons is not a patriot” but “a traitor” “Let these weapons multiply” 
Source: Al-Alam, local Hebron radio station, Nov. 9, 2017

Alam radio host:
"In Israel, everyone is always asking: 'What will happen with the weapons of the resistance?'”
Fatah Movement Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: "The weapons of the resistance are pure, and must be kept. We are increasing our training daily and strengthening our capabilities for the appropriate day, because we are not like sheep going to the slaughter. Whoever harms the weapons of the resistance is not a patriot, and we must look at him in a different light, because these weapons are being used under occupation in a manner that is in accordance with the national decision. They can be beneficial if they are used, and they have a great effect on the other side, Israel. If there was peace and Israeli withdrawal, then perhaps this [issue] could be raised, and we would not treat one who raises it as a traitor... It is forbidden to talk about the topic of the weapons at all... We have brigades in the Gaza Strip, and now we will resume arming them even more... In the Fatah Central Committee we forbid raising the topic [of disarmament]. Let these weapons multiply and become more sophisticated... All talk of disarmament is consistent with [the interests of] Israel, while the talk of controlling [the weapons] is preparation for the coming day of battle."
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Fatah official: “The ominous Balfour Promise is the greatest crime” ever committed against the Palestinians, Israel was founded for colonial reasons 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Oct. 31, 2017
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] General Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki issued a call to the national parties and progressive political forces in the Arab homeland for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration), in which he demanded that they consider Nov. 2, 2017, as a day of Arab rage in all of the Arab capitals and cities... Zaki explained that this is meant to force Britain to bear its moral, political, humanitarian, and legal responsibility for the consequences of the oppressive promise, and to demand that it correct the historical injustice that led to the uprooting of our Palestinian people, its expulsion, and the occupation of its homeland... He said that the ominous Balfour Promise is the greatest crime that has been committed against the Palestinian people for 100 years, and it is a type of strengthening of the strategic interests of the colonialist forces, which adopted, supported, and strengthened the Zionist project, goals, and presence in Palestine, the heart of the Arab homeland. This was in order to prevent its unity, take over its resources, divide it, split it, and undermine its stability, so that Israel would always be a hostile body to its surroundings and require backing from the colonialist states.”
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Fatah official holds wooden carving of map of “Palestine” that replaces Israel 
Source: Facebook page of Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations, Oct. 25, 2017

Image posted on the Facebook page of Abbas Zaki

The image shows Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki holding a wood relief carving of the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.
Fatah official accuses Israel of being a part of colonialist plan to segregate Arab states 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 15, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Information held a conference regarding the Palestinian petition to the UN”
      “The [PA] Ministry of Information in Ramallah yesterday [Sept. 14, 2017] held a political conference regarding the Palestinian petition to the UN and [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the 20th session of the UN in September 2017 in New York.
Fatah Movement Central Committee members [Fatah Commissioner of Treasury and Economy] Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh and [Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki spoke at the conference…
Zaki emphasized that the colonialist states have a plan prepared since the time of Muhammad Pasha (i.e., an Ottoman Albanian who became the ruler of Egypt and who is considered the founder of modern Egypt because of the numerous reforms he made), according to which Arab states will become states divided into sections and will be financially, industrially, and militarily subordinate to the superpowers, particularly after the discovery of oil in the Arab Gulf states. Israel was a product of the colonialist states in the past, and afterwards the US came and took [over] the colonialist project through its continued control of the world, and the Arab states in particular, and defending Israel as its station and military base. However, with the passing of years, Israel has become a burden to [the US].”
Fatah official: Jewish patriarch Abraham was a Muslim, “which refutes the Zionists’ (i.e., Jewish) claims” about the Cave of the Patriarchs and the Temple Mount 
Source: Al-Bawaba, Egyptian news website, Sept. 1, 2017
Headline: “Fatah leader: The [Eid Al-Adha] holiday prayers at the Ibrahimi Mosque are a challenge against the occupation”
       “Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki emphasized… in a statement to [the Egyptian news website] Al-Bawaba News today, Friday [Sept. 1, 2017], that… Israel is moving in the direction of unprecedented extremism, which makes it necessary to leave the deceptive illusion of peace and prepare to confront the occupation on all levels. He explained that Ibrahim (i.e., the Biblical figure Abraham), the father of the prophets, was a monotheistic Muslim (sic., in Jewish traition Abraham was the first Jew and lived over 2,000 years before Islam began), which refutes the Zionists’ claims about the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs) and the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount). Therefore, the Arab and Islamic nation must have an active presence in order to deter the occupation and its steps against the Palestinian people, its land, and its holy sites.”
Fatah official glorifies killer of Israeli as a “Martyr”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 18, 2017
Headline: “Zaki: Netanyahu insists on being a leader of the extremists”
         “Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki… said that the occupation army’s crimes, the theft of the Palestinian civilians’ lands, the demolition of the home of Martyr (Shahid) Adel Ankoush’s (i.e., terrorist, murdered 1 with two accomplices) relatives in Deir Abu Mash’al, and the other acts of destruction are proof of the [state of] chaos and confusion that the occupation government is in. He said: ‘[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu insists on being a leader of the extremists and continuing his racist policies.’ Zaki emphasized that he is certain of victory thanks to the resolve of the Palestinian people and the adherence of its leadership to the rights. He said: ‘The members of our people in Jerusalem forced the occupation government to decide to remove the metal detectors and the cameras from the gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates (see note below –Ed.).’”

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Fatah summer camp for youth glorified terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, flag with her picture waved during Fatah official’s visit 
Source: Facebook page of Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations, Aug. 9, 2017

Text and pictures posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki

The pictures show Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki during a visit to Fatah’s Al-Asifa Pioneers Summer Camp. The picture above shows Zaki standing with a group of girls, two of whom are holding the Palestinian flag and a flag with a picture of terrorist murderer Dalal Mughrabi who led the murder of 37, 12 of them children.

Posted text: "[Fatah] Commissioner for Arab and China Relations [and Fatah Central Committee member] brother Abbas Zaki visited the Al-Asifa Pioneers [Summer] Camp that was established by the Fatah Movement in the northern Hebron district, at Al-Arroub College, which included 500 boys and girls from all areas of northern Hebron. He gave a rallying speech in which he reviewed the role of the youth in Fatah since its beginning."
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At a Fatah summer camp visited by Fatah official, terrorist`s picture displayed on flag 
Source: Facebook page of Fatah Spokesman in the Southern Hebron District Maher Namoura, Aug. 8, 2017
Text and pictures posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Spokesman in the Southern Hebron District Maher Namoura

The picture shows Fatah official Abbas Zaki standing with a group of girls, two of whom are holding the Palestinian flag and a flag with a picture of terrorist murderer Dalal Mughrabi who led the murder of 37, 12 of them children.

Posted text: "This is the Fatah Movement –political commander and revolutionary, Fatah Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] fighter brother Abbas Zaki and military and security commander and Head of [PA] Intelligence in the Hebron District –Brigadier-General brother Abu Waddah visited the Al-Asifa Pioneers [Summer] Camp, which Fatah established in the northern Hebron district, at Al-Arroub College. [The camp] includes over 500 boys and girls from all areas of northern Hebron..."
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Fatah officials honor “heroic” terrorist 
Source: Facebook page of the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem Branch, Aug. 6, 2017
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Posted text: “Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] fighter Abbas Zaki and a large delegation from the Fatah Movement’s Bethlehem branch console [the family of] heroic Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Tanouh (i.e., terrorist, tried to stab Israeli soldiers).”

Muhammad Tanouh – a Palestinian terrorist who tried to stab Israeli soldiers at the entrance to the village of Taqua, south of Bethlehem, on July 20, 2017, and was shot and killed by them.
Fatah official sends letter of complaint to UN Sec-Gen after he condemned terror attack: Israel is carrying out Judaization in Jerusalem, “excavations are still continuing in order to completely undermine [Al-Aqsa's] structure”  
Source: Amad, independent Palestinian news website, July 22, 2017
        "Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] General Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki sent a letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres in which he mentioned the illegal status of the settlements and settlers, after Guterres condemned the stabbing operation in the settlement of Halamish (i.e., terror attack, 3 murdered). Zaki said in the letter that he sent to Gutteres: 'You must examine the illegal status of the settlement and become aware of the settlers’ crimes against the Palestinian people, its land, and its holy sites…
In addition, the [UN] Security Council's resolutions have condemned and voided all of the Judaization acts that Israel has carried out in Jerusalem... These resolutions have confirmed the illegality of the occupation and demanded that Israel retreat from Jerusalem, as it is part of the lands that it occupied in 1967… Therefore, the Israeli authorities have no right to change or renovate any part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which the Israeli authorities have turned part of it into a synagogue, and the excavations are still continuing in order to completely undermine its structure, which constitutes a war crime.'"

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Fatah official incites against Israel; calls for “day of escalation and refusal of all Israeli steps” in Jerusalem 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), July 20, 2017
“Fatah Movement Central Committee member [and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] Abbas Zaki… said in an exclusive statement to [the independent Palestinian news agency] Donia Al-Watan that in the last [Fatah] Central Committee meeting, which was held two days ago (Tuesday) [July 18, 2017], they discussed the issue of Jerusalem, the Israeli attacks on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque (refers to Israel placing metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount following a terror attack there on July 14, 2017, in which 2 Israelis were murdered; see note below –Ed.), and the steps that the [Fatah] Movement will take on the matter. He noted that the movement has declared this Friday a day of general mobilization to Jerusalem…
He also noted that the [Fatah] Central Committee called on its supporters and members of the organization to turn this Friday into a day of escalation and refusal of all the Israeli steps in the holy city [of Jerusalem].”

Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, Muhammad Hamed Abd Al-Latif Jabarin, and Muhammad Ahmad Mufaddal Jabarin - Israeli Arab terrorists aged 29, 19, and 19, who shot from the Temple Mount at Israeli policemen, murdering 2 Israeli Druze border policemen - Haiel Stawi and Kamil Shnaan, on July 14, 2017. Two of the terrorists were shot and killed by other policemen during the attack. The third terrorist was shot and killed while trying to flee.
Fatah official encourages Palestinians to participate “as widely as possible” in “day of rage” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 20, 2017
Headline: “Zaki calls for as wide a popular participation as possible in the processions and activities of support for Jerusalem tomorrow”

“Fatah Movement Central Committee member and [Fatah] General Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki today (Thursday) [July 20, 2017] called on the Palestinian and Arab masses to participate as widely as possible in the day of rage tomorrow (Friday), in order to support the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
He saluted the resolve of the heroic [Arab] residents of Jerusalem, who have confronted the occupation forces with their exposed bodies and their souls, and have always proven that they are the gatekeepers and defenders of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque…
He added: ‘The first Palestinian rebellion, the Al-Buraq rebellion in the 1920s (i.e., 1929 Hebron Massacre and accompanying riots), broke out from within the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to defend the Arab and Islamic identity of the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount). During it, the three heroes Muhammad Jamjoum, Ataa Al-Zir, and Fuad Hijazi (i.e., terrorists, see note below) died as Martyrs (Shahids) while defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The tunnel rebellion (i.e., Western Wall Tunnel clashes, see note below) also broke out from within the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque in 1996, when [then Israeli Minister Ariel] Sharon defiled the mosque’s plazas (sic., the clashes broke out after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened an access tunnel. In 2000, the PA launched its terror campaign of 2000-2005 after Sharon visited the Temple Mount).”

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PA official: US is the “head of the snake,” Israel carrying out “Zionist plot against Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa” 
Source: Facebook page of Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations, July 19, 2017
Text and copy of a statement posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki


Posted Text: "[Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations] brother Abbas Zaki calls urgently on the Arab parties and the Arab peoples to announce a general mobilization to support Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque"

Text of statement:
"Brothers, comrades, secretary-generals, political party heads, and heads of the national forces in the Arab world…

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Fatah official on Lebanese TV: Terrorists “could have killed 20 Israelis” but chose the Temple Mount which has “dangerous significance”; shows a “failure of the political path” 
Source: YouTube channel of Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon), July 14, 2017
YouTube channel of Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV, interview with Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki: "The source of this operation (i.e., terror attack at the Temple Mount on July 14, 2017, 2 murdered; see note below) is in the depths of the '48 territories (i.e., Israel), from Umm Al-Fahm, by people that hold Israeli identity cards, and they know the changes that are taking place within Israel better than anyone…
These young people, instead of coming from Umm Al-Fahm to Jerusalem, could have killed 20 Israelis, but they chose Friday, and chose that their spirits would ascend to Paradise from the place where Prophet [Muhammad] ascended to Heaven, and this has dangerous significance…
In a situation where there is a void in national activity and failure of the political path, nobody can stop people who want to die…
I foresee that we are standing before a severe eruption. It is impossible to know how this eruption will manifest . Whether we condemn or support [it is irrelevant]; the operation was carried out by people from the '48 territories who have Israeli identity cards…

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Fatah official attends terrorist's funeral and presents him as a “heroic Martyr” who was “shot” by Israel  
Source: Facebook page of Abbas Zaki, Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations, July 12, 2017

Text and pictures posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations Abbas Zaki

Posted text: "[Fatah Central Committee member and] Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations brother Abbas Zaki, together with the Fatah Movement and residents of the town of Taqua, participates in saying goodbye to their son heroic Martyr (Shahid) Muhammad Ibrahim Jibril (i.e., terrorist, injured 1) who ascended to Heaven yesterday [July 11, 2017] as a result of being shot by the occupation forces."

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