PA Monument for Murder
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
The PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs posted an invitation to the event on Facebook, which stated that it is being held “under the auspices of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, the Ramallah and El-Bireh district, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, the Turmus Ayya municipality, and the Supreme Council for Monitoring Prisoners’ Affairs.” It also encouraged people to attend, stating that their presence would be “a sign of loyalty to the Martyrs and the prisoners”:
“We are honored to invite you to participate in the dedication of the monument to the Martyr (Shahid) fighter Ahmad Jabarah ‘Abu Sukkar’
On Sunday, July 17, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. at the village of Turmus Ayya
Your presence is a sign of loyalty to the Martyrs and the prisoners”
The Director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake and District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam have honored this murderer before. Last year, Palestinian Media Watchdocumented that the two officials called the murderer of 15 “a great fighter,” promised to “follow his path,” and praised him as “setting an example.”
In 1975 Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar planned the bombing attack in which a refrigerator filled with explosives was detonated in Jerusalem. 15 people were killed and over 60 people were wounded. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, but was released from prison after 28 years as part of a goodwill gesture from Israel to the PA in 2003. He was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and an advisor to Arafat on prisoners' affairs. He died of a heart attack in 2013 in the PA.
In a similar show of support for terrorism and murder, Abbas’ Fatah Movement posted condolences on the occasion of the death of the father of 17-year-old suicide bomber Ayyat Al-Akhras who murdered 2 when she blew herself up in Jerusalem in 2002. The condolences were posted together with a photo of the deceased father as well as a photo of murderer Ayyat Al-Akhras.
The PA and Fatah honor Ayyat Al-Akhras regularly and present the 17-year-old female suicide bomber as a role model for other young girls. For example, the Artas High School for Girls near Bethlehem chose to put the terrorist’s picture right over the entrance to the school with the caption: