Hamas honors Sbarro suicide bomber: He "gave the Zionists a taste of humiliation"
Hamas TV reporter: "The Martyrdom-seeker Izz Al-Din Al-Masri (suicide bomber who killed 15) has returned victorious... He has returned to make those who loved him happy, just as he made them happy on the day he carried out his operation (suicide terror attack) 13 years ago. The return to his home in Aqqaba was a wedding worthy of ululations (the Martyr's wedding to the 72 Virgins in Paradise)..."
Suicide bomber's mother: "I congratulate him: Congratulations, my son, on your Martyrdom, praise Allah. You obtained what you sought, praise Allah..."
Hamas TV reporter: "Izz Al-Din Al-Masri ascended to Paradise in a Martyrdom-seeking operation (suicide terror attack) he carried out in the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem, where he gave the Zionists a taste of humiliation after killing 19 Zionists and wounding dozens... The citizens expressed their pride in Izz Al-Din's heroism, along with the thousands who gathered to accompany him on his final journey, and they did not forget all those who played a role in this operation."
Hamas leader Ahmad Nimr Abu Ara: "All flee death except the Martyrdom-seeker, who pursues and seeks the Angel of Death. I salute Ahlam Tamimi, (planner of the Sbarro bombing) who brought Izz Al-Din to his battlefield; I salute Qais Adwan (responsible for murder of 77); I salute Abdallah Barghouti (67 life sentences); I salute Ahmed Al-Ja'abari (Hamas leader); I salute Muhammad Deif (Hamas leader), and first and foremost, I salute prisoner Jamal Abu Al-Hija (9 life sentences)."
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Notes: Izz Al-Din Al-Masri - suicide bomber who carried out the Aug. 9, 2001 bombing of the Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem, in which 15 civilians were killed and 130 wounded. Israel transferred the terrorist's body to the PA on April 29, 2014.
Ahlam Tamimi - was serving 16 life sentences for leading a suicide bomber to the Sbarro pizza shop in Jerusalem on August 9, 2001. 15 people were murdered in the attack, 7 of them children, and 130 were injured. In October 2011, Tamimi was released as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas. In that deal, Israel released 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than 5 years.
Qais Adwan - a senior member of Hamas' military wing, responsible for the deaths of 77 Israelis. He was involved in several Hamas terror attacks, including the Sbarro pizza shop suicide bombing in Jerusalem (15 killed, 130 wounded, Aug. 9, 2001), the Netanya Park Hotel suicide bombing (29 killed, 64 wounded, March 27, 2002), and the Haifa Matza Restaurant suicide bombing (16 killed, 40 wounded, March 31, 2002). He was killed by Israeli security forces in Tubas in May 2002.
Abdallah Barghouti - serving 67 life sentences for preparing explosives for terror attacks in which 67 people were murdered: Sbarro restaurant (15 killed, Aug. 9, 2001), Sheffield Club (15 killed, May 7, 2002), Moment Caf? (11 killed, March 9, 2002), triple attack at Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall (11 killed, Dec. 1, 2001), Hebrew University (9 killed, July 31, 2002), and Bus 4 in Tel Aviv (6 killed, Sept. 19, 2002).
Ahmed Al-Ja'abari was a member of Hamas' political bureau and, beginning in 2002, the operational commander of Hamas' military wing, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades. Israel holds him responsible for all terrorist activities against Israel from the Gaza Strip between 2002 and his death in 2012, including numerous suicide bombings that killed hundreds of Israeli civilians and soldiers. He was involved in the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit (June 25, 2006) and in the negotiations surrounding Shalit's release in October 2011. Al-Ja'abari played a leading role in the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007. He was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Nov. 14, 2012.
Muhammad Deif - commander of Hamas' military wing, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades. He organized several terror attacks, including the first Jaffa Street suicide bombing in Jerusalem (27 killed, 35 wounded, Feb. 25, 1996), the second Jaffa Street suicide bombing in Jerusalem (18 killed, over 40 wounded, March 3, 1996), the Ashkelon Junction suicide bombing (1 killed, 35 wounded, March 3, 1996), the Elei Sinai shooting attack (2 killed, 15 wounded, Oct. 2, 2001 and the Atzmona shooting attack (5 killed, 15 wounded, March 7, 2002). He also led the cell that kidnapped and murdered 3 Israeli soldiers: Shahar Simani (April 20, 1994), Aryeh Frankental (July 7, 1994) and Nahshon Waxman (Oct. 9, 1994).
Jamal Abu Al-Hija – was the head of Hamas’ military wing in Jenin. He received 9 life sentences and 20 years for direct involvement in the Miron Junction bombing that killed 9 and injured dozens on Sept. 4, 2002.
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