“Our Martyrs and prisoners
will remain the beacon of our magnificent glory
until the dream of… Yasser Arafat,
[and Hamas leader] Ahmed Yassin…
is fulfilled with the establishment of our Palestinian state”
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
At a Fatah ceremony honoring several terrorist murderers, a representative of Palestinian Authority and Fatah Chairman Abbas expressed admiration for the killers of numerous Israeli civilians. He praised suicide bombers and planners of bombings and shooting attacks as “the beacon of our magnificent glory.” [WAFA (the official PA news agency), April 14, 2014]
Speaking in Abbas’ name, District Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid also hinted at the destruction of Israel, hoping that “the dream of the Martyr and [Fatah] founder Yasser Arafat, [Hamas founder] Ahmed Yassin and all the [other] Martyrs is fulfilled with the establishment of our Palestinian state.” Yassin’s terror organization Hamas has stated that Israel’s destruction is its goal.
[Poster with terrorist murderers,
Wattan News Agency, April 14, 2014]
Fatah official Mahmoud Al-Aloul, reminded the audience of “the Martyrs” who protected “the honor of our children” and “died for the homeland and [for] honor.” He stated that Fatah is committed to “maintaining the struggle until we have achieved what they died as Martyrs [to achieve].”
The following is a longer excerpt of the article describing the honorary ceremony given terrorist murderers by Fatah:
“The central Hebron branch of Fatah, the National Liberation Movement, honored families of prisoners and Martyrs this evening, Wednesday, at a rally organized to mark the 12th anniversary of the Martyrdom death of Marwan Zalum ‘Abu Saja,’ under the heading, ‘Promise and Loyalty to the Land and the Martyrs.’
In his speech representing President Mahmoud Abbas, District Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid said: ‘I convey the President’s [Abbas’] greetings to you. Our Martyrs and prisoners will remain the beacon of our magnificent glory until the dream of the Martyr and [Fatah] founder Yasser Arafat, [Hamas founder] Ahmed Yassin and all the [other] Martyrs is fulfilled with the establishment of our Palestinian state. We must be loyal to these heroes in all spheres of activity.’
Fatah Central Committee member and the Movement’s Commissioner for Mobilization and Organization Mahmoud Al-Aloul said: ‘I will never forget the companions of Martyr Abu Saja. Today, we remind you of all the Martyrs who opposed and protested injustice and came out against the occupation, to protect the honor of our children. Indeed, they died as Martyrs for the homeland and [for] honor. We are committed to being loyal to them and to maintaining the struggle until we have achieved what they died as Martyrs [to achieve].’
In a speech on behalf of the central Hebron [Fatah] branch, Branch Secretary Imad Kharwat said: ‘The Martyrs are the giants of history and are greater than us all, for they are an example for us in Palestine, and are the [very embodiment of] honor.’…
Later, the families of the prisoners and Martyrs were honored.”
The following terrorists appeared on a poster at the event: Andalib Takatka, Ayyat Al-Akhras, Marwan Zalum, Raed Al-Karmi, Naif Abu Sharakh and Atef Abayat.
[WAFA (the official Palestinian Authority news agency), April 14, 2014]
Marwan Zalum was the commander of the Hebron branch of theTanzim (Fatah terror faction). He was responsible for several terror attacks in the Hebron region, including sending the terrorist who shot and killed infant Shalhevet Pass in her stroller on March 26, 2001. He also provided the explosive device used in a suicide attack at the entrance to Mahane Yehuda (central Jerusalem outdoor market) on April 12, 2002, in which 6 were killed and 80 wounded. He organized the planting of a bomb in southern Hebron, which killed Israeli soldier Shai Cohen on July 9, 2001, and initiated a shooting attack at the entrance to Kiryat Arba on July 12, 2001, in which 1 person was killed. He was killed by the Israeli army on April 22, 2002.
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin – Founder and former head of the terrorist organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous terror attacks and the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians.
Andalib Khalil Muhammad Suleiman or Andalib Takatka – female suicide bomber who killed 6 and wounded more than 80 in her attack on Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda outdoor market on April 12, 2002.
Ayyat Al-Akhras – the youngest female Palestinian suicide bomber (age 17). She killed 2 Israelis and injured 28 in a suicide bombing near a Jerusalem supermarket on March 29, 2002. Israel transferred the terrorist’s body to the PA on Feb. 2, 2014.
Raed Al-Karmi – was a senior Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) operative and responsible for the murder of 9 Israelis in several attacks: Etgar Zeituni and Motti Dayan on Jan. 23, 2001; Zvi Shelef on May 31, 2001; Danny Yehuda on June 18, 2001; Elie Na’aman on July 4, 2001; Dov Roseman on Aug. 26, 2001; Hananya Ben Avraham on Oct. 5, 2001; soldier Yaniv Levy on Aug. 28, 2001 and Israeli army officer Erez Merhavi on Sept. 6, 2001. Al-Karmi was killed by the Israeli army on Jan. 14, 2002.
Naif Abu Sharakh was the commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing) in Nablus. He was involved in many terrorist attacks against Israel, including a double suicide bombing in Tel Aviv on Jan. 5, 2003 in which 23 people were killed and dozens were injured. Sharakh was killed by the Israeli army on June 26, 2014.
Atef Abayat – a Tanzim (Fatah terror faction) commander in Bethlehem who was accused of murdering Sarit Amrani in a shooting attack in the West Bank (Sept. 20, 2001). He was also accused of shooting at the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo. Abayat was killed in a car explosion about a month after the murder of Sarit Amrani. PMW has been unable to verify the circumstances surrounding his death.
The following is an excerpt of the official PA daily’s description of the honorary ceremony given terrorist murderers by Fatah:
“At a ceremony held in the courtyard of the Widad High School under the heading, ‘The Al-Aqsa Intifada Martyrs’ Rally,’ several Martyrs (Shahids) from the [Fatah] movement in the homeland were honored in the presence of a large crowd of Fatah leaders, activists and supporters from the city and beyond.
[Fatah] Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul emphasized [that] the struggle will continue according to the way of the Martyrs and prisoners, and emphasized the adherence to the fundamental national principles and to unity for the homeland.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2014]