Thursday, March 31, 2022

Palestinian terrorism glorified

Palestinian Fatah Movement Glorifies Bnei Brak Terror Attack 

March 30, 2022

The March 29, 2022 shooting in the city of Bnei Brak in central Israel, which was perpetrated by Diaa Hamarsha (26), a Palestinian from the town of Ya'abad near Jenin in the West Bank, was met with celebrations and with expressions of praise in the Palestinian Authority, especially in the Jenin area. Although Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud 'Abbas condemned the attack,[1] in which five Israelis were killed, other elements in the Fatah movement, which 'Abbas heads, condoned the attack and its perpetrator. 

When news of the attack and the identity of the attacker became known, celebrations broke out in the Jenin area and in particular in Ya'abad itself. Processions were held and locals handed out sweets, and a Fatah rally was held near the home of the shooter, who was apparently a member of this movement,[2] at which statements and slogans praising the attack were heard.

In addition, Fatah and its military branch, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, issued statements and posters glorifying the attack and the shooter. Fatah's local branch in Jenin province, for example, congratulated the "heroic martyr," and spokespeople for Fatah and its military wing promised that the intifada and the martyrdom operations would continue.

This report reviews the expressions of praise for the attack and its perpetrator. 

Locals In Jenin Province Rejoice Over The Attack, Chant "Millions Of Martyrs Are Marching To Jerusalem"

After news of the Bnei Brak shooting broke and the identity of the attacker became known, locals in his town of Ya'abad and in the Jenin area took to the streets to celebrate. According to an Al-Quds reporter in Jenin, "large-scale processions were held in the city, in the refugee camp [adjacent to it] and in the town of Ya'abad to express pride in the martyr Diaa Hamarsha, who carried out the operation in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv." The reporter also noted that "sweets were handed out during the processions to celebrate the operation."[3] 

Videos of the celebrations were posted on social media, including a video of a Fatah rally near the attacker's home, where the organization's secretary-general in Jenin, 'Atta Abu Ramila, praised the "hero" Hamarsha and participants chanted "with spirit and blood we shall redeem you, O Palestine."[4] Other videos showed people marching and handing out sweets, and calling out slogans in praise of armed resistance, such as "millions of martyrs are marching to Jerusalem."[5] 


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