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The murder of four young Israeli soldiers in a terrorist ramming attack in Jerusalem on Sunday was celebrated by in some areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority.
In several locations throughout the West Bank, local Palestinians reportedly bought and distributed candies to commemorate the attack.
In Gaza, Hamas issued official statements glorifying the murderous action and sanctifying the attacker, a young Arab man from the eastern Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber.
Thousands gathered in the streets of Gaza in celebration.
“The message of our Islamic party Hamas is a message of encouragement and support for every jihadi who carries out an attack that puts an end to the acts of the Zionist enemy,” said Hamas leader Fathi Hamad.
The victims of the attack were mostly young female soldiers who were on an educational outing.
The terrorist, Fadi Ahmad Al-Qunbar, apparently decided spontaneously to carry out the attack.
His sister had nothing but praise for Al-Qunbar’s actions: “Praise be to Allah that he became a martyr. It’s the most beautiful martyrdom.”
Israeli government officials put the blame squarely on the Palestinian Authority, pointing to ongoing incitement, much of it religious in nature, in the Palestinian education system.
“We should have full control over the education system in the east Jerusalem neighbourhoods,” demanded Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud).Tuesday, January 10, 2017