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Fatah immediately honors as “Martyr” today’s terrorist murderer who shot
and killed 2 and wounded others
Itamar Marcus Oct. 9, 2016
In two separate posts on its official Facebook page, Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah
Movement honored the terrorist murderer who went on a shooting spree in
Jerusalem today, targeting people who were waiting at train stations from
his car. Terrorist Musbah Abu Sbeih murdered a 60-year-old woman and a
policeman, and injured 6.
Fatah referred to the murderer as a “Shahid,” an Islamic Martyr – someone
who died for Allah – a status the Palestinian Authority presents as the
highest achievement a Muslim can reach in life.
Defining a dead murderer as a Shahid indicates that according to Fatah, the
murder of Israelis is sanctioned and even desired in the name of Islam.
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that it is PA and Fatah policy to
glorify terrorist murderers and turn them into role models for Palestinian
Fatah and the Palestinian Authority for quite some time have been defining
the conflict with Israel as a religious war, defining all attackers and the
murderers of Israelis as heroic defenders of Islam and its symbols. Fatah’s
Jerusalem branch announced “mourning and a general strike for Palestine’s
Martyrs” and specifically mentioned today’s killer – “this morning’s Martyr”
and vowed to “defend the honor of the Arab and Islamic nations with our bare
chests.” These and other terms in Fatah’s posts, see text below, reiterate
Fatah’s Islamization of the conflict with Israel.
Voice of Palestine Radio likewise reported that the Jerusalem branch of
Fatah announced a day of mourning and a general strike in Jerusalem “due to
the death of the Shahid Abu Sbeih.”
The following are excerpts from the two posts on Fatah’s Facebook page:
Posted text: “The one who carried out the operation (i.e., terror attack, 2
murdered) today in Jerusalem is a pilgrim [to Mecca] Martyr (Shahid) Musbah
Abu Sbeih (40), one of the most prominent people in Jerusalem and the
blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque and a released prisoner.
He was supposed to turn himself in today and begin a sentence of four months
on charges of Ribat (i.e., religious conflict/war over land claimed to be
Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and hitting the occupation’s soldiers.
He was arrested in 2013 in the Bab Huta region of the Old City of Jerusalem
on charges of hitting an officer and was released, but to his surprise the
case was reopened in 2015 and he was sentenced to a four month active
sentence, and according to the ruling of the Israeli Magistrate Court that
was given roughly one month ago, the ruling was supposed to be carried out
in the middle of this month [October 2016].
The occupation authorities persecuted him over the last two weeks and he was
arrested and detained five times in a row, and after his last arrest he was
released on condition of being distanced from East Jerusalem for one month,
and before that he was given a ruling preventing him from traveling [abroad]
until the end of this year, and he was forbidden from entering the Al-Aqsa
Mosque for six months, after being released [from arrest] at the end of last
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 9, 2016]
Posted text: “The Jerusalem branch of Fatah announced a strike and mourning
for the Martyrs’ (Shahids’) souls.
‘Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because
they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory.’
[Sura 22:39, Sahih International translation] Great truth of God.
The Jerusalem branch of Fatah announced mourning and a general strike today
[Oct. 9, 2016] in Jerusalem in memory of the souls of the Martyrs of
Palestine and this morning’s Martyr Musbah Abu Sbeih.
Due to the barbaric escalation being perpetrated by the occupation
government and the herds of settlers, which includes killing, violence,
destruction, and an attempt to instill fear in our Palestinian cities,
villages, and refugee camps, and particularly in Jerusalem, we announce our
complete objection to crimes of these types being carried out before the
international community and its human rights organizations. These
organizations have not succeeded in forcing the occupation government to
abide by international law, and treat it as an entity that is above
international law, as they shirk their responsibilities to the Palestinian
people and even to providing international protection to our people. The
occupation government and its executive branches must bear the consequences
of what they are perpetrating against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the disregard of
Muslim sensibilities, and the granting of permission to the settlers to
invade it, defile it, and desecrate its sanctity on a daily basis under the
umbrella and protection of the occupation police. This, while banning
hundreds of men and women from Jerusalem who are carrying out Ribat (i.e.,
religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) from entering the
Al-Aqsa Mosque, and carrying out a policy of distancing [them from the
Al-Aqsa Mosque] and detentions. All of these steps will not be accepted in
silence, and residents of Jerusalem will defend the place of the ascent to
Heaven (i.e., the Al-Aqsa Mosque) of our precious messenger Muhammad,
blessings and peace be upon him.
Therefore, we in the Jerusalem branch of Fatah emphasize our adherence to
Jerusalem, the strengthening of the [Arab] presence in the blessed Al-Aqsa
Mosque and the Old City [of Jerusalem], and [that] it will not be abandoned
to the extremists and terrorists [of the occupation], and [that] we will
defend the honor of the Arab and Islamic nations with our bare chests.
Praise to the Martyrs, healing to the injured, freedom to the prisoners, and
cessation to the occupation.”
[Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 9, 2016]
Musbah Abu Sbeih – 39-year-old Palestinian terrorist who murdered 2 Israelis
and wounded 5 others in 3 drive-by shooting attacks in Jerusalem on Oct. 9,
2016. Abu Sbeih, who held Israeli residency status, began his shooting spree
at the Ammunition Hill light rail stop and continued to the Shimon Hatzadik
neighborhood. He was killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli border
police officers during the attack. On the morning of the attack, Abu Sbeih
was due to turn himself in and begin a 4 month jail sentence, after being
convicted in January 2015 on numerous counts of inciting to terror and
supporting a terror organization. Abu Sbeih praised terror groups including
Hamas as well as terrorists who carried out attacks on his Facebook page,
and actively called for attacks against Israelis. In July 2016, Abu Sbeih
was given a distancing order from the Temple Mount that was to be in effect
until the end of October 2016.