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Hamas Spokesman Applauds Murder of 19-Year-Old IDF Soldier

November 13, 2013 5:06 pm 13 comments

Eden Atias, a 19-year-old IDF recruit, was stabbed to death by a 16-year-old Arab on a bus. Photo: Facebook.

Eden Atias, a 19-year-old IDF recruit, was stabbed to death by a 16-year-old Arab on a bus. Photo: Facebook.

Gaza based terror group Hamas applauded the cold-blooded murder on Wednesday of a 19-year old IDF solider, Israel daily Ma’ariv reported.

“Hamas welcomes the soldier stabbing in Afula. This is a natural response to the crimes committed by Israel against the Palestinian people and proof of the failure of political negotiations,” a Hamas spokesman said.

Israeli police said the soldier, Eden Atias, 19, from Nazareth Illit, who was still in basic training, was stabbed to death as he slept on the bus to Tel Aviv by 16-year-old Palestinian teenager, Hussein Sharif Rawarda, a resident of a small village outside Jenin, who was residing in Israel illegally. When the bus came to a stop, Rawarda stabbed Attias multiple times, and when he attempted to flee, another soldier and a border policeman, who were also on the bus, caught him.

The assailant said that the killing was motivated by revenge, as his cousins had been imprisoned in Israel, The Times of Israel reported. Muammar Rawarda was sentenced to three life sentences for murdering two Israelis and for the attempted murder of others, while his brother was sentenced to 12 years for various murder attempts, Ma’ariv said. Muammar Rawarda was released after eight years in prison, as part of the swap for captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.

As Hamas applauded, Israeli President Shimon Peres condemned the attack. Speaking at a ceremony to formally install Bank of Israel Governor Dr. Karnit Flug, Peres said, “We are appalled at this brutal murder. Every soul in Israel is an entire world in our hearts. I am confident that the government will do everything in its power to ensure events like this never happen again.”

Ma’ariv said the IDF has closed access to the suspect’s village and surrounded his home.

Meanwhile, Atias will be buried late Wednesday.

13 Comments

  • It’s too bad the soldier and border policeman who caught Hussein didn’t also beat him to death.

  • HE SHOULD BE HUNG IN THE SQUARE AS A EXAMPLE,& HIS HOUSE BURNED DOWN HIS PARENTS ARE 100% WITH HIM,LET THEM SHARE THE BLAME.EVEN WHEN THEY HAVE A SUICIDE BOMBER GO AFTER ALL HIS RELATIVES THAT WILL STOP,IT & MAKE THEM THINK TWICE.THE SAME AS THIS STUPID COUNTRY SENDS OUR CHILDREN TO WAR,SEND BOMBS,USE NAPALM,FLAME THROWERS WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THAT STUFF??

  • What does it say about a culture that applauds murder, destruction, and hatred. How many Noble peace prizes where awarded to Hamas this year? Israel will never have peace with these people. Enough concessions by the State of Israel. America should cut off ALL aid to the Palestinians until they show a real desire to engage in peaceful negotiations.

  • At the Cenotaph last week when Britain remembered the dead of the World Wars on Rememberance Sunday it struck me forcibly how attitudes have changed over the years to a much greater love and respect for our armed forces. They said the silence of the thousands strong crowds at the two minute silence was the most moving thing. Men and women across the world are appaled at this madness that is going on in the world today. Radical muslims have actually shot themselves in the foot with their hatred and disrespect for human life. When a soldier walking along a London street (where I live) can be hacked down mercilessly like Drummer Lee Rigby and a nineteen year old stabbed viciously sleeping on a bus in his own land this changes people in an unseen way. I believe their is a silent revolution going on in people’s hearts. One young girl interviewed on T.V. at Woolich at the time of Lee’s death said,’Don’t take revenge, say it by buying more flowers.” I know to some this is a pointless excercise but I believe it sends another type of message to the world. We can’t fight these cowards or we will all be dead. Please Israel and the rest of the human race, Turn to God. Jeshuah your Messiah has all the answers you need. All the answers we all need. Grace (undeserved favour) is what He offers mankind even in our sorry state . He forgives us.

  • It’s too bad that they didn’t kill the terrorist instead of capturing him. Now he’ll be freed in a few years and his family will be receiving his “salary” for the murder.

    • I agree Israel should take no prisoners,soon Obama will demand their release and they will be freed and welcomed home as heros

    • Israelis are much more civilized than Arab mob mentality. You can be sure that a Jew committing such an attack on an Arab bus would be dismembered.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    These stories keep coming, and each is harder to take than the last.

    Who cares that Peres said that “Every soul in Israel is an entire world in our hearts” besides the Palestinians themselves, who regard the expression of such sentiments as an invitation for more murder and mayhem.

    The IDF has closed access to the suspect’s village and surrounded his home. So what?

    Would anyone reading this bet their own home that Eden’s murderer, Hussein Sharif Rawarda, won’t find himself enjoying a hero’s return – when he is eventually released to satisfy the likes of John Kerry?

    Here’s the unpleasant, awful truth: until the Israelis summon more substantial moral fortitude, until they respond to these outrages with unequivocal and unapologetic force, they will continue in their failure to inflict sufficient pain on their adversaries.

    The Israelis have a Hobson’s choice; take the gloves off, finally, and endure the consequent unpleasantness – or resign themselves to the unremitting slaughter of their children.

    • As long as Israel continues to occupy and seize more Palestinian land, events like this will continue to occur. This young man is a victim of that policy and those who support the settlers and the expansion of the settlements need to take a good hard look at themselves in the mirror.

    • Couldn’t have said it better

  • Irwin Graulich

    Since Israel does not listen to the Torah, which says give this guy capital punishment, he will now continue to live for free, eat 3 meals a day, watch cable tv, read books, exercise, play basketball, receive healthcare, etc.–all on the backs of Israeli citizens.

    Then he will be released in some pathetic exchange for so called peace. What kind of punishment is that for murder? Shame on Israel!!!

  • My G-d,,, it’s been a minimum of 2 Palestinians getting killed weekly for the longest.

    • What the hell are you talking about? We are mourning the totally unnecessary death of a sleeping Israeli by a cowardly palestinian terrorist who was acting the way he has been taught to act from early childhood! All you have heard about palestinian “deaths” are nothing but lies. It’s JEWS that have been killed by Arabs and for a lot lot longer than the Arabs had the made up excuse of so-called “settlements”! You can take your trolling and shove it!

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