Abbas’ Fatah Praises Slayer of Israeli Infant as ‘Holy Martyr’, as New Attack Footage Emerges (VIDEO)
Fatah, the political party of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, on Thursday lauded the killing of an American-Israeli infant in yesterday’s vehicular terror attack, in a post on the group’s official Facebook page, according to a Palestinian media watchdog group.
“The Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) – Silwan branch accompanies to his wedding the heroic Martyr Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaloudi, who carried out the Jerusalem operation, in which settlers in the occupied city of Jerusalem were run over. Rest in peace! We are loyal to you,” the “Fatah – The Main Page” post read, according to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
Fatah Central Committee member, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, also copied this praise from Fatah on his personal Facebook page, according to PMW.
In the terrifying light rail security camera video clip below, at the 22-25 second mark, the parents of the baby appear walking towards the camera, with the child in a stroller, and then continue out of the bottom of the frame. Exactly ten seconds later, Shaloudi is seen plowing down the train platform in his car, in the opposite direction, apparently after hitting the couple and baby:
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On Wednesday night, after the attack, and throughout Thursday, Arabs rioted in the Old City, and in the Shuafat, Silwan, Wadi Joz and Armon Hanitztv neighborhoods, and continued stone throwing attacks on the city’s light rail, Israeli Radio reported.
Arab youth in the city’s volatile Silwan neighborhood hurled stones at a kindergarten located in a local Jewish housing project. Watch a video clip of police attempts to rein in the stonethrowers:
On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with top security officials at the Israel Police headquarters, which is located directly across the street from the site of the attack.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino, Israel Security Agency Director Yoram Cohen, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, and Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri briefed Netanyahu on the attack, in order to update and formulate appropriate responses to what many residents and officials have been calling, since the summer, a “silent intifada.”
“United Jerusalem was – and will remain – Israel’s eternal capital. All attempts to attack its residents will be met with a very sharp reaction; we will restore quiet and security to Jerusalem. To this end I have directed that reinforcements be brought in, including additional Border Police units, which are moving in today, as well as with lookouts, intelligence and enforcement measures,” Netanyahu said, according to a statement from his bureau.
“These, along with other steps that I will not detail here, can and will restore quiet to the capital,” he asserted, adding that he was relying on the officials present to enforce his directives.
Netanyahu said the government would “support the Israel Police and give it whatever reinforcements and capabilities it needs to carry out this mission. We have proven that with determination and patience we can achieve these goals in all parts of the State of Israel.”
Noting that “not only is Jerusalem under terrorist attack but other capitals and cities around the world are as well,” the PM said, pointing to the terror attack at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on Wednesday by a Muslim terrorist.
“But the attacks in Jerusalem are supported by Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas], who both extols the murderers and embraces the organization that the terrorists belong to, Hamas. And against these actions by the Palestinian Authority Chairman, we find international weakness; they are not prepared to utter so much as a word of criticism against him. We have no such weakness. We will insist on our rights and on our obligation to defend our capital. We will do strongly – and we will win,” Netanyahu vowed.
At the meeting, Netanyahu met with the Jerusalem District police officer who shot the terrorist, who later died of his wounds.
Expressing his sorrow to the family of three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun who was murdered in the attack, Netanyahu said: “On behalf of the entire nation, I send condolences to the family of this pure baby and my wishes for a quick and full recovery to those who were wounded.”