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November 3, 2014 11:57 am

In Condolence Letter, Abbas Calls Man Who Shot Jewish Activist a ‘Martyr’

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JNS.org – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent a condolence letter to the family of Moatez Hijazi, the Islamic Jihad member who shot Temple Mount activist Yehudah Glick last week in an attempted assassination. Hijazi was later killed in a shootout with Israeli police.

“It is with anger that I received news of the crime carried out by the killer terrorist gangs of the Israeli occupation army against your son Moatez Ibrahim Hijazi, who has gone to heaven as a martyr for the Palestinian people,” Abbas wrote.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “When we are trying to calm the situation, Abu Mazen (Abbas) sends condolences over the death of one who tried to perpetrate a reprehensible murder. The time has come for the international community to condemn him for such actions.”

Hijazi, 32, had spent 11 years in an Israeli jail and was released in 2012.

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