Abbas’ Fatah Organization Hails Assassinated Hezbollah Terror Master Samir Kuntar on Day of Funeral
The official Facebook page of the Fatah political faction, headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, on Monday lauded Hezbollah official and arch-terrorist Samir Kuntar, assassinated on Saturday night in Damascus, pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon reported.
Fatah uploaded a video clip of a speech Kuntar gave in Lebanon, to coincide with his funeral there on Monday.
In the video, Kuntar says, “I returned today from Palestine, but believe me… I am prepared to go back to Palestine.” Among the comments below the posting are sentiments such as, “Allah rest his soul.”
Elder of Ziyon pointed out that this honoring of Kuntar – whom Israel is accused of assassinating – comes not from terrorist organizations, such as Hamas in Gaza or Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria, but rather from Fatah, considered by the international community to be moderate, two-state-solution-seekers.
“This is an extreme case where every civilized person must be appalled by a terrorist who took credit for killing a four-year-old child,” said Dr. Dan Schueftan, director of the National Security Studies Center at Haifa University.
Schueftan, an expert on Mideast affairs, was referring to Kuntar’s particularly heinous slaughter of an Israeli family in Nahariya in 1979, when he was 16 years old.
But, Schueftan told The Algemeiner, “It turns out that nothing is too low or too barbaric — even for the mainstream of the Palestinian national movement — to adulate when it comes to killing innocent Jews. Though Fatah at the moment is reluctant to use massive terrorism, for fear of Israeli counter-measures, it still educates its public to call a child-murderer a hero and a saint.”
Kuntar served 30 years in an Israeli jail, until his release in 2008, as part of a prisoner swap with Hezbollah, which returned the bodies of IDF reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, kidnapped and killed during the 2006 Second War in Lebanon, in exchange for five Palestinian terrorists.