2 Terrorists Killed Shooting Israelis Awarded Honorable Military Funeral by Palestinian Authority
Thousands of mourners attended an honorable military funeral held by the Palestinian Authority security apparatus for two 20-year-old terrorists – one of whom had served as a PA policeman — killed while attempting to commit an attack in Jerusalem earlier this month, the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, the bodies of Amr Amru and Mansur Shwamra were carried to the burial site by members of the PA security forces. Amru and Shwamra were killed when they opened fire with M-16 rifles on Israeli police being given a briefing next to the light rail station near the Damascus Gate in the Old City.
Photos of the ceremony were posted on social media, spurring Ofir Gendelman, spokesperson to the Arab media in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, to tweet that the funeral exemplified the glorification of terrorists by the PA.
The attack in question was the third in the latest round of violence in which a PA security employee perpetrated a terrorist act against Israelis. A previous case, at the end of January, was that of Palestinian policeman Amjad Sukari at the checkpoint in Beit El, in which he wounded three IDF soldiers, one of them critically, and was killed in the process. Sukari’s death immediately elevated him in the PA and on Arabic social media pages to national-hero status.
In the beginning of December, PA Preventive Security Force officer Mazen Ariba committed a shooting attack at the Hizma checkpoint in northern Jerusalem, wounding two Israelis, one of them critically. According to nrg, the senior officer, who was tasked, among other things, with preventing terror attacks in east Jerusalem, was related to PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief negotiator of the 1993 Oslo Accords, the agreements between Israel and the PLO that gave birth to the Palestinian Authority.