Of Killers and Healers: A Palestinian-Israeli Tale
On Wednesday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party paid homage to a young woman who killed six people and wounded dozens more, when she detonated the homemade bomb in her handbag at the Mahane Yehuda outdoor market in Jerusalem 14 years ago.
As was reported by Palestinian Media Watch, Fatah posted this tribute to the suicide terrorist on its official Facebook page.
The post reads: “Today is the anniversary of the death as a martyr (shahida) of the martyrdom-seeker (istish’hadiya), the hero Andalib Takatka from the town of Beit Fajjar, daughter of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades — Fatah’s military wing — in Bethlehem, who carried out a martyrdom-seeking operation in Jerusalem in which six Zionists were killed, and dozens injured. Glory and eternity to our righteous martyrs. We remain loyal to the path.”
As it happens, two of the “Zionists” Takatka slaughtered were actually Chinese construction workers.
In a video produced by her handlers in Fatah’s Tanzim and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades prior to her final hurrah, Takatka was seen holding a Koran and stating that she was about to die as part of the Palestinian women’s fight against “Israeli occupation.” She also said she was going to finish the job that her cousins, Iman and Samia had started. (Their own plan to blow themselves up in Mahane Yehuda had been foiled by Israeli security forces.)
While Fatah was celebrating Takatka’s “martyrdom,” Abbas headed for a multi-country trip to Europe and the United States. Along with his fancy suits, he packed a draft of an anti-Israel resolution he intends to bring before the UN Security Council when he arrives in New York. Even the fact that his younger brother is critically ill didn’t prevent him from embarking on his “peace-seeking” journey. That’s how serious he is about international relations.
One thing we can be sure he will not mention when he meets with foreign officials in Turkey, France, Russia, Germany and the US is where his Qatar-based sibling is currently being treated for cancer, and not for the first time. Yes, Abu Lawi, as he is called, is lying in a hospital bed in the Assuta Medical Center in Tel Aviv.
The upscale hospital comes highly recommended by other members of Abbas’ family, as well. His wife, Amina, underwent surgery there in the summer of 2014. This was just after the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens at the hands of Palestinian terrorists – an event that precipitated Operation Protective Edge, otherwise known as the war in Gaza. And six months ago, Abbas’ brother-in-law received life-saving heart surgery there.
But the PA leader’s relatives aren’t the only Israel-bashers to turn to the Jewish state for medical care. Hamas honchos, too, send their loved ones to the country they keep trying to annihilate whenever such care is needed. Indeed, it is one of few things that Fatah and Hamas have in common, though this was not uttered by Abbas in his interview with Russian news agency Sputnik on Wednesday. What he did say was that it was a “top priority” to reconcile with Hamas. You know, because all that infighting is getting in the way of “resolving” the Israel issue.
Hamas isn’t really interested in rapprochement with Abbas, however, since it would prefer to defeat and overthrow him. But that’s another story. More relevant to the topic at hand is the repeated trek to Israeli hospitals made by mass murderers who keep putting out YouTube clips threatening the lives of Jews.
In June 2014, Hamas Prime Minister Ismayil Haniyeh’s 68-year-old mother-in-law was treated in Jerusalem’s Augusta Victoria Hospital.
In November 2014, Hamas spokesman Moussa Abu Marzouk’s 60-year-old sister was treated for cancer in an Israeli hospital.
In October 2014, Haniyeh’s daughter spent a week in an Israeli hospital.
In November 2013, Haniyeh’s year-old granddaughter was treated at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikvah.
Haniyeh expressed his gratitude by calling for a third intifada against Israel. Well, he and Abbas got their wish. For the past seven months, as Israeli doctors tirelessly heal wounded victims and their assailants, Palestinian terrorists continue to commit stabbing, car-ramming and firebombing attacks against innocent Israeli soldiers and civilians, while Fatah and Hamas laud them on Facebook.
Ruthie Blum is the web editor of The Algemeiner.