Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Movement Praises Har Adar Terrorist as ‘Martyr’
The ruling Fatah movement in the Palestinian Authority rushed on Tuesday to praise Nimer Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal — the terrorist who murdered three Israelis in the West Bank community of Har Adar, near Jerusalem.
On its official Facebook page, Fatah honored the killer by posting his picture alongside the text, “The one who carried out the operation in Jerusalem (sic — Har Adar) is Martyr (Shahid) Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Al-Jamal,” Israeli monitoring organization Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported.
Former Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar drew attention to the financial compensation Jamal’s family can now expect to receive from the PA, declaring that there “is no greater encouragement of terror than the Palestinian Authority’s generous policy of allowances for the terrorists and their families.”
According to PMW, Jamal’s family will receive annual compensation for life of approximately $9,000, based on the PA’s sliding scale that adds extra funds for each wife and child of a dead or convicted terrorist. Jamal is reported to have had one wife and four children.
Fatah — the faction headed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas — added that Israel bore responsibility for the murders of border policeman Solomon Gavriyah, 20, and civilian security guards Youssef Ottman, 25, from Abu Ghosh, and Or Arish, 25, a resident of Har Adar.
“Israel alone bears responsibility for the Palestinian responses to the occupation’s crimes against the members of our people,” the movement stated.
Fatah activist Munir al-Jaghoub offered a further threat. “If it [Israel] continues its incessant aggression against the Palestinian people, it can only expect more violence,” he said. Many Israeli security analysts fear that the ongoing reconciliation process between Fatah and its Islamist rival, Hamas, will result in greater competition between the two as to who can more effectively prosecute Palestinian “resistance” to Israel’s presence in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
The Har Adar attack comes as the US Congress prepares to vote on the Taylor Force Act — named for the former American serviceman murdered in a Palestinian attack in Jaffa in 2016 — that would make US aid to the PA conditional on a complete, verifiable end to its “martyr payments” policy.