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Terrorist funeral in Umm al-Fahm

The body of Jerusalem terrorist Ahmad Mahameed was returned to his family late Monday night for burial in the Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm.

Mahameed, 30, a resident of Umm al-Fahm, was shot and killed in Jerusalem on Friday when he attempted to murder an Israeli Border Guard Police officer. The terrorist approached a group of Border Guard Police officers stationed near the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City, holding a knife, and attacked one.

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He was immediately shot and killed by the other officers. No one else was physically wounded at the scene, but two women were treated for trauma by medics from the Magen David Adom emergency medical response service.

Umm al-Fahm officials and family members claimed Mahameed was mentally ill and shouldn’t have been killed by police officers.

The funeral was held in the Ein Jarar section of the city after the family agreed to restrictions on the number and identity of those to attend, as well as the deposit of a sum of money as a guarantee the proceedings would not become a terrorist rally calling for violence against Israel.

The funeral took place in the cemetery in the neighborhood of Ein Jarar, with the participation of a few dozen participants. They gathered after midnight, chanting, “In the spirit and the blood we redeem the shahid” (Arabic for ‘martyr’).

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.