On October 22, 1984, two Hebrew University students went hiking. Revital Seri, 22, and her friend Ron Levi, 23, were hiking in a wadi near the Cremisan Monastery south of Jerusalem.
A 19 year old Palestinian Arab who had stolen a weapon from a soldier was waiting for Jews to kill. When he saw Revital and Ron, he tied up both of them, put bags over their heads, pronounced their “sentence,” and shot them, killing each with one bullet to the head.
A monument was erected in 1988 in memory of the two murdered students. It is on the grounds of Hebrew University, between the archeology building and the Buber Ross building.
That Arab, Issa abd Rabbo, was arrested, tried and convicted of the two murders. He was given two life sentences, and sent to live out the rest of his life in an Israeli prison.
This past spring, while Rabbo was still in prison, an emissary of the acting leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, paid a visit to Rabbo’s mother.
According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, Abbas expressed “appreciation and admiration” for her “steadfastness and sacrifice,” waiting for her son. She was also told that her son and all Palestinians in prison are heroes and they are “the best of the Palestinian people.”
On Oct. 30, 2013, Rabbo and 26 other convicted murderers who had been sentenced to serve out their lives in prison because of brutally ending the lives of Israelis, were set free. This was the second of four sets of convicts Israel agreed to release. It was a precondition for sitting down with Israelis, set by Abbas.
On the night of their release, the convicted murderers said on Palestinian television that “There is no Palestinian who did something for the homeland and his nation who will regret it. We don’t regret what we did and we will not regret what we did,” according to Palestinian Media Watch.
But Rabbo and the rest of the released convicted Palestinian Arab murderers received more than merely (!) their freedom. They also were showered with other substantial benefits.
For a people whose primary source of income is welfare from the United States, the European Union and other largely Western donor nations, it appears the surest way to hit the financial jackpot for Palestinian Arabs is the pot of gold awaiting you if you murder Israelis. You may have to wait in prison for awhile, but eventually you will get out.
The PA/PLO gives a minimum of $50,000 to all of the murderers when they are released by Israel. They are also guaranteed by law to receive a public sector job. Those imprisoned for more than 25 years are guaranteed a job that pays $4000 per month. For those who served fewer than 25 years, the monthly salary is $2,800.
In addition to the cash award and the guaranteed salary, all released convicted murderers who choose to marry – and who wouldn’t want a spouse with such yichis? – have their weddings paid for by the PA.
Rabbo was a special case – he had been imprisoned the longest of any of the murderers who will be released for this round of “peace talks.” Rabbo, now 49 years old, granted freedom instead of his two life sentences, was given $110,000. And his upcoming wedding will cost him nothing. In addition, PA leader Abbas “promoted” Rabbo to the position of Major General in the “Palestinian Army.”
So, two barely twenty-something Jewish Israeli college students were slaughtered for the crime of being Jewish. They are dead, and their blood has not been avenged.
A cold-blooded murderer had the leader of his people praise him as “the best of the Palestinian people” to his mother, was released from prison instead of serving the life sentences for the murders he committed, has been handed more money than he would have ever made from an honest job, has been handed a top-paying job for the rest of his life, was promoted to a high rank in the military and all the expenses of his wedding will be paid for.
What is wrong with this picture?
But there’s more.
Because in another universe, one with a different set of morals, one in which the murdered innocents are lionized and the murderers are shamed, someone who spent 30 years in prison might have been rehabilitated in prison. Or at least such a person might have developed some semblance of regret for the actions he took when he was merely a 19 year old, hot-headed youth.
“HE DIDN’T WANT TO RETURN EMPTY-HANDED”
Instead, as Palestinian Media Watch has revealed, Abbo has no sense of shame. Thirty years later he describes the murders he committed in the tone of voice one might use to describe a slightly complicated shopping trip.
Watch this video. See how, when Abbo was recently interviewed on Arab television, he explains to the interviewer that he was originally supposed to carry out an “operation,” that’s what they call murders – on a bus full of soldiers. But the bus never came, and after “waiting and waiting,” he decided “to improvise.”
Because “he didn’t want to return empty-handed.” So, when he saw a car with Israelis in it, and the Israeli students got out and went down the hill to sit under a tree, “I said to myself, ‘here’s my chance.’”
And this murderer’s release is said –by some, including the President of the United States — to advance the “peace process.”
About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.
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