Praises sung for the Palestinian Authority Arab murderers of four rabbis, a fifth Israeli worshipper and police officer who died in last year’s bloody massacre at the Har Nof synagogue in Jerusalem may create the illusion of Islamic family pride — but apparently the glory is filling no bellies, despite the best efforts of Arab media to pretend otherwise.
The independent Wattan news website dedicated a full article on November 18 to praising the two terrorists who carried out the hack-and-stab-and-shooting attack. The report referred to the horror as the “heroic Dir Yassin operation” and an “epos written by the heroes.” Dir Yassin is a reference to the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof, where Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal chose to carry out their butchery and end their own lives.
The Wattan news agency also praised Ala’a Abu Jamal, another terrorist and family member of the Har Nof butchers. Abu Jamal was the terrorist who last month carried out a ram-and-stab attack in the middle of Jerusalem on Malchei Yisroel Street, murdering one rabbi and wounding three other people before he was shot and killed by a security guard.
But in a translation by the Palestinian Media Watch organization (PMW), a longer segment of the Wattan article reflects the changing reality in Arab Jerusalem, and possibly in the Palestinian Authority as well. Reading between the lines tells a tale of aching loss and real need — possibly even actual hunger. Widowed women in Arab society are placed in a very complex position, often for the rest of their lives.
“Nadia Abu Jamal, Martyr Ghassan’s wife, said in her answer regarding the first moments after she received the news of her husband’s death as a Martyr: ‘The news shocked and surprised me. Afterward, these feelings began to be mixed with pride over the scope and quality of the operation he carried out. Of course I did not expect this, and I am still hurting over his parting.’
Muawiyah Abu Jamal, Ghassan’s brother, said: …’all of the steps carried out by the occupation forces were harsh, but the harshest was the blowing up of our house that took place on the 6th of this past October, and which was meant to harm our resolve.’ He clarified that the fact that the occupation forces blew up the house of Martyr Ghassan caused direct damage to the homes of his 4 brothers, out of clear, methodical policy to collectively punish the family… Likewise, he noted that the Jerusalem district announced in the past, in a news item published in the media, that it would stand by the Martyrs’ families, but that until now it had not given any services or aid to the families who were harmed!
I called Martyr Uday Abu Jamal’s mother, who answered us in a voice full of sorrow at the parting of her son: ‘How I miss Uday.’ She added chokingly: ‘They sealed the house with cement, and drove us from it. Today we live in a rented house. All of our lives have changed since the operation, in which we take great pride.'”
One wonders how much pride the Abu Jamal elders, women and children really take in the butchery of those who should have been the heads of their families, supporting those who depend upon them for their daily needs. Clearly, the promises of the “Jerusalem district” that vowed to “stand by the Martyrs’ families” have proven as empty as the evil souls of the leadership that has led them and recent Arab children into the useless jaws of a far too early death.
Meanwhile, the mother of a trained, bloodthirsty killer chokes back her tears as she is left to confess that she misses her son and her lost home from which she was “driven.” But even while lamenting, “All of our lives have changed since the operation,” she is forced to tack on the words: “in which we take great pride.”Hana Levi Julian