by Nan Jacques Zilberdik
The Bethlehem branch of the Palestinian Authority’s leading Fatah faction has honored terrorist Hussein Abayat, who murdered one Israeli and was also involved in numerous attacks against Israelis during the second intifada — the Palestinian Authority’s terror campaign that lasted from 2000 to 2005. At the same time, the branch also stated that Abayat’s blood will not have been spilled “in vain,” and neither will that of “all the [other] Martyrs.”
Fatah promised continued violence and many more terrorists, stating that for every “rebel” killed by “the monster” Israel, a thousand more will appear. Here’s the text posted on the group’s Facebook page:
“The 17th anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of commander Hussein Abayat (i.e., terrorist, involved in numerous attacks including murder of 1)
When the men cried over the passing of the one who fired the first bullet of the Al-Aqsa Intifada (i.e., PA terror campaign 2000-2005) in the first assassination operation that was carried out by the Israeli planes of hatred…
Martyr Hussein’s blood and the blood of all the Martyrs who today are writing the lines of the future history will not be in vain
When the monster kills one rebel, the ground sprouts a thousand others
O pride of the wound, if we die, the graves will fight”
[Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Bethlehem Branch,
Nov. 9, 2017]
Palestinian Media Watch reported recently that Fatah’s Bethlehem Branch glorified the PA terror campaign – the second Intifada – and posted “a souvenir picture” from it, showing rows of masked men
who apparently belong to Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, carrying rifles.
More than 1,000 Israelis, the vast majority of whom were civilians, were murdered during the PA terror campaign, mostly in suicide bombings by Hamas and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades is considered a terror organization by the US and the EU.
Hussein Abayat was the Commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades in Judea and Samaria. He was involved in shooting attacks against Israeli civilians and military in the Bethlehem area, including the murder of IDF Sgt. Max Hazan and the injuring of Israeli Border Guard Police Officer Shimon Ohana.
Abayat was killed in November 2000 when he was hit by a missile fired by an Israeli Army helicopter.