Thousands of Palestinians crowded Friday outside the home of the family of a terrorist who carried out a deadly attack in Tel Aviv the night before, and chanted celebratory epitaphs supporting the terrorist and the murder of Jews.
Palestinians marched from the city of Jenin and surrounding villages to the Jenin refugee camp and the home of 28-year-old Raad Hazem. They sang “Allah’s victory will be won in blood” and other chants calling for the death of the Jews.
Hazem killed three people and seriously injured eight others in a rampage outside a bar in downtown Tel Aviv.
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Hazem, who was in Israel illegally, had no criminal record. However, he came from a family of terrorists.
His maternal uncle, ‘Uthman Saadi, was assassinated in a plot against Israeli army forces in Lebanon. Another maternal uncle, Muhammad Saadi, was a terrorist agent in the First Intifada in the 1980s.
Retired Colonel Fathi Hazem, the terrorist’s father, has in the past served as a senior official in the Palestinian Authority’s national security apparatus. He addressed the crowd outside his home on Friday morning and praised his son.
“Victory will come soon,” he said. “In the coming days you will see the change. You will be free and independent. God deliver Al-Aqsa Mosque from the hands of the occupation,” said Hazem Sr.
To his dead son he said: “Many died in God’s way before you were even born. Years ago they gave everything for God and for Palestine…now we pass the flag on to those after us,” Fathi said. “The sword of Muhammad is in your hands.”
Encouraging the young men around him, Hazem continued, “We’re getting old and weaker, we’ll give the banner to those after us, now the banner is in your hands, so don’t drop it.”
Fathi Hazam, father of #Palestinian #Terrorist Raad Hazem, encourages the youth gathered in front of him #Jenin home to continue the journey #Terrorism: “We grow old and weaken, we pass the banner to those after us, now the banner is in your hands, so don’t drop it.” pic.twitter.com/WNbKwWbRoL
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Palestinian terrorist organizations hailed Hazem as “a lion… defending Palestine.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rarely condemned the attack, his second in a week. However, his statement ensured that both Palestinian and Israeli casualties were mentioned. This is consistent with his government’s practice of mourning terrorists.
“We condemn the killing of Israeli civilians in the shooting attack in central Tel Aviv and emphasize that the killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians only serves to further worsen the situation, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.”
He also used the condemnation to warn Israel against “exploiting the incident to target the Palestinian people by settlers and others.”
אביו של המחבל הבוקר בג’נין: “הניצחון יגיע בקרוב, בימים הקרובין תראו אש.
אתם תהיו חופשיים ועצמאיים. אלוהים, שחרר את מסגד אלאקצא מידי הכיבוש!” pic.twitter.com/yHlqUwHPJo
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Thursday’s attack was the fourth in two weeks, bringing the death toll to 14.
The deadliest occurred in Bnei Brak, a Tel Aviv suburb, and claimed five lives. Palestinians in several cities also flocked to celebrate the attack, handing out candy to passers-by.