Murdered or Killed while Trying to Kill?

August 21, 2019

by: Itamar Marcus and Adv. Maurice Hirsch

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The Chain Gate leading to the Temple Mount

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 | On Thursday afternoon, two 14-year-old Palestinians exited the Temple Mount and immediately stabbed and attempted to murder an Israeli policeman. Video footage shows the attack, the wounded policeman falling to the ground, and the quick response of the other policemen who shot the two terrorists before they could continue stabbing the fallen policeman or others. As soon as the terrorists fell to the ground, one policeman is seen raising his hand signaling to the others to stop shooting. The entire terror attack lasted only a few seconds, and left one officer wounded, one terrorist dead, while the second terrorist died later of his wounds.

Notwithstanding the video footage, official PA [Palestinian Authority] TV in reporting the story totally ignored the terror attack and referred rather to the children being shot [in] a “summary execution,” as if these were innocent children. In addition, the would-be murderer was called a “martyr,” which Palestinian religious leaders have repeatedly explained represents the highest achievement that can be attained by a Muslim.

Ignoring the circumstances, PA officials then used the event to condemn Israel for arbitrarily closing the Temple Mount in an attempt to inflate hatred of Israel.

Abu Roumi’s [the terrorist killed while committing the attack] father further embellished the story:

“They could have overpowered them in the first moment, because the army is trained. Seven soldiers came, lay them on the ground, and shot them several times—a summary execution that the Israeli forces commit against our children within Jerusalem.”

The PA often claims that Palestinian terrorists who are killed in the course of attempting to carry out a terror attack were “summarily executed” by Israel.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Advisor on Religious Affairs and Supreme Sharia [Islamic Law] Judge Mahmoud Al-Habbash further fueled the animosity against Israel when he condemned the immediate Israeli response to the event—temporarily closing the Temple Mount for a number of hours—without mentioning the circumstances of the decision and called for Muslims worldwide to mobilize.

Needless to say, claiming that Israel carries out extra judicial killings of Palestinians—killed while attempting to carry out terror attacks—serves to further inflate the daily hatred of Israel that the PA preaches. The hatred is compounded and intensified when the terrorists are minors.

Similarly, when the PA suggests that Israel arbitrarily closes the Temple Mount—by failing to give any reasoning behind the Israeli decision—the PA is intentionally trying to infuriate the Palestinian population and possibly even promote violence as it did just last week.

It’s worthy to note, that one of Israel’s foremost security commentators also recognized that this attack was not conducted in a vacuum. Rather he said in a tweet that it was to be expected that after the murder of Dvir Sorek there would be other copycat murderers and the sermons of the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice holiday (that took place last week) which inflamed the situation and caused the attack of the two minors and another ramming attack on Friday, in which two people were injured.

Posted on August 21, 2019

Source: (Excerpt from an article by Palestinian Media Watch originally published on August 18, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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