Mother (C) ofDruze police officer Zidan Nahad visits the Har Nof synagogue. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Har Nof massacre
Har Nof massacre

Bodies of victims evacuated from the site of a terrorist the synagogue attack. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

For Israelis, it was a traumatic terror attack, but the Palestinians are celebrating the anniversary of the Har Nof synagogue massacre that claimed the lives of five rabbis and an Israeli policeman.

As Israelis mourn and commemorate the first anniversary of the horrific Palestinian terror attack in a synagogue in Jerusalem that claimed the lives of six Israelis, the Palestinians found it a cause for celebration.

Celebrating “the first anniversary” of the Har Nof synagogue massacre, the independent Palestinian news agency Wattan dedicated a full article to praising the two terrorists who slaughtered five Israeli rabbis and a policeman with guns and butcher’s knives last year.

The article referred to the horrific killings as “the heroic operation” and an “epos written by the heroes,” the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported.

“Today is the first anniversary of the Martyrdom of… the heroes Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal, who carried out the heroic Dir Yassin operation (i.e., Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem), which led to the death of 6 settlers… Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal exemplified the meaning of heroism for the homeland… They set out to protect it from the defilement of the thieving occupation, and died as Martyrs on the path of honor. Today is the first anniversary of the epos written by the heroes,” Wattan wrote in the article.

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Scene of the Har Nof massacre. (MFA)

The report also praised another terrorist and family member of the synagogue killers, Alaa Abu Jamal, who deliberately drove his car into people standing at a bus stop in Jerusalem last month. After hitting three people, he got out of his car and stabbed people. He murdered one and injured three before he was shot and killed by a security guard.

The news agency stated that “the Abu Jamal family again did not refrain from being an authentic part of the heroic honor,” because Abu Jamal “ran [Israelis] over with a car, stabbed, took revenge, and upheld the promise, which the young people of the intifada undertake every day, to continue in the path of the Martyrs until liberation.”

Ironically, this praise for murder by Wattan completely contradicts its statement on its website that “Wattan advocates for democracy, non-violence, peace and social justice.”

The butcher of rabbis in a synagogue has long been the celebration by Palestinians.

Last year, following the murders in the synagogue, PMW exposed that Sultan Abu Al-Einein, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor posted graphic images from the murder scene and called the attack “a heroic operation.”

The day after the murders, Al-Einein also posted a tribute to the murderers and their weapons: “Blessed be your quality weapons, the wheels of your cars, your axes and kitchen knives.”

The victims were the Rabbis Aryeh Kupinsky, 43, Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68, Kalman Ze’ev Levine, 55, and Moshe Twersky, 59, Rabbi Haim Yehiel Rothman, 55, and First Sergeant Zidan Saif, 30, of the Druze community.

Three of the victims had American citizenship, and one had British citizenship.

By: United with Israel Staff