Expectant mother and 4 young daughters shot to death by Islamo facists - Arabs celebrate and call killings "heroic"
May 4, 2004
HY"D 2 year old Meirav Hatuel murdered while strapped in her car seat
2 year old Meirav Hatuel
murdered while strapped in her car seat
JNW News http://www.jnewswire.com/news_archive/04/05/040504_honor.asp
May 4, 2004
Jerusalem (jnewswire.com) - According to Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority, pregnant Jewish women and young Jewish girls who make their homes in the Gaza Strip are "terrorists," while the "Palestinians" who murder them are "heroic martyrs."
On Sunday, two Palestinian Arab gunmen mercilessly shot to death Tali Hatuel, 36, and her four daughters, all under the age of 12. Hatuel's unborn son was also killed.
But rather than condemn their murder, the Arafat-controlled Voice of Palestine slammed Israel for rocketing a Gaza City Hamas radio station in response.
The massacre of the Hatuel family - during which the terrorists themselves were eliminated by IDF troops - was labeled as an "act of heroic martyrdom."
Following the gruesome slaughter of the Hatuel family Sunday, Israel launched a limited rocket attack on a Gaza City Hamas radio station known as a beacon of virulent Jew hatred.
While no "Palestinians" were wounded in the strike, and the station was operating in violation of the Oslo Accords, the Voice of Palestine quoted a senior PA official as calling the raid a "cowardly act by a war criminal."
The anchor then went on to portray the murderers of the Hatuel girls as "heroic martyrs" (they were chased down and killed by IDF soldiers following the attack), reported media analyst Michael Widlanski.
The Voice of Palestine is an official mouthpiece of Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority.
The mainstream Arabic satellite network Al Jazeera referred to the killing as a "resistance strike."
While their killers were honored, Voice of Palestine called Tali Hatuel and her daughters "terrorists" in its Monday morning broadcast, Widlanski noted.
The radio's initial report on the attack said only that "five settlers" had been killed, but failed to identify the victims as a pregnant woman and four young girls.
Nor was the brutal manner in which they were executed reported.
Further investigation of the attack this week revealed the two "Palestinian" gunmen first shot at the Hatuel's car from several meters away, and then approached to finish off the family from close range.
According to Arutz 7, the killers videotaped the Hatuels being ripped apart by their bullets and bleeding to death.
Palestinian Arabs throughout Judea celebrated the murders of Tali and her girls .
" Vengence for the death of a small child
even the devil has not yet devised "
GAZA BABY KILLERS
After riddling the car with gunfire on a road leading to Israel, the two terrorists then ran up to the vehicle and coldbloodedly pumped bullets into each of their victims' heads to make sure they had finished the job, Israeli police said.
One of the gunmen also shot the swollen belly of the eight-months-pregnant mom at point-blank range.
"At first, we thought we could do something to save the mother, but it was too late," one distraught Israeli settler said.
"The children were already dead, with bullets in the head. Little children. I don't know, I really don't know," the man said.
Killed were Tali Hatuel, 34, and her four daughters: Meirav, 2, Roni, 7, Hadar, 9, and Hila, 11.
Rescuers found the dead baby still strapped in her car seat, just above a blood-soaked children's book that had fallen on the floor.
The brutal attack occurred at around 1 p.m., as Hatuel, a social worker who counseled the relatives of terror victims, was driving her daughters from their settlement of Gush Katif to hand out fliers at a nearby protest over the planned dismantlement of their settlement and about 20 others.
A bumper sticker on their car defiantly read, "From here, we will not move."
Hours later, Likud Party voters overwhelmingly rejected a nonbinding referendum on the plan, largely because of emotional backlash stemming from the five murders.
Israeli TV reported that a CNN crew traveling in a van on the same road as the woman and her daughters had spotted the ambush being set up moments earlier and tried to alert the family. But the mom didn't understand what the crew was trying to say before it was too late.
The two gunmen were shot dead by Israeli soldiers as they fled the scene.
Several Palestinian militant groups, including the Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility.
David Hatuel, a teacher, wept uncontrollably over the bodies of his wife and children at their funerals as he begged them to forgive him for spending so much time away from home to lobby against the pullout.
"On Friday, [the girls] drew me a picture and wrote, 'Daddy, we are proud of what you are doing for the home where we were born,' " he told the crowd of thousands of mourners.
"You were my flowers, and I will not forget you," he sobbed.
Several hours after the attack, Israel launched missiles at a Gaza City building that housed Palestinian-run radio stations and two main newspapers. At least two people were wounded. Israel also launched a missile struke on a car in Nablus killing four militants,