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Terrorist Leader Abbas's Fatah Murders Mother And Father In Front Of Their Four Children

October 4, 2015

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Netanyahu Demands Accountability Over Murder Of Two Israelis In Front Of Couple's Children

October 2, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – – Hat tip to the Investigative Project on Binyamin Netanyahu demanded that the PA leadership condemn the Arab terrorists who killed an Israeli couple as they were driving their four children home.

In his most recent public appearance, Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the PA, failed to even refer to the incident while its controlling faction, HAMAS praised the killing.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism posted an excerpt from a speech by Abbas made on PA television which clearly demonstrates his stoking of the worsening jihad taking place in Israel.

"The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours... and they have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem... We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah," Palestinian Authority (PA) President Abbas said in a speech, segments of which were aired on official PA TV and posted on his website."

About the incident Palestinian Media Watch has this to say:

"Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the Palestinian Authority has led a vicious incitement campaign against Israel calling for violence in recent weeks. Palestinians are fed a steady diet of statements by senior PA and Fatah leaders, claiming that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is "in danger," and that Palestinians must defend it through Ribat, a religious war to liberate or defend what is claimed to be Islamic land. PA Chairman Abbas chose to open his speech Wednesday at the UN with this PA libel. Specifically, he stated that Israel is scheming to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry, in the standard boilerplate statement, said the "world community" must act to stop the violence.

Fatah, Abbas' political party claimed responsibility for the murder, as the Western Journalism news website notes "Senior Fatah official Mahmoud Al-Aloul, who is a member of the Fatah Central Committee, was revealed by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) as having announcing responsibility on Facebook for the murder of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin outside Itamar in Samaria," Arutz Sheva in Israel reported.

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Senior Fatah Official Confirms: We Murdered the Israeli Couple
Veteran Fatah Central Committee member openly says his faction murdered Henkins in front of their children, as terror praise pours in.

Ari Yashar

The "armed wing" of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction initially claimed responsibility for Thursday night's brutal murder of a young couple right in front of their four children, but now a senior Fatah official has confirmed that claim.

Senior Fatah official Mahmoud Al-Aloul, who is a member of the Fatah Central Committee, was revealed by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) as having announcing responsibility the night before on Facebook for the murder of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin outside Itamar in Samaria.

"The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah, accepted responsibility for the Itamar operation (i.e. the murder - ed.) carried out against settlers, leading to their deaths," wrote Al-Aloul in an open admission.

Al-Aloul is a senior Fatah figure; he was the PA governor of Shechem (Nablus) from 1995 before becoming part of the Fatah Central Committee in 2009. In 2012, he confirmed Fatah remains committed to terrorism, saying, "no one has dropped the armed resistance from his dictionary."

The Martyr Abdul-Qader al-Husseini Brigades is the particular faction of Fatah which claimed responsibility for the murder of the Henkin couple.

Fatah and Hamas officials have both praised the attack, and the praise of the murder by Palestinian Arab terror groups continued on Friday.

The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) said that alleged killings of Arabs by Jews "needed a painful response to settlers to stop their terrorism against our people in the West Bank," according to the Palestinian Arab Ma'an News Agency.

The spokesperson of the "military wing" of the PRC, the al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades, called the attack a "natural response" to Israeli "violations" at the Al-Aqsa Mosque - in other words, Israeli law enforcement against violent Arab riots at the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

"Resistance is the most effective way to stop Israel and its violations, and violations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and against worshipers in Jerusalem calls upon the resistance forces to escalate its operations wherever there are settlers on Palestinian land," said the spokesperson.

Also getting in on the action was the Communist terror group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which spoke about the "right of defense."

The "military wing" of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), the National Resistance Brigades, rounded out the support of terrorism, calling for a "joint operation" by the various Arab terror groups against Israel.


What US Jews Can Do in Response to the Henkin Murders There are concrete actions that American Jews can take in response to the Henkin murders.

From Att'y Stephen M. Flatow

The heartbreaking murder of Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Naama, gunned down by Palestinian terrorists in front of their children, will generate tear-filled eulogies and anguished recitations of tehillim (Psalms) throughout the Jewish world. As they should.

But then what?

The depressingly familiar post-terrorist attack ritual is already unfolding before our eyes. The Obama administration has issued a formalistic condemnation, adding its standard, amoral appeal: "We urge all sides to maintain calm…" (As if "all sides" are to blame for disrupting the "calm" in the first place.) The news media will portray the murders as a response to something that some Israeli did or is suspected of doing or might have done, somewhere, at some point. And the United Nations will, of course, remain silent. Palestinian murders of Jews don't interest anybody in that august building.

American Jews will watch all this in anguish and frustration. There will be some angry press releases, some heartfelt tears, and more tehillim. As
More than 100 Americans have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists since the 1960s, most of them in recent years.
there should be. (It's also a particularly personal cause for my own family, which has supported the Henkins' work at the Torah-study institute Nishmat by endowing the Alisa Flatow Program for International Students in memory of my daughter—who was also a victim of Palestinian terrorism.)

What usually happens next, however, is that the news of the murders retreats from the headlines, the memories of the victims fade from public consciousness, and we all collectively turn the page and shift our attentions elsewhere.

But it shouldn't be that way. We must not become the turn-the-page business-as-usual generation. There are concrete actions that American Jews can take in response to the Henkin murders.

Urge President Barack Obama to put Fatah on the official terror list

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, which is the military division of Fatah, has publicly boasted that it committed the murders. Fatah is the largest faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is the parent body of the Palestinian Authority. (Mahmoud Abbas is chairman of all three: Fatah, the PLO, and the PA.) When the State Department first created its official list of "Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations" in 1997, it left Fatah off—otherwise, it would have been illegal for the U.S. to keep sending $500 million to the PA every year.

But the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade committed so many suicide bombings and other major terrorist attacks in the years to follow, that eventually the U.S. could no longer turn a blind eye. So it opted to play a little game—to pretend that the Brigade was not connected to Fatah. The Brigade was added to the Terrorist Organizations list in 2002. Fatah was not.

In 2003, a BBC investigation of PA documents captured by Israel proved that the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade is directly financed by Fatah. In June 2004, the PA's prime minister, Ahmed Qurei, declared, "We have clearly declared that the Aksa Martyrs' Brigades are part of Fatah. We are committed to them and Fatah bears full responsibility for the group." The U.S. ignored that and hoped nobody would notice. To this day, Fatah is still left off the list. It's time to urge President Obama to put Fatah on the list.

Support the Meehan bill for terror victims

The House of Representatives last week overwhelmingly approved legislation to take $43 billion from frozen Iranian assets and give it to American victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism who were awarded that amount by U.S. courts. The Obama administration would like to just give the money to the Iranians. The bill now heads to the Senate. American Jewish organizations should be making it their top lobbying priority.

Advocate for action against killers of Americans

Rabbi Eitam Henkin was the son of the renowned educators Rabbi Yehuda and Rabbanit Chana Henkin, both of whom grew up in the U.S. More than 100 Americans have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists since the 1960s, most of them in recent years. The U.S. government has a special legal and moral responsibility when American citizens are victimized by terrorists. Yet in all these years and after all these Palestinian attacks, not a single Palestinian murderer of Americans has been indicted by the American government or extradited to the U.S. America has not even taken symbolic steps, such as insisting that the PA stop naming schools, parks, and sports tournaments in honor of killers of Americans. We must demand that the Obama administration take action.Yes, this is a time for tears and prayers. But it must also be a time for action by American Jews. Let's contact our Jewish leaders and our elected representatives, and make it clear that the time for business as usual is over.

Stephen M. Flatow, an attorney in New Jersey, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in a Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995. His family has established the Alisa Flatow Program for International Students at Nishmat, the Jennie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women, and dedicated Nishmat's building in Alisa's memory.Also posted at JNS.

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