A week after the Jordanian terrorist who murdered 7 Israeli schoolgirls was released from prison, JerusalemOnline received an Arabic language affidavit that proves that his actions were premeditated to the contrary of what was previously claimed and that he was motivated to commit the murders by anti-Jewish incitement.

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About a week after JOL reported that Jordan released terrorist Ahmed Daqamseh from prison, who killed 7 Israeli school girls in a terror attack in Naharayim in 1997, dreadful new details about the incident that have not been revealed until now have reached JerusalemOnline. These details indicate that the terror attack was more gruesome than both Jordanian judicial records and Israeli sources claim that it was.

During the course of his trial in 1997, Daqamseh claimed that the 7 Israeli girls were mocking him as he prayed. In the eyes of official state-controlled Jordanian media, this claim has been used to justify the terror attack to this day for “they insulted and mocked Islamic prayers.” Jordanian media even claims “any Muslim should have done the same.” However, an affidavit in the Arabic language that has reached JerusalemOnline tells a completely different story.

The Arabic-language affidavit was made available to JerusalemOnline thanks to former Jordanian MP Ali Al Saneed, who was imprisoned for his political views around the same time that Daqamseh went to jail. According to Al Saneed, he was locked up in the very same prison Daqamseh was in and his cell was right across from his. Due to this reason, the two engaged in lengthy conversations about the day that the 7 Israeli school girls were murdered in a terror attack.

According to Al Saneed, the murder of the 7 Israeli school girls was not a spontaneous attack in response to their reaction to the way that Daqamseh prayed but rather was a premeditated terror attack that Daqamseh planned in advance due to the anti-Jewish incitement that he was exposed to. Al Saneed noted that on the day of the terror attack, Daqamseh hugged his children closely for he may never see them again and then prepared to murder: “It was never an improvised attack.”  

Al Saneed claims that Daqamseh told him that on the day of the terror attack, he arrived at Peace Island, where he began examining where to implement the murders and he started to pray to Allah that he would not hesitate out of fear.  According to the report, Daqamseh loaded his M-16 rifle with live ammunition even though it was the procedure then to use non-lethal ammunition: “He kept observing the location waiting for his kill. The first Israeli bus that arrived according to Daqamseh was that of very little school children so he chose not to kill them as they reminded him of his own little children who were then of the same age. Little did he have to wait until another Israeli bus arrived which included the girls he killed, who were apparently of a proper age to murder in Daqamseh’s eyes.” According to Daqamseh, these girls were between age 15 and 20. In reality, they were between age 13 and 14.

According to that report, it was at that moment when he saw the girls that he wanted to murder that Daqamseh’s shift as a Jordanian soldier guarding the area was over.  However, he was still determined to implement the terror attack so he convinced his colleague to let him stay at the post and not to replace him, which was an offer that the Jordanian colleague accepted with joy so that he would have “some extra break time.” After his colleague departed, Daqamseh started to shoot: “He said the first hit was in one girl’s head as he saw her body falling down. He began shooting the other girls.”  According to Jordanian sources, Daqamseh was considered one of the best snipers in the Jordanian Army and had received several honors for that. Nevertheless, he made a mistake by leaving the M-16 on full automatic, which made the rifle jam. For that reason, he stopped after he killed 7 girls and wounded 6 others.

Despite what he had done, the report notes that Daqamseh stood there smoking a cigarette after he “took revenge on the Jews” and “colored the land with their blood as he was taught to hate them from his childhood in his northern Jordanian Bedouin town.” JerusalemOnline was able to confirm that Daqamseh is not of Palestinian origin. Afterwards, Daqamseh related that he got into a military vehicle and ran over the bus driver, thus breaking his legs.

According to JerusalemOnline sources, the Jordanian regime staged and promoted the hero’s welcome that Daqamseh got upon his release both in the streets of the country and in the state-controlled media. However, these sources note that there were no celebrations of his release in Amman, where Jordan’s Palestinian population is concentrated. JerusalemOnline spoke with Abed Al Maala, the Deputy Secretary General of the Jordanian Opposition, who stressed: “The king’s regime has raised this killer and systematically promotes terror. Let’s not forget that the king’s envoy visited Daqamseh upon his release and congratulated him publicly. It is time for the Israelis to see the king and his government for what they are.”