Palestinian terrorist groups, including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, praised Ari Fuld’s assassination on Sunday, saying it is a “natural response to Zionist crimes against Palestinians.
The official news agency of the Palestinian Authority, Wafa, described the attack in a short article entitled: “Occupation hurts teenager south of Bethlehem.
The Palestinian press identified the terrorist as Khalil Ali Jabarin, 17, from the city of Yatta south of Hebron. According to the report, Khabarin was wounded “on the pretext that he tried to carry out a knife attack” in Gush Etzion.
Hamas reacted quickly to the terrorist attack and called it a “heroic stabbing operation”.
Husam Badran, a senior Hamas official, said in a statement: “We welcome this heroic operation and affirm that causing damage to the al-Aqsa mosque is a red line. The terrorist attack came in response to what Israel plans to do at al-Aqsa mosque. Our Palestinian people will not remain silent in the face of ongoing violations against al-Aqsa.
The Hamas official referred to Jewish visits to the Temple Mount. Palestinians say such visits are aimed at altering the status quo in the holy place.
The Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, have condemned the visits and accused the Jews of “desecrating” the Islamic complex, which the Jews also claim as a sacred site.
AP-controlled media describe the visits as “violent invasions by Jewish extremists” to al-Aqsa mosque.
Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif Qanou also praised the terrorist attack and said it is an indication that the intifada against Israel is not over.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the second largest terrorist group in the Gaza Strip, praised the “heroic operation against Zionist terrorism. It said Fuld’s assassination was a “natural response to Zionist crimes against our people, our lands and our sacred sites.
The group called on Palestinians in the West Bank to intensify “military operations” against the settlers.
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The Popular Resistance Committees, another Gaza-based terrorist group, said in a statement that the attack is a “form of popular resistance to the Zionist-U.S. conspiracy” against Palestinians.
Palestinians view U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan for peace in the Middle East, which has not yet been announced, as an “Israeli-American conspiracy to liquidate the Palestinian cause.
The armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (FDLP), a terrorist faction of the PLO, hailed the attack as a “natural response to Israeli crimes”. They said that “the resistance will eventually force an end to the occupation,” and incited more attacks on IDF soldiers and settlers.
The terrorist’s grandfather, Jamal, said the family did not know that their son intended to carry out the attack.
He left home early in the morning and told me that he would have breakfast before going to school. Later we learned from the media and neighbors that he had been injured and taken to the hospital.” his mother said.
Unconfirmed reports said the terrorist’s family notified Palestinian Authority security forces that he was missing after he did not return home or arrive at school.
Sources in Yatta said the IDF detained the terrorist’s father and two brothers for questioning.