PA President Abbas’ Palestinian faction, Fatah, posted a photo describing the 21 yr-old murderer of Taylor Force as a “heroic martyr”… that remained online while meeting US vice president.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Fatah, the largest faction within the PLO, and the party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, celebrated the Tuesday murder of an American tourist in Jaffa on its Facebook page, the media watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch has reported.
The group posted a hand drawn sketch of a hand gripping a knife over a map of Israel and the Palestinian territories. The text on the arm reads “the heroic martyr,” (Shahid in Arabic), and written on the map is the name Bashar Masalha, the murderer of the American Taylor Force.
Mashala, a 21-year-old man from Kalkilya, went on a stabbing spree in Tel Aviv-Jaffa on Tuesday night, killing Vanderbilt graduate student Taylor Force, 29, who was visiting Israel, and wounding 12 others.
An anchor on the official Palestinian TV station referred to the American casualty and the other victims as “settlers” and the network also referred to the terrorist as a shahid or, an Islamic martyr, PMW also reported.
Force was a US veteran who had served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The attack occurred just a short distance away from where visiting Vice President Joe Biden was meeting former president Shimon Peres.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Biden for his strong support anddenounced the PA for failing to condemn terror attacks against Israelis.
“Unfortunately President Abbas has not only refused to condemn these terrorism attacks. His Fatah party actually portrays the murderer of this American citizen as a Palestinian martyr and a hero. This is wrong. This failure to condemn terrorism should be condemned itself by everyone in the international community,” Netanyahu said.
PM Netanyahu Meets US VP Joe BidenStatements by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Vice President at the start of their meeting today in Jerusalem.Click here for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s full remarks:http://www.pmo.gov.il/ENGLISH/MediaCenter/Events/Pages/eventBiden090316.aspxVideo: GPO
Posted by The Prime Minister of Israel on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.
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