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Jerusalem Terrorist Memorial Removed

A memorial to a Fatah terrorist at the site of terror attack in the heart of Jerusalem has been removed following a Legal Forum complaint.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 11/19/2010, 10:46 AM / Last Update: 11/19/2010, 11:28 AM

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The city of Jerusalem has removed a memorial to a Fatah terrorist that was put up in the neighborhood of Shiloach (Silwan), outside the Old City of Jerusalem. The plaque was removed following a complaint from the Land of Israel Legal Forum.

The memorial was originally put up by Arab residents of Shiloach at the site where the terrorist was killed. He was shot as he ambushed and attacked a Jewish security guard along with two others.

His image was on the plaque, superimposed on a map of the land of Israel. The symbol of the Fatah terrorist group was on the plaque as well.

Legal Forum attorney Yitzchak Bam informed police of the memorial, which he said constituted an illegal memorial for a terrorist. Deceased terrorists may be commemorated at their grave sites, but not at the scene of attacks, he said. It is their victims who deserve commermoration at the attack site.  In addition, overt displays of identification with terrorism, such as the Fatah symbol, are forbidden.

The Legal Forum expressed satisfaction with the result of Bam's petition. “The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel continues to work to protect the Jewish identity and character of the State of Israel and promote proper legal procedure,” a Forum statement said.

The Legal Forum is involved in several other battles to protect Jewish rights and the Israeli character of Jerusalem in particular. The Forum was recently successful in a battle to prevent Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad from appearing at official ceremonies in Jerusalem, and has petitioned police over Arab attacks on Jews on the Mount of Olives. It is currently fighting to protect the right of Jews in Judea and Samaria to carry weapons for self-defense.