The Palestinian Authority last week honored a terrorist who planned a bombing attack with a refrigerator filled with explosives in 1975 that killed 15 and wounded more than 60 Israelis in a central square in Jerusalem.
In a written eulogy PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas called terrorist Ahmad Abu Sukkar's life a “journey of struggle full of exceptional giving and devoted activity for Palestine and forthe freedom and honor of our people", Palestinian Media Watch reported.
Abu Sukkar was sentenced to life in prison and served 28 years until he was released as a goodwill gesture towards the PA in 2003. He served as advisor to PA Chairman Arafat on prisoners' affairs and was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council. He died of a heart attack on Tuesday.
Secretary-General of the Presidential Office Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim represented PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the funeral and laid a wreath from Abbas on the coffin.
"We miss this man. He will remain in our minds and veins. His memory and his good and wonderful deeds for this nation and for this nation's cause will always remain an example for us to emulate," Al-Rahim said in an interview at the funeral, according to Palestinian Media Watch.
In his eulogy Abbas referred to Abu Sukkar's "pure soul" and described him as "a righteous son and loyal fighter".
"With the death of this fighter, Palestine and its people have lost a righteous son and loyal fighter, devoted wholeheartedly to protecting our people's rights,” Abbas said, according to the watchdog.
“He dedicated most of his life to this people's independence and paid with many years of his life in the occupation's prisons so that the dawn of freedom will break over the pure land of Palestine", Abbas added.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has agreed, in response to the push by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, to release some 350 terrorist prisoners as a “gesture” to PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, as a part of the return to negotiations.