The Palestinian Authority (PA) held a hero's funeral for terrorist murderer Sarhan Sarhan last week, after his body was returned by Israel on February 23. At the event, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's representative praised the killer as "a brave, heroic fighter."
Sarhan murdered five Israelis, including a mother and her two four- and five-year old children, at Kibbutz Metzer in 2002. The terrorist, a member of the military wing of Abbas's Fatah party, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, was killed in a shootout with soldiers the following year.
At the funeral, Tulkarem District Governor Abdullah Kamil spoke on behalf of Abbas, saying "we part today from a brave, heroic fighter who fell defending Palestine, its land, its people and the land of Jerusalem."
Palestinian Media Watch translated and exposed the statements. Abbas's representative added "today we escort this great heroic martyr like a bridegroom. [He] who sacrificed his life for Palestine," and further said all terrorists' remains still held by Israel "will be escorted as bridegrooms, as this heroic martyr was escorted."
Abbas's praise of terrorism has been constant, including a ceremony in January in which he called released terrorists "heroes" multiple times. The PA also announced in February it would give an extra $46 million a year to released terrorists, which necessarily will draw on American funding.
The mob-like procession shouted threatening slogans such as "Sarhan, rest in peace, we will continue the struggle," "with soul and with blood we will redeem you, Sarhan," and "millions of shahids (martyrs) are marching to Jerusalem."
The mob also shouted "Khaibar, Khaibar! Oh, Jews, the army of Muhammad has begun to return," a rendition of the Muslim cry referencing the Jewish village reportedly destroyed by Islam-founder Mohammed's army, ending the Jewish presence in Arabia in 628 C.E.
Another PA funeral, another terrorist heroicized
Another PA funeral was held for the suicide bomber terrorist Ragheb Jaradat, whose body was transferred on February 25. Jaradat blew himself on an Israeli bus in 2002, killing eight.
At the ceremony, a wreath from Abbas was placed on the grave. Talal Dweikat, District Governor of Jenin, spoke at the event on behalf of the PA, saying "we are determined to honor our martyrs... Today we are gathering...to attend this martyr's funeral." Dweikat praised Jaradat for having "sacrificed his blood for the Palestinian nation and for the Palestinian cause."
A report for the official PA TV said at the procession "this is the sight at the funeral of [he] who is more noble than all of us, martyr Ragheb Jaradat. In this scene, our people our trying to express [their] highest esteem to those who sacrificed their pure souls for the homeland."