PA erects monument to terrorist who murdered 15

Palestinian Media Watch reports on event attended by PA officials establishing monument to glorify terrorist behind deadly attack in 1976.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

PA establishes monument to terrorist
PA establishes monument to terrorist
Palestinian Media Watch

On the day before yet another stabbing attack was perpetrated by a Palestinian against Israelis, the Palestinian Authority continued its incitement to terrorism.

The Palestinian Authority went through with its plans yesterday (Sunday) to establish a monument honoring the terrorist Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar, who planned the detonation of a bomb-laden refrigerator in the center of Jerusalem, murdering 15 people in 1976. A few days ago (as seen in the above video), Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu publicly asked Mahmoud Abbas to cancel the event because of the negative impact terror glorification has on children.

"Rather than dedicate a statue to a mass-murderer, I ask that you consider honoring a champion of co-existence," Netanyahu said. "This will help educate future generations to love peace over war, compassion over violence."

As seen in the picture above, the Palestinian Authority ignored Netanyahu's request. Palestinian Media Watch exposed the PA's plans on July 13.

The text on the monument reads:

"Monument for the heroic martyr, prisoner Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar 1936-2013.

This monument was erected under the auspices of:

Ramallah and El-Bireh District

The Commission of Prisoners' Affairs

The Palestinian Prisoners' Club

The Turmus Ayya municipality

Arrested in 1976, sentenced to life, released in 2003."

Several Palestinian Authority officials participated in the event and are seen in the picture. They include, among others:

- Director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake (left of the monument)

- Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh, Laila Ghannam (right of the monument)

- PA Parliament Member Qais Abd Al-Karim (right of Ghannam)

The following are some of the statements made by Palestinian officials at the event honoring the terrorist, as quoted in the official PA daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida:

Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh, Dr. Laila Ghannam said that the death of Ahmad Jabarah 'Abu Sukkar' was a loss for everyone who protects human rights and every freedom fighter. She noted that the deceased fighter left behind a legendary history.

Chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares added in his speech: "This man was not a regular man, but rather an epic of a struggle that will be written by the history of the Palestinian victory in large letters due to the greatness of our resolute prisoners."

Director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake emphasized in his speech that "this monument is intended to implant in the minds of our sons and daughters that we are continuing to be loyal to the path of the Martyrs.

"Ahmad Abu Sukkar is a real man, a fighter, and a man who left his impression on everyone and who was a school for giving, resolve, and courage. We are proud of him as one of the symbols of the Palestinian national struggle," Karake added.

Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar planned a bombing attack in 1975 in which a refrigerator filled with explosives was detonated in Jerusalem. 15 people were killed and over 60 people were wounded. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, but was released from prison after 28 years as part of a goodwill gesture from Israel to the PA in 2003. He was a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and an adviser to the PA Chairman Yasser Arafat on prisoners' affairs. He died of a heart attack in 2013.

Palestinian Media Watch contributed to this report