"Palestinian" Arab terrorist Tha'ir Kayid Hamad praised for the murder of 10 Israelis in 2002
On March 3, 2002, a "Palestinian" sniper murdered seven Israeli soldiers, two of them officers, and three Israeli civilians. Another six Israelis were wounded, four of them seriously
This horrific event occurred at a checkpoint near the community of Ofra, the scene of recent destruction of Jewish homes and the eviction of their inhabitants by the Israeli government.
The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of the Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the attack. Fatah leader and terrorist Marwan Barghouti praised the attack, saying "Blessed be the fighting hands of the heroes, who dealt these blows to the army of occupation." (Barghouti was arrested by the IDF in 2002, tried and convicted on charges of murder, and sentenced to five life sentences which he is currently serving.)
The sniper escaped, but on October 3, 2004, the Arab Tha'ir Kayid Hamad was arrested and subsequently sentenced to 11 life sentences.
The Israelis killed were:
Capt. Ariel Hovav, 25, of Eli
Lt.(res.) David Damelin, 29, of Kibbutz Metzar
1st Sgt.(res.) Rafael Levy, 42, of Rishon LeZion
Sgt.-Maj.(res.) Avraham Ezra, 38, of Kiryat Bialik
Sgt.-Maj.(res.) Eran Gad, 24, of Rishon LeZion
Sgt.-Maj.(res.) Yochai Porat, 26, of Kfar Saba
Sgt.-Maj.(res.) Kfir Weiss, 24, of Beit Shemesh
Sergei Birmov, 33, of Ariel
Vadim Balagula, 32, of Ariel
The New York Times reported on the story:
MIDEAST TURMOIL: THE BATTLES; Latest Attacks Stun Israelis And Dampen Hopes for Peace
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported on the continued glorification of the terrorist in November, 2015:
Fatah TV proud of killer of 11 who carried out "heroic operation"
We mourn for the murdered Israelis. The glorification of murderers within Arab society continues to this day, and only confirms the ridiculousness of what is referred to as the "two state solution."