Terrorist's daughter: 'We're happy … My father is a great man'
The killed terrorist's daughter was recorded praising her father who murdered two Israelis at a light rail stop in Jerusalem; Meanwhile, Hamas describes the terrorist a hero whose actions were caused by the Israeli occupation; cakes and candy handed out in celebration of the attack in Gaza, east Jerusalem.
"We're very happy and proud of our father," she can be heard and seen on the recording. "My father is a great man. Our relationship, as father and daughter, was excellent."
Terrorist has history of police confrontation
Despite the terrorist having had ties to Hamas, the Fatah party also responded to the killing, ascribing the attack to Israeli policy regarding Jerusalem and Temple Mount. The local Fatah branch in East Jerusalem additionally announced a day of mourning in memory of the terrorist.
The main Salah a-Din Street in East Jerusalem, in addition to several neighborhoods in the city, saw clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces throughout Sunday. There were also celebrations of the attack in the Gaza Strip and the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, as candy and baklava was distributed to people on the street. Several Palestinian media outlets mentioned that those handing out the sweets were the terrorist's own family members, who themselves own a sweetshop in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Hamas-affiliated media, for its part, venerated the terrorist, and Hamas itself put out a video report chronicling his life.
Shortly after the attack, one of Hamas's spokespeople, Fawzi Barhoum, praised what he called "a heroic action" and said that "the action in al-Quds (the Arabic name for Jerusalem) is a natural reaction to the continued crimes of the occupation against Palestinians and the al-Aqsa mosque." A few hours later, Hamas published a statement recognizing the terrorist as one of its members and "a symbol of the city," adding that "he gave his life today for the al-Aqsa mosque and the city of al-Quds."
The terrorist was supposed to go to jail Sunday morning to serve four months in prison for assaulting a police officer. He had already served five months and was convicted, among other charges, of aggravated battery, illegal military training and setting vehicles on fire.