West Bank soccer team honors Ammunition-Hill terrorist
Members of the Palestinian soccer team Hilal Al-Quds are photographed with a banner honoring Masbah Abu Sabih, the 40-year-old Arab Israeli who murdered two Israelis on Sunday, and stood for a moment of silence before their game; the team's spokesman says that it was a group of fans who brought the banner.
Members of the Palestinian soccer team Hilal Al-Quds were photographed on Thursday holding a banner in honor of the killed terrorist who murdered two on Jerusalem's Ammunition Hill on Sunday. The 40-year-old terrorist's name, which was cleared for publication on Thursday, was Masbah Abu Sabih.
Alongside a picture of Abu Sabih, a resident of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, the banner contained the text, "The Hilal Al-Quds Club mourns the lion of al-Aqsa, the martyr, the hero Masbah Abu Sabih." The players also stood for a moment of silence in memory of the man who murdered 1st Sgt. Yossi Kirma and Levana Malihi.
The players were playing in the Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium in al-Ram, north of Jerusalem. Though Abu Sabih's place of residence was officially Silwan, he resided for many years in al-Ram, along with his family, who own a sweetshop in the city, which the IDF closed after they were distributing sweets to the city's residence in celebration of the terrorist attack.
The team's spokesman, Tamer Obaidat, said that the banner was brought in by fans who then posted the picture to Facebook. He said that the fans were outraged at Abu Sabih’s death, but they agreed to take down the photo, as it violated FIFA regulations.