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Monday, October 21, 2013
PA minister: Hamas founder Yassin is role model for children
Arch-terrorist and founder of Hamas,
is "exalted Palestinian figure" and "icon"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
A senior Palestinian Authority minister has presented arch-terrorist and
founder of Hamas, Ahmed Yassin, as a role model for Palestinians. In a
Friday sermon recently broadcast on official PA TV, PA Minister of
Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash stated that Yassin is an "exalted
national Palestinian figure," an "icon," and that Palestinian children
are taught about his "legacy, Jihad, actions, and morality."
Under Yassin's leadership, Hamas killed hundreds of Israeli civilians in
suicide bombings, drive-by shootings and other terror attacks.
While defending Arafat against criticism that had been voiced on
Al-Jazeera TV, PA Minister Al-Habbash included Hamas leader and
terrorist Yassin in his praise:
"Almost ten years after the death of the
great leader Yasser Arafat, a leader over whom there was no dispute
among the Palestinian nation... No one dared come out against us and
accuse Arafat of treason. Can Arafat be accused of treason? Can Ahmed
Yassin be accused of treason? Can they be accused of treason? They are
exalted national Palestinian figures. They are icons - people teach
their children about their legacy, their Jihad, their actions and their
[Official PA TV, Sept. 13, 2013]
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin - Founder and former head of the terrorist
organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous
terror attacks and the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians.