JERUSALEM – Officials from both the Palestinian Authority and its ruling Fatah party held rallies to celebrate the release of a terrorist involved in one of Israel’s most heinous murders – that of Israeli teenager Ofir Rahum, who was killed in 2001 after being lured to the West Bank by a female terrorist he met and fell in love with online.
On Thursday, Abd Al-Fattah Doleh finished a 12-year prison sentence for kidnapping and shooting 16-year-old Rahum on January 17, 2001.
Senior adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah Central Committee Member Sultan Abu Al-Einein, District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, Beitunia Mayor Ribhi Dawla, and Director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake took part in a “mass reception” to welcome the released prisoner back home, the PA’s official daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, reported on Friday.
Dawla “emphasized that the prisoners are the symbol of liberation and getting rid of the occupation,” independent Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported. Dawla also expressed the PA’s continued support for terrorists who murder Israelis and called his city Beitunia “the city of martyrs and prisoners,” that will forever “remain loyal to the path of the martyrs.”
The released terrorist Doleh is a member of Fatah’s terror faction, Tanzim, which orchestrated the horrific ploy that led to Rahum’s murder. Female terrorist Amna Muna began chatting with Israelis online after she witnessed the infamous lynching of two Israeli soldiers by a Palestinian mob in 2000, which made her – in her words – “excited.”
Posing as a Jewish immigrant from Morocco, Rahum and Muna began a romance over the Internet until the latter convinced him to meet her face-to-face in Jerusalem. Doleh and another terrorist kidnapped Rahum, drove him to the outskirts of Ramallah and shot him 15 times.
Muna was sentenced to life imprisonment but released in 2011 as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal and exiled to Ankara, Turkey. Less than two months after her release, Abbas met with her privately in Ankara.
On International Women’s Day last year, Abbas’ Fatah movement honored Muna, calling her “O glorious one.”
Senior adviser to Abbas, Sultan Abu Al-Einein, who participated in the rally glorifying Doleh, last week encouraged Palestinians to “cut off the heads of every Israeli [they] meet.”