TEL AVIV – Samir Kuntar, the terrorist who murdered a four-year-old by smashing her skull with the butt of his rifle, is labelled the newest Palestinian “national hero” and his death is claimed to be proof that Israel is in cahoots with the Islamic State, Palestinian Media Watch reported.
On December 19, Kuntar was killed in an explosion outside of Damascus with Hezbollah attributing his death to Israel, though the Free Syrian Army claimed responsibility. Until 2006, Kuntar sat in an Israeli jail for murdering four Israelis, including a policeman and his daughter Einat Haran, whose head Kuntar repeatedly smashed with his gun. The quadruple murder was called a “heroic operation” by a member of the PLO Executive Committee.
Two days after Kuntar’s death, the Palestinian Fatah party held a rally commemorating the “heroic freed prisoner” whose assassination, according to the Palestinian National Council, “is added to the international terrorist acts perpetrated by Israel.” A mourning tent “to receive those offering condolences over leader Samir Kuntar’s death as a Martyr” was also set up in the West Bank.
Director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake stated at the rally: “Martyr Samir Kuntar is a Palestinian symbol. … We gather today in honor of Martyr Kuntar, in order to accompany him to his wedding (i.e., Martyr’s funeral) as a Martyr, in the name of all the Palestinian people, and in order to emphasize to him and to everyone fighting for Palestine – you will remain present throughout our lives. We will not forget your heroic acts and sacrifice, and we will talk about you with all future generations. We will tell them: ‘Kuntar rubbed the nose of the occupier in the dust here.’”
The Fatah Central Committee also condemned the assassination of Kuntar, stating that “the heinous crime is added to the history of terror by the Israeli occupation state, which insists on continuing with the killing and destruction anywhere it pleases.”
Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Front and PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Wasel Abu Yusuf said, “Israel’s assassination of Lebanese-Palestinian-Arab fighter Samir Kuntar is a new crime perpetrated by the occupation against Arab fighters. … He believed in the concept of resistance and implemented it in Palestine since his youth, in the heroic operation [i.e., terror attack] in Nahariya.”
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki said, “We received with pride and honor the news of the death as a Martyr of the national hero, one of the outstanding knights, senior among prisoners, Martyr of the Lebanese resistance and Martyr of Palestine, the late Samir Kuntar, who died as a Martyr through traitors, in a despicable bombing by the Zionist entity’s airplanes. … We swear to the Martyr to continue in the way of struggle until victory, Allah willing, and until the purification of the Palestinian and Arab land from the Israeli occupation and the criminal gangs.”
Fatah Central Committee member and former head of PA General Intelligence Tawfiq Tirawi stated that targeting Kuntar, who allegedly fought against ISIS, is proof of Israel’s “support of ISIS and its partnership with ISIS in causing the dissolution of the Arab states. This is in order to redraw the political map in the region in a manner that would serve the new colonialist conspiracy in the Arab region, which is aimed at eliminating the Palestinian cause.”
Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein also stressed, “Kuntar’s assassination reveals that Israel and its allies stand behind the dark terrorist movements and currents in the region, most prominently ISIS.”