The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is known as the “military wing” of the Mahmoud Abbas-controlled Fatah party. Don’t get fooled by the artificial separation, the moderate peace partner” is in control of this “wing” as much as the rest of the PLO. About a year ago, Aaron Klein of WND reported that many of the rockets fired from Gaza into the Negev were fired by the Fatah controlled Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade under the express orders of “moderate peace partner Mahmoud Abbas. (see Gaza “Rocket Man”: Abbas Tells Us What to Do)
Today, the Abbas controlled Martyr’s Brigade, is distributing literature praising the HOLY and Heroic act act of Thursday night’s Massacre:
Peace partner’ praises ‘heroic’ shooting massacre
JERUSALEM – The military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization today labeled this week’s Jerusalem yeshiva shooting massacre an “heroic act,” called for more terror attacks against Israelis and urged Fatah to forge a unity government with the Hamas terror group. The official statement came hours before Abbas told an international group today peace talks with Israel should continue despite the bloody attack, in which eight yeshiva students were gunned to death while studying in their school’s main library. “Despite all the circumstances we’re living through and all the attacks we’re experiencing, we insist on peace. There is no other path,” Abbas said today in a speech marking International Women’s Day. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Abbas’ military wing, meanwhile released an official pamphlet obtained by WND declaring their appreciation of “the heroic operation in Jerusalem.” “We bless the martyr [who carried out the shootings] with all the blood of the heroes of the resistance and with the soil of our land,” continued the Fatah statement. “Kill them and then Allah will torture them in your hands and Allah will give you victory over them and will bring joy to the hearts of the believers,” said the Al Aqsa statement, quoting a verse from the Quran. The Brigades went on to explain “resistance” is the only strategy that will “take back our rights and release all the soil of Palestine to our hands.” The Fatah terror group called on Abbas to immediately negotiate a national unity government with Hamas, “in order to confront the challenges that our people face.” During today’s address, Abbas hinted he would be willing to reconcile with Hamas, stating Hamas “was a firm part of the Palestinian people despite the mistake they made [in taking over the Gaza Strip.” The Egyptian government the past few days has been leading a public effort to bring Hamas and Fatah to the negotiating table. Meanwhile, both Israel and the United States called for the continuation of negotiations aimed at creating a Palestinian state before the end of the year. “These terrorists are trying to destroy the chances of peace but we certainly will continue the peace talks,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Mekel said today. The White House for its part urged Israel and the PA to continue peace talks despite the Jerusalem yeshiva massacre. “The most important thing is that the peace process continue and that the parties are committed to it,” a White House spokesman said. “There’s nothing to explain that an attack of this nature … deserves anything less than condemnation,” the spokesman added. During Thursday’s attack, a terrorist gunman infiltrated the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva, located near the entrance to Jerusalem, and fired hundreds of rounds at students studying in the building’s main library, killing eight students and wounding about a dozen. Scenes of the yeshiva’s blood-soaked floors and of bodies being lined up outside the yeshiva’s library were broadcast on Israeli TV. Prayer books, torahs and Talmud texts stained with blood were carried from the building. The head of the ZAKA emergency services – among the first to arriive at the yeshiva following the attack – described the scene as a “slaughterhoouse.” The fatalities have been identified as Yochai Lipschitz, 18, of Jerusalem; Yonatan Yitzchak Eldar, 16, of Shiloh; Yonadav Chaim Hirschfeld, 19, of Kochav Hashahar; Neriah Cohen, 15, of Jerusalem; Roey Roth, 18, of Elkana; Segev Pniel Avihayil, 15, of Neveh Daniel; Avraham David Moses, 16, of Efrat; and Maharata Trunoch, 26, of Ashdod. Sources: Fatah activist planned attack on behalf of Hezbollah An Israeli-Arab terror group called the Freedom Brigades of the Galilee, which says it works for Hezbollah, took responsibility for the mass shooting to avenge the assassination in Syria last month of arch-Hezbollah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, who topped Israel’s most wanted list and was responsible for infamous deadly attacks against the U.S. and Israel, including involvement in the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon. WND quoted Israeli and Palestinian security officials stating the shooting was planned on behalf of the Hezbollah terrorist group by an activist from Abbas’ Fatah organization. Israel, coordinating with Palestinian intelligence services, has specific information the bloody massacre was financed by Hezbollah and was planned in the West Bank city of Bethlehem by Muhammad Shehadi, a Fatah activist who ran as a Fatah candidate but lost in the 2006 Palestinian elections. The attack reportedly was carried out by an Arab who worked as a driver at the rabbinical seminary and lived in the Jerusalem village of Jable al-Mujabre. WND reported exclusively within an hour of the attack an Arab ID from Jable al-Mujabre was found amid the carnage and dead bodies in the yeshiva. Fatah activist Shehadi received financing from Hezbollah to plan the attack, according to senior security sources speaking to WND. Shehadi’s Bethlehem house was raided and demolished this morning by Israeli forces. The Fatah activist, who was not inside his home, is still at large. According to Palestinian security officials familiar with Shehadi, after losing the 2006 election as a Fatah leader, Shehadi worked for about six months for the Islamic Jihad terror group but then switched back to Fatah. “He would go wherever the money was,” said a Palestinian security official. “He thought he could get more money from Islamic Jihad, so he worked for them for a few months but then switched back to Fatah because he didn’t like his Islamic Jihad salary.” According to Israeli security sources, Shehadi previously assisted in terrorist attacks carried out from the Bethlehem area by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.