Terrorists affiliated with Fatah, the faction led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, have taken responsibility for the murder of an Israeli couple driving in the West Bank Thursday, The Times of Israel reported  today.
The Abdel Qader al-Husseini Brigades, a group affiliated with Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, announced on Friday that its men on Thursday night opened fire on the car of Eitam and Naama Henkin, a couple in their 30s, while they were driving home with their four children, aged four months to nine. The children were not wounded in the attack. …
“With Allah’s help and in keeping with our right for resistance and our duty to sacred jihad, our forces on Thursday night carried out a necessary action in which they fired on a car of occupying settlers that left the settlement of Itamar, built on Palestinian lands in the south of the city of Hebron. They fired on the car and killed the settler and his partner.”
The NGO Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported  that a member of Fatah’s Central Committee also announced the claim of responsibility on his official Facebook page.
Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul posted: “The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah, accepted responsibility for the Itamar operation (i.e., murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin), carried out against settlers, leading to their deaths.”
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the Palestinian Authority has led a vicious incitement campaign against Israel calling for violence in recent weeks. Palestinians are fed a steady diet of statements by senior PA and Fatah leaders, claiming that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is “in danger ” and that Palestinians must defend it through Ribat, a religious war to liberate or defend what is claimed to be Islamic land.
The Henkins were murdered  one day after Abbas gave a speech  at the United Nations that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said  “encourages incitement and lawlessness in the Middle East.”
“It has been proven again that the wild Palestinian incitement leads to acts of terrorism and murder such as we have seen this evening,” Netanyahu said  in response to the attack.
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