Israeli media is reporting that Hamas leaders have praised today’s stabbing attack on a Jerusalem bus as “heroic and brave.” According to a Times of Israel report:
January 21, 2015 Hamas leaders on Wednesday took to social media to praise a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv that morning, expressing hopes that similar attacks will follow.
Three weeks after an instructional video on stabbing attributed to Hamas emerged online, movement members gleefully extolled the bus assault, heralding it as a sign of things to come.
‘A morning of resistance, a morning for the nation,’ wrote Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum on his Facebook page, above a photo of a black-handled combat knife lying on the pavement encircled by police tape.
Gaza-based Hamas official Husam Badran praised the act on Facebook as ‘extraordinary’ and called for more ‘acts of resistance’ either by individuals or groups.
Izzat al-Rishq, a member of Hamas’s political bureau based in Qatar, called the attack ‘heroic and brave,’ adding that it is ‘the natural response to the crimes of the occupation and its terror against our people.’
Eight were reported in the hospital after bus terror attack, including three seriously hurt. The attacker said he did it for Gaza and the Temple Mount. Hamas and the Global Muslim Brotherhood have been the main source of incitement over the Temple Mount and the Al-Asq Mosque.
In December 2014, the GMBDW reported that Hamas had won a court ruling that could conceivably lead to it being removed from the EU list of terrorist organizations. The GMBDW posted a Featured Story yesterday identifying a French Hamas lawyer and other Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders/entities as playing a key role in the court case.
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