On 3rd October 2015, 21-year-old Halabi stabbed and killed 2 Israeli citizens, Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi and Aharon Bennett, in the Old City of Jerusalem. Halabi also attacked Bennett’s wife, Adele, and their 2-year-old son, inflicting moderate injuries. The attacker was shot dead during the attack by an IDF soldier.
Mayor of the Surda-Abu Qash municipality, Muhammad Hussein, said: “This is the least we can do for Martyr Halabi”. The municipality also suggested that the mourning “take place in a municipality building, as Halabi is a pride and badge of honour for the whole village”.
Fatah, the movement headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, arranged for holy soil from the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be brought to Halabi’s grave.
Halabi was additionally honoured by the PA Bar Association, which posthumously awarded him an honorary law degree.
Independent Palestinian news agency Donia Al-Watan interviewed citizens of the village Abu Qash, who welcomed the decision. Resident Rifa Ramadan, aged 50-years-old, said: “This is a positive initiative and an excellent step toward honouring the name of the Martyr and keep it in memory”.
Yaqub Bayatneh, 52, added that all places and roads should be named after Martyrs as they are ‘more precious than all Palestinians put together’.
The social media post pictured above depicts “Martyrs” Muhannad Halabi, Fadi Alloun and Hudhaifa Suleiman, stating “Martyr (Shahid) after Martyr. Our Martyrs are moons above the foreheads of the free men”. Fadi Alloun stabbed and injured 15-year-old Israeli citizen Moshe Malka near the Old City of Jerusalem on 3 October 2015. He fled the scene and was shot dead by Israeli police.
Hudhaifa Suleiman was killed on 4 October 2015 during a confrontation between rioting Palestinians and the Israeli army. The IDF is conducting an investigation into this incident.
The post was published on the Official Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul.