Table tennis tournament named after terrorist takes place in West Bank

By January 05 2016, 15:47 Latest News No Comments

halabi2A table tennis tournament held in honour of terrorist Muhannad Halabi took place last month, sponsored by Fatah Central Committee member Jibril Rajoub.

14 teams participated in the tournament, one of many sports tournaments commemorating attackers who have killed or wounded Israelis in the latest wave of violence.

On 3rd October 2015, 21-year-old Halabi stabbed 2 Israeli citizens to death, Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi (a father of seven) and Aharon Bennett (a father of two), in the Old City of Jerusalem. He also attacked Bennett’s wife, Adele, and their 2-year-old son, who suffered moderate injuries.

Halabi has been previously honoured by the Palestinian Authority and Fatah, with a main road between the West Bank towns of Birzeit and Ramallah named after him as well as the posthumous honorary law degree awarded to him by the PA Bar Association.

Fatah, the movement headed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, arranged for holy soil from the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be brought to Halabi’s grave.

A football tournament was also named after Halabi by the Yasser Arafat Youth Centre in Jenin.

Another football tournament and a tennis tournament were named after 13-year-old Ahmad Manasra, who stabbed two young Israelis in Jerusalem on 12th October 2015.

Manasra was run over by a passer-by and shot by police as he tried to escape. He survived and was treated in the Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem, before being arrested by police.

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