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Hebron's New Mayor Brags About Terrorist Past

Video shows Tayseer Abu Sneineh describing the terrorist attack that killed six civilians in 1980.

4.7.17, 15:32
Hebron's newly elected mayor Tayseer Abu Sneineh of the large and well-connected Abu Sneineh clan, describes how he shot unarmed civilians in the back as they prayed at Beit Hadassah in Hebron in 1980. He used his terrorist past in his Fatah sponsored election campaign.
 
A newly released video shows Mayor Abu Sneineh on the hill overlooking the Jewish neighborhoods describing how he and three other Fatah members carried out the terrorist attack. He states:
Hebron's New Mayor Brags About Terrorist Past

Hebron's newly elected mayor Tayseer Abu Sneineh of the large and well-connected Abu Sneineh clan, describes how he shot unarmed civilians in the back as they prayed at Beit Hadassah in Hebron in 1980. He used his terrorist past in his Fatah sponsored election campaign. For full article click here: http://en.hebron.org.il/news/720 #Hebron #Terrorist #AbuSneineh

Posted by Hebron Jewish Community and Biblical Heritage Site on Tuesday, July 4, 2017
"We looked for a large group of settlers so that there would be a big political response. We found this place and started deciding when we would carry out the operation. We chose the moment when Mustafa Khalil, prime minister of Egypt, would be holding political discussions in Herzliya. We decided that the terrorist attack would be carried out that night. We followed them and planned the attack for eight months. There were days when there were a lot of settlers, and others when there were less. I told my friends [other members of the terrorist group] that if there were less than 50 we would wait for the following week. We climbed down the steps. 100 or 50 meters... At this point, we threw four bombs on them. We shot at the first target and exchanged our ammunition with a machine gun and decided that we should conserve the ammunition. We were very enthusiastic... We had made our presence felt."
 
Abu Sneineh was elected in May of 2017 as a representative of Fatah, the party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. He previously was appointed Director of Religious Endowments in Hebron which includes jurisdiction of the Muslim sections of the Tomb of Machpela, a move seen as a stepping stone to his election this year.
 
He and his fellow terrorists were arrested, tried and convicted for the attack which killed six civilians and wounded about 20 others. They were later released in the Jibril prisoner exchange in 1985. 
 
The attack took place in front of the historic Beit Hadassah building when a group of Israelis began their weekly Friday night Shabbat services. 
 
The six people who were killed were:
 
* Zvi "Howie" Glatt, a 20-year-old recent American immigrant who was a youth leader in Bnei Akiva. A book of religious writings entitled Rise From the Dust: Eretz Yisrael in Halachah and Hashkafah was posthumously published.
 
* Gershon Klein, a 21-year-old yeshiva student from Bnei Brak.
 
* Yaakov Zimmerman, a 21-year-old hesder yeshiva student from Bnei Brak.
 
* Shmuel Mermelstein, a 19-year-old Canadian yeshiva student.
 
* Hanan Krauthammer, a 21-year-old yeshiva student from Bnei Brak who had chanted the Song of Songs during the Shabbat service. He died from his injuries a month later.
 
* Eli HaZe'ev, a 32-year-old American immigrant who left behind a wife and daughter. He was awarded a Silver Star for bravery in Vietnam, came to Israel during the Yom Kippur War and converted to Judaism.
 
In memory of "The Six" murdered at Beit Hadassah in Hebron

Joe Grob is a New York City attorney, a lover of Hebron, and a friend to Tzvi Glatt who was murdered 36 years ago in front of Beit Hadassah.

Posted by Hebron Jewish Community and Biblical Heritage Site on Tuesday, May 24, 2016
After the attack, the Israeli government allowed citizens to freely live in the formerly Jewish-owned properties that were taken over following the 1929 Hebron massacre. Beit Hadassah had been an official Hadassah Women's Organization cliic datig back to 1893, that treated both Arabs and Jews.
 
In 1929, the hospital was the site of some of the worst of the rioting that killed 67 Jewish residents. The clinic was looted and ransacked. The noted pharmacist Ben Zion Gershon who worked out of the adjacent building was brutally murdered by his neighbors who were incited to violence by Haj Amin al-Husseini.  
 
Abu Sneineh's election came exactly 37 years after he participated in the terrorist attack according to the Hebrew calendar.
 
His election drew sharp criticism. Knesset Minister Ayoub Kara stated on Twitter that the "electtion of the mayor of Hebron is a clear message from the Palestinians [in favor] of terrorist attacks against Israel."
 
Deputy Minister of Defense Eli Ben-Dahan called to expand the Jewish community of Hebron following the election. He noted the official Fatah Facebook page and other Fatah outlets call Abu Sneineh a hero and the attack "brave and courageous."
 
Call to Expand Following Hebron's Election of Terrorist Mayor

The Israeli Knesset's Deputy Minister of Defense Eli Ben-Dahan called to expand the Jewish Community of Hebron following the election of a convicted terrorist murderer as mayor of the Palestinian Authority controlled side of the city. Tayseer Abu Snieneh of the Fatah party won the mayoral election in the city. He was convicted of planning and participating in an ambush on Jewish worshipers in front of the Beit Hadassah building on May 2, 1980. Abu Sneineh, from one of the largest Arab clans in Hebron, was the mastermind behind the 1980 attack. He and three other terrorists threw grenades and shot into the crowd as they prayed. Six people were killed and other twenty injured. The terrorists were caught, arrested, tried and convicted. However Abu Sneineh was released in the Jibril prisoner exchange in 1985. He later was appointed administrator of the Waqf controlled side of the Tomb of Machpela. The move was seen as a stepping stone to his election this year. The vote took place on the anniversary of the terrorist attack. Abu Snieneh boasted of the killings in his election campaign. For full article click here: http://en.hebron.org.il/news/698

Posted by Hebron Jewish Community and Biblical Heritage Site on Sunday, May 21, 2017
Residents of Hebron's sister-community of Kiryat Arba reported hearing gunfire as PA residents celebrated the election results.
 
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