How Palestinian Authority Incitement Led to the Murder of an Israeli Jogger

January 15, 2021 | Itamar Marcus
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On December 20, a Palestinian waited in a wooded area near a Jewish village in northern Israel in the hope of encountering a victim. Soon enough he spotted Esther Horgan walking home from an evening jog and killed her by beating her with a rock. He later told the police that he did the deed to avenge the death of Kamal Abu Wa’er, a terrorist in Israeli custody. Itamar Marcus explains:

Kamal Abu Wa’er, who was serving six life sentences for involvement in the murder of at least four Israelis, recently died of cancer in prison. Already during Abu Wa’er illness, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and [its ruling] Fatah party launched an incitement campaign, with top officials falsely claiming that Israel was denying him proper treatment; once Abu Wa’er had died, they intensified the libel that his death was caused by “deliberate medical neglect.” Apparently believing this to be true, the terrorist, Mohammad Kabha, decided to kill an Israeli in revenge.

The Palestinian Authority does everything it can to demonize Israel and create hate among Palestinians. One way of doing so is by spreading libels, and one of those libels is that Israel treats imprisoned Palestinian terrorists inhumanely. For years, the PA has purported that Israel “tortures” terrorist prisoners, gives them experimental drugs rather than try to cure their illnesses, does Nazi-like experiments on them, intentionally infects them with diseases, deliberately neglects them medically, and refrains from treating severe diseases like cancer to cause their “slow death.”

It must be stressed that the International Red Cross regularly visits the Palestinian terrorist prisoners and has never accused Israel of treating sick terrorist prisoners improperly. In June 2020 a Red Cross official told PA TV “we visited more than 90 percent of those who are in these [20 different] prisons.”

Indeed, Israel more than once provided Abu Wa’er with medical treatment in its own hospitals. Yet among the many who repeated this libel was the PA prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, who praised Abu Wa’er as “a fighter and a pure-hearted son of Palestine.”

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