In December 2015, members of the community of Bethlehem – where Jesus Christ was born – offered an exhibit in honor of 52 convicts being held in Israeli prisoners who had committed terrorist crimes. All of these terrorists are currently serving life sentences. Speakers at the December 30 event said that the exhibit was a salute to the “loyalty and commitment” of the terrorists.
Speaking at the exhibit was Greek Orthodox Archbishop Theodosios of Sebastia Atallah Hanna, a Palestinian Christian prelate. Observers noted at the unveiling that was “sponsored and supervised by the Bethlehem municipality” that the Orthodox cleric was thus honoring the murderer of a Greek Orthodox monk, Gur Pzipokatsatakis.
It was on June 12, 2002, that Pzipokatsatakis was murdered in a drive-by shooting near Maale Adumim: a Muslim terrorists and member of the Tanzim Yasser Rabai’ah faction of the Fatah terrorist organization. He was later arrested and sentenced to life in prison.
Archbishop Theodosios of Sebastia, Atallah Hanna, confers with the president of the Supreme Islamic Council of Jerusalem, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri
A report in the official newspaper of the Palestinian Authority said that at the unveiling of the December 30 exhibit in honor of the 52 murderers there were present: Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki; Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake; Governor of Bethlehem district Jabrin Al-Bakri; Mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun; and [Greek-Orthodox] Archbishop [of Sebastia] Atallah Hanna. According to the newspaper, “The speakers emphasized in their speeches that this exhibit is a salute of loyalty and commitment to the prisoners serving time in the occupation's prisons."
Bethlehem's institutions have glorified terrorists and murderers in the past. In 2013, Palestinian Media Watch showed that Bethlehem honored its so-called female martyrs." Among these were two female terrorists who detonated explosives and killed themselves and 8 Israelis; they wounded more than 100. Also in 2013, Bethlehem's Education Administration honored murderers released from prison with a ceremony. Among the killers from place that saw the birth of the Saviour were Issa Abd Rabbo who was serving two life sentences for killing Israeli university students Ron Levi and Revital Seri. In that case, Rabbo tied them up and then shot them to death.
However, in a humanitarian gesture, Israeli released Rabbo and 103 other terrorists in 2013 whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.
In 2011, Bethlehem honored 73 Palestinians serving life sentences in Israeli prisons, and unveiled a "Tree of Freedom for Prisoners." Its branches were decorated with "photographs of prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment."
Black told Spero News, "Just as soon as a Palestinian terrorist murders an innocent civilian, such as the Fogel children, detonates a bomb or commits any other terrorist act, he or she gets an official salary from the Palestinian Authority. The amount of the salary is based on a schedule of compensation that rises according to the number of victims and the level of bloodshed. In Palestine, you can go from rags to riches for murdering children or blowing up a bus. The PA spends approximately $3 million to $7 million annually on this practice."
Here follows biographical information on the murderers:
Yasser Rabai'ah - Palestinian terrorist and a member of the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction), who participated in a drive-by shooting near Maale Adumim in which Greek Orthodox monk Gur Pzipokatsatakis was murdered on June 12, 2002. Rabai'ah was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Ahmed Adel Sa'adeh - Palestinian terrorist who transported Palestinian terrorist, 23-year-old Nael Abu Halil, who carried out a suicide attack on bus no. 20 in Jerusalem, in which 12 Israelis were murdered and dozens injured, on Nov. 21, 2002. Sa'adeh was sentenced to 12 life sentences.
Ashraf Hajajreh - Palestinian terrorist who transported Palestinian terrorist, 19-year old Muhammad Al-Shouani, who carried out a suicide attack in the Beit Israel neighborhood of Jerusalem, in which 11 people were murdered, on March 2, 2002. Hajajreh was sentenced to 12 life sentences.
Amjad Takatka - Palestinian terrorist who is serving 6 life sentences and another 20 years for his involvement in the suicide attack carried out by Andalib Takatka, who killed 6 and wounded more than 80 people in the suicide attack she carried out at Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda outdoor market on April 12, 2002.
Jawad Jawarish - Palestinian terrorist serving a life sentence for involvement in a shooting attack in the West Bank on March 5, 2002, in which Israeli civilian Devorah Friedman was murdered.
Mahmoud Abu Sorour - Palestinian terrorist who participated in planning and carrying out the assassination of Israeli security agent Haim Nachmani on Jan. 3, 1993, in Jerusalem.Sorour was sentenced to life imprisonment.