The mother of one of two terrorists behind a deadly attack on an Israeli bus in Jerusalem earlier this month has declared her intention to carry out a stabbing attack herself.
During an interview at her home with Lebanese Al-Quds TV, translated by MEMRI, Umm Muhammad Shamasne says she knew precisely what her son Muhammed had planned, and was only “angry that he didn’t take me with him.”
The attack on a bus in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanetziv neighborhood on October 13 left two people dead and scores more injured. It was carried out by two terrorists – including Muhammed – armed with a gun and a large knife. Both were killed in a shootout with Israeli border police.
At around the same time, another Israeli was murdered in the Geulah neighborhood, in a car and knife attack.
In the Al-Quds TV interview, the interviewer begins by asking the terrorist’s mother whether she “believed the occupation’s [Israel’s] version, which says he was the one who carried out the operation [i.e. terrorist attack] in Jerusalem?” Arab media outlets regularly claim Israeli police only shoot dead “innocent Palestinians,” and then fabricate attacks afterwards to incriminate them.
But Umm Muhammed (her nickname, literally “Mother of Muhammed”) said she was in fact very proud of her son’s act of murder.
“Allah be praised, Muhammed was martyred for the sake of Al-Aqsa,” she said, smiling. “Allah willing all my children will follow in Muhammed’s footsteps.”
“We knew (what he had in mind),” she continued proudly. “I did not cry, and I am angry that he did not take me with him.”
“We regret nothing, we are proud of him,” she added, before offering her interviewer a plate of sweets “to celebrate Muhammed’s martyrdom.”
When asked whether she feared that Israel could demolish her son’s home in response to the attack, she responded that they had not yet received a demolition order from the Israeli authorities – likely due to a recent halt of the practice ordered by the Israeli Supreme Court.
But, grinning widely, she declared that “no threats will have any effect on us. Let them destroy the house, let Mu’tasim and Yousuf [her other sons – ed.] be martyred as well,” before suddenly unsheathing a massive knife concealed under her dress.
“As for me… I am concealing this knife for Israel!” she said, staring into the camera. “Watch out Israel! Watch out!”
The gesture alarmed even her sympathetic interviewer, who urged her repeatedly to put the knife away.
But even after eventually acquiescing to her interviewer’s pleas, the woman then made an apparent threat to carry out an attack.
“Watch out Israel, you have brought the fire of hell upon yourself, and you don’t know who you’re dealing with.
“There’s no need for me to say any more – my deeds will speak louder than my words,” she concluded ominously.