Watch: Ya’alon’s conditions breached at car terrorist funeral
Thousands of Arab residents of Hevron on Thursday took part in the funeral of 22-year-old Ibrahim Skafi, the terrorist who the day before ran over a Border Police officer and critically wounded him before being shot dead near the city in Judea.
Even as the officer is fighting for his life in intensive care, Skafi was lauded as a “shahid,” namely a martyr, in his massive funeral in Hevron that included a car with loudspeakers leading a chant in his praise shouted by the masses who waved hundreds of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and yellow Fatah terror flags.
The funeral is particularly controversial given that the Security Cabinet last month decided to halt the return of the bodies of terrorists as a deterrent move – and yet Skafi’s body was returned the same day as his car attack.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon defended the return of terrorists’ bodies saying holding the bodies is not a deterrent, and further claiming the decision to return is made “on a case-by-case basis, where the main consideration is if there’ll be a massive funeral, which is why the decision was made to return bodies on the condition funerals are quiet and modest.”
As evident in the video, the claim that there is a condition of “quiet and modest”funerals is clearly false given the outpouring of celebration for the murderous terrorist seen in Hevron today.
Ya’alon, in making the statements that led to a backlash from several MKs, also claimed the same “condition” was present for the decision to return the bodies of five terrorists to Hevron last Saturday.
However, that massive funeral in breach of the Cabinet decision was far from “modest,” comprising of thousands of participants who eventually turned their rage at IDF soldiers and began hurling rocks at them.
Just two days after the funeral an Arab terrorist from Hevron stabbed and wounded three Israelis in an attack in Rishon Lezion, including a woman in her 80s who was moderately to seriously wounded, and a man in his 40s who was seriously wounded.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced Wednesday that it still is awaiting the bodies of ten more terrorists to bury with large pomp and circumstance – PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, following the Saturday funeral, ordered full military funerals for all terrorists.