The continuing glorification of terror

Three Israeli soldiers were wounded on Sunday in a shooting attack at a checkpoint near the West Bank settlement of Beit El. This attack has serious implications for security in the region as the attacker was a member of the Palestinian Authority (PA) police. He was shot dead in the attack.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held the PA accountable as the terrorist was a member of their security apparatus and received a salary from them. Mr Netanyahu also highlighted that the PA President has not condemned the attack carried out by one of his own men.

Just one day later, Hamas has encouraged caricatures and videos of the attacker, Amjad Sukri, proclaiming him to be a national hero and a martyr. These are reported to have spread quickly on social media, in what is considered to be a deliberate attempt to undermine the security coordination with Israel. A brief video of this glorification by Hamas can be seen on the Jerusalem Online website.

The Magen David Adom medical emergency service reported that two of the IDF victims were in a serious condition with wounds to the neck and thigh, respectively. The other was slightly hurt.