The family of Salam Zaghal, the Palestinian who murdered 31-year-old Eviatar Borovsky, Hy”d, father of five, declared their “pride” in him on Thursday, according to a Reuters report.
“It was destiny, and we take pride in him as a family. What he did is a duty for all Palestinians,” said his elderly father, Assad, sitting with relatives in mourning in the run-down village of Shweikeh in the Shomron.
Salam was released from an Israeli jail just two months ago after completing a three-and-a-half-year term for planting explosives alongside Israel’s separation barrier near his village and trying to wrest a gun from a soldier, his family said.
Since then he had been unemployed.
Meanwhile this week, a Pew Research Center poll of Muslims worldwide found that 40 percent of Palestinians believe that attacks against civilians in defense of Islam can often or sometimes be justified.
In addition, 29 percent of Egyptians and 15 percent of Jordanians supported suicide bombings. In Turkey, 15 percent view attacks as a legitimate way to defend Islam against its enemies.
In Afghanistan, where suicide bombings against Western targets occur frequently, 39 percent believe it is a justified means of resistance.