The killer of four soldiers in a terror attack in Armon Hanatziv earlier in January is named a shaheed – a martyr to Islam – and his family is receiving the full array of benefits from the Palestinian Authority due the family of such “martyrs.”
The terrorist was Fadi al-Kanber, a 28-year-old Jabel Mukaber resident. He was shot and killed as he rammed through a crowd of IDF soldiers who were on an educational trip in Yerushalayim. During the event, one of the commanders ordered soldiers to take cover, even as some were shooting at the terrorist. Others ran spontaneously from the scene as they realized what was happening. The four Israeli victims were Lieutenant Yael Yekutiel Hy”d, (20) of Givatayim, Cadet Shir Hajaj, Hy”d (22) of Maaleh Adumim, Cadet Shira Tzur, Hy”d (20) from Haifa, and Cadet Erez Orbach, Hy”d (20), from Alon Shvut.
The Palestinian Authority did not publicly condemn the attack, and PA chief Mahmoud Abbas sent condolences to the family of the terrorist, the Rotter news site reported. Official PA broadcast media used the term shaheed numerous times to describe the terrorist, and described the attack as a “vehicle ramming operation.” Israel has since taken several steps against the family, including moving to strip them of their status as Yerushalayim residents and revoking their Israeli ID cards.
Meanwhile, the family is to receive a monthly stipend of NIS 2,900 a month from the PA, in perpetuity. This is in addition to a one-time “bonus” of NIS 6,000, paid to all families of “martyrs” who are killed in the course of conducting terror attacks.