PA leaders: Quntar a hero (PMW) Palestinian Media Watch) June 29, 2008)
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According to the Palestinian Authority leadership, Samir Quntar
epitomizes the ideal Palestinian prisoner. Quntar, who crushed the
head of four-year-old Eynat Haran with his rifle, is serving four
life sentences for murder in an Israeli prison, but is almost certain
to be freed in a prisoner swap with Hizbullah this week.
On one hand, Quntar embodies what the PA considers the "heroism" of
terrorists fighting Israel. On the other hand, he´s the ultimate
symbol of all terrorist prisoners who have murdered Israelis and will
eventually be freed as a result of future kidnappings or through some
PA TV, controlled by Mahmoud Abbas, broadcast the following picture
honoring Quntar. He is depicted beside a map of Israel completely
covered by the Palestinian flag.
Following are several recent quotes from PA leaders since April 2008,
"Samir Quntar, the warrior from Lebanon."
"The brave warrior, Samir Quntar."
"The Palestinian people and the Palestinian leadership are standing
behind you (Quntar)."
"You (Quntar) are an inseparable part of the action to free our
"Your (Quntar) patience and strength are a lesson for us."
Besides bludgeoning Eynat Haran to death with rocks and his rifle,
Quntar killed her father and was responsible for the death of her
infant sister. He also killed two policemen in the 1979 attack in
Naharia. The Israeli cabinet today approved a prisoner exchange that
would free Quntar and several other prisoners in exchange for Israeli
soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, who were kidnapped by
Hizbullah in 2006. The exchange could happen within the next few days.
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