„Last month was the anniversary of the death of Hamas bomb-builder Yahya Ayyash – ‚the engineer‘ – who launched the strategy of mass killings of Israelis in suicide bombings on buses, in malls and cafes. Having built bombs that killed dozens of Israelis and injured hundreds, he was killed by Israel on Jan. 5, 1996 by a bomb that was planted in his cell phone and detonated in his hand. Like all Palestinian terrorists who have succeeded in murdering Israelis, Ayyash is seen as a hero, and years ago the PA named a street in Jenin and a town square in Ramallah after him, as documented in Palestinian Media Watch‚s report on terrorists as role models.
His sustained status as a role model was evident this past month on social media, where individual posts praised him, according to a report by the independent Palestinian news agency Donia Al-Watan. One post hailed him as:
‚The first to arrange free collective death rides for the Zionists.‘
[Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 5, 2016]
Another post asked rhetorically:
‚Who does not know [Hamas‘] Al-Qassam Brigades commander?
Who does not know the engineer Yahya Ayyash?
And yet another wished the bomb-maker well in ‚Paradise‚‘ and praised the fact that he ‚embarrassed‘ Israel with his attacks:
‚He embarrassed the enemy with his actions, and was the first figure to pave the way to liberation and the arrival in Jerusalem. May his soul rest in Paradise, and may his students endure and be victorious.‘
(Itamar Marcus und Nan Jacques Zilberdik von der israelischen Organisation Palestinian Media Watch über: Suicide bombings are „free collective death rides for the Zionists,“ on Palestinian social media)