Palestinian Authority Blames Israel For Death In Jail Of Terrorist With Cancer

Eitam and Naama Henkin were killed in a West Bank shooting. (Courtesy of the Henkin family)

Jerusalem – The Palestinian Authority blamed Israel for the death of a Palestinian terrorist held in an Israeli jail for a shooting attack on a West Bank road that killed a Jewish couple in front of their four children.

Bassam al-Sayeh, 47, who had cancer, died Sunday in an Israeli hospital.

Sayeh planned and funded the October 2015 shooting attack near Itamar that killed Rabbi Eitam Henkin, an American citizen, and his wife, Naama. Four of their six young children were in the car at the time of the attack. Sayeh, who was affiliated with the terrorist group Hamas, was arrested and jailed days after the attack.

Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization and chief peace negotiator with Israel, .was one of several Palestinian Authority officials to take to social media to blame Israel for the death. He called Sayeh a martyr

“We hold the Israeli government fully responsible and call upon the International Criminal Court to begin an immediate investigation,” he said in a tweet. “Israeli officials must be held accountable.”

Sayeh has had cancer since 2011 and also was diagnosed with leukemia in 2013, according to the Wafa Palestinian news agency.

A spokesman for the Palestinian Authorities’ Prisoners’ Commission, Hasan Abed Rabbo, told Wafa that other Palestinian prisoners refused to accept their meals on Monday morning and that they would observe three days of mourning for Sayeh.

The commission reportedly will demand that Israel release Sayeh’s body for burial in his hometown of Nablus in the West Bank.

(JTA/Marcy Oster)

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  1. He should have been executed as should all terrorists, one shot to the back of the head.
    As per the new Supreme Court ruling keep the body until they return the ones they are holding.

  2. just goes to prove that all the medical help that Israel gives to the Arabs, taking very ill people from the PA terrortories or from Gaza or Syria and bringing them back to health is a waste. They hate us and will use any and all means to justify killing us….

    • Yup you put the words in my mouth. I only wish more of these animals got cancer before they kill yiddisha blit . Let all the Palestinians get it .

      And yes it’s sad that Israel won’t kill terrorists vs wasting money in prison with them

  3. And before anyone accuses me of being as bloodthirsty and evil as the Palestinians, know this: I consider myself human, but I don’t consider Palestinians human!

    • Yup just like amalek. Except never ever can we use violence or pick up our hand against a Muslim or Arab . But we can daven . And just like there is no piety on amalaek bec little Babies have those hateful genes same is true for babies . Although I’d probably pick my battles yamsar. I’d prob not start by asking Hashem to kill babies . I’d start by praying that any Palestinian indoctrinated, which is the majority shall suffer with cancer

  4. This article reminds me of what occurred during the Yom Kippur War. The Syrian POW’s to their astonishment were treated very humanely by the Israelis, for the five months, that they were held. They even discussed among themselves how well they were treated,vis-a-vis medical care, food, etc. . However, when they returned to Syria, they were warned by the Syrian authorities, that if they dared open their mouths, and reveal to anyone how well that they were treated by the Israelis, they would be severely dealt with.


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