MK Ayman Odeh, the head of Israel’s Joint Arab List party visited the grave of Mohammed Jabrin. Jabrin on Tuesday. Jabrin was one of three Muslim terrorists who killed two Israeli police officers on the Temple Mount in July 2017. The victims of the attack were Druze policemen Haiel Sitawe and Kamil Shnaan who succumbed to their wounds as they guarded the holy site.
Odeh photographed himself at the grave on Facebook writing: “And we, we must guard the roses of the martyrs And we must, we, live as we want (now in Umm Charcoal next to the shrine of martyr Muhammad Jabrin).”
Odeh has been at the center of headlines recently due to the fact that his party, the Joint Arab List made an impressive showing in Israel’s September elections as the 22nd Knesset’s third-largest party. This means that if a joint government is formed between Netanyahu’s Likud party and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party, Odeh’s party will head the opposition.
And although Odeh claims that the “Arabs in Israel want peace and equality”, he has refused to condemn Samir Kuntar, a terrorist who smashed the skull of a four-year-old. He also refused to condemn the terrorists who killed Dvir Sorek h”yd.
But the homage Odeh paid to Jabrin on the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashannah could be a new low for the politician who claims to celebrate coexistence. In response to the Facebook post, right-wing activist Itamar Ben-Gvir said fecitiously “And this politician, the Supreme court did not disqualify” in reference to his fellow party members Michael Ben-Ari, Bentzi Gopstein and Baruch Marzel who were disqualified from running in Israeli elections for ‘incitement to racism’. The comment was made to highlight the hypocrisy of the Supreme Court.
The three attackers hailed from the Northern Arab city of Umm al-Fahm. The other two terrorists involved in the attack were identified as 19-years-old Mohammed Hamed Abed Eltif Jabrin and another man named Mohammed Jabrin. Hours before the attack, two of the terrorists posted sefly pictures of themselves smiling in front of the Temple Mount on Facebook three hours before the act with the caption “tomorrow’s smile will be wider” and “praise to Allah, and enough”.
The terrorists were affiliated with the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel headed by Raed Salah.