Father of murderer Muhannad Halabi: “He avenged the women carrying out Ribat (religious conflict/war over land claimed to be Islamic) at the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. He avenged them. He avenged them against the impure enemies. He avenged them and made everyone lift his head up high. He made everyone lift his head up high. Muhannad, may he find favor in the eyes of Allah, may he find favor in the eyes of Allah, praise Allah, Master of the World , praise Allah.”
[Wattan (independent Palestinian news agency), Oct. 9, 2015]
Muhannad Halabi killed 2 Israelis, Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi and Aharon Bennett, and injured Bennett’s wife, Adele, and their 2-year-old son in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on Oct. 3, 2015. Following the attack, he was shot and killed by Israeli security forces. Prior to his attack, in a post to his private Facebook page, the terrorist referred to recent terror attacks as part of a "third Intifada,” and said that it was a response to Israel’s actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and that the Palestinian people would not “succumb to humiliation.” This is a reference to the PA libel that Israel is plotting to take over and destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to the PA's portrayal of Jews praying on the Temple Mount as "an invasion of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."