“The two suspects, da’is (charitable workers for Islamic organizations) at the mosque, are named Sami Abed Fatiha and Hasnin Zahnir.”
Actually a da’i is someone who engages in Islamic proselytizing, dawah. Did they think that their involvement in this attack was inconsistent with their proselytizing for Islam? No, it’s much more likely that they thought their involvement in this attack was itself an act of dawah. But no officials in any country are willing to ponder the implications of that fact. And most would deny it outright, not on the basis of any facts but simply because it is inconvenient.
Two clerics at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount were arrested as part of an investigation into the attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday.
Two civilians and one policeman were slightly injured in the attack.
The two suspects, da’is (charitable workers for Islamic organizations) at the mosque, are named Sami Abed Fatiha and Hasnin Zahnir. Their remand was extended by four days, and a gag order was imposed on every detail of the investigation, apart from the arrest of the two.
During the incident, the attacker, 17-year-old Ahmad Jazal from the Nablus area in the West Bank, was shot dead by the Border Police officer that he had stabbed.