August 24, 2023 Special Dispatch No. 10767

Article In Qatari Daily Calls Deadly Terrorist Attack On Two Israeli Civilians A 'Heroic' And 'High-Quality' Operation

August 24, 2023
Qatar | Special Dispatch No. 10767

On August 22, 2023 the Qatari daily Al-Watan published an article by Palestinian journalist Aiman Abu Nahia praising the August 19 terror attack in the Palestinian town of Huwara, in which two Israeli civilians, father and son, were murdered as they waited for their car to be washed. Abu Nahia calls the attack a "heroic" and "high-quality" operation and assesses that it will prompt further attacks of the same kind. He praises the terrorist for his successful planning and for the "brave," "calm" and "accurate" implementation of the attack despite the "massive presence" of Israeli troops in the area and the security coordination between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel. The attack, he adds, is a message from the Palestinian people, that nothing can stop the resistance, which is the choice of the young Palestinian generation, and that the resistance can strike anywhere and anytime, including in the most vital and sensitive locations.

It should be noted that, as documented by MEMRI over the years, the Qatari press regularly publishes articles praising jihad and armed struggle against Israel and encouraging terror within it.[1] Moreover, Qatar has for years been sheltering Hamas leaders, extending economic aid to Hamas and backing its armed action against Israel.[2] In addition, Qatar supports, sponsors and funds the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), founded in 2004 by the extremist Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradawi. The union provides Hamas with religious legitimacy and consistently promotes an extremist discourse of hate, incitement, antisemitism, calls for jihad, encouragement of armed struggle against Israel, and antisemitism.[3]

The article in the Qatari Al-Watan daily

The following are translated excerpts from Aiman Abu Nahia's article:[4]

"The heroic operation in Huwara on Saturday [August 19], in which two settlers were killed, reflects the pulse of the Palestinian public and its genuine inclination to avenge the blood of the martyrs that is shed every day in the occupied [West] Bank by the occupation and the settlers… The Huwara operation was high-quality because it caused fatalities to the occupation despite all the capabilities, military equipment and security measures employed in the occupied West Bank, especially in Nablus and in Huwara, [a town] that produced fida'i [i.e., self-sacrifice] operations already in February 2022. The Palestinian resistance has repeatedly operated in Huwara, thus opening the door wide to further fida'i operations that announce the failure of the PA's and Israel's security services, which were surprised by the courage of the attacker and did not anticipate [the operation]. This was especially [impressive] given that the occupation forces and the security forces of the PA are widely deployed in areas where fida'i operations have taken place. They have boosted their security presence in the large cities, chiefly in Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarm, Jericho, Hebron and Ramallah, in order to stop the resistance and prevent further fida'i operations against the settlers.  

"But previous fida'i operations have taught us that the last word in this struggle is always said by the fida'i who carries out the operation, for he is the one who chooses the time and place and accurately carries out [his plan] and successfully reach the target despite the security obstacles and complications.

"The man who carried out [this attack] clearly followed in the footsteps of the martyr 'Abd Al-Fattah Harusha, who was responsible for the first Huwara operation in March 2023 [sic], in which two settlers were killed.[5] [The August 19 attacker] ignored all the security measures taken by the two parties involved in the security coordination [i.e., Israel and the PA], and  continued to his destination, proceeding to the site of the operation on foot with his weapon in hand, bravely, quietly and very calmly. He executed it skillfully,  so much so that he then managed to quietly withdraw from the scene and possibly managed to return safely to his base.

"This is a tremendous achievement for the executor of this well-planned operation, demonstrating his bravery in the field, his tactics, his advance preparation and planning, and his active and effective use of his weapon – as evident from the number of fatalities. Add to this the difficult geographic conditions, the massive presence of armed settlers who pass through [the town] as they move between several settlements, and the existence of an occupation army base around the spot, [since] the occupation has transformed the main road [of the town], near the settlement, into an army base where its patrols and special forces move to and fro – all of which makes it difficult to carry out operations there…      

"Given its timing, the Huwara operation is a message from our [Palestinian] people, that it opposes the principle of the security coordination with the occupation, and that all of [Israel's] military and political efforts and discussions with the countries of the region will not be able to stop the resistance, which has become the chosen option of the young Palestinian generation, the generation of resistance that has rejected the outlook of [U.S. General Kieth] Dayton[6]

"The success and precision of the Huwara operation, carried out in an area… with such difficult security conditions, is a tremendous accomplishment for the man who planned and executed it. The fact that it took place near a security base of the occupation, surrounded by cameras and warning devices, poses a huge challenge for the Zionist intelligence apparatus and is a message from the resistance, the gist of which is that we have the power and ability to deliver a blow anywhere and at any time, and can reach the most vital and sensitive Zionist areas and hit them…  

"This means that the attacker planned and executed the attack very well, while the Zionist intelligence slept soundly, oblivious to what was going on around it. This reflects the brittleness of Israel's security and intelligence apparatus, which has no idea where, how and when the next attack will occur…"


[1] See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 10620 - Article In Qatari Daily Incites Palestinians To Carry Out Terror Attacks Throughout Israel – May 22, 2023. See also MEMRI reports: Special Dispatch No. 10526 – Article In Qatari Daily Incites To Terror Attacks Against Israelis: Surround Them, Pursue Them, 'Make It So That They Will Never Be Safe – Not In Jerusalem, Not In Tel Aviv', March 16, 2023; Special Dispatch No. 10452 - Al-Jazeera Presenters, Journalists In Qatari Press, Qatar-Backed Muslim Clerics: Terrorist Attack Near Jerusalem Synagogue Was 'Brave Act' Of 'Legitimate Resistance,' Its Perpetrator Is A 'Hero' – February 1, 2023; Special Dispatch No. 9316 - Article On Al-Jazeera Website: Ramadan, 'Month Of Jihad And Victories,' Is The Season Of Palestinian Armed Operations – May 3, 2021; Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 1634 - Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial In Qatari Press – April 28, 2022; Special Dispatch No. 9891 - Qatari Press Praises Tel Aviv Terror Attack In Which Three Israelis Were Killed – And The Terrorist Who Carried It Out – April 11, 2022; Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 1527, Al-Jazeera Unmasked: Political Islam As A Media Arm Of The Qatari State, August 12, 2020; Special Dispatch No. 8242 - Blog Post On Website Of Qatar's Al-Jazeera Network Praises Hamas Summer Camps And Its Efforts To 'Raise A Generation That Believes In The Duty Of Jihad' – August 26, 2019; Special Dispatch No. 7975 - Qatari Press Praises Armed Palestinian Resistance, Self-Sacrifice For Palestine – April 1, 2019.

[2] For example, during the 2021 round of fighting between Hamas and Israel in Gaza, while Qatar was involved, along with the U.S., Egypt and other countries, in attempts to mediate a ceasefire between the sides, a mass rally in support of Hamas was held in Doha with the participation of Hamas officials. See MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis No. 1661 - Palestinian Authority Responds To Violence Wave In Two Conflicting Ways: Tries To Restrain West Bank Gunmen, While Also Encouraging Them And Inciting Terror – October 21, 2022. See Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 1576 - As Qatar Mediates Between Israel And Hamas, It Holds Mass Rally For Hamas In Doha Supporting Armed Struggle And Jihad Against Israel – Participants Included Hamas Political Bureau Head Isma'il Haniya – May 21, 2021; Special Dispatch No. 10251 - Hamas Hosts Iftar Dinner In Doha, Qatar; Leader Ismail Haniyeh, Dozens Of Foreign Diplomats Attend – April 16, 2023. On Qatar's support of terror, see e.g., MEMRI reports: Daily Brief No. 152, Cut Off Qatar, March 4, 2018; Daily Brief No. 148, Is Gaza In Need Of Qatar's Aid?, January 29, 2018; Daily Brief No. 146, Qatar, The Emirate That Fools Them All, And Its Enablers, January 18, 2018.

[3] On this IUMS' extremist discourse and support for terrorism, see MEMRI reports: Special Dispatch No. 10557, Qatar-Funded And Operated International Union Of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) And Hamas Leaders In Qatar Call Palestinians To I'tikaf In Al-Aqsa Mosque With Intention Of Waging Jihad Prior To April 5 Clashes, Declare April 7 As 'Day Of Rage', April 7, 2023; Special Dispatch No. 10553 - Member Of The International Union Of Muslim Scholars: Muslims Must Liberate Al-Aqsa By Any Means; It Is The Blood Of The Jihad Fighters That Lights The Flame Of Al-Aqsa; The Day Of Judgement Will Come When The Muslims Fight And Kill The Jews – April 5, 2023; Inquiry & Analysis No. 1652, Al-Qaradawi: Qatar's Islamist Empire Builder, October 3, 2022; Special Dispatch No. 10464 - International Union Of Muslim Clerics (IUMS) Member: The Jerusalem Terrorist Who Killed Seven Civilians Is A 'Hero' And A 'Role Model'; The Quran Explicitly Calls To Wage Jihad For The Sake Of Allah – February 6, 2023; Special Dispatch No. 10356 - Youssef Al-Qaradawi's Successor Ali Al-Qaradaghi Shares Mentor's Hardline Views And Positions On West, Christianity, And Jihad, Actively Promotes Muslim Brotherhood Ideology To Millions Of People On Multiple Platforms – May 12, 2022; Special Dispatch No. 8830 - International Union Of Muslim Scholars, Backed By Qatar And Turkey, Calls For Jihad And Self-Sacrifice To Foil Israel’s Plan To Annex Parts Of The West Bank – July 6, 2020; Special Dispatch No. 7984 - International Union Of Muslim Scholars Urges Imams To Preach Armed Jihad Against Israel To Save Al-Aqsa – April 4, 2019; Special Dispatch No. 8083 - Dr. Ahmed Al-Raissouni, Head Of The International Union Of Muslim Scholars Which Was Founded By Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradawi In Dublin: Questioning The Holocaust Is Not Just A Right But An Obligation – May 23, 2019; Special Dispatch No. 8135 - International Union Of Muslim Scholars, Supported By Qatar, Calls To Boycott Bahrain Conference On Deal Of The Century, Support Palestinians' Jihad – June 24, 2019; Special Dispatch No. 7264 - Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradawi Calls For Resistance, Jihad And Martyrdom Following Trump's Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israel's Capital – January 4, 2018.

[4]  Al-Watan (Qatar), August 22, 2023. The article was also published one day earlier (August 21) in  Hamas' daily Filastin.

[5]  The reference is to a February 26, 2023 shooting in Huwara in which two brothers, Hallel and Yagel Yaniv, were killed.

[6]  Lt. Gen. Dayton served as the U.S. Security Coordinator for Israel-Palestinian Authority in 2005-2010, and was in charge of training the PA security forces.

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