Following the March 4, 2016 killing of Amani Hosni Jawad Al-Sabatin after she carried out a car-ramming attack against a group of Israeli soldiers at Gush Etzion junction, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud 'Abbas sent a letter of condolence to her family in the town of Husan. In it, he praised Al-Sabatin as "a martyr who quenched the land of Palestine with her pure soul."
For reasons that are unclear, the letter was on the official letterhead of the Palestinian Embassy in Jordan.
The letter was then tweeted by the Fatah Recruitment and Organization Commission (@fateha1965).
Below is a translation of the letter:
"Embassy of the State of Palestine
"The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
"March 6, 2016"
"In the name of Allah the merciful and beloved,
"'And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision.'
"Distinguished residents of Husan,
"Distinguished Al-Sabatin family,
"With great sorrow and deep anguish we received the news of the death of the martyr Amani Hosni Jawad Al-Sabatin.
"We consider her to be someone who is with Allah, may He be exalted and elevated, as a martyr who quenched the land of Palestine with her pure soul.
"I share your deep sorrow and anguish, and express my most sincere condolences to you and to your distinguished family, and to the residents of Husan and the dear Al-Sabatin family. I beseech Allah the Exalted and the Omnipotent to bestow upon this martyr His many mercies, and may she rest in Paradise. May Allah fill your heart with forbearance and consolation."
"President of the State of Palestine"
The letter sent by 'Abbas
Hamas Press: The Palestinian Woman Is A Man - At A Time When Real Men Are Hard To Find
The Hamas press reported on Al-Sabatin's death in the car ramming, and on her funeral. The Facebook page of the Hamas website Palinfo.com shared a poster with her face against the backdrop of the Al-Aqsa mosque and Jerusalem and details of her death in the operation against the Israeli soldiers. It read: "The 35-year-old martyr Amani Al-Sabatin, killed by the occupation's bullets near the 'Gush-Etzyon' settlement in Bethlehem, after carrying out a car-ramming operation against the occupation's soldiers, on the morning of Friday, March 4, 2016."
Poster shared by Hamas on its Facebook page
Palinfo.com posted a report on Al-Sabatin stressing her "daring car-ramming operation" and explaining that "the Palestinian woman is persisting in resistance operations and participating in the Palestinian people's intifada against the occupation. She is the first to educate the men, and she creates them. Moreover, she is a man at a time when [real] men are hard to find."