The Palestinian terror group Hamas, along with thousands of supporters, held a rally in Gaza Sunday celebrating a terror attack earlier that day. According to Jpost, the event was held as a celebration of a truck-ramming attack which resulted in the deaths of four IDF soldiers, leaving more than a dozen others wounded.
“The message of our Islamic party Hamas is a message of encouragement and support for every jihadi who carries out an attack that puts an end to the acts of the Zionist enemy,” Fathi Hamad, a Hamas leader at the rally, said.
The IDF soldiers killed in the attack were mowed down by Fadi al-Qunbar, a 28-year-old Palestinian, after exiting a bus. Al-Qunbar was shot by soldiers and civilians and later succumbed to his wounds.
“A truck that was driving along the Armon Hanatziv promenade hit a group of people exiting a bus,” a police spokesman said, according to World Israel News. “There are several wounded to varying degrees. The terrorist was neutralized.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday there was reason to believe the attacker was affiliated with Islamic State (ISIS), while relatives of the attacker said he was incited by anger at the prospect of the U.S. Embassy’s relocation.
World Israel News quoted Hamas military wing, the Izz Ad Din Al-Qassam Brigades, as saying the attack was “heroic.”
“The continuous operations in the West Bank and Jerusalem prove that the Jerusalem Intifada is not an isolated event,” the Brigades said.
Some Palestinians also celebrated the attack by handing out sweets, according to World Israel News. Al-Qunbar’s sister reportedly expressed pride in her brother’s terror attack, saying he had died as a “martyr.”
“Praise be to God that he became a martyr,” she said. “It’s the most beautiful martyrdom.”