Top Nazareth Official Deletes Condolences to Palestinian Killed in Jenin Shootout

Nazareth's municipality said the Islamic Jihad activist, Ahmad As'adi, a relative of the deputy mayor, wasn't killed in a terror attack but that Israeli 'soldiers entered Jenin and killed him'

Adi Hashmonai
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Israeli military vehicles are stationed by the Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin yesterday.
Israeli military vehicles are stationed by the Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin yesterday.Credit: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH - AFP
Adi Hashmonai

Nazareth Deputy Mayor Samir Sa'adi posted a condolence message on Facebook on Saturday to the family of an Islamic Jihad activist killed in a fire exchange with IDF forces in the Jenin refugee camp, before drawing ire and deleting the post shortly thereafter.

On Saturday morning, Israeli troops were operating in the Jenin area, where the perpetrator of the Dizengoff Street attack on Thursday night resided, and an exchange of fire ensued. Ahmad As'adi, the Islamic Jihad activist, was hurt during the fire exchange and later died of his wounds.

That evening, the deputy mayor of Nazareth posted his message in which he wrote: “Condolences to our cousins in the Jenin refugee camp. I ask Allah to receive him with all the martyrs and righteous ones.”

In response to a query from Haaretz, the Nazareth municipality said in a statement: “The source of the [media] storm is in a misunderstanding. Those hurt in the IDF action this morning are relatives of Mr. Sa’adi. His relative was killed in an IDF operation in Jenin, not in a terror attack. The soldiers went into Jenin and killed him.” The statement also said that Sa’adi “was just comforting the family because these are his relatives. He did not write the post in [an act of] political identification… We posted a manifesto that the municipality of Nazareth condemns terror attacks and is against these despicable acts.”

Tear gas canisters are fired from an Israeli military vehicle near the Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin in the occupied West Bank yesterday.Credit: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH - AFP

During the military's activity on Saturday, the forces surveyed the family home of the terrorist in preparation for demolishing the structure. According to Palestinian reports, the forces surrounded the family home and began to arrest the father and other relatives, but ultimately the father was not arrested. The army reportedly also surrounded a compound belonging to the family in the village of Deir Ghazaleh.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, As’adi was killed and 13 Palestinians were wounded in the exchanges of fire. Three of those wounded are in serious condition, one of whom was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Israel and subsequently arrested as he was wanted by the Shin Bet. The IDF said none of their troops were injured in the incident.

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