In an interview shown on Mabat, the evening news program on Israel's public television station (IBA), Mohammed Abu Srour, father of the Jerusalem bus bomber Abdul Hamid Abu Srour (19), stated that he did not know his son was either in Jerusalem or affiliated with #Hamas. There appear, however, to be some inconsistencies in that claim.
First of all, Abu Srour reportedly gave his mother a photo of himself with the instructions that it be distributed after his death. In the photo he is wearing the Hamas scarf around his neck. The implication seems clear.
Bethlehem: Mom of Jerusalem bus bomber: My son asked me to publish this photo of him if he becomes a martyr. pic.twitter.com/nAfD91lg2x— Khaled Abu Toameh (@KhaledAbuToameh) April 21, 2016
In other cases, mothers who suspected a child was about to engage in stone-throwing or other violence against Israelis have been known to notify the security forces in order to prevent that. Perhaps they were concerned about their children being hurt; perhaps they were concerned that if their children were caught and held as terrorists their houses could be demolished and perhaps both of these were true. In any event, Abu Srour's mother did not notify the authorities and his father reported him missing in the middle of the night after the bus bombing had already occurred.
Secondly, Hamas militants came to the Abu Srour home to pay their respects and they saluted the family. It has been reported that relatives of Abu Srour received them warmly. Hamas claimed the young shaheed (martyr) as "one of its own," a phrase reserved for Hamas members.
Bethlehem: Hamas masked men at the home of Jerusalem bus bomber Abdel Hamid Abu Srour. pic.twitter.com/A6QR1akTet— Khaled Abu Toameh (@KhaledAbuToameh) April 23, 2016
Finally, there was a huge street celebration in honor of Abu Srour's new shaheed status. His family was there giving out candies and ululating happily (some female relatives appear in the video below at 2:34 minutes). Since sweets and ululations generally characterize joyous occasions and not funerals or mourning, this seems to suggest that the family was cognizant of Abu Srour's intentions in advance. In the video below (beginning at 2:45 minutes), the father proclaims his son a shaheed.
The bus bomb in Jerusalem set 2 buses and a car ablaze on April 20, 2016, injuring 20 Israelis and killing the terrorist himself. It was the first bombing to occur in Israel since 2011. The most recent wave of terror, called the Knife Intifada, has seen Jews targeted for stabbings, car rammings, and stonings.
In Israel, Jewish terrorists are apprehended and charged in a court of law. The country is generally horrified by their actions and rejects vigilantism. Where there is uncertainly regarding whether or not an action was legal or criminal, as in the case of the soldier who killed a wounded terrorist, vigorous debate is conducted. In contrast, the Palestinian Authority names streets and schools after those who kill Jews, their images in public places glorifying their memories. #Middle East #Israeli-Palestinian Conflict