Palestinian town naming street for killer of 2 Israelis


(JTA) — The West Bank hometown of a Palestinian who stabbed two Israelis to death in Jerusalem is naming a street in his honor.

The municipality of Surda-Abu Qash announced that it will name a street for Muhannad Halabi, Palestinian Media Watch reported, citing an article by Donia Al-Watan, a Palestinian news agency.

Halabi, a 19-year-old law student, was shot dead by Israel Police on Oct. 3 after stabbing Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi and Aharon Bennett, and injuring Bennett’s wife and their 2-year-old son in the Old City.

The street naming was just one of several honors, including an honorary law degree from the Palestinian Authority Bar Association, posthumously awarded to Halabi.

 “This is the least we can do for Martyr Halabi,” Surda-Abu Qash Mayor Muhammad Hussein said, according to PMW, adding that Halabi “is a pride and badge of honor for the whole village.”

A Palestinian family in the Gaza Strip honored Halabi by naming their newborn son for him.

Also in Gaza, a newborn has been named Knife of Jerusalem, according to PMW, in an apparent salute to Palestinian stabbing attacks on Jewish victims. The Media Watch website cited an Oct. 23 post on the official Fatah Facebook page. Fatah is the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority.

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