Muslim terrorist groups have issued statements celebrating Monday’s bus bombing in Jerusalem, which left 21 Israelis injured, two very seriously.
The Tower The Iran-backed terrorist group Hamas said in a statement on its website that it “welcomes the Jerusalem operation, and considers it a natural reaction to Israeli crimes.” Some mosques in the Gaza Strip, which Hamas rules, also broadcast praises of the attack from loudspeakers, according to the Associated Press.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which is also backed by Iran, described the attack as “proof of the failure of security coordination” between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, Haaretz reported. Jerusalem Post Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh wrote that Islamic Jihad also called the bombing “a qualitative development in form and substance of the blessed intifada.”
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the second-largest group in the Palestinian Liberation Organization, similarly announced that it “welcomes the operation as a positive and important development of the intifada,” Haaretz reported.
The bombing comes amid a Palestinian wave of terror that has left 34 people dead and over 360 injured since September 2015. The perpetrators of these attacks are often praised not only by Palestinian terrorist groups like Hamas, but also by the Palestinian Authority and its ruling party, Fatah.