Members of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian soccer team Hilal Al Quds posed for a picture with a poster hailing the Palestinian terrorist who killed two people in a shooting spree in Jerusalem, just two days after the attack.
The team, which plays in the West Bank Premier League, posted the photo to its Facebook page last Tuesday.
Members can be seen smiling on the field at the Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium in al-Ram in the West Bank while holding up a banner featuring Mesbah Abu Sabih, the 39-year-old Silwan resident in East Jerusalem, and a former resident of al-Ram, with the words: “The Hilal al-Quds soccer club mourns the loss of the lion of al-Aqsa [Jerusalem], the martyr and hero Mesbah Abu Sabih.”
In his shooting spree on Sunday 9 October, Abu Sabih killed Jerusalem resident Levana Malihi, 60, and police officer First Sergeant Yosef Kirma, 29, before he was shot dead in a gun battle with police.
The team also commemorated Abu Sabih with a moment of silence, according to Israeli news site Ynet.
A spokesman for the team, Tamer Obaidat, told Ynet that the banner was brought in by fans of the team who were “outraged” at Abu Sabih’s death, and then circulated the photo on social media. Obaidat said the fans agreed to remove the photo “as it is against FIFA regulations.”
The attack Sunday broke a spell of calm in the capital that followed a near-12-month wave of violence. The majority of the stabbing, shooting and car-ramming attacks took place in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Officials had feared a return to these types of assaults with the onset of the Jewish holiday season earlier this month.
October 2015 marked the start of several months of near-daily attacks during which at least 34 Israelis and over 200 Palestinians were killed, the majority of them while carrying out attacks, according to Israeli authorities.
Source: Times of Israel