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IDF: Terrorist Hinted at Attack via Facebook

Anas Alatrash died last week while attacking the IDF at a checkpoint near Bethlehem; the Israeli forces have now found that he hinted at the attack on his Facebook page

By: Daniel Koren
Published: November 11th, 2013 in Business » Israel
Alatrash posted this well-known message on his Facebook page

Last week, Anas Alatrash, an Arab from Judea and Samaria, attempted to attack the Israeli Defense Forces at a checkpoint near Bethlehem.

He was killed during the process.

“Alatrash charged IDF police forces with a knife," an official statement from the IDF read. "The soldiers called out for him to stop, but he continued to run toward their position. The soldiers were then forced to fire on Alatrash, who died of his wounds after receiving medical treatment from Magen David Adom.”

Now, the IDF has revealed that Alatrash hinted at his suicide attack attempted martyrdom two days prior to the incident, by posting on his Facebook page, reports the Algemeiner.

"His true intentions were revealed by his Facebook timeline, where he posted suicidal messages mentioning a ‘return’ to Allah shortly before the attack," read the statement. "Two days before the attack, Alatrash posted the above picture as his cover image on Facebook. The photo shows a well-known passage from the Quran, which in English means: ‘We belong to Allah, and to him we shall return.’”

Traditionally, this type of message is posted following someone's death; the fact Alatrash had posted it days before represents that he was planning on taking his own life, according to the IDF.

The terrorist had posted a second message merely hours before the attack, where he wrote “Allah, take me to you. Your servants have been making it hard on me.”

This statement reportedly confirms his intentions to attack, and kill, members of the Israeli forces.

Unfortunately, there is much anti-Israel rhetoric flowing around Facebook these days. Just recently, a 'Haters of Israel' group reportedly received its one millionth 'like' on the social media network owned by this year's highest paid CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

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