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1. On June 1, 2001, Sa’id Hasan Houtari, a Hamas suicide bomber, perpetrated a suicide bombing attack outside a discotheque at Tel-Aviv’s Dolphinarium. 21 Israeli civilians —mostly teenagers —were killed, and 83 were wounded in the attack. The suicide bomber was sent to perpetrate the suicide bombing attack by Abd al-Rahman Hamad, head of the Hamas operative infrastructure in Qalqilya, who was killed by IDF forces six months later.
2. Among the materials seized in the course of Operation Defensive Shield were two documents issued by the Martyrs’ Families and Injured Care Establishment, which falls under the authority of the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Social Affairs. The documents address the transfer of a grant in the sum of $2,000 to the father of the suicide bomber, who was living in Jordan at that time (June 18, 2001) ( see Appendices A, B ). The transfer was made in spite of the suicide bomber’s Hamas affiliation, in spite of the father’s public support of the suicide bombing attack (see Appendix G ), and in spite of Yasser Arafat’s public condemnation of the suicide bombing attack (see Appendix E ).
3. The transfer of the grant—one more cog in the terror-supportive mechanism—is yet another testimony of the hands-on support provided by Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian Authority and its institutions to suicide terrorism, in complete contradiction of Yasser Arafat’s public statements given whenever a murderous terrorist attack occurs.
4. In light of the above, it is worth mentioning that several days after the grant was issued, a German television channel reported that Yasser Arafat had sent the suicide terrorist’s father, through the Palestinian Authority ambassador in Jordan, a letter commending his son’s act and stating that it was a “wonderful model of heroism, manhood and willingness for self-sacrifice” (see Appendix I ). Yasser Arafat’s office denied the truthfulness of the report and claimed the letter was forged; however, the transfer documents and a similar letter written by Yasser Arafat found among seized documents1 in the past serve to complement the credibility of the German television station’s report.