The Israel Police prevented a display of incitement on Monday night at a gathering in east Jerusalem in honor of Ibrahim Abbasi, a senior official terrorist in Hamas’s military wing, who was released from 18 years’ imprisonment.
Abbasi had been imprisoned for a string of security-related crimes and for planning terrorist attacks with the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigade in the 1990s.
To celebrate his release, dozens of residents from the neighborhood of Silwan gathered on a nearby soccer field. The Jerusalem District Police’s Minorities Division received information that the event was show support for Hamas and Abbasi’s actions, including calls of support for terrorism against Israel.
The event was similar to the celebrations following the release of Sufian Bakri Abdu from prison after 14 years; he was incarcerated for planning to poison Israelis in a Jerusalem café. Three days after the celebrations in Jabel Mukaber, at which Hamas flags were waved and calls to incitement were heard, Abdu was rearrested on suspicion of incitement and supporting a terror organization.
Sunday, police officers went to local community leaders and warned them not to incite to violence or to wave Hamas flags, and the event was restrained and short.
Maor Tzemach, Chairman of the organization ‘Lach Yerushalayim’ (To Thee Jerusalem), which seeks to apply Israeli sovereignty in all parts of Jerusalem, commented in response, “I congratulate the police and the minister of public security for their actions to prevent a release and incitement party for the terrorist Ibrahim Abbasi.” Tzemach repeated his organization’s call for procedures to be laid out regarding the release of security detainees in east Jerusalem.