Palestinian Bar Association grants honorary degree to terrorist who murdered two Israelis

|The Volokh Conspiracy |

On Oct. 3, 2015, Palestinian terrorist Muhannad Halabi stabbed to death Israeli Aharon Bennet and wounded Bennet's wife and 2-year-old son. He also murdered Nehamia Lavi, who attempted to aid Bennet and his family. Halabi then grabbed a gun and started shooting in the direction of tourists, before being shot and killed by Israeli security forces. Halabi was apparently a law student, and on October 10, 2015, the PBA council voted to posthumously award him an honorary LL.D. "They also decided that the next swearing-in ceremony of Palestinian lawyers would be named for him. After the meeting council members paid a condolence call on the Halabi family, because, they claimed, he had excelled in his law studies."

This is old news, but I didn't get the chance to blog about it at the time, and I haven't seen it picked up in mainstream media sources, including in the newspaper that hosts this blog. I think it deserves more attention. Glorification of brutal terrorist murderers is hardly uncommon in the Palestinian territories; indeed, it's official government policy in both the West Bank and Gaza. But to have the bar association do it seems especially noteworthy.

(This post was edited to delete a reference to Bennet as a "civilian"; he was in fact serving in special IDF Haredi unit, though it's not clear whether he was in uniform at the time of the stabbing).

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