JERUSALEM – A terrorist known in his hometown as “Hitler” – both for his physical resemblance to the German dictator and for his policies – has swept local primaries and will represent his district for the ruling Fatah party in upcoming Palestinian legislative elections, according to Palestinian sources.

Jamal Abu Al-Rub, a leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, won the Fatah primaries in the northern Samarian village of Qabatya, just outside Jenin, election officials say. He was one of dozens of terrorists and militant leaders to dominate the local elections.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, founded in 2000, is a terrorist group responsible for dozens of deadly suicide bombings and hundreds of shooting attacks against Israeli civilians.

Al-Rub has publicly executed Palestinians his group suspected of collaborating with Israel and is accused by the Jewish state of planning several terror attacks.

A source close to the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, speaking on condition of anonymity, told WND, “If you ask around in the West Bank who is Abu Al-Rub, most people won’t know. But when you ask them about the guy nicknamed Hitler, everyone knows exactly who he is.”

Continued the source: “While the nickname came because of his looks, he is known more as Hitler because of his policies. He runs a tight ship in his town through fear and intimidation. And he not only calls for executions but personally carries them out in public so everyone can see what happens when ‘Hitler’ thinks you collaborated with Israel.”

Also yesterday, Palestinian election officials certified the landslide primary win of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades Founder Marwan Barghouti, who is serving multiple life terms in Israeli prison for planning suicide bombings and shooting attacks. Israel accuses Barghouti of orchestrating the Intifada, the terror war launched by the Palestinians in 2000.

Barghouti took 96 percent of the votes to head Fatah’s roster in Ramallah, spurring calls from Palestinians and some Israeli ministers for his immediate release.

Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat told WND, “He should be freed, period. Israel should not have arrested a Palestinian official in the first place.”

Yossi Beilin, leader of the far left Meretz party and an architect of the 1993 Oslo Accords, said, “I think today there is no doubt that he is one of the top leaders in the Palestinian street. Barghouti heads one of the Palestinian camps that do want peace and so this is the moment to end his sentence … in preparation for an historical peace agreement with Israel.”

Meanwhile, the primary elections scheduled to be held yesterday in Gaza were postponed after Fatah gunmen stormed Gaza City polling stations and complained about irregularities in voter lists. According to witnesses, the gunmen fired into the air and burned tires in the streets. No injuries were reported.

Earlier, gunmen had ransacked the office of an online newspaper in Gaza City, destroying furniture and equipment and threatening to kill the editor-in-chief reportedly because the media outlet published a report critical of a Palestinian Authority official running in the primaries.

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