Palestinian fundamentalists greeted the news of Rabin's assassination, MacLeod reports. In Lebanon, PLO members fired guns into the air in celebration. Mohammed Zahhar, a leader of Hamas, told an Associated Press reporter in Gaza: "He practiced all forms of violence against us. I'm joyful because he was punished." Ramadan Abdallah Shallah, the new leader of Islamic Jihad who succeeded assassinated leader Fathi Shiqaqi, told Reuters in Damascus, Syria: "I am not sorry for the killing of Rabin who is the world's number one terrorist. What if the world lost one of the criminals and killers? It is the blessing of the martyr leader Fathi Shiqaqi's blood."