Monday, March 08, 2010

PA "talks peace" but glorifies terrorism

From Arutz Sheva, 7 March 2010, by by Maayana Miskin:

The Palestinian Authority is going ahead with plans to honor the notorious female mass-murder terrorist Dalal Mughrabi during United States Vice-President Joe Biden's visit to the region. Biden begins a three-day visit to Israel Monday evening.

One of his top goals is said to be encouraging Israel and the PA to resume negotiations, albeit through intermediaries.

On Thursday morning, the last day of Biden's visit, PA officials will gather in Ramallah to dedicate a square in honor of Mughrabi. Thursday will also be the 32nd anniversary of the 1978 attack led by Mughrabi, which is commonly known as the Coastal Road Massacre.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has protested to U.S. officials over the PA's plan to honor Mughrabi. The Obama administration has not made a formal response.

The PA's plan to go ahead with the naming ceremony was publicized Sunday by Palestinian Media Watch, based on reports in official PA daily papers. According to PA media, the ceremony will take place under the auspices of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Mughrabi and other terrorists infiltrated Israel in 1978 and went on a rampage, hijacking a bus and shooting dozens of civilians. The terror squad murdered a total of 37 people. Mughrabi was killed in a shootout.

The square in Mughrabi's honor will be known as “Shahida Dalal Mughrabi Square.” The title “Shahid,” martyr, is reserved in Islam for those who die while fulfilling a religious command and who are assured of a place in paradise after death.

The following excerpt from Time Magazine, 20 March 1978, describes the Mughrabi attack:

... last week a Palestinian suicide mission left a grisly trail of carnage along Israel's main coastal highway from Haifa to Tel Aviv.

Slipping ashore from the Mediterranean on the afternoon of the Sabbath, the terrorists hijacked two buses filled with tourists and sightseers, took them on a wild ride down the road toward Tel Aviv, shooting along the way at everyone in sight, and finally destroyed one bus in an orgy of fire and death.

Official statistics put the dead at 37 (all but a few of them civilians, among them at least 10 children) and 76 wounded—a toll that exceeded the 1972 Munich massacre (11 dead) and the slaughter at a Ma'alot school in 1974 (26).

It was the worst terrorist attack in Israel's history [at the time of publication: 20 March 1978 - SL]....

Also see reports about Fatah glorifying terrorists at their recent conference, here and here.
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