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by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik Palestinian Media Watch

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Dec 30-This week Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas once again honored the memory of the [female] terrorist Dalal Mughrabi - this time by sponsoring a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of her birth. Mughrabi led the worst terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, [known as the Coastal Road Massacre] when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians.

Present at the ceremony were Palestinian dignitaries and a children's marching band. Earlier this year, Abbas sponsored a computer center named after Mughrabi. The PA further glorified Mughrabi on the date of her birth when the Governor of Ramallah announced the naming of the "Dalal Mughrabi Square."


An article by Fatah spokesman Jamal Nazal in the official PA daily defined ?the terrorist Mughrabi as "the heroine of Palestine's heroines."[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 30, 2009] Photos:

Photos: Banner showing Mughrabi at birthday celebration
PA leaders at Mughrabi birthday celebration
Remnant of bus hijacked by Mughrabi 
The text on the giant banner carrying Mughrabi's portrait at the birthday
ceremony read:
"Under the auspices of President Mahmoud Abbas
The Political and National Education Authority
Ceremony on the anniversary of the birth of the bride of the cosmos
The Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi."

Two PA TV news broadcasts focused on the celebration:

"Under the auspices of President Mahmoud Abbas, the Political and National
Education Authority held a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the
Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi, commander of the Coastal Operation (i.e.
hijacking of bus and killing of 37 civilians)."

[PA TV (Fatah), Dec. 29, 2009]


Editor's note: The above incident of the Palestinian Authority's glorifying of a terrorist

was one of the reasons that Israeli Prime Minister's office launcheda complaint against

Palesinian incitement to the White House. This is the first official complaint that has

been launched in many years. Israel has largely refrained from making official complaints

or delivered complaints discreetly to the PA president.


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