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Abbas honors mastermind of Munich Olympics massacre
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Abbas on mastermind
of Munich Olympics massacre:
"A wonderful brother, companion,
tough and stubborn, relentless fighter"


PA Chairman Abbas continues honoring terrorists

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah movement have used the death of the mastermind of the murders of the 11 Israeli athletes during the 1972 Munich Olympics as their latest opportunity to honor and glorify terror, presenting him as a Palestinian hero and role model.

In a condolence telegram quoted in the official PA daily newspaper, Abbas referred to Muhammad Daoud Oudeh, who died Saturday, as "a wonderful brother, companion, tough and stubborn, relentless fighter," and described him as "one of the prominent leaders of the Fatah movement." Abbas also called the family to express his condolences.

On Sept. 5, 1972, eight members of the Palestinian terror organization Black September broke into the athletes' village at the Munich Olympics. They kidnapped and ultimately murdered 11 Israeli athletes and coaches. Oudeh, also known as Abu Daoud, planned the attack.

Another senior Fatah official, Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, described the planner of the Munich Olympics hostage taking with the following words: "He started his life as a regular individual and concluded it with giant stature," and referred to "his noble actions and his glorious history."

The pride that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah movement take in Palestinian terrorists who have killed Israeli civilians is part of a pattern. Palestinian Media Watch has reported that Abbas himself has expressed pride in training Hezbollah terrorists, sent greetings to some of the worst Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons and funded a computer center named after Dalal Mughrabi, who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history, in which 37 civilians were killed, 12 of them children. See these examples and others with link to PMW's website below.

The following are Abbas's and other Fatah leaders' words honoring terrorist Muhammad Daoud Oudeh, as reported in the Palestinian media:

The official PA daily:
Headline: "The President [Abbas] expresses condolences over the death of the fighters Muhammad Oudeh and Ja'afar Shadid..."

"President Mahmoud Abbas sent a telegram of condolences yesterday over the death of the great fighter Muhammad Daoud Oudeh, 'Abu Daoud,' who died just before reaching 70. The telegram of condolences read: 'The deceased was one of the prominent leaders of the Fatah movement and lived a life filled with the struggle, devoted effort, and the enormous sacrifice of the deceased for the sake of the legitimate problem of his people, in many spheres. He was at the forefront on every battlefield, with the aim of defending the [Palestinian] revolution. What a wonderful brother, companion, tough and stubborn, relentless fighter." [Emphasis added.]
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2010]


PA TV news broadcast covering the funeral of Muhammad Daoud Oudeh in the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus:
Reporter: "Palestinians were surprised this morning at the announcement of the death of one of the most important leaders of the Palestinian revolution, Muhammad Daoud Oudeh (Abu Daoud), who engineered the Munich Operation and was one of the most important of Israel's most wanted in the 1970s."
Samir Al-Refa'i, member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council: "Abu Daoud, one of the Shahids (Martyrs) of the Fatah movement, a leader, a Shahid, who sacrificed..."
Abu Amad Hamdan, Secretary of Fatah branch in Syria: "... We learned from him the principles of the revolution and the struggle."
Unidentified participant at the funeral: "We say to him: 'We will follow the path, brother Abu Daoud; Allah willing, we will complete the path together with the proud Fatah, Allah willing.'"
Another funeral participant: "We are participating in the funeral of a great man and a great leader in the Palestinian national struggle."
[PATV (Fatah), July 4, 2010]

Official PA daily:
Headline: "The President [Abbas] held a telephone conversation with the family of the fighter Abu Daoud and expressed his condolences over his death"

"President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday held a telephone conversation with the family of the Shahid (Martyr) fighter Muhammad Oudeh, Abu Daoud, member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and former head of the movement's Supervisory Committee, and expressed his condolences over [Oudeh's] death.
During the conversation the President noted [Oudeh's] life filled with the struggle, his devoted effort, and the enormous sacrifice of the deceased for the sake of the legitimate problem of his people, in many spheres. He was at the forefront on every battlefield, with the aim of defending the [Palestinian] revolution."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2010]

"In its [Black September terror group's] ranks were many distinguished men and women, headed by the Panther of Palestine, Salah Khalaf 'Abu Iyad.' Abu Daoud was one of his prominent assistants. His [Abu Daoud's] name shined brightly in the German city of Munich in 1972, where the Olympics took place. Oh, how these events evolved into a violent drama of the most tragic kind... May Allah have mercy on this great Fatah fighter and patriot, Abu Daoud."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2010]

Headline: "Impressive farewell to the Shahid (Martyr) commander Abu Daoud at the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp"

"'He began his life as a regular individual and concluded it with giant stature.' Thus Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, described the Shahid (Martyr) commander Abu Daoud who parted from his brothers and from his people two nights ago, after a life spent in struggle under the flag of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) and under the flag of the PLO...
He spent his life as a fighter for the liberation of this homeland and for the return of its dispersed children to it. He joined Fatah upon its establishment, and directed many fighting operations against the Israeli occupation. Generations of fighters and people of struggle were educated by him...
Zaki described the late commander thus: 'He started his life as a regular individual and concluded it with giant stature.' Speaking to WAFA news agency, he added: 'We have lost a man on the level of the Arab region and on the level of the world revolutionary movement, by virtue of his noble actions and his glorious history. Bestowing this honor in every place, inside the homeland and outside of it, does justice to this mighty man.'
Dr. Samir Al-Refa'i [Secretary of the Fatah branch in Syria] said: 'With the fall of Abu Daoud as a Shahid we have lost a man who is worth all other men together, but we have already become accustomed to this road being a long one, full of Shahids, commanders and fighters.
He added: 'Abu Daoud is one of the symbols of the Fatah movement. He lived his life wounded, and his wounds testify to his path of struggle and to his continuous struggle on behalf of his people and the homeland. He will always remain our ideal and a role model for the generations to come.'"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 5, 2010]

The following are additional examples from Palestinian Media Watch's website of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas honoring and glorifying terrorists:

1. Abbas supports naming of square after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who led the most lethal terrorist attack in Israel's history, in which 37 civilians were killed, 12 of them children:
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman:

"They [Israel] say about me that I carry out terrorist activities. What are those terrorist activities? That I search for those who sell land in Jerusalem and chase them. Of course I chase them, and I shall continue to do so. Is that a crime? [Israel says,] 'Does he [Abbas] not know that they [the PA] named a square after Dalal Mughrabi and he [Abbas] personally went [to the ceremony]?' - Of course I did not go myself, but I do not deny [the naming]. Of course we want to name a square after her. Okay, what about [murdered Israeli cabinet minister Rehavam] Zeevi? They [Israelis] named a road after him [in the Jordan Valley], near brother Saeb [Erekat, the chief Fatah negotiator], and so on. What is it [that Israel wants]? That we renounce our history? How? We... carried out a military action; can I then later renounce all that we have done? No, I don't renounce it."
Note: This comment was made in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's protests to the US regarding PA hate incitement and terrorist glorification.
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), Jan. 17, 2010]

Click here to view the section on PA Chairman Abbas in the PA personalities section on PMW's website.

2- Abbas funds a computer center named after Dalal Mughrabi who led the most lethal terrorist attack in Israel's history, in which 37 civilians were killed, 12 of them children:
"Yesterday the Hebron Building Committee inaugurated a computer center named after the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi at a ceremony held for this purpose. Present at the event were President Mahmoud Abbas's advisor for communications and information technology... The center, which was funded by a contribution from the President's Office."
[Al-Ayyam, May 5, 2009]

3 - Abbas: We continue Arafat's path resting on a glorious heritage of struggle.
Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman, speaking at official PA ceremony commemorating 5th anniversary of Arafat's death:
"Yasser Arafat was the leader of this battle, and the leader of the path, and the commander, and the father of the contemporary Palestinian national movement. We recall his role and emphasize his position in the movement, while we continue his long path of struggle, and complete the difficult path, drenched with sweat and blood and tears. Our path today rests upon a glorious heritage of struggle, which we formed with courageous hands and with national sense and thought, to which was added action. We combined the armed struggle with political action.
Our rifle was not the rifle of highway robbers. It was a rifle that was politically committed, striving for a noble objective. We have influenced and have been influenced by the world, with ideas about ways of liberation and political changes, and we have built excellent relations with the forces of liberation and self-liberation in the world..."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), Nov. 12, 2009]

4- Abbas greets Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons:
"I send greetings of honor and esteem to all the prisoners in the occupation's jails. First of all to the veterans, and to the chief prisoner, Said 'Ataba [life sentence for murder in terror attack], and to the [imprisoned] political leaders: Marwan Barghouthi [5 life sentences for murder in terror attacks], Ahmad Sa'adat [serving 30 years in prison for heading the terrorist organization PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine). He has also been honored on PA for planning the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Ze‘evi, but has not yet been tried for that crime], 'Aziz Duick [chairman of the Palestinian parliament, Hamas], Jamal Huweil [life sentence for planning terrorist attacks], Jamal Tirawi [life sentence for murder in a cafe suicide attack]. Greetings to you from our people."
[PATV (Fatah), April 17, 2008]
 
5- Abbas admits sending terrorists to kill Israelis:
"I demand [the release of] prisoners because they are human beings, who did what we ordered them to do. We, the Authority. They should not be punished while we sit at one table negotiating. This is war. One (Israel) ordered a soldier to kill, and I ordered my son, brother, or others, to carry out the duty of resistance (euphemism for terror). This person killed and the other person killed. So why say this person's hands are stained with blood, and [he] must be kept in prison?"
[PA TV (Fatah), Feb. 14, 2005]

6 - Abbas honored to shoot first bullet in PLO and to have taught the Hezbollah fighters:
"I was honored to be the one to shoot the first bullet in 1965 [Fatah terror against Israel began in 1965], and having taught resistance to many in this area and around the world, defining it and when it is beneficial and when it is not... we had the honor of leading the resistance. We taught everyone what resistance is, including the Hezbollah, who were trained in our camps [i.e. PLO camps in the 60s and 70s]."
[Al-Dustur, Feb. 28, 2008]

Click here to view the section on PA Chairman Abbas in the PA personalities section on PMW's website.
Click here to view more examples of PA glorification of violence and terror on PMW's website.
Click here to view more examples of PA promotion of violence and terror on PMW's website.



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