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PA condemns French killings but honors killer of 37 Israelis
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PA condemns French killer of four Jews,
while honoring Palestinian killer of 37 Israelis

Terrorist Dalal Mughrabi -
killer of 12 children and 25 adults -
still celebrated as hero and role model by the PA and Fatah

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

While the Palestinian Authority condemned the killing of the 3 Jewish children and one adult this week in France as a "terrorist crime," the PA continued its policy, as documented many times by Palestinian Media Watch, of presenting Palestinian terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, killer of 12 Israeli children and 25 adults, as a hero and role model.

Speaking about the killings of 4 Jews in Toulouse, France, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad condemned the killings:
"This terrorist crime is condemned in the strongest terms by the Palestinian
people and our children... No Palestinian child can accept crimes against
innocent people." [Ma'an, independent Palestinian News Agency, March 21, 2012]
 

However, Palestinian Authority leaders, spokespeople and the official Fatah Facebook page have recently found it appropriate to honor terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who, with other terrorists, killed 37 innocent people:

"This is Dalal, my eternal love... Dalal is my mysterious young woman, my revolutionary Jihadi inspiration. I loved her but knew only her name, Dalal Mughrabi."
[Fatah official Facebook page, accessed March 22, 2012]

"The bride of the coast, Dalal Mughrabi, and other female fighters have roles of honor in the national struggle."
[Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, March 19, 2012]

"Dalal was a model of a fighting Palestinian woman... who fulfilled her obligation towards her land and homeland."
[PA Civil Defense Commissioner Abu Al-Sheikh, March 7, 2012]

"We have days of heroism that were marked by women (i.e. because of certain women's "heroic" actions)... Martyrs (Shahidas) like Dalal Mughrabi and others."
[Women's rights activist, Zaynab Al-Ghanimi, March 7, 2012]
 
To see Palestinian Media Watch's documentation of PA and Fatah glorification of Dalal Mughrabi as a hero and role model, click here.

The following are four recent occasions on which terrorist Dalal Mughrabi was glorified by the PA or Fatah:

Fatah's official Facebook page features a picture of Dalal Mughrabi and a poem honoring her. Both the picture and the poem were posted by the page administrator.

"This is Dalal, my eternal love:
I loved the struggle with passion,
from the eyes of the young woman
I loved Palestine,
from the rifle of the young woman
I wished for Martyrdom,
along with the young woman
Dalal, my mysterious young woman
My revolutionary Jihadi inspiration
I loved her but knew only her name
Dalal Mughrabi
The legend of Mughrabi grew
spread within me, unparalleled
like the trees, she became a young woman
I learned in prison that the earth drew back
before Dalal, the sea raged and could not bear
that a self-sacrificing [Dalal] Mughrabi would arise from it
[She] remained days at sea, Allah's eye
guards and protects the rifle."
[Official Fatah Facebook page, accessed March 22, 2012]

PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's condemnation of the killings of 4 Jews in Toulouse, France:
"This terrorist crime is condemned in the strongest terms by the Palestinian
people and our children... No Palestinian child can accept crimes against
innocent people."
[Ma'an, independent Palestinian News Agency, March 21, 2012]

"Governor of the Ramallah and El-Bireh district, Laila Ghannam, spoke of the improved functioning of the security forces, the participation of women in the security organizations, and their right to carry out leading roles... She reviewed women's achievements in the struggle and in leadership positions and commemorated the Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi, saying, 'The bride of the coast, Dalal Mughrabi, and other female fighters have roles of honor in the national struggle.'"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 19, 2012]

Zaynab Al-Ghanimi, a women's rights activist, interviewed on International Women's Day:
"In our Palestinian calendar we have days of heroism that were marked by women (i.e. because of certain women's "heroic" actions), both on the national struggle level and on the labor [conditions] level. For example, we have Martyrs (Shahidas) like Dalal Mughrabi and others."
[PA TV (Fatah), March 7, 2012]

"The Political and National Orientation [Authority] held a lecture for the Civil Defense in Azoun on the life of the fighter, Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi, on the occasion of the approach of the anniversary of her death as a Martyr. The lecture was delivered by Civil Defense Commissioner Samir Abu Al-Sheikh...
Abu Al-Sheikh said that Dalal was a model of a fighting Palestinian woman, since Dalal is the story of a bleeding homeland, the story of a person who fulfilled her obligation towards her land and homeland."
[The Political and National Orientation Authority is an educational structure under the PA]
[Al-Quds, March 7, 2012]


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