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Fatah spokesman calls terrorist who participated in attack that killed 37 a "hero"

Official PA TV News, press conference of Seventh Fatah Conference spokesman and Official PA Daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Editor-in-Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Hija

Seventh Fatah Conference spokesman and Official PA Daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Editor-in-Chief Mahmoud Abu Al-Hija: “Many [Fatah] activists arrived from Lebanon, but some of the people were not allowed to come, including Khaled Abu Asba (i.e., terrorist), and the reason for which they did not allow him [in] is known, because you know that he was one of the heroes of the Dalal Mughrabi operation (i.e., terror attack, 37 murdered, 12 of them children), and the Israelis have placed red lines of sorts against people who have a revolutionary biography of this kind. However, most of the people from Lebanon arrived, praise Allah.”

Khaled Abu Asba - A Palestinian terrorist who, at the age of 18, was one of the perpetrators of the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, the hijacking of a bus led by Dalal Mughrabi in 1978 in which 37 civilians were killed, 12 of them children. He and Hussein Fayyad were the only terrorists who survived the attack and both were arrested by Israeli security forces. Abu Absa was sentenced to life in prison but was later released in the Jibril Agreement in May 1985, when Israel agreed to release 1,150 Palestinian prisoners, including terrorist murderers, in exchange for three Israeli soldiers who had been taken hostage by the terrorist organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Abu Absa lives in Jordan.

Dalal Mughrabi
led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
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