Fatah and PLO officials speak at event in honor of Dalal Mughrabi, terrorist who led most lethal attack in Israel’s history
Headline: “Ramallah: Marking the 40th anniversary of the deaths as Martyrs of Dalal Mughrabi and her companions”
“Yesterday evening [March 11, 2018] at the Yasser Arafat Museum in Ramallah, under the auspices of the Yasser Arafat Foundation, the National Committee to Mark the 40th Anniversary of the Deaths as Martyrs of Dalal Mughrabi and Her Companions marked the 40th anniversary of the Kamal Adwan operation (i.e., Coastal Road massacre), which was carried out by Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi and her companions.
Fatah Movement Central Committee member, Chairman of the Yasser Arafat Foundation Board of Directors, [and Fatah Commissioner of Information, Culture, and Ideology] Nasser Al-Qidwa said: ‘We are marking the anniversary of the Martyrdom-deaths of lauded commander Dalal Mughrabi and all of her comrades who participated in the Kamal Adwan operation’…
Al-Qidwa explained that our people is particularly proud of Dalal because she is the woman and sister who represented prominent pioneering in the Palestinian activity and struggle for the people and homeland. He also said that Dalal will remain in memory, heart, and mind as a model in our lives and as a symbol of which we are proud.
He added: ‘The national movement – even if it changed the methods of struggle according to the period – did not bargain and will not bargain over our people’s right to use all of the forms that are permitted by international law and the decisions of the international institutions.’ Al-Qidwa continued: ‘We will not relinquish our revolutionary moral values and our history; we will praise it and adhere to it because without it we would not be here today. We are proud of all of the Martyrs of the revolution, not only of Dalal and [former PLO and PA President] Yasser Arafat, but rather of all our other great leaders, and prime among them Kamal Adwan (i.e., a senior member of the Black September terror organization), Abu Jihad (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125), Abu Iyad (i.e., head of Black September), and others.’
He said: ‘At the Martyr Yasser Arafat Museum, the history of many of the [Palestinian] leaders who were assassinated throughout the world is presented. We hope that we will succeed in attaining our national rights and attaining national independence through popular resistance and ceaseless political struggle. We will continue to work seriously, to sacrifice, and to resist.’
Chairwoman of the [PLO General] Union of Palestinian Women Muna Al-Khalili said: ‘The month of March is the month in which Dalal established the Palestinian republic, as the great [Syrian] poet Nizar Qabbani said (i.e., she hijacked a public bus and declared it a “republic”). We are gathering today 40 years after the quality resistance operation that 20-year-old Martyr Dalal Mughrabi led, at the head of a squad of self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen), and she proved that Palestinian women are capable of carrying out the most difficult missions.’
She explained that the selection of Dalal as commander of the operation constitutes proof of the PLO’s appreciation of the role of women, and that Martyr leader Khalil Al-Wazir (i.e., Abu Jihad) did not chose Dalal as commander of the operation accidentally, as those who know him and were in his company confirmed that he wanted to convey a message to the Palestinians and to the world regarding the significance of women’s role in the national struggle, in the liberation, and in laying the foundations of a society in which social justice prevails for the future State of Palestine…
During the ceremony poems of praise for Dalal’s operation and for the Martyrs were recited.”
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, murdering 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
The Yasser Arafat Foundation is, according to the foundation’s website, "an independent and non-profit organization" that "receives governmental support and undertakes functions of governmental nature related to the preservation of the heritage of the [late PLO] President [Arafat]." The foundation emphasizes that "it enjoys legal, fiscal, and administrative independence," despite the fact that they receive "governmental allocations" of funding. Likewise, the "honorary president" of the foundation "is the president of the Executive Committee of the PLO/President of the Palestinian National Authority" - meaning the current foundation president is PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The honorary president approves membership on the foundation's Board of Trustees. At the time of writing, PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is on the Board of Directors, and several PA, Fatah, and PLO officials are on the Board of Trustees.
The foundation was established in 2007 via Presidential decree. [The Yasser Arafat Foundation, http://www.yaf.ps/?url=posts/show/541/The_Foundation, accessed March, 2018]
Kamal Adwan was responsible for Fatah’s terrorist operations in Israel in the early 1970’s and was a senior member of Black September, a secret branch of Fatah. He was killed by Israeli forces in April 1973.
Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) - was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, which murdered a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and murder of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) - PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat’s deputy, one of the founders of Fatah, and head of the terror organization Black September, a secret branch of Fatah. Attacks he planned include the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972) and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (March 1, 1973). It is commonly assumed that his assassin, a former Fatah bodyguard, was sent by the Abu Nidal Organization, a rival Palestinian faction.