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Abbas sponsors birthday celebrations honoring terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, killer of 37

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
This week Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas once again honored the memory of the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi - this time by sponsoring a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of her birth. Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, 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]

Banner showing Mughrabi at birthday celebration
PA leaders at Mughrabi birthday celebration
Children's marching band at Mughrabi birthday celebration
Remnat of bus hijacked bu Mughrabi
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]

These are not isolated examples of public glorification of terrorists in the PA. The PA has a strong tradition of using terrorists as role models -- especially for children -- by naming public places, facilities and events after them. Dalal Mughrabi, who is not known for anything other than her murderous terror attack, is one of the prominent examples of a terrorist who is promoted as a worthy and desirable role model.

The following are named after, or have been named after Dalal Mughrabi in the last two years:

1- Education: Two PA Dalal Mughrabi Girls High Schools
2- Education: The Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi Computer Center
3- Education: School graduation ceremony named after Mughrabi
4- Sports: Two Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi summer camps
5- Sports: The Dalal Mughrabi Football Championship
6- Municipality: The Dalal Mughrabi Square in El-Bireh, Ramallah region


Two Palestinian Schools:
1. The Dalal Mughrabi Girls High School - Gaza
2. The Dalal Mughrabi Girls High School - A-Shuyoukh [Hebron]
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), Feb. 26, 2006]

Education: Computer Center
"Yesterday the Hebron Building Committee inaugurated a computer center named after the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi. 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]

Palestinian School Graduation Ceremony:
Headline: "The Taffuh Association for Higher Education honors the [students] who succeeded in the matriculation exams”
Yesterday, the Taffuh Association for Higher Education organized a ceremony in honor of the students who finished the general high school successfully… [The ceremony was held] under the auspices of the President Mahmoud Abbas, and named after Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi… Samih Al-Sayfi, the commander of the region and the representative of the President, wished the successful students a brilliant future… and reviewed the heroic life of Martyr Dalal Mughrabi and the course of the struggle and sacrifice of the Fatah movement."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), July 24, 2008]

Palestinian Summer Camp (1):
"A summer camp in the name of the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi was opened... by the Fatah movement... out of honor and admiration for the Shahida (Martyr)..."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), July 23, 2008]

Palestinian Summer Camp (2):
"The activities of the [summer] camp are organized with the support of the Palestinian Center for Dissemination of Democracy & Community Development... [with] teams which carry names with a national and historical significance, and names of Shahids... the camp activities are dedicated to the memory of two Shahids (Martyrs), Dalal Mughrabi and Azmi Saghir."
[Al-Ayyam, July 22, 2008]

Sports: Football tournament
"Islami Silwan Club wins the Dalal Mughrabi Championship for youth... [for children] born in 1996 - the Islami Silwan Club, won the Dalal Mughrabi Football Championship, organized by the Hilal Al-Quds Club, along with five teams from the different [sports] clubs of the Jerusalem region."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), Aug. 5, 2008]

"[The Governor of Ramallah] announced the naming of a square after the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi, adjacent to the headquarters of the Political and National Education Authority... in order to eternalize her memory."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), Dec. 30, 2009]

In addition, Mughrabi is regularly honored at many official events throughout the year. At the opening ceremony of Fatah's Sixth General Conference this summer, Fatah leaders responded with applause when former PA Prime Minister Abu Alaa (Ahmad Qurei) honored Mughrabi:
"We have in our midst the hero Khaled Abu-Usbah, hero of the operation [terror attack] led by the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi [applause from the audience]. We salute him and welcome him. And [we salute] the hero, the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal. [He shouts:] All the glory! All the glory! All the glory! All the sisters here are Dalal's sisters."
[PA TV (Fatah), Aug. 4, 2009]

Click here to view former PA Prime Minister honoring terrorist Dalal Mughrabi.

This past year PA TV also celebrated the 31st anniversary of Mughrabi's terror attack with an hour-long TV special about the attack. The program opened with the narrator glorifying the attack as:
"One of the most important and most prominent special actions, executed by the Palestinian revolution by sea, on the coast between Haifa and Tel Aviv. This action, carried out by a group of heroes and led by the heroic fighter Dalal Mughrabi."
[PA TV (Fatah), March 11, 2009]

Click here to view PA TV honoring terrorist Dalal Mughrabi.