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Official PA daily reports on PMW bulletins' impact

Headline: “Israel complains to the US over ‘Palestinian incitement”"

     “It was announced yesterday [Jan. 7, 2010] that Israel has submitted a complaint to the US according to which the Palestinian leadership glorifies individuals who have carried out attacks against it.

A senior Israeli official, who requested anonymity, told [the French news agency] AFP: 'The government of Israel in recent days expressed to Washington great concern over the incitement on the part of the Palestinian Authority.' He added that Israel has conveyed this to Washington, which is mediating to bring the sides back to negotiations, in the hope that [the US] will raise the matter with the Palestinians. The senior official said that Israel was angered over reports that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas had approved naming a public square in Ramallah after Dalal Mughrabi, who led the attack on a bus in 1978 that caused the killing of 38 Israelis (sic., 37 Israelis were murdered, 12 of them children). (Click to view PMW bulletin) [The complaint] also said that [PA] Prime Minister Salam Fayyad described three Palestinians who were killed by Israeli forces last week as Martyrs (Shahids). (Click to view PMW bulletin) Israel said that it had killed the three Palestinians because they were suspected of having killed a settler who was driving in his car in the occupied West Bank. The senior official stated that Israel had conveyed these complaints to the White House and to the American State Department, without giving further details.

Israeli Prime Minister’s Aide Ron Dermer told AFP that ‘These people are terrorists and murderers, and not Martyrs,’ in his words. He added, 'We expect the Palestinian Authority to prepare the Palestinian people to live in peace with Israel, not to glorify the murderers and name public squares after them.'"

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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