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PA Minister defends right to glorify terrorist Mughrabi and other terrorists

Headline: "The occupation accuses the Palestinian leadership of incitement because of Dalal Mughrabi Square -
Minister of Culture: Honoring the Shahids (Martyrs) is the least we can do, and resistance to the occupation is a legitimate right"
     "The occupation government has reiterated its familiar tune of accusing the [Palestinian] National Authority of incitement within Palestinian culture. The Israeli Prime Minister... claims that the Palestinian leadership is encouraging terror in its culture.
Netanyahu claims that the proof, which he presented to the members of his government, is the naming of a square in the region of Ramallah and El-Bireh after the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi. ...
Netanyahu is reported as saying: 'Anyone who supports naming [the square] after Dalal Mughrabi, who was responsible for the murder of dozens of Israelis, is encouraging terror and pushing peace further off...'
Netanyahu was referring to the operation of self-sacrifice led by Mughrabi in 1978, the "Coast Operation" within Israel, which led to the deaths of 36 Israelis. Netanyahu accused the [Palestinian] National Authority of incitement in schools and in cultural activities in general.
Minister of Culture Siham Barghouti said, in response to the Israeli claims, that 'It is our right to preserve and maintain [the memory] of our fighters who sacrificed their lives for our sake and for the sake of the Palestinian cause.'
She added: 'Honoring them in this way [by naming public places after them] is the least we can give them, and this is our right, especially since we believe that resistance, in the shadow of the ongoing occupation, is a legitimate right, and we are proud and we pride ourselves on our heritage of struggle, which has been realized by our Shahids (Martyrs) and fighters throughout history.'
Salim Salama, a member of the El-Bireh City Council, said that the municipality plans to inaugurate the square officially after the renovations... Salama said: 'Let Netanyahu say what he wants; naming this square after Dalal Mughrabi is the commemoration of the symbolic figures of our struggle who have given their lives during the long struggle, and it is our right to commemorate them in our culture.'
He added: 'Naming the square after Mughrabi is a modest act aimed at inscribing the names of those who took part in the Palestinian struggle against the occupation.'"

 

These comments were made in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's protests to the US regarding PA hate incitement and terrorist glorification.

Dalal 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, 12 of them children.


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