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Abbas equates terrorist Mughrabi with Israeli terror victim

Mahmoud Abbas, PA Chairman:
"They (Israel) say about me that I carry out terrorist activities. What are those terrorist activities? That I search for those who sell land in Jerusalem and chase them. Of course I chase them, and I shall continue to do so. Is that a crime? [Israel says,] 'Does he (Abbas) not know that they (the PA) named a square after Dalal Mughrabi and he (Abbas) personally went [to the ceremony]?' - Of course I did not go myself, but I do not deny [the naming]. Of course we want to name a square after her. Okay, what about [murdered Israeli cabinet minister Rehavam] Zeevi? They (Israelis) named a road after him [in the Jordan Valley], near brother Saeb [Erekat, the chief Fatah negotiator], and so on. What is it [that Israel wants]? That we renounce our history? How? We... carried out a military action; can I then later renounce all that we have done? No, I don't renounce it."

Note: 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. This comment was made in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's protests to the US regarding PA hate incitement and terrorist glorification.