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Fatah youth movement responds to criticism over summer camp named after Dalal Mughrabi: Terror attacks in which 37 were murdered was "legitimate human struggle"

Posted text: “Ramallah – the [Fatah] Shabiba high school committee – [Fatah] Mobilization and Organization Commission

[A statement from the Fatah Shabiba high school movement:] ‘Martyr Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children) is a symbol of legitimate human struggle against injustice, oppression, and the occupation that has committed crimes against the Palestinian people throughout its 71 years. The use of Dalal’s name in the summer camps of [Fatah’s] Shabiba Student [Movement] (sic., apparently meant to be Shabiba high school movement) is nothing but commemoration of a situation of struggle, which has been waged by our Palestinian people that was uprooted from its land and homeland as a result of the crimes, oppression, and massacres that the Zionist gangs committed against it. Therefore, Dalal Mughrabi’s [actions] are a natural human expression that all human laws ensure for the oppressed peoples that are struggling to be redeemed from injustice and occupation.’

This was said in response to a publication by [Israeli] occupation government spokesman (i.e., Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman to the Arab media) Ofir Gendelman on his [Twitter] page (see note below –Ed.). Gendelman criticized the naming of a Shabiba high school [movement] summer camp at the Tulkarem branch after Martyr Dalal Mughrabi. He also accused [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah Movement of supporting these camps and ‘glorifying terror and mass murderers,’ as he put it.

The Shabiba high school [movement] statement also said that this same Gendelman forgets that his government, which represents the longest occupation in history, is the one that sponsors massacres and mass murderers and glorifies them. An example of this is Baruch Goldstein who committed the massacre at the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., Cave of the Patriarchs; see note below), and for whom [the occupation government] erected a monument (sic., Israel dismantled a memorial erected for Goldstein by his supporters and passed a law outlawing such memorials in 1998) and for many of the [Zionist] entity’s leaders, who committed the most despicable massacres against the Palestinian people…

In the statement it was said that these summer camps – even if they bear this name and even if they have this national aspect – are summer camps of culture, art, creativity, spreading joy, and opening horizons to the future and to dreams for a generation whose every dream, aspiration, and expectation has been expropriated by the occupation.

The Shabiba concluded its words by saying that it will continue on this national path… and will make every effort to defend our children’s future from the occupation’s actions, and to open horizons for them to a better future of security, peace, freedom, independence, and success.”

The image shows two pictures of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi. In the upper left corner is a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) pattern, and in the top center is the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Text on image: “The Palestinian National Liberation Movement – Fatah

Martyr Dalal Mughrabi – a self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’iya) who established the Palestinian republic (refers to how she and her terror cell hijacked an Israeli bus thereby “establishing a republic” before blowing it up and murdering Israelis passengers on it –Ed.).”

On July 16, 2019, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman to the Arab media Ofir Gendelman tweeted a message in English and Arabic along with an image from a Fatah and PLO summer camp named after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, which PMW had exposed in a bulletin on July 14, 2019.

Tweet in English and Arabic: “(All errors in source –Ed.) PA President Abbas has congratulated girls who participate in a summer camp dedicated to glorify Dalal Al-Maghribi, an arch terrorist who murdered 35 Israelis, 12 of them were kids, in 1978.

Note the fatigues the girls are wearing.

The PA's message: murdering people is good!”

Dalal Mughrabi – female Palestinian terrorist who 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.

Cave of the Patriarchs massacre - Baruch Goldstein, a member of an Israeli far-right movement, opened fire on Muslims praying inside the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, known to Muslims as the "Ibrahimi Mosque," murdering 29 and wounding 125 on Feb. 25, 1994. Following the attack, which was widely condemned by Israeli leaders and Jewish communities abroad, the Israeli government took concrete steps to prevent similar attacks from occurring by dividing the area of worship into Muslim and Jewish sections and designating several extremist movements, including Goldstein’s, as illegal terrorist groups.

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