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Fatah holds popular inauguration of terrorist square

"The Palestinian Authority yesterday postponed its inauguration of a square named after the self-sacrificing Dalal Mughrabi in the town of El-Bireh, in the wake of an official Israeli protest, but this did not prevent tens of youth from inaugurating [the square] in a popular fashion...

Members of the El-Bireh council, who requested anonymity, said that the inauguration of the square had been postponed after the senior PA personnel received a message from the Israeli government...

Adnan Al-Dumeiri, a spokesman for the security apparatus, said that the inauguration of the junction had been postponed 'for technical reasons, not in the wake of a request by Israel.' He added, 'Neither Israel nor any other body is able to prevent us from taking pride in our history.'

Siham Barghouti, Minister of Culture, told Agence France Presse: 'It is our right to honor our Shahids (Martyrs) and to name our streets after the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi on the anniversary of her martyrdom, and this is an inalienable right of the Palestinian people.'

Tens of young men and women gathered at the junction at the hour when the official inauguration was to have taken place, bearing pictures of Dalal Mughrabi, in the presence of senior Fatah personnel.

Mustafa Abu Rabi'a, one of the senior Fatah personnel in Ramallah and El-Bireh, said: 'Today is the popular inauguration of the junction named after the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi...'

Jamal Huweil, a Fatah member of the Palestinian Parliament (Legislative Council), who was at the square, said that the fact that Israel prevented the naming of the junction after Dalal Mughrabi represented 'impertinent and unacceptable intervention.'

Tawfiq Tirawi, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, said: 'We shall not submit to any threats, and we are here today to celebrate our history and our battle in naming the square after Mughrabi.' A large boulder with Dalal Mughrabi's name on it was to have been placed at the junction, but it was not delivered yesterday. Giant photographs of Dalal Mughrabi were hung at the junction, located close to the Political Guidance headquarters."

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.