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PA daily glorifies terrorist responsible for murder of 37

Note: An almost identical text to the following article appeared on March 11, 2019 in the official PA daly and on the official Fatah Facebook page. 

Headline: "42 years since the Kamal Adwan operation and the death as a Martyr of Dalal Mughrabi"

"Yesterday [March 11, 2020] was the 42nd anniversary of the Martyrdom-death of Palestinian fighter Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children), who led the Kamal Adwan operation (i.e., Coastal Road Massacre) together with 12 self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen), of whom 11 died as Martyrs [including Mughrabi] and two were taken into captivity. [In the operation] 39 (sic., 37) Israelis were killed and over 80 others were wounded on the road between Haifa and Tel Aviv.

She was born in 1958 in one of the Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut. She was the daughter of a family from Jaffa that escaped to Lebanon following the 1948 Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel)…

She decided to join the ranks of the Palestinian revolution and to act in the ranks of the self-sacrificing fighters in the Fatah Movement while still a student. She took many military courses and received lessons in guerilla warfare, during which she trained with different weapons. While taking these courses, she became known for her daring, her courage, her well-developed national sentiment, and for her devotion to Palestine and Fatah.

The assassination of the three leaders Kamal Adwan, Kamal Nasser, and Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar (i.e., terrorist organization leaders responsible for the deaths of many Israelis) by the Israelis in 1973 had a negative impact on Dalal. In addition, the incessant and despicable aggression against the refugee camps caused her a feeling of bitterness and rage; and there is no need to note the wretchedness in which her family lived – like the rest of the residents of the refugee camps – as a result of their forced leaving, which would not have taken place if not for the occupation of her land – Palestine – by Israel. For this reason, Dalal – like the rest of her friends and partners in grief from among the residents of the refugee camps – began to be struck by negative and stormy feelings, which gave birth to a determination within her to carry out an act that would satisfy her desire [for revenge].

The plan was formulated by Martyr commander Khalil Al-Wazir 'Abu Jihad' (i.e., terrorist, responsible for the murder of 125 Israelis). The plan was based on a landing operation on the Palestinian coast, taking over a military bus, and setting out in the direction of Tel Aviv in order to attack the Israeli Parliament building (a building which is actually located in Jerusalem –Ed.). The self-sacrificing fighters competed among themselves to participate, and first among them Dalal Mughrabi, who was 20. She was selected to lead the squad that would carry out the operation, which was made up of 10 self-sacrificing fighters.

The operation was known as the 'Kamal Adwan' operation, and the squad was known as 'Deir Yassin.'

On the morning of March 11, 1978, Mughrabi disembarked from a boat passing opposite the Palestinian coast together with her squad…

Dalal and her squad succeeded in reaching Tel Aviv (sic., the terror squad never reached Tel Aviv) and took over the bus with all of its soldier passengers (sic., only civilian passengers were on the bus), while outside the bus the battle continued with other Israeli soldiers. Hundreds on the Israeli side were killed and wounded (sic., 37 murdered and 70 wounded), and in light of the heavy losses, the Israeli government assigned a special military unit – commanded by Ehud Barak (then military commander and later prime minister of Israel –Ed.) – to stop the bus and kill and arrest its passengers (sic., apparently meaning the terror squad). [The military unit] used planes and tanks to surround the self-sacrificing fighters, which caused Dalal Mughrabi to blow up the bus with its passengers. As a result, the Israeli soldiers were killed. The moment that [Dalal and her squad's] ammunition ran out, Barak ordered to reap all of the self-sacrificing fighters with machine guns, and all of them died as Martyrs.

It should be noted that the occupation authorities are still holding the body of Martyr Dalal Mughrabi in the 'numbered cemeteries’ (i.e., Israeli cemeteries for temporary burial of terrorists)."

The article includes a modified picture showing terrorist Dalal Mughrabi’s head photoshopped onto the body of a woman in traditional garb wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) around her neck.

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.


Kamal Adwan and Kamal Nasser were both senior members of Black September, a secret branch of Fatah, who were killed by Israeli forces in April 1973. Kamal Nasser was also the spokesperson for the PLO and Fatah. Kamal Adwan was responsible for Fatah terrorist operations in Israel.


Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar - was Arafat's deputy and among the founders of Fatah. He was the Commander of Al-Asifa, Fatah's military unit, and member of Fatah's Central Committee and PLO's Executive Committee. He also was the Commander of Operations of the terror organization Black September, a secret branch of Fatah, and involved in the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972). He was killed by Israel in 1973.


Deir Yassin - On April 9, 1948, Jewish fighters from the Irgun and Lehi military groups, part of the forces opening the blockaded road to Jerusalem, attacked the Arab village of Deir Yassin. When the battle was over, the village had fallen and in addition to the Arab fighters killed, 107 civilians were also killed. Narratives differ as to whether the civilians were killed in the crossfires or were intentionally murdered by the Irgun and Lehi fighters.


Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) - was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, in which a total of 125 Israelis were murdered, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and murder of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.


The Cemeteries for Enemy Casualties (numbered cemeteries) are two burial sites maintained by the Israeli army for burying the bodies of enemy soldiers during wartime as well as terrorists. They are fenced and well-marked. Graves have markers instead of gravestones. Burial is temporary, as the bodies are eventually returned to their countries of origin. No ceremony is held. The bodies are buried in numbered caskets after their identities are documented.


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