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Ignoring Corona and Israel health care aid, PA praises murderer of 37 Israelis

Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Itamar Marcus  |

March 11, 2020, marked the 42nd anniversary of the most lethal terror attack against Israel, when Palestinian terrorists hijacked a bus and murdered 37 Israelis, among them 12 children, in 1978.

Despite the current Corona crisis and the daily contacts and aid that the Palestinian Authority is receiving from Israel, the PA and Fatah still found it important to highlight the attack and praise its leader Dalal Mughrabi.

In its official daily, the PA praised terrorist Mughrabi’s “daring, courage, well-developed national sentiment, and devotion to Palestine and Fatah” while she studied “military courses and received lessons in guerilla warfare” in Lebanon prior to the attack. It added that she “competed” with other terrorists to be picked for the “operation” planned by arch-terrorist Abu Jihad, who in addition to planning this attack, was responsible for the murder of at least 125 Israelis:

“[Dalal] 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 plan was formulated byMartyr commander Khalil Al-Wazir 'Abu Jihad' (i.e., Fatah leader, responsible for the murder of 125 Israelis). The plan was based on a landing operation on the Palestinian coast (sic., the Israeli coast), taking over a military bus, and setting out in the direction of Tel Aviv in order to attack the Israeli Parliament building (which is in Jerusalem –Ed.). The self-sacrificing fighters competed among themselves to participate, and first among them Dalal Mughrabi…”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 12, 2020]

The official PA daily also promoted false information, for example that the Israeli victims were “soldiers” when they were in fact families on vacation with their children. The paper also exaggerated the terrorists’ achievements, stating that “hundreds on the Israeli side were killed and wounded.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 12, 2020] Significantly, from the PA’s perspective the more Israelis murdered the greater the attack.

It should be noted that Israel is in daily contact with the PA at the ministerial level to cooperate on fighting the spread of Corona.

Posting a black and white photo of terrorist Mughrabi holding a rifle (see top,) Fatah stressed the terrorist murderers’ status as “self-sacrificing fighters” who fell as “Martyrs,” and the achievements of the “operation.” (Full text below.)

Official PA TV also chose to glorify the female terrorist last week on International Women’s Day. A huge photo of murderer Mughrabi was displayed as the background in the studio of official PA TV, while the host and PA Minister of Women's Affairs Amal Hamad were discussing the importance of International Women’s Day.

[Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, March 8, 2020]

Palestinian Media Watchhas documented for years that the PA has turnedterrorist murderer Dalal Mughrabi into a role modelfor society.

The following are the two texts by the PA and Fatah praising the Coastal Road massacre:

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)."

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 12, 2020]

The almost exact same text was published by the official PA daily in 2019.

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.

Headline: "On this exact date in modern Palestinian history"

"March 11, 1973:Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children) died as a Martyr in a self-sacrificing operation in which Fatah Movement naval commando units led by Dalal Mughrabi attacked the Israeli coast(i.e., the Coastal Road Massacre; see note below), and Israel responded by sending 3,000 soldiers to Lebanon and occupied southern Lebanon and caused heavy casualties.

Today, Wednesday [March 11, 2020], is the 42nd anniversary of the death as a Martyr of Palestinian fighter Dalal Mughrabi, who led the Kamal Adwan operation (i.e., the Coastal Road Massacre) together with 12 self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen), of whom 11 of died as Martyrs [including Mughrabi] and 2 were taken hostage. 39 (sic., 37) Israelis were killed in the operation and over 80 more were wounded on the road between Haifa and Tel Aviv…

On the morning of March 11, 1978, Mughrabi disembarked with her group from two boats that passed opposite the Palestinian coast, and succeeded in disembarking and reaching the coast without the Israelis succeeding in discovering them because [the Israelis] did not properly assess the Palestinians' courage.

Dalal and her group succeeded in going in the direction of Tel Aviv and took control of a bus with all of its soldier passengers (sic., the passengers were all civilians, including children) at the same time that the confrontation with other Israeli bodies continued outside of the bus. This operation led to the fall of hundreds of killed and wounded on the Israeli side. (Sic., 37 Israelis were murdered.) In light of the large losses, the government of Israel appointed a special group from the army led by Ehud Barak (then military commander and later prime minister of Israel –Ed.) in order to stop the bus and kill and arrest its [Palestinian] passengers. They used airplanes and tanks in order to surround the self-sacrificing fighters, which caused Dalal Mughrabi to blow up the bus and its passengers and led to the killing of the Israeli soldiers."

[Website of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture, March 11, 2020]

The article includes a picture of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi wearing a keffiyeh (Arab headdress) and holding an assault rifle.

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.

Coastal Road Massacre - In March 1978, a group of Fatah terrorists from Lebanon led by Dalal Mughrabi hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway. Confronted by the Israeli army, the terrorists murdered many of the passengers on the bus, in total 37 civilians,12 of them children, and wounded more than 70. The attack, orchestrated by arch-terrorist Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir), is known in Israel as the Coastal Road Massacre.

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.