PA to name square for murderer of 37 on anniversary of her attack
on anniversary of her attack
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Another chapter is unfolding in the ongoing confrontation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority over the naming of a square after the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi. In December, Palestinian Media Watch publicized that the Municipality of Ramallah planned to name a public square in honor of the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and murdered 37 civilians in 1978. Prime Minister Netanyahu immediately protested to the US and sharply criticized the PA for its intention to name the square in Ramallah "after a terrorist who killed dozens of Israelis."
The official PA daily newspaper reports today that the PA has chosen to ignore PM Netanyahu's criticism and protests to the US. Not only does it still intend to name the square after the terrorist, but the date chosen for the inaugural ceremony is this Thursday, March 11, the 32nd anniversary of the terror attack.
Since PMW's exposure of the story, PA leaders have repeatedly rejected PM Netanyahu's criticism while defending the practice of honoring murderers, whom they honor as Martyrs (Shahids). PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas also referred to the terror attack as "a military action."
See the timeline of the ongoing dispute below.
After PMW's exposure of the PA's naming of the square in December, Israeli PM Netanyahu protested and condemned the intention:
Today the official PA daily reports that the Municipality is continuing with this Thursday's inauguration:
Headline: "Preparations for inauguration of Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi Square complete"
"The El-Bireh Municipality has completed construction work at the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi Square in the Um Al-Sharait region, and has commenced preparations for its inauguration this Thursday, the anniversary of Mughrabi's Martyrdom. The mayor, Jamal Al-Tawil, said that... this year the municipality will celebrate the inauguration of the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi Square in order to commemorate her memory and her sacrifice as a Palestinian woman who resisted the occupation. City Council member Aida Abu-Ubeid said that the square is considered a symbol of the sacrifice of the Palestinian woman. She also noted that flowers and trees will be planted there, and that a picture of the Shahida Dalal Mughrabi will be placed at the center of the square."
There has been no public comment from the Obama administration about the PA's honoring of the terrorist.
Timeline on Dalal Mughrabi Square debate:
Dec. 31, 2009: PMW releases story of PA's intention to name square after Mughrabi
Jan. 7, 2010: PM Netanyahu protests PA's honoring Mughrabi to the US
Jan. 10: PM Netanyahu opens cabinet meeting with criticism of PA's honoring Mughrabi
Jan. 17: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas rejects Netanyahu's protest
Feb. 3: Ashraf Ajrami, former PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, defends naming
Feb. 25: Mahmoud Al-Aloul, General Commissioner for Recruitment and Organization, emphasizes importance of naming
Today, March 7: PA daily announces Thursday's inauguration of square