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PA: Munich Olympics massacre planners presented “spectacular aspects of pride, glory, and loyalty”

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |

The PA never tires of celebrating their most lethal terror attacks against Israel and praising the “masterminds” behind them. One such attack is the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Official PA TV News mourned the death of the “most prominent leaders of the Palestinian revolution,” Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar, Kamal Nasser, and Kamal Adwan - three members of the Black September terror organization – the group responsible for planning and carrying out the Munich Olympics massacre. The three were killed by Israel in the year following the attack. PA TV News said the life stories of the three “commanders” “emit a pleasant aroma” and that the “death as Martyrs” of the three terrorists “presented the most spectacular aspects of pride, glory, and loyalty”:

Official PA TV reporter: “48 years have passed since the assassination of the three commanders Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar, Kamal Nasser, and Kamal Adwan (i.e., senior members of Black September terror organization) … The night of April 10, 1973, has become a painful memory due to the loss of three of the most prominent leaders of the Palestinian revolution, through whose death as Martyrs the Fatah Movement and the revolution presented the most spectacular aspects of pride, glory, and loyalty… The bodies of the three righteous Martyrs disappeared from the scene of the Palestinian revolution that is continuing generation after generation to remove the occupation and take our legitimate Palestinian rights [from it], while the stories of [their] lives that emit a pleasant aroma remain present, so that they will always be the compass of preserving the national principles.”

[Official PA TV News, April 10, 2021]

The official PA daily likewise mourned the Black September terrorists:

“On April 10, 1973, the Israeli Mossad (Israeli Secret Intelligence Service) forces murdered leaders Muhammad Yusuf Al-Najjar… Kamal Nasser, and Kamal Adwan in Beirut due to their outstanding activity in the Palestinian resistance and a claim of their participation in planning the Munich operation the previous year.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 10, 2021]

Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the PA glorifies murderers of Israeli civilians, and presents them as heroes and role models for Palestinians. The more prominent the target or the more Israelis killed, the more PA praises the perpetrators. PMW has exposed numerous PA expressions of admiration for these three Black September terrorists as well as senior members of the terror organization who planned the Munich attack.

Last year, Abbas’ Presidential Guards, his Fatah Movement and the official PA daily likewise mourned and praised the three.  The Munich attack has been called a “heroic operation” by Fatah and praised in a Fatah-produced film in which Fatah bragged that "the world stood still in view of the Munich operation."

In addition, the PA has named schools after some of the planners of the Munich massacre, and defended this choice of names. Moreover, a Palestinian university’s new gate was recently named after Abu Iyad, one of the masterminds behind Munich Olympics massacre.


The Munich Olympics massacre - terrorist attack perpetrated by the Palestinian terror organization Black September, a secret branch of Fatah, during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, in which they murdered 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team.