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Win $100 prizes for being an expert on arch-terrorist Abu Jihad and PFLP terror leader Abu Ali Mustafa on PA TV quizzes

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |

PA and Fatah laud arch-terrorist Abu Jihad; brag about number of Israelis killed in attacks he planned

  • The Bank of Palestine sponsors $100 prize to Palestinian with knowledge about Abu Jihad who planned terror attacks in which 125 Israelis were murdered – in official PA TV and PA radio  quiz

  • Man wins $100 in PA TV quiz for naming PFLP terror leader Abu Ali Mustafa

  • Official PA daily proudly lists all the “military operations” – i.e., terror attacks -  planned by Abu Jihad – “the engineer of the first Intifada”

  • Fatah: Abu Jihad is “present inside of us forever”

  • Fatah sends Abu Jihad “thousands of blessings of peace for your soul”

  • Fatah quotes Abu Jihad: “We are paving the path of victory with our skulls”

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. As head of the PLO terror organization's military wing, he planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960s-1980s. These attacks, in which at least 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. Abu Jihad was killed by Israel in 1988. Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the PA has turned Abu Jihad into a role model for society.

Every year on the anniversary of his death, the PA and Fatah stress Abu Jihad’s importance for “the Palestinian revolution” and glorify him and the attacks he planned. This year was no exception. Abbas’ PA lionized him in an article in the official PA daily that listed the terror attacks he orchestrated and gloated about how many Israelis were killed in some of them. Abbas’ Fatah Movement flooded Facebook with posts singing Abu Jihad’s praise, while official PA TV rewarded $100 prize sponsored by the Bank of Palestine to a viewer for his expert knowledge about Abu Jihad:

Official PA TV host 1: Our question for you today is: Give me an answer about a figure whose Martyrdom-death anniversary is marked today… an influential Palestinian figure.

Gazan resident Khalil: “Maybe Khalil Al-Wazir [“Abu Jihad”].

Official PA TV host: “Correct answer… If you would like to give us a bit of information…

Khalil: He was one of the people who gave for the sake of the revolution.
 He was of course assassinated in Tunis by the Israeli Mossad. He was assassinated in the period of the first Intifada, in 1988.

Host: Correct, in 1988.

Host 2: Do you know what Khalil Al-Wazir was called? What was his nickname?

Khalil: Abu Jihad, of course.

Host 2: Abu Jihad, but he had a nickname “the Prince of Martyrs.”

Khalil: “The Engineer of the Revolution…

Host 1: Congratulations, your prize is $100, which is being given-”

Host 2: “By the Bank of Palestine. The first national bank.”

[Official PA radio The Voice of Palestine,
and official PA TV, Ramadan and the People, April 16, 2021]

Similarly, a man won $100 for naming another terror leader – the former Secretary-General of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Abu Ali Mustafa:

Official PA TV host presents clue: “The birthplace of the one who is entirely glory is in Arraba, Jenin. He fought, struggled, protected the promise with his free and revolutionary spirit, and when he died as a Martyr he was the head of the PFLP. He believed in victory and in tomorrow, in the [national] idea, and in the national spirit.”

Men in street: “-Abu Ali Mustafa. - George Habash. - Izz A-Din Al-Qassam...”

Man: “Abu Ali Mustafa.”

Host: “Well said. A beautiful answer and you are beautiful, and a most beautiful $100 are being presented by [the Palestinian loan company] Faten. Congratulations!”

[Official PA TV, Challenge Someone, April 20, 2021]

When trying to guess who the man in the riddle is, the men in the street suggested the names of two other terrorists: George Habash - Founder of the terror organization PFLP and Sheikh Izz A-Din Al-Qassam - an influential Islamic preacher and terrorist in British Mandate Palestine during the 1930s. He led a Muslim terror group and Hamas’ terror wing is named after him – the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades. The correct answer to the riddle is Abu Ali Mustafa.

The official PA daily also honored Abu Jihad, even listing numerous attacks he planned, including the number of murdered Israelis in some of them:

“Today, April 14, [2021,] is the 33rd anniversary of the death as a Martyr of commander Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’, the deputy general commander of the revolution forces and engineer of the first Intifada, who was murdered by the Israeli Mossad (Israeli Secret Intelligence Service)…

Among the military operations (i.e., terrorist attacks) that Abu Jihad planned: the Zohar reservoir bombing (i.e., near Beit Hanoun in Gaza) in 1955; the operation to blow up the Israeli National Water Carrier pipelines (Eilabun tunnel) in 1965; the Savoy Hotel operation in Tel Aviv and the killing of 10 Israelis (sic., 11) in 1975; the operation to blow up a truck bomb in Jerusalem (15 murdered –Ed.) in 1975; the operation to kill Albert Levy, the senior sapper, and his assistant, in Nablus in 1976; the Dalal Mughrabi operation, in which more than 37 Israelis were killed, in 1978; the operation to shell the Eilat Port in 1979; and the Katyusha fire on the northern settlements in Israel in 1981.

Israel also held Martyr [Abu Jihad] responsible for the capture of 8 Israeli soldiers in Lebanon, and their exchange for 5,000 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners and 100 of the detainees of the lands occupied in 1982 (sic., Israel released 4,700 terrorists held in Lebanon and 65 terrorists held in Israel). In addition, he also planned the infiltration of the headquarters of the Israeli military governor in Tyre and its bombing, leading to the deaths of 76 officers and soldiers, including 12 senior officers, in 1982; he led the war of attrition during the years 1982-1984 in southern Lebanon; and he planned the Dimona Reactor operation (i.e., Mothers’ Bus attack, 3 murdered) in 1988, which was the principal reason for his assassination.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 16, 2021]

Fatah uploaded many posts glorifying the arch-terrorist. Its Nablus branch posted a well-known quote of Abu Jihad about “paving the way to victory with our skulls,” and this photo of him together with former PLO and PA chairman Yasser Arafat:

 

Posted text: “Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’
The Prince of Martyrs, the First Bullet and the First Stone
Oct. 10, 1935 – April 16, 1988
Our heads will remain in the heavens and our feet are planted in the land of our homeland, we are paving the path of victory and certain return with our skulls. The compass will not err on the path and will continue to point towards Palestine.’”

[Facebook page of the Fatah Movement – Nablus Branch, April 16, 2021]

Fatah’s Commission of Information and Culture addressed Abu Jihad as the “Prince of Martyrs,” stating he is “present inside of us forever”:

Text on image: “Khalil Al-Wazir
33 years since [his] death as a Martyr”

Posted text: “33 years and you are present inside of us forever, O Prince of Martyrs Khalil Al-Wazir”

[Facebook page of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture, April 16, 2021]

Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi repeated another of Abu Jihad’s sayings: “We will continue to attack”:

Posted text: “Khalil Al-Wazir [‘Abu Jihad’] – a lofty name thanks to the sacred activity and a value that is anointed with Martyrdom – is the First Bullet and the First Stone, whose name became synonymous with a self-sacrificing fighter. Let us repeat what he said until full freedom: ‘We will continue to attack.’ On the anniversary of your death as a Martyr, O commander, we remain loyal to the path.”

[Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi, April 15, 2021]

A fellow Central Committee member, Abbas Zaki, likewise expressed admiration of the terrorist, calling him a “precious man,” noting that “Allah loved him on the night of his death as a Martyr”:

Text on image: “[Khalil] ‘Abu Jihad’ Al-Wazir
The compass will not err on the path
And will continue to point towards Palestine
1935-1988”

Posted text: “On the anniversary of the death of Abu Jihad
The First Bullet and the First Stone (i.e., name for Abu Jihad)
Friday, April 16, 1988, was a day of deep sadness over the passing of the most precious man who most protected the principles and the loyalty to the path and the pledge, the First Bullet and the First Stone Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad,’ Allah’s mercy upon him…
Allah loved him on the night of his death as a Martyr, when he wrote his letter to the united leadership of the great [first] Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, approximately 200 Israelis murdered, 1987-1993) under the title ‘Continue the attack,’ and there is no voice that rises above the voice of the intifada.”

[Official Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki, April 16, 2021]

On its official Facebook page, Fatah sent Abu Jihad “thousands of blessings of peace for your soul” and repeated another quote attributed to the arch-terrorist: “The compass will not err on the path, And it will continue to point towards Palestine” (text on image):

Posted text: “The Prince of Martyrs Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’
The compass of the rebels, the example of those rising up, and the legend of the struggle
On your anniversary, sir, thousands of blessings of peace for your soul

[Official Fatah Facebook page, April 15, 2021]

Additional praise for the terrorist, included:

Text on image: “‘The Palestinian revolution is the prime motivating factor in our region. The PLO is a living phenomenon that grew through the struggle against the enemy and blossoms through dialogue between the brothers.’
Said by Martyr commander Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’”

Posted text: “#Khalil_Al-Wazir
#The_33rd_anniversary”

[Facebook page of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture, April 16, 2021]

 [Official Fatah Facebook page, April 15, 2021]

 

Posted text: “The Prince of Martyrs Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’
#Khalil_Al-Wazir
#Abu_Jihad”

[Official Fatah Facebook page, April 16, 2021]

 

 

Text on image: “The 33rd anniversary
April 16, 1988
The anniversary of the death as a Martyr of commander Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’”

Posted text: “Today is the 33rd anniversary of the death of the Prince of Martyrs
Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’
May Allah have mercy on the First Bullet and the First Stone (i.e., Abu Jihad)
#Praise_and_eternal_life_to_the_righteous_Martyrs
#Martyr_Khalil_Al-Wazir
#Abu_Jihad
#Allah’s_mercy”

[Facebook page of the PA Presidential Guard, April 16, 2021]

 

[Official Fatah Facebook page, April 14, 2021]

Additional articles in the official PA daily also focused on Abu Jihad:

One was about female artist Susan Al-Ghazi in the Ain Al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon. It included a picture of the artist standing by her artwork, which shows from top left in clockwise order: former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, terrorist Abu Jihad, and terrorist Dalal Mughrabi. Text under picture: “The artist in front of her drawings.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 13, 2021]

The following are longer excerpts of the articles cited above:

“Through an eagle, [artist] Susan [Al-Ghazi] illustrated the courage of the Palestinian youth, and through the color red she anointed the land with the blood of the Martyrs, which ensures the achievement of victory and the realization of return

Susan recounts: ‘The Palestinian women are unique in the field of struggle, because they have defied the difficulties and dealt with the occupier. They are the example, and Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children) is just one of them.’ [She continued:] ‘[Khalil] “Abu Jihad” Al-Wazir (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125) is precisely the Palestinian man who is firm in his positions and his defense of his homeland’s cause. His role is not separate from the role of Mughrabi the woman, and therefore I drew the two of them as two firm national figures in the history of the Palestinian struggle.’ …

Susan recounts: ‘This deal (i.e., “the deal of the century,” US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan) targeted us, the refugees, by erasing our right of return to our homeland that was stolen by the Zionist occupier. When I drew [PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas carrying on the last will of [former PLO Chairman and PA President] Yasser Arafat, I sought to show the historic message of defiance that he sent to the entire world through his positions.’”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 13, 2021]

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.

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.

Headline: “Lebanon: The Fatah Movement marks the anniversary of the assassination of Abu Jihad and Palestinian Prisoner’s Day”

“The Fatah Movement’s main branch [in Lebanon] marked the 33rd anniversary of the assassination of historic leader and deputy commander general of the Palestinian revolution forces, Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125), which takes place in parallel with Palestinian Prisoner’s Day…

Secretary of Fatah and the PLO factions at the Shatila refugee camp Kazem Hassan said: ‘Today [April 17, 2021], on the anniversary of the death as a Martyr of leader Abu Jihad Al-Wazir, we also stand and salute our brave prisoners.’ …

Hassan spoke about the operation to assassinate the three leaders on Verdun [Street] (i.e., the “Verdun Operation”; see note below). He told how at the time [then Israeli military leader] Ehud Barak dressed up as a woman to carry out the assassination, while leader Abu Jihad’s response was to send a real woman [Dalal Mughrabi] (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children) to him who oversaw a heroic battle together with her companions, crossed the sea, and established the first republic of Palestine.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 17, 2021]

Headline: “33 years since the murder of the Prince of Martyrs Abu Jihad”

“Today, April 14, [2021,] is the 33rd anniversary of the death as a Martyr of commander Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125), the deputy general commander of the revolution forces and engineer of the first Intifada (i.e., Palestinian wave of violence and terror against Israel, approximately 200 Israelis murdered, 1987-1993), who was murdered by the Israeli Mossad (Israeli Secret Intelligence Service) in his home in Tunis [the capital of Tunisia] led by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak…

Among the military operations (i.e., terrorist attacks) that Abu Jihad planned: the Zohar reservoir bombing (i.e., near Beit Hanoun in Gaza) in 1955; the operation to blow up the Israeli National Water Carrier pipelines (Eilabun tunnel) in 1965; the Savoy Hotel operation in Tel Aviv and the killing of 10 Israelis (sic., 11) in 1975; the operation to blow up a truck bomb in Jerusalem (15 murdered –Ed.) in 1975; the operation to kill Albert Levy, the senior sapper, and his assistant, in Nablus in 1976; the Dalal Mughrabi operation, in which more than 37 Israelis were killed, in 1978; the operation to shell the Eilat Port in 1979; and the Katyusha fire on the northern settlements in Israel in 1981.

Israel also held Martyr [Abu Jihad] responsible for the capture of 8 Israeli soldiers in Lebanon, and their exchange for 5,000 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners and 100 of the detainees of the lands occupied in 1982 (sic., Israel released 4,700 terrorists held in Lebanon and 65 terrorists held in Israel). In addition, he also planned the infiltration of the headquarters of the Israeli military governor in Tyre and its bombing, leading to the deaths of 76 officers and soldiers, including 12 senior officers, in 1982; he led the war of attrition during the years 1982-1984 in southern Lebanon; and he planned the Dimona Reactor operation (i.e., Mothers’ Bus attack, 3 murdered) in 1988, which was the principal reason for his assassination.”

[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 16, 2021]

Bombing of Israel's National Water Carrier - On Jan. 1, 1965, Palestinian terrorists attempted to bomb Israel's National Water Carrier. This was the first attack against Israel carried out by Fatah. Fatah refers to the attack as the “Intilaqa”, meaning “the Launch” of Fatah.

Savoy terror attack: In March 1975, eight terrorists traveled by boat from Lebanon to a Tel Aviv beach. They took over the Savoy Hotel and took guests as hostages. The next morning, Israeli forces attacked and killed seven of the terrorists. Eight hostages and three soldiers were killed by the terrorists during the attack.

Attack with truck bomb (sometimes called the refrigerator bombing) - Attack at Zion Square in the center of Jerusalem with a truck carrying a refrigerator filled with explosives on July 4, 1975. 15 people were murdered and over 60 wounded. The attack was orchestrated by Arafat’s advisor on prisoner affairs and Fatah Revolutionary Council member Ahmad Jabarah Abu Sukkar, who was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years, but was released from prison after 28 years as part of a goodwill gesture from Israel to the PA in 2003. He died of a heart attack in 2013 in the PA.

Albert Levy was an Israeli police sapper. In April 1976 he was called to dismantle an explosive device on B'nai Brith Street in Jerusalem. The device, which was booby trapped, exploded and Levy was killed.

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.

Attack on “the northern settlements” - From 1978 to 1981, the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) continuously fired rockets from Lebanon at Northern Israel, after the UN and the South Lebanon Army created a buffer zone between Israel and Lebanon that stopped terrorists’ infiltrations into Israel.

The capture of 8 Israeli soldiers in Lebanon – Eight Israeli soldiers were captured by Fatah terrorists in Bhamadoun, Lebanon on Sept. 4, 1982. Two of them were handed to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and 6 were held by Fatah. Fatah released the 6 soldiers on Nov. 23, 1983 as part of an exchange deal in which Israel released 4,700 terrorists that were held in Lebanon and 65 terrorists held in Israel. The two handed over to the PFLP were released on May 21, 1985, as part of an exchange deal in which Israel released 1,150 terrorist prisoners.

Explosion in the Israeli military headquarters building in Tyre - On Nov. 11, 1982, during the first Lebanon War, an explosion occurred in the Israeli military headquarters building and led to the death of 91 people, among whom were Israeli soldiers, Israeli Security Services staff, Israeli Border Policemen and Lebanese detainees. It has not been determined whether the explosion resulted from a gas leak or a car bomb.

Mothers’ Bus attack – 3 Israelis – Miriam Ben-Yair, Rina Shiratzky, and Victor Ram – were murdered when the bus they were on that was carrying workers to the Negev Nuclear Research Center in Dimona was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists Muhammad Abd Al-Qader Muhammad Issa, Muhammad Khalil Saleh Al-Khanafi, and Abdallah Abd Al-Majid Muhammad Kallab on March 7, 1988. The attack is referred to as the Mothers' Bus attack because many of the passengers were working mothers. The terrorists were all killed by an Israel Police counter-terrorism unit.

Abu Ali Mustafa - Secretary-General of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP, which rejected the Oslo Accords (1993), has planned and carried out numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians since its founding in 1967 and throughout the Palestinian terror campaign between 2000-2005 (the Intifada).

George Habash - Founder of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP has planned and carried out numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians since its founding in 1967 and throughout the Palestinian terror campaign between 2000- 2005 (the Intifada).

Sheikh Izz A-Din Al-Qassam was an influential Islamic preacher in British Mandate Palestine during the 1930s. He led a Muslim terror group. The Hamas terror wing is named after him – the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades.