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Fatah wants to name square after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi

Headline: “Residents insist on naming square in Ramallah after the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi”
     “Palestinian activists announced yesterday that they were insisting on naming a square in Ramallah after the Shahida Dalal Mughrabi. This follows the PA postponement of an official inauguration of the junction, owing to Israeli opposition.
March 13th will be the 33rd anniversary of Dalal’s death as a Martyr in a military operation which she led inside Israel in 1978.
About a hundred residents, representing universities and the Palestinian Writers’ Union, gathered yesterday and put up a huge poster, inscribed with the name Dalal Mughrabi, and a picture of the boat in which she entered Israel.
Deputy secretary of the Fatah Revolutionary Council [and advisor to Abbas], Sabri Saidam, told Agence France Presse: ‘Today a popular inauguration of the junction is being held. There has been insistence on naming this junction after the Shahida Dalal Mughrabi. Every one of us has tried in his own way to express his pride in this Shahida.’
The junction was supposed to be inaugurated in March 2010, but Israeli protest at naming the junction after Dalal Mughrabi caused the PA to postpone the official inauguration.
Saidam said: ‘The inauguration of the junction and the naming of roads lie within the jurisdiction of the local government in each town. What I know for certain is that there is no official withdrawal from [the intention to] name the junction after the Shahida Dalal.’ […]
Senior Fatah members said that they had decided to inaugurate the “Shahida Dalal Mughrabi” square in the town of El-Bireh, close to Ramallah, despite Israel’s threats in the past to destroy it.
Secretary of the Palestinian Writers’ Union, Murad Al-Sudani told Reuters: ‘The [Fatah] student Shabiba movement and the Palestinian Writers’ Union decided today to inaugurate the Shahida Dalal Mughrabi square in the town of El-Bireh out of support for the path of struggle, and to express honor to the Shahids (Martyrs) of the Palestinian people.’
He added, ‘We refuse to submit to Israeli dictates not to inaugurate the square, and we regret that no senior official came to the ceremony today.’
A granite slab has been placed at the center of the square, featuring an engraved image of Dalal Mughrabi inside a map of historical Palestine, in the shape of a sail. Another photograph of Dalal has been placed in a different spot on the square; she is draped in a Palestinian keffiyeh and holds an AK-47 machine gun.”
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Note: Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

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