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PA village graffiti “immortalizes” former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein

Official PA TV program Rural Scenes




A wall is seen in the square of Deir Ammar, a village northwest of Ramallah. On the wall is a drawing of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and former PLO and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat.

Text on wall: “Martyrs who have been immortalized by history”


Saddam Hussein - former President of Iraq, who was convicted by an Iraqi court and executed in 2006 for ordering the Dujail massacre in Iraq in which 148 people were murdered. In order to expedite his execution, it was decided not to prosecute him for other crimes he committed.


Yasser Arafat – Founder of Fatah and former chairman of the PLO and PA. During the 1960s, 70s and 80s Arafat was behind numerous terror attacks against Israelis. Although he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 together with then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and then Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East" after signing the Oslo Accords peace agreement, Arafat launched a 5-year terror campaign - the second Intifada (2000-2005) – in which more than 1,000 Israelis were murdered. Arafat died of an illness in 2004.