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Fatah: 3 female terrorists, who murdered dozens, prove equal opportunities for women in the PA

Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
  • PLO’s female role models on Palestinian Women’s Day: 2 murderers, 2 hijackers, and a bomber

On the occasion of “Palestinian National Women’s Day,” both Abbas’ Fatah Movement and the PLO made a point of highlighting female terrorists. Fatah, the biggest party within the PLO, stressed that the achievements of two murderers and a bomber is proof of the equal opportunities for women in the PA. In a video, a female Fatah host mentioned the following three women terrorists as proof that “Fatah did not exclude the Palestinian women,” while photos of them were shown on screen:

Dalal Mughrabi - terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children

Zakiya Shammout - terrorist, involved in murder of 1

Fatima Barnawi - terrorist, placed bomb in movie theater

Fatah host:The Fatah Movement has included the Palestinian women in all fields of the struggle... The Fatah women participated in the struggle and the battles on the ground, and they carried the pen and the sword. Here [were] Zakiya Shammout (i.e., terrorist, involved in murder of 1), Fatima Barnawi (i.e., terrorist, placed bomb in movie theater), Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children), and a long list of female self-sacrificing fighters. Fatah did not exclude the Palestinian women. On the contrary, they were present in every form of struggle... They participated in heroic battles and reached senior positions in the Palestinian revolution.”

[Facebook page of the Fatah Commission of Information and Culture,
Oct. 24, 2022]

Last year, Palestinian Media Watch exposed that the PA’s female minister of women’s affairs mentioned female murderer of children Dalal Mughrabi and other “female Martyrs” as proof of gender equality in Palestinian society.

This year, Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr similarly chose to highlight women terrorists, singling out 2 murderers, 2 hijackers, and a bomber, including Mughrabi, Shammout, and Barnawi noted above, in addition to:

Laila Khaled - terrorist hijacker, involved in murder of 1

Theresa Halsa - terrorist hijacker

Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr: “We have many examples of Palestinian women – Fatima Barnawi (i.e., terrorist, placed bomb in movie theater), the first female Palestinian prisoner. We have Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children), the commander of the coastal squad. We have Zakariya (Zakiya) Shammout (i.e., terrorist, involved in murder of 1). We have Lina Al-Nabulsi (see note below -Ed.). We have Theresa Halsa (i.e., terrorist hijacker, involved in killing of 1). We have Laila Khaled (i.e., terrorist hijacker, involved in murder of 1), and many other female prisoners and Martyrs throughout the homeland.”

Posted text: “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr’s speech on the sidelines of the activity to support the prisoners for Palestinian National Women’s Day.”

[Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Oct. 24, 2022]

PMW has exposed numerous examples of women terrorists being promoted as role models for girls and women. Among other things, the PA has named 5 schools after murderer Dalal Mughrabi. Girls in the school are taught to see the mass murderer as a role model.

PMW has also demonstrated that this PA role modeling works. Recently a girl explained she drew terrorist murderer Dalal Mughrabi because she “was a fighter who participated in operations”:

Girl: “I wanted to draw Palestinian figures, a woman, a woman who was a fighter who participated in operations (i.e., terror attacks), Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children), a woman who had a role in the struggle and the resolve. She died as a Martyr in this operation (i.e., murder of 37) and the occupation took her body and imprisoned it even though she was dead.  A lifeless body, dead.But it wanted her to suffer. It imprisoned her and she remained there for a certain time until her body decayed.”

[Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, Sept. 11, 2022]

The girl participated in a portrait exhibit in Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip.

The following are additional details about the women terrorists and their attacks, in addition to Lina Al-Nabulsi who was killed in a demonstration:

Zakiya Shammout – Palestinian terrorist involved in several attacks including the placing of a bomb in the Afula market on Oct. 6, 1969, murdering 1 and injuring dozens. Shammout was sentenced to life in prison, but was released in a prisoner exchange deal in 1983 and deported to Algeria. She died in 2014.

Fatima Barnawi - Palestinian female terrorist who placed a bomb in a movie theater in Jerusalem in 1967. The bomb failed to explode. She was sentenced to life in prison but was released in 1977 after serving 10 years. In 2015, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas honored Barnawi with the Military Star of Honor.

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.

Lina Al-Jarbouni - Israeli Arab female terrorist who was convicted March 9, 2004 of maintaining contact with and helping Islamic Jihad terrorists, conspiring to commit terrorist attacks, and aiding an enemy during war. Al-Jarbouni served 15 years in prison and was released in April 2017.

Theresa Halsa – 17-year-old female Israeli Arab terrorist and a member of the Black September terror organization, a secret branch of Fatah, who participated in the hijacking of Sabena flight 571 from Vienna to Tel Aviv in May 1972. When the plane landed in Israel, the terrorists demanded the release of 315 Palestinian terrorists from Israeli prisons. Israel mounted a rescue operation led by Ehud Barak (who later served as Israeli Prime Minister), in which Benjamin Netanyahu (who also later served as Israeli Prime Minister) participated. During the rescue the two male hijackers, Ali Taha Abu Snina and Abed Al-Aziz Atrash, were killed, and one passenger, 22-year-old Miriam Anderson, was also killed accidentally. The two female hijackers, Rima Tannous and Theresa Halsa, were captured and sentenced to life imprisonment – Halsa for 220 years. They were released in November 1983 in a prisoner exchange. Halsa was expelled to Jordan where she lived until she died of cancer on March 28, 2020.

Laila Khaled - Palestinian terrorist and member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) who participated in the hijacking of TWA flight 840 from Rome to Athens on Aug. 29, 1969 and the hijacking of El Al flight 219 from Amsterdam to New York on Sept. 6, 1970. The second hijacking was averted by the pilot and security personnel on board. They shot Khaled’s accomplice, Patrick Argüello, who had murdered one of the flight attendants. Khaled was overpowered and the plane landed in London, where Khaled was handed over and held by British police until she was exchanged on Oct. 1, 1970 for hostages held by the PFLP.