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PA TV host feels “respect” and “love” for terrorist

Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik  |
PA TV host feels "respect" and "love"
for terrorist who led suicide bomber
to Sbarro Pizza shop attack
that killed 15 including 7 children

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques

Palestinian Authority TV recently interviewed released terrorist Qahira Al-Sa'adi, who drove a suicide bomber to an attack that killed 3 and injured 80 in Jerusalem on March 21, 2002. During the interview, the host chose to send greetings to another terrorist, Ahlam Tamimi, who led a suicide bomber to the Sbarro pizza shop in Jerusalem on August 9, 2001. 15 people were murdered in the attack, 7 of them children, and 130 were injured.

Apparently finding something in common with terrorist Ahlam Tamimi who studied journalism, the PA TV host expressed how Tamimi's choice to study and work in the field of media "increases the respect and love I feel for her":

"We send greetings to the released female prisoner Ahlam Tamimi and to all the female prisoners who were released. I focus here on Ahlam because Ahlam chose a way that increases the respect and love I feel for her. I send greetings to you, dear Ahlam, and to your husband Nizar. Ahlam chose the way of media (i.e., as a journalist), and now hosts a program for prisoners."
[Official PA TV, Oct. 3, 2013]

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Earlier this year, Palestinian Media Watch exposed that this same PA TV host, Manal Seif, defended the program's glorification of terrorists. Responding to a PMW bulletin that had exposed PA TV's praise for four terrorists serving a total of 166 life sentences, she said: "If they see all these prisoners as terrorists - we see them as heroes."

In the days after Tamimi's release from prison in the Gilad Shalit deal, PA TV broadcast an interview with Tamimi that had originally aired on Israeli TV. In that interview, Tamimi said that she did not think about the children or the families that would be killed in the attack, and she smiled broadly when she was told how many children she killed in the attack.

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Click to see more examples of the PA and Fatah's policy of glorifying terrorists.

Note: Both terrorists honored by PA TV were released in October 2011 as part of the Shalit prisoner exchange deal brokered between the Israeli government and Hamas.

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