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Fatah official: Arch-terrorist responsible for 125 deaths is "an eternal symbol on the path of the struggle"

     “Today is the 26th anniversary of the assassination of the commander-Martyr (Shahid) Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ by the Mossad (Israeli Intelligence Service) in the capital of Tunisia…

In a message published yesterday, Tuesday [April 15, 2014], by the [Fatah] Information and Culture Commission, on the occasion of the anniversary, the movement said: ‘As we mark the anniversary of [the assassination of] the commander-Martyr Abu Jihad, we emphasize the founding principles and goals of our people, which the founding leaders of the modern Palestinian revolution paid with their lives to realize.

Our movement sacrificed its leaders, of whom we are proud for having been, and for continuing to be, symbols in the history of the Palestinian, Arab and global resistance movements.’
Fatah’s message [went on to] say: ‘The commander-Martyr Abu Jihad was a model commander who invented creative methods of struggle and popular resistance, turning Fatah into the national liberation movement of the most noble and just cause.’

Fatah Central Committee member and Fatah Commissioner of Arab Relations and Relations with China Abbas Zaki called April 16 a day that generations of Palestinians can never forget. This was the day the great commander Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad’ joined the [ranks of the] commander-Martyrs, after writing the history of a period in which the generations raised the flag of the struggle, and led the children of the stones (i.e., the children who threw stones during the first Intifada) to perform miracles.

Zaki added that, despite the pain over the death of a commander engraved in the memories and souls of our people, Martyr Abu Jihad was [still] present, and that the revolution was embodied in a man and commander from among the people. Zaki said that Martyr Abu Jihad had embodied national Palestinian unity and established, in his longstanding confrontation with the Israeli enemy, the fighters’ path of unity as a member of the Bureau of the Armed Struggle during the period of the rise of the revolution and as part of UNLU, the Unified National Leadership of the Uprising – the Stone Intifada of 1987. He planted the spirit of grounded resistance among the generations, and remains, despite his absence, an eternal symbol on the path of the struggle. The Prince of Martyrs, Abu Jihad, remains the first bullet and the first stone, the one [our] hearts trust in and through whose vision [our] faith grows…

Among the military operations (i.e., terror attacks) planned by Abu Jihad: the explosion at the Zohar reservoir in 1955; the operation to blow up the Israeli National Water Carrier in 1965; the operation at the Savoy Hotel in Tel Aviv in 1975, which killed 10 Israelis; the blowing up of a truck bomb in Jerusalem in 1975; the killing of Albert Levi, the senior sapper, and his assistant in Nablus in 1976; the Dalal Mughrabi operation in 1978, in which more than 37 Israelis were killed; the shelling of the Eilat Port in 1979; the Katyusha fire on the northern settlements [in Israel] in 1981 and the capture of 8 Israeli soldiers in Lebanon, and their exchange for 5,000 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners and 100 of the detainees from occupied territory in 1982. In addition, he planned the infiltration and bombing of the headquarters of the Israeli military governor in Tyre, 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 planned the Dimona Reactor operation (i.e., the Mothers’ Bus Attack) in 1988, which was the principle reason for his assassination."
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

Dalal Mughrabi 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, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.

Mothers’ Bus attack
– On March 7, 1988, Muhammad Abd Al-Qader Muhammad Issa, Muhammad Khalil Saleh Al-Khanafi, and Abdallah Abd Al-Majid Muhammad Kallab hijacked a bus carrying workers to the Negev Nuclear Research Center in Dimona, and murdered 3 of its passengers – Miriam Ben-Yair, Rina Shiratky and Victor Ram. 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 that stormed the bus.