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Abbas awards the order of merit to terrorist who, according to Abbas' own newspaper, planned suicide bombings

‎     “[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas awarded ‎an order of merit to Samir ‎ Ghattas, ‎‎[aka]‎ Muhammad Hamza, at [Hamza’s] Cairo ‎home yesterday [June 6, 2014].‎ The President decided to bestow the order ‎on Hamza in appreciation of his role in ‎politics and media in defense of the cause ‎of his Arab nation and his homeland, ‎Egypt, and in appreciation of his role in ‎the struggle and his commitment to ‎defending the Palestinian people and to ‎aiding its just cause in various and ‎unusual times and places, throughout the ‎years of the Palestinian revolution and the ‎Palestinian national project…‎
Dr. Samir Ghattas, [aka] Muhammad ‎Hamza… was the founder and editor in ‎chief of the Palestinian military journal Al-‎Maaraka in Beirut, and worked as an ‎assistant and advisor to the commander-‎Martyr (Shahid) Abu Jihad – Khalil Al-‎Wazir…‎
In addition, he participated in planning ‎and preparing the most prominent self-‎sacrifice operations (i.e., terror attacks): the ‎capture of 8 Israeli soldiers in the Beqaa ‎Valley in Lebanon in 1983; the suicide ‎attack on the Israeli Defense Ministry in ‎Bat Yam, Tel-Aviv, in 1985; the attack on ‎the nuclear facility in Dimona in 1988.”‎

“[PA Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas ‎awarding Samir Ghattas the order of ‎merit.”‎
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) 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 killing 125 Israelis. ‎This included the most lethal in Israeli ‎history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of ‎‎37 civilians, 12 of them children.‎

Attack on the Israeli Defense Ministry – ‎On Oct. 21, 1985, the Israeli Navy ‎intercepted the Ataviros, a ship carrying 28 ‎Palestinian terrorists from Egypt to Israel. ‎The terrorists were planning to attack the ‎Defense Ministry building in Tel Aviv, take ‎hostages and demand the release of ‎Palestinian prisoners. The ship was ‎intercepted and sunk by an Israeli Navy ‎missile boat; 20 terrorists drowned and 8 ‎were arrested.‎

Attack on the nuclear facilities in Dimona – ‎an allusion to the 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.

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