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PA daily op-ed glorifies most lethal terror attack in Israel

The following op-ed glorifies terrorist Dalal ‎Mughrabi and her 1978 terror attack, ‎known as the Coastal Road Massacre, in ‎which 37 civilians were killed. Mughrabi ‎and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus ‎on Israel's Coastal Highway. PMW notes ‎have been added to the article where ‎necessary. ‎
     ‎“In 1958, in one of the refugee camps in ‎Beirut, the baby daughter of a Palestinian ‎father and a Lebanese mother, Dalal ‎Mughrabi, gave her first cry, only to ‎witness later on the tragedy of her refugee ‎nation…
‎In 1978, the revolution had to tackle the ‎‎[Israeli] so-called ‘invasion of South ‎Lebanon,’ and there was an urgent call for ‎a quality operation (i.e., terror attack). ‎‎(PMW note: There was no Israeli operation ‎in Lebanon until after Mughrabi’s terror ‎attack took place). Commander-Martyr ‎‎(Shahid) Abu Jihad decided to respond to ‎this Israeli attack in a different way, and ‎planned a landing operation on the ‎Palestinian coast… (PMW note: The ‎attack took place on the Israeli coast)‎
On March 11, 1978, Dalal and her group ‎disembarked from two rubber boats on the ‎Tel Aviv beach (PMW note: The beach ‎they landed on was 70 km north of Tel ‎Aviv). There, they headed to the main road ‎and hijacked a bus carrying 30 ‎passengers, most of them soldiers, and an ‎additional bus, bringing the total number ‎of passengers to 68 (PMW note: There ‎were over 70 civilian hostages).‎
Dalal Mughrabi’s cell loaded them onto ‎one bus, and took them to northern ‎Palestine (PMW note: The bus was ‎traveling southbound towards Tel Aviv, ‎and the entire attack took place in Israel, ‎not “Palestine”) by way of the road ‎connecting Jaffa and Haifa. The Israeli ‎army forces pursued them with planes, ‎helicopters, tanks and armored cars, in a ‎continuous exchange of fire that lasted ‎the entire way, until the bus was stopped ‎near Herzliya. There, a fierce battle, ‎tantamount to a real war, broke out ‎between the cell and the Israeli special ‎forces, led by Ehud Barak. (PMW note: ‎There were no Israeli special forces, no ‎planes, helicopters, tanks or armored cars. ‎The hijackers were stopped by a road ‎block set up by local police. A firefight ‎ensued between the hijackers and the ‎police. Ehud Barak was not present.)‎
When [the Israeli forces] stormed the bus, ‎the cell blew it up, killing all the soldiers ‎and others on it. (PMW note: None of the ‎hostages were soldiers.) Dozens were ‎killed. The cell continued to resist with ‎gunfire until their ammunition ran out, at ‎which point Barak ordered [his forces] to ‎liquidate them on the spot. (PMW note: ‎Barak was not present. One terrorist, ‎Hussein Fayyad, was captured alive and ‎released from prison in the Jibril ‎Agreement in 1985).‎
Dalal’s body is still somewhere in ‎Palestine (PMW note: Her body is in ‎Israel), and remains as a tree growing and ‎blossoming in the soil of the homeland.”‎

Notes: 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.‎
Kamal Adwan was responsible for Fatah’s ‎terrorist operations and was a senior ‎member of Black September. He and ‎Kamal Nasser were killed by Israeli forces ‎in April 1973.‎

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