Här PMW:s senaste rapport:Fatah leaders: Role model for Palestinian women is terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who led murder of 37, including 12 children
Role model for Palestinian women
is terrorist Dalal Mughrabi
who led murder of 37, including 12 children
Nan Jacques Zilberdik
On the March 11 anniversary of the most lethal attack in Israel's history, the Coastal Road massacre in which 37 civilians were murdered, among them 12 children, members of Fatah's Central Committee praised the female terrorist who led the attack, Dalal Mughrabi, as a role model for Palestinians. As the anniversary of the attack coincides with International Women's Day on March 8, some Fatah leaders emphasized the female terrorist's importance as an example for women in particular.
At a ceremony honoring women "fighters" and "creators" held under the auspices of Jibril Rajoub, Secretary of Fatah's Central Committee, who Palestinian Media Watch has shown is a blatant terror promoter, Rajoub praised terrorist Mughrabi as "prime among" female "Martyrs," and suggested that Palestinian women of today let themselves inspire by Mughrabi and the female plane hijacker Laila Khaled:
"[Rajoub] noted that the women of Palestine draw from the giving and struggle of the first female Martyrs of Palestine, and prime among them Dalal Mughrabi and Laila Khaled, who succeeded in raising the Palestinian voice high and sounding it for the whole world."
[PNN, independent Palestinian news agency, March 12, 2017]
On the occasion of International Women's Day, the head of Palestinian Women's Union, and former Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad seconded this. She stated on PA TV that Dalal Mughrabi was "a role model" who "excelled in her leadership":
Head of Palestinian Women's Union Amal Hamad: "Dalal Mughrabi who was a role model led men and stood in the front line. Dalal established a state inside a bus, and waved a flag over the bus. She killed as many as she killed from among the occupation's soldiers, not from among civilians (sic., all of the victims were civilians). She excelled in her leadership, her pioneering and her faith."
[Official PA TV, I Call You, March 6, 2017]
On the same program, the director of a women's research center agreed on Palestinian women's central role, pointing out three female terrorists:
PFLP political bureau member and Director of the Women's Research Center Maryam Abu Daqqa: "The Palestinian women created a triangle of horror: Laila Khaled from the air, Shadia Abu Ghazaleh from the land and Dalal Mughrabi from the sea."
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi presented Mughrabi as an example to follow, "a school", praised her for "scattering her soul on the soil," and posted a photo of her holding an assault rifle:
"Concerning Dalal Mughrabi, a daughter of the land who scattered her soul on the soil of the land of peace and constitutes for us a Palestinian school for the supreme love of the homeland. The lady of complete giving for the freedom of the land and man. May her soul rest in our skies, a true rainbow of freedom."
[Facebook page of Tawfiq Tirawi, March 11, 2017]
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki also venerated Dalal Mughrabi on occasion of her attack. He said her attack "spread the spirit of victory in the hearts of the Palestinians and struck the Israeli occupation like lightning." He added that Mughrabi had become "a legend" and that her "soul is constantly floating in the skies of Palestine." [Website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission, March 11, 2017]
Fatah's glorification of the Coastal Road attack and murderer Dalal Mughrabi is not new. PMW has documented that the Palestinian Authority and Fatah have turned Mughrabi into a role model for society. Earlier this year, Fatah included huge posters of Mughrabi alongside posters of chairman Abbas at a military parade:
At a Fatah event in honor of Mughrabi and her attack, the stage was adorned with two large photos of Mughrabi next to the Fatah logo. Speaking at the event, Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki called the terrorist murderer a "Martyr", "fighter," and "one of the most famous Palestinian self-sacrificing fighters." [Facebook page of Abbas Zaki, March 12, 2017]
A PA official, District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Dr. Laila Ghannam, likewise spoke at the "eulogy ceremony for Martyr Dalal Mughrabi." [Official Facebook page of Ramallah & Al-Bireh Governorate, March 11, 2017]
The PA National Security Forces honored terrorist Mughrabi with the title "the bride of Jaffa" in a post on Facebook commemorating "the 39th anniversary of her death as a Martyr." An image of Dalal wearing a beret adorned the post. [Facebook page of the PA National Security Forces, March 11, 2017]
"The bride of Palestine" is how a branch of Fatah in Gaza referred to the murderer, posting her photo and her "will" on Facebook, encouraging violence against Israel:
Text on image: "Fatah Movement - East Gaza branch
The will of the bride of Palestine
Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi
'My will to all of you, O my rifle-bearing brothers, begins with freezing the secondary conflicts and intensifying the main conflict against the Zionist enemy and turning the rifles - all of the rifles - toward the Zionist enemy. This is because the independence of the Palestinian decision-making is defended by the rifles of the revolutionaries [who shoot] continuously.'"
[Facebook page of Fatah Information and Culture Commission,
March 11, 2017]
Fatah's Information and Culture Commission posted a long but untrue description of the attack and its results on its website, claiming that the victims were all Israeli soldiers when they were in fact all civilians. (See full article below). The attack was praised as "a quality and brave operation" that was able to "strike the Zionist occupation in the heart of its capital," and the attackers were "10 self-sacrificing fighters... [and] Palestinian hero Dalal Mughrabi." The terrorists went ashore "successfully" on the Israeli coast because "Israel did not expect that the Palestinians would have the courage." [Website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission, March 11, 2017]
An article in the official PA daily, likewise full of "alternative facts" denying that all victims were civilians, presented terrorist Mughrabi as brave and loyal:
"She was known for her courage, her high national sentiment, and her devotion to Palestine and Fatah." (See full article below).
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 11, 2017]
Fatah wrote on its official Facebook page that Dalal Mughrabi is "the legend that will not die."
[Official Fatah Facebook page, March 12, 2017]