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Violence and terror
Case study: Dalal Mughrabi, from terrorist to hero
Violence and terror
After demonizing Jews and Israelis, including citing Islamic sources that depict Jews negatively, and culminating with ongoing lies and libels that portray Jews as an immediate threat to Palestinian life and existence, the Palestinian Authority foment violence against Jews and Israelis, presenting it as legitimate and even heroic self-defense.

PA terror promotion takes many forms. Nationalistically, the PA actively elevates violence as a valid and heroic means to achieve political goals, while religiously, fighting and killing Jews has been presented repeatedly by PA religious and academic leaders as Allah’s will. On the social level, Palestinian leaders and society honor even the most loathsome of murderers portraying them as heroes and role models: Dalal Mughrabi, who led a bus hijacking in which 37 were killed, has schools, summer camps, and many other events and places baring her name to immortalize and glorify her and her terror attack.
 
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The success of the PA’s promotion of violence is readily evident: A majority of Palestinians support killing and suicide terror against civilian Jews and Israelis. A poll conducted after the murder of eight teenagers who were studying in a Jerusalem high school in 2008, found that 84% of Palestinians supported the murder [NY Times, March 19, 2008, citing the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research].


This violent image of a dagger being thrust into the Star of David has appeared hundreds of times in a video clip for children on PA TV, from 2001 – 2008.

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Case study: Dalal Mughrabi, from terrorist to hero
Terrorist Dalal Mughrabi led the most deadly terror attack in Israel's history. 37 civilians, 12 of them children, were killed in her 1978 bus hijacking. The Palestinian Authority has turned this terrorist into a celebrated hero and role model, as schools, summer camps, and sports tournaments are all named after her. Her attack was celebrated by a Fatah spokesman as "the most glorified sacrifice action in the history of the Palestinian-Israeli struggle." [Al-Ayyam, July 13, 2008] Palestinian newspapers also frequently glorify Mughrabi, as in the Al-Ayyam article which described Mughrabi as writing "the most glorious page of heroism in the history of the Palestinian struggle. [Aug. 2, 2009] The PA celebrated the 31st anniversary of the killings with an hour-long TV special, which opened with the narrator glorifying the attack. Advisor to Mahmoud Abbas, Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, Sabri Saidam said on the day of the naming of a square in her name: "Every one of us has tried in his own way to express his pride in this Martyr [Mughrabi]." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 14, 2011]
Dalal Mughrabi High School posts picture and text glorifying terrorist Mughrabi’s terror attack 
Source: Dalal Mughrabi High School Facebook page, July 2, 2015


Text and image were uploaded to Facebook page of the Dalal Mughrabi High School for Girls in Gaza on Dec. 8, 2013, and accessed July 2, 2015. 


Text on Facebook page of the school: “Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) planned the operation, which was based on arriving [from Lebanon] by sea, on the Palestinian coast… (sic, it was the Israeli coast- Ed.)  Dalal [Mughrabi] and her group succeeded in reaching the road to Tel Aviv and took over an Israeli bus with all its passengers, who were soldiers (sic, passengers were all civilians –Ed.) The bus then drove towards Tel Aviv, and on the way Dalal [Mughrabi] and her group fired at Israeli cars driving next to the bus and caused hundreds of casualties.
Large [Israeli] tank units (sic, there were no tanks involved –Ed.)… chased after the bus until it stopped next to the settlement of Herzliya (sic, Herzliya is an Israeli city)… and Dalal [Mughrabi] blew up the bus with its soldier-passengers (sic, all were civilians – Ed.) and all of them were killed.”

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.

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.

PA Governor: Female terrorists like Lina Al-Jarbouni and Dalal Mughrabi "are… a model of pride for us”  
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 8, 2015
Headline: “Ghannam: ‘The mothers of Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners are a model of pride for us.’”
     “District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam stated… during a reception she held in her office today, Monday [June 8, 2015], for the Egyptian journalist Ahmad Qandil… that the Palestinian woman has been a main pillar in the national struggle throughout history, and clarified that she [the Palestinian woman] was ahead of her counterparts in the Arab world. Likewise, she noted that the mothers of Martyrs and prisoners are in general a model of pride for us, the Palestinians, and mentioned the most veteran female prisoner, Lina Al-Jarbouni, Martyr Dalal Mughrabi and a number of Palestinian female figures of the struggle who proved that they are not easy prey for the occupation and its oppressive measures.”
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Notes: Lina Al-Jarbouni is an Israeli Arab woman serving a sentence of 17 years, convicted March 9, 2004 of maintaining contact with and helping Islamic Jihad terrorists, of conspiring to commit terrorist attacks and of aiding an enemy during war.

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.
Fatah Facebook: Members of student group named after terrorist Mughrabi are "glorious" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Apr. 21, 2015


Posted text
: “Here are the glorious members of Shabiba [Fatah’s student movement]
At Birzeit [University]
The Sisters of Dalal [Mughrabi]”

Photo shows young female keffiyeh masked Shabiba members wearing uniform.

Note: 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.
Fatah Facebook promises to “renew the promise” to terrorists Abu Jihad, Dalal Mughrabi, and 8 others 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Apr. 20, 2015


Posted text:
"Mobilize, oh sons of Yasser [Arafat]
Mobilize, oh brothers of Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, the two Kamals (Kamal Adwan and Kamal Nasser), ‎‎[Hussein] Abayat, [Marwan] Zalum and [Raed] Al-Karmi
Mobilize, oh Sisters of Dalal [Mughrabi], Andalib [Takatka] and Wafa [Idris]‎
Mobilize, oh sons of the victorious (i.e., Fatah movement)...‎
We will meet tomorrow, Tuesday [April 21, 2015], in Hebron at the elections for the Polytechnic ‎University student council ‎
to renew the promise and the oath to the Martyr leaders."‎
Text on image: "The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' bloc - the number in the elections [is] -2" ‎
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Fatah Facebook posts picture of student group named after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Apr. 20, 2015

Photo from the election campaign of Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades’ Bloc at the Palestine Polytechnic University. The photo shows a member of the ‘Sisters of Dalal’ - the Palestinian universities' Fatah women’s committee.
Fatah official calls terrorist who led killing of 37 a "hero" 
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, Apr. 5, 2015

Fatah Revolutionary Council member, Muwaffaq Matar: "No one would have believed that this baby, ‎this toddler in her mother’s arms, is the one that would become the hero and commander Dalal ‎Mughrabi. During the Kamal Adwan operation (i.e., bus hijacking and killing of 37) in the 1970’s, she ‎declared the Republic of Palestine, on the occupied seashore of Palestine, when she commanded an ‎operation with 12 self-sacrificing fighters. It was a heroic operation, which is studied in the military ‎academies until this day. Who would have imagined that the man in this photograph, the father of this ‎toddler, would become the father of the hero and commander, Martyr Dalal Mughrabi?‎"
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Note: 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. The "Kamal Adwan operation" is the ‎Palestinian name for this terror attack.‎
Terrorist responsible for killing 37 glorified on Palestinian TV as “hero and commander” 
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, Apr. 5, 2015
Fatah-run Awdah TV program The Story of a Photograph hosted Fatah Revolutionary Council member Muwaffaq Matar.
Awdah TV host: “Of course, we put the spotlight on new photographs as well as old ones, new photographs at the [right] time and old photographs in the right place and at the right time. For example, no one would have believed that this baby, this toddler in her mother’s arms, is the one that would become the hero and commander Dalal Mughrabi.
During the Kamal Adwan operation (i.e., bus hijacking and killing of 37) in the 1970’s, she declared [the birth of] the Republic of Palestine, on the occupied seashore of Palestine. She commanded an operation with 12 self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen). It was a heroic operation, studied in the military academies until this day. Who would have imagined that the man in this photograph, the father of this toddler, would be the father of the hero and commander, Martyr Dalal Mughrabi?”

Notes: 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.
Fatah Central Committee member praises terrorist Mughrabi as model of “struggle” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 24, 2015
Headline: “Gaza: Mother’s Day Ceremony in Honor of Mothers of the Martyrs and Prisoners”
     “The head of the General Union of Palestinian Women, Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad, said that the Palestinian woman would retain [what she achieved in] her years of struggle for liberty and dignity. [Hamad said this] during a ceremony of appreciation organized by the Federation of Palestinian Women's Action Committees (FPWAC) in Gaza yesterday, out of loyalty to the mothers of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners on the occasion of International Mother’s Day.
In a speech she gave during the ceremony, Hamad said: ‘March comes each year so that we may honor those most honorable of all – the Martyrs, the prisoners and their families – and so that we may make a commitment to them to continue along the same path and not retreat even for a moment, in order to retain [what they achieved in] their years of struggle for liberty and dignity.’ Hamad clarified that this month includes many symbols of the struggle against the occupation, since it was in this month that Dalal Mughrabi unflinchingly sacrificed her life for the homeland, so that the flag of the struggle and resistance might continue to [fly] for future generations. Also during this month, Rachel Corrie sacrificed her life when she placed herself before the occupation’s bulldozers in Rafah.”

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Martyr’s mother recounts how she celebrated terrorist Mughrabi’s attack that killed 37 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 21, 2015
Official PA TV program Diaspora Issues hosted three mothers of Martyrs (Shahids) on Mother’s Day:
A Martyr’s mother: “I have five daughters. On the day Dalal Mughrabi died, we danced a Dabke (Arab folk dance) on the land she died on – on the borders [of the land]. I danced with a rifle in my hands, ask them [indicates the women sitting next to her], whenever they come to us I start singing.”

Note: 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. Palestinians often refer to the attack as the “Kamal Adwan operation.”
Terrorist Dalal Mughrabi “is a historic feminine model on our nation’s path” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2015
      “The Women of the Beita Development Association celebrated International Women’s Day with widespread official and civilian participation…
In a speech given on behalf of Nablus District Governor Akram Rajoub, Ghassan Daghlas, who holds the settlement portfolio in the Nablus district, said that ‘March is not the only month for supporting the women who participated in all the battles our nation has fought against the occupation.’ He also noted that ‘the self-sacrificing fighter (Fida’ia) Dalal Mughrabi, who carried out the heroic coastal operation (i.e., the Coastal Road massacre in which 37 were killed), is a historic feminine model on our nation’s path, and she was not the only woman to participate in the struggle and to bear its consequences.’”

Note: 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. Palestinians often refer to the attack as the “Kamal Adwan operation.”
Abbas’ advisor romanticizes most lethal attack against Israel, terrorist murderers are “heroes” 
Source: Facebook page of Sultan Abu Al-Einein, advisor to PA Chairman Abbas on NGOs, Mar. 11, 2015
In March 1978, Dalal Mughrabi led a group of Fatah terrorists from Lebanon and hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway. Confronted by the Israeli army, the terrorists killed many of the passengers on the bus, in total 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounded more than 70.
Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein posted the following on his Facebook page, glorifying the attack and the terrorists who carried it out:


Posted text: “On the early morning of Saturday, March 11, 1978, a [small] band [of Palestinian fighters] sailed from Deir Yassin on a cargo ship, which, it was decided, would transport them to a [point] 12 miles from the Palestinian coast, after which the band sailed on in a simple boat towards the coast south of Haifa.
Thus Dalal Mughrabi arrived on the soil of the beloved homeland, and her dream came true. She and her friends crossed the beach towards the Haifa-Jaffa highway, near the colony of Herzliya, which was near their destination. They succeeded in halting a large bus with 30 Israeli passengers, and forced it to turn toward Tel Aviv ... The enemy forces destroyed the bus together with its passengers, and admitted to having sustained 42 fatalities and 85 casualties, in addition to [the loss of] two buses, six taxis and a military jeep. As a result, 11 heroes, including Dalal Mughrabi, died as Martyrs, while two were wounded and captured.”

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Palestinians dedicate monument to terrorist who led murder of 37 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 11, 2015

PA TV newsreader: "On the 37th anniversary of her Martyrdom, 'Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Square' was inaugurated in Al-Sraa't in the Ramallah and El-Bireh District. The participants in the opening event said that this act is a gesture to the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi, to give her a portion of her reward, and so this square will serve as witness that our people will not forget its heroes and fighters."
Rabiha Dhiab, former Minister of Women's Affairs: "It is an eternal day and a painful anniversary, but [it also] gives us energy, honor and power on this day, the anniversary of the Martyrdom of the fighter commander Dalal Mughrabi. She who commanded a squad of self-sacrificing fighters, defined "return" [of refugees] in her own unique way and returned to Palestine to liberate Palestine."
Orthodox Christian cleric: "Dalal, God bless her, this female Martyr, she taught us how to liberate the homeland. She, who founded the Republic of Palestine on one of the buses of Palestine. We all see her as a model and symbol for us."
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Note: 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.
Fatah to Israelis on anniversary of murder of 37 Israelis: “Collect your body parts and leave!” 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Mar. 11, 2015

In March 1978, Dalal Mughrabi led a group of Fatah terrorists from Lebanon and hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway. Confronted by the Israeli army, the terrorists killed 37 civilians on the bus,12 of them children. Fatah celebrated the anniversary of the attack and posted the above picture from the terror attack.
Posted text: “Collect your body parts and leave!
On this day, March 11, in 1978, Dalal Mughrabi and her companions declared the birth of the Palestinian Republic in the heart of the occupied territories (i.e., Israel). The enemy admitted the death of 30 Zionists in the operation, yet according to the reports the number exceeded 80 casualties. Through this, Fatah heroes retaliated against the Verdun Operation (i.e., Israeli operation against PLO leaders, see below), following the retaliation by the Savoy [Hotel operation] members. Retaliation after retaliation and the windstorms will not subside.”
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Note: “The Verdun Operation” is the Arabic name for an Israeli military operation against PLO targets in the Lebanese cities of Beirut and Sidon on April 10, 1973 (Operation Spring of Youth in Israel.) During the operation, Israeli army forces killed three senior PLO terrorist leaders: Kamal Adwan, Kamal Nasser, and Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar.
“The Savoy Operation” refers to a terror attack in March 1975, when eight terrorists traveled by boat from Lebanon to a Tel Aviv beach. They took over the Savoy Hotel and took guests as hostages. The next morning, Israeli forces attacked and killed seven of the terrorists. Eight hostages and three soldiers were killed by the terrorists during the attack.
Fatah commemorates anniversary of most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history that killed 37 
Source: Fatah's Information and Culture Commission website, Mar. 11, 2015

Text and image posted on the website of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission

Headline: “37 years since the Kamal Adwan operation (i.e., bus hijacking and killing of 37) led by Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi and her friends”
     “Today, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, is the 37th anniversary of the Kamal Adwan operation, planned by the Martyr ‘Abu Jihad’ Khalil Al-Wazir, led by Martyr Dalal Mughrabi, together with 12 self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen). Martyr Dalal Mughrabi is one of the most famous female Palestinian fighters... The morning of March 11, 1978, Dalal and her group disembarked from a boat that passed in front of the Palestinian coast… and the disembarkation and approach to shore succeeded without the Israelis discovering them, because they underestimated the courage of the Palestinians. Dalal and her group succeeded in reaching Tel Aviv and took over the bus, with all its soldier passengers (sic, most of the passengers on the bus were civilians –Ed.), while continuing to fight soldiers outside the bus. This operation led to hundreds of dead (sic., 37 people died in the massacre, including 12 children, and 70 were wounded –Ed.) and injured on the Israeli side, and due to the heavy losses the [Israeli] government appointed a special military unit under the command of Ehud Barak, to stop the bus and kill or arrest its passengers. The group used airplanes and tanks to surround the self-sacrificing fighters, which pushed Dalal Mughrabi to blow up the bus with its passengers, and led to the death of the Israeli soldiers (sic, most of the passengers on the bus were civilians –Ed.).”

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Fatah announces event honoring terrorist Mughrabi 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Mar. 10, 2015
Text posted on Fatah's official Facebook page, "The Main Page":
     "We will mark the anniversary of the heroic coastal operation (i.e., the Coastal Road Massacre), which was led by Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi, and the deaths as Martyrs of Dalal and her heroic friends, at 3:30 p.m. across from Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Square in Ramallah."
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Note: In March 1978, a group of Fatah terrorists from Lebanon hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway. Confronted by the Israeli army, the terrorists killed many of the passengers on the bus, in total 37 civilians,12 of them children, and wounded more than 70. The attack is known in Israel as the Coastal Road Massacre.
Fatah celebrates murder of Israelis in most lethal Palestinian terror attack 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Mar. 10, 2015

Posted text: "Urgent: A huge self-sacrificing operation (Fida'i - operation, i.e., terror attack) in Herzliya, Tel Aviv (i.e., the Coastal Road attack in 1978). 80 Israelis killed and over 100 wounded. The Palestinian flag was raised at the center of town. The commander of the cell [Dalal Mughrabi] and 12 self-sacrificing fighters (Fedayeen) died as Martyrs (Shahids), and one was wounded. She [Dalal Mughrabi] raised the flag of the [Palestinian] state, and this was the most courageous victory, March 11, 1978."
Text on image: "Dalal Mughrabi, 1958-1978"
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Note: 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.
Fatah invites public to Fatah event celebrating most lethal terror attack against Israel 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Mar. 10, 2015
Posted on Fatah's official Facebook page, "The Main Page": 
     "An invitation to the public and our journalist brothers: Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, we will mark the anniversary of the heroic coastal operation (i.e., the Coastal Road massacre), which was led by Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi, and of the deaths as Martyrs of Dalal and her heroic friends. [The ceremony will take place] at 3:30 p.m. across from Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Square in Ramallah."
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Note: 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.
Guest on Fatah-run TV: Mughrabi is “the best example” of a woman who participated in “resistance” 
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, Mar. 9, 2015
Fatah-run Awdah TV program Personal Interview hosted Muna Al-Khalili, member of the General Secretariat of the
General Union of Palestinian Women

Member of the General Secretariat of the General Union of Palestinian Women Muna Al-Khalili: “Woman has been Man’s companion throughout all periods of the revolution. She has been active in the military field, and participated with her brother, man, in several resistance operations (i.e., terror attacks), the best example being Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi and other Martyrs well known in Palestine.”
Fatah Facebook glorifies terrorist Mughrabi for "watering the soil of Palestine with her blood" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Jan. 13, 2015

Posted text: "'Tell my merciful mother, my father and my sisters to wipe away their tears of sorrow, for I am now the daughter of the land. 'Revolution until victory' - Dalal Mughrabi on March 9, 1978. The most beautiful picture of Dalal, as she is watering the soil of Palestine with her blood.“
Image: Dalal Mughrabi's body following her murderous terror attack. 
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Note: 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. The “Kamal Adwan operation” is the ‎Palestinian name for this terror attack.‎ 
Fatah on terrorist Dalal Mughrabi: "Today we are not even worth one strand of Dalal’s hair" 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Jan. 13, 2015


Posted text
: “Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi at the training camp. We are the cradle of history – how can it be that today we are being obliterated from it?! How can it be that today we are not even worth one strand of Dalal’s hair?!”
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