PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs
and Fatah movement
continue to glorify female terrorists
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
The Palestinian Authority and the Fatah movement continue to glorify terrorists, including Dalal Mughrabi, who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history.
The PA's Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, Issa Karake, marked International Women's Day and Mother's Day last week by emphasizing the achievements of female terrorists such as Mughrabi, whose 1978 bus hijacking killed 37 civilians, Wafa Idris, the first female suicide bomber, and Darin Abu Aisheh, who blew herself up while attacking Israelis at a roadblock in 2002.
The Information Committee of the Recruitment and Organization Commission of Fatah, the movement headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, earlier this month lauded the role of female "Martyrs" in "advancing the [Palestinian] cause and maintaining the unity of the PLO." It praised Mughrabi and the first female Palestinian terrorist, Shadia Abu Ghazaleh, who participated in attacks against Israeli military facilities before she died while preparing a bomb in 1968.
As PMW reported, PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad honored female terrorists last Wednesday, including a terrorist who placed a bomb in a bus station. His praise for those terrorists came only a few hours before a bomb was placed at a bus stop in Jerusalem, killing one woman and injuring about 40. Fayyad later condemned that attack.
Following are transcripts of the PA Minister Karake and Fatah glorifications of female terrorists:
"Minister of Prisoners' Affairs... spoke at a ceremony honoring female prisoners in the occupation's prisons, held by the Ministry [of Prisoners' Affairs] to mark International Women's Day and Mothers' Day...
Karake called [on Palestinians] to strengthen activities in support of the prisoners, with the approach of Prisoners' Day, which falls on April 14th. He stated: 'This is the month of heroism and action on behalf of the men and women prisoners, and we must act so that their cause will be the most pre-eminent, like their predecessors, such as Dalal Mughrabi [led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians], Darin Abu Aisheh [suicide bomber whose attack in 2002, injured 2
], Wafa Idris [first Palestinian female suicide bomber whose attack in 2002 in Jerusalem, killed one and injured more than 150], and all the female Shahids (Martyrs) and prisoners."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 21, 2011]
"The Fatah movement emphasized, in an announcement by the Information Committee of the Recruitment and Organization Commission, that Palestinian women continue in their campaign of struggle alongside the men, challenging the arrogance of the occupation (i.e., Israel) and its violations. The announcement called upon all international forums, humanitarian bodies and bodies dealing with human rights to act to pressure the occupation authorities to release all female and male prisoners.
The [Fatah] announcement addressed the contribution of female Palestinian members of Fatah to the founding of the unions and [professional] associations, and their role in advancing the [Palestinian] cause and maintaining the unity of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) - the sole legitimate representative of our Palestinian people. Thus, the first female Palestinian Shahida (Martyr), Shadia Abu Ghazaleh [member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, participated in attacks against Israeli military facilities, died in 1968 while preparing a bomb]; Shahida Dalal Mughrabi [led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians]; and others like them were among those who sacrificed their blood for the sake of liberation."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 9, 2011]