Terrorist Dalal Mughrabi
again presented as role model for youth
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
The Palestinian Authority practice of honoring Dalal Mughrabi and presenting her as a role model for youth continues. In 1978, a group of terrorists led by Dalal Mughrabi sailed from Lebanon to Israel to carry out a terror attack. They hijacked a bus and killed 37 Israeli civilians.
Palestinian Media Watch has reported that the PA regularly presents Mughrabi as a Palestinian hero and role model by naming sporting events, summer camps and even schools after her.
The following is the news report on a team named after Mughrabi at an educational program for scouts:
The physical education department at Al-Quds University in Abu Dis completed the 12th educational [program] for its scouts team. It was held in cooperation with the university, and under the auspices and with the support of the [PLO's] Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, at the Martyr (Shahid) Salah Khalaf Center in Al-Fari'a, for 40 male and female scouts... Participants were divided into four small groups, named for Martyrs: the Martyr Izz A-Din Al-Qassam group; the Martyr Abd Al-Rahim Mahmoud group; the Martyr Bajes Abu Atwan group; and the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi group."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 2, 2012]
The Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, which sponsored the program with teams named after terrorists, is a PLO body, whose members were approved last year by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas [Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, April 20, 2011].
Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) - a founder of Fatah and head of the Black September terror group. Attacks he planned included the murder of two American diplomats, as well as the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.
Izz A-Din Al-Qassam - influential Islamic preacher in British Mandate Palestine during the 1930s, who led a Muslim terror group.
Abd Al-Rahim Mahmoud - poet who composed the "Song of the Martyr." He was killed in 1948 fighting against Israel.
Bajes Abu Atwan - killed fighting against Israel in the '70s.
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, 12 of them children.