Netanyahu cites PMW-exposed terror glorification
in his opening remarks at government cabinet meeting
In March 2010, PMW reported that the PA was planning to name a square in Ramallah after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led a 1978 bus hijacking that killed 37 civilians. Also in March of this year, PMW exposed that the PA had in fact built and dedicated a monument in a Ramallah square to the terrorist.
The New York Times credited PMW for exposing the PA’s plans to name the square after Mughrabi (March 11, 2010). In addition, Fox News reported on the existing Dalal Mughrabi square in Ramallah exposed by PMW (March 19, 2015).
Netanyahu continues to refer to Dalal Mughrabi Square in Ramallah in public statements. Following the murder of an 18-month-old Palestinian baby on July 31, Netanyahu remarked that while Israel condemns such murders and has “zero tolerance” for them, “they name public squares after the murderers of children. This distinction cannot be blurred or covered up.”
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's remarks at start of cabinet meeting, Aug. 2, 2015:
"We recently witnessed two abhorrent crimes. Our policy toward these crimes is zero tolerance. I have instructed security and law-enforcement officials to use all legal means at their disposal to apprehend the murderers and deal with the stabber and the arsonists to the fullest extent of the law.
We are determined to vigorously fight manifestations of hate, fanaticism and terrorism from whatever side. The fight against these phenomena unites us all. This is not a struggle by this or that faction. This is a matter of basic humanity… This is what distinguishes us from our neighbors. We deplore and condemn these murderers.
We will pursue them to the end. They name public squares after the murderers of children. This distinction cannot be blurred or covered up. It is important to say this even as we utter our condemnations and unite against the criminals among our people."