The Palestinian Authority is going ahead with plans to honor the notorious female mass-murder terrorist Dalal Mughrabi during United States Vice-President Joe Biden's visit to the region. Biden begins a three-day visit to Israel Monday evening.
One of his top goals is said to be encouraging Israel and the PA to resume negotiations, albeit through intermediaries.
On Thursday morning, the last day of Biden's visit, PA officials will gather in Ramallah to dedicate a square in honor of Mughrabi. Thursday will also be the 32nd anniversary of the 1978 attack led by Mughrabi, which is commonly known as the Coastal Road Massacre.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has protested to U.S. officials over the PA's plan to honor Mughrabi. The Obama administration has not made a formal response.
The PA's plan to go ahead with the naming ceremony was publicized Sunday by Palestinian Media Watch, based on reports in official PA daily papers. According to PA media, the ceremony will take place under the auspices of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Mughrabi and other terrorists infiltrated Israel by boat from Lebanon in 1978 and went on a rampage, hijacking a bus on the Tel Aviv-Haifa coastal road and shooting dozens of civilians, including 11 children. The terror squad murdered a total of 37 people . Mughrabi was killed in a shootout.
The square in Mughrabi's honor will be known as “Shahida Dalal Mughrabi Square.” The title “Shahid,” martyr, is reserved in Islam for those who die while fulfilling a religious command and who are assured of a place in paradise after death.
The PA has named several institutions after Mughrabi in the past, among them two girls high schools and two summer camps.