PA Continues to Glorify Arch-Terrorist Who Killed 13 Children
The Palestinian Authority continues to incite against Israel, using its media to broadcast calls for Israel's destruction, anti-Semitic “historical documentaries,” and glorifications of terrorists who succeeded in killing Jews. In that latter category is the ongoing promotion of Dalal Mughrabi, the female terrorist who was leader of the gang of terrorists that carried out the worst attack in Israel's history. In 1978, Dalal and a group of terrorists sailed from Lebanon to Israel and hijacked a bus on the Coastal Road, killing 37 Israelis. That act has gone down in PA history as one of the most significant in its war against Israel.
In just the past year, Palestinian Media Watch has documented dozens of reports in the PA media describing ways the Authority has glorified this arch-terrorist. Public squares, summer camps, school buildings and streets have been named for Mughrabi, and in the latest round of praise for this “martyr,” the PA, in honor of the 45th anniversary of Fatah's establishment, has produced two music videos showing her “heroism” in murdering Jews.
The videos, which have been broadcast on PA TV, were monitored by PMW, which translated them. In one of the videos, well-known PA singers praise the terrorists as "heroes... who shook the land, brought down mountains," and how "the coast was stormy with the glory of Dalal Mughrabi." The other video describes Mughrabi and her gang as having "no fear of death or the darkness of prison." Both videos show a reenactment of the massacre, with actors sailing in rubber boats, going ashore on a beach.
On March 11, 1978, after landing in Israel south of Haifa, the gang proceeded to the Coastal Road, stopping on the way to kill Gail Rubin, an American Jewish photographer who was taking photos of the sea. When they reached the highway, they opened fire on several vehicles, eventually stopping and boarding a bus. They directed the driver to continue and stopped the bus, hijacking a second one and moving the hostages from the first bus to the second one. IDF troops eventually stopped the bus and a long shooting battle ensued. Eventually the terrorists blew up the bus, killing 37 people, including 13 children, and injuring 72.
Three days later, Israel began Operation Litani, the first military operation conducted by Israel against PLO terrorists in south Lebanon.
In one of the videos, singers recite “we [PLO squad] set out on patrol from Lebanon; with no fear of death or the darkness of prison.On the coast [Dalal] Mughrabi's blood was shed, the color of [red] coral on [white] lemon flowers.” In the other, the singers say “the coast was stormy with the glory of Dalal Mughrabi.On the [Israeli] coast the heroes landed, who shook the land, brought down mountains.Dalal declared the birth of the [Palestinian] Republic, the birth of the Republic.”