Daily Israel Report

PA TV Continues Praising Female Terrorist Mastermind

PA TV screens two music videos celebrating the Coastal Road attack and mastermind Dalal Mughrabi. 37 Jews were massacred.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 2/13/2011, 1:20 PM / Last Update: 2/13/2011, 1:29 PM

A UN organization's logo and name appear on an Arab campaign website praising Dalal Mugrahbi, mastermind of Israel's worst terrorist massacre ever in which 37 were killed. The UN denies involvement, however.

Just a month ago, commemorating the anniversary of the founding of Fatah, PA TV screened two music videos celebrating the Coastal Road attack and Dalal Mughrabi. The lyrics praised the terrorists for having “no fear of death or the darkness of prison,” and Mughrabi for her heroism and martyr’s death.



Mughrabi has long been considered an example to emulate in the PA. A square in Ramallah, a Hevron girls’ school and a day camp have been named for her, and a special festival has been held in her honor.

As part of an Arab world campaign to "support women's issues," a clip presenting several "model women" was broadcast last week on more than 50 Arab TV stations, including Palestinian Authority TV. In addition to Mughrabi, another of the featured women is famous for celebrating the martyrdom deaths of her children.

The campaign was organized by the Arab Producers Union for TV (APUTV) in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), according to the campaign's English website. The website also featured the UNFPA logo. 

The news was first reported by Palestinian Media Watch, a watchdog organization that monitors incitement and hatred in the Palestinian Authority.  The UN says it was consulted for help on the campaign, but denies that it was involved in choosing the specific women to be honored.

The latest video clip, entitled “The Model Woman,” honors various Arab women of the past and recounts their virtues and accomplishments. Prominent among them is Dalal Mughrabi, who masterminded the PLO’s most lethal terror attack against Israel– the 1978 Coastal Roadmassacre, in which 37 civilians were murdered and 51 were wounded. Mughrabi is venerated in the clip as a role model for "Martyrdom" and "victory over enmity.”

In addition, Al Khansa, a 7th-century Arab poetess, was praised as an example of "resolve, martyrdom and giving,” for having celebrated her four sons' martyrdom deaths in battle.