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Fatah Praises 'Abu Jihad'

Terror mastermind was reportedly gunned down by Israeli commandos in 1988.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/3/2011, 10:23 AM / Last Update: 5/3/2011, 11:40 AM

The leadership of the Palestinian Authority, which occasionally claims to seek peace with Israel, is continuing to heap official praise upon terrorist child-murderers, Israeli protests notwithstanding.  

Mahmoud al-Aloul, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, represented Fatah chief and PA head Mahoud Abbas at a recent memorial ceremony for Khalil al-Wazir (Abu Jihad), a master terrorist who was assassinated in 1988.
 
Al-Wazir was the planner of numerous terror attacks against civilians, including the 1976 attack in which terrorists captured the Savoy Hotel in Tel Aviv and killed eight hostages and two soldiers, and the Coastal Road massacre.     
 
Al-Aloul called Al-Wazir "one of the great shaheed leaders who should be praised and emulated," according to PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, in a report monitored and translated by MEMRI.
 
Al-Wazir was killed in his home in Tunis in a commando operation allegedly carried out by Israel.
 
Israel has demanded on numerous occasions that the PA cease praising terrorist murderers. However, the Israeli protests are faint and evidently carry no weight with the Arabs or any other country.