PA TV Marks Fatah Founding, Praises Coastal Road Massacre
The Palestinian Authority has again praised the perpetrator of the worst terrorist attack in Israeli history, this time during television broadcasts to mark the 47th anniversary of the Fatah faction.
The videos were broadcast over PA TV (Fatah) on December 30 and 31, 2011 and January 1, 2, and 4, 2012.
In 1978, Dalal Mughrabi led a terrorist cell in hijacking a tourist bus and murdering 37 Israeli civilians, including 13 children. The operation, which later became known as the Coastal Road Massacre, is regularly glorified on official PA TV, with broadcasts of two music videos honoring the terrorists -- in particular, Dalal Mughrabi.
The videos, which have been translated by the media watchdog organization Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), are trotted out for PA Arab consumption several times a year.
One of the videos describes the terrorists as "heroes... who shook the land, brought down mountains," and mentioned how "the coast was stormy with the glory of Dalal Mughrabi."
Another video, which was broadcast three times, also honors the terrorists, describing them as having "no fear of death or the darkness of prison."
Both videos, shown during last year's Fatah anniversary celebration as well, show pictures of Dalal Mughrabi and her team of terrorists sailing in rubber boats, going ashore on the Israeli coast as moved towards their intended targets.
The anniversary of the Fatah faction, headed by "moderate" PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is celebrated each year with several days of broadcasts of live coverage of rallies, music videos, archive material and special programs.
The January first edition of the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida chose to include the following article glorifying Fatah's violence and specifically mentioning Mughrabi, by columnist Fathi Al-Biss:
"The Fatah in my mind is glory; honor; sacrifice; giving; defiance; resistance; dedication of life, blood and property; altruism, humility, love, the meeting on the battlefield, respect for others... The Fatah in my mind is...the heroism of Dalal Mughrabi...The Fatah in my mind is the first bullet; the first blood; and the first echoing scream that split the skies calling for revolution, for liberty..."