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PA Responds to Israeli 'Good Will' by Honoring Terrorists

Ramallah is honoring 11 Savoy Hotel terrorists with a new mausoleum after Israel transferred their bodies as a "good will measure."
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/15/2012, 8:04 AM

Terrorist in Ramallah 'lynch'
Terrorist in Ramallah 'lynch'
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Palestinian Authority, which has said it honors its Oslo Accords commitment to stamp out terror and incitement, is building a mausoleum in Ramallah to honor 11 terrorists who killed eight civilian hostages and three IDF soldiers in the 1975 attack on Tel Aviv’s Savoy Hotel. Israel recently transferred their bodies to the PA as a "good will" measure.

The city of Ramallah, headquarters of the Palestinian Authority, voted last week to honor the terrorists, according to a report in a PA daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, revealed and translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) on Tuesday.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told Washington officials earlier this year that the PA has ceased incitement and does not encourage terror, despite hundreds of documents that have exposed an escalation in incitement and terror in the school system and in official PA events.

The terrorists in the Savoy Hotel attack reached a Tel Aviv beach by boat from Lebanon and took eight hostages in the hotel before soldiers carried out a counterterrorist operation the following morning, killing seven of the terrorists.

As a “good will measure” to bolster the standing of Abbas and encourage cooperation with Israel, the Israeli government two months ago transferred the bodies of 91 terrorists, including the Savoy Hotel terrorist cell, to the Palestinian Authority. In return, the PA now is honoring them.

The PA newspaper report, according to PMW, stated that the Ramallah city council “approved construction of a mausoleum for Martyrs of the Savoy operation in the new cemetery in Ramallah...

“The mausoleum will hold the bones of Martyrs from the numbered [Israeli military] cemeteries that were transferred months ago. It should be noted that the operation was carried out in 1975, in Tel Aviv, against a number of officers of the occupation army, as revenge for the assassination of [Fatah] commanders Kamal Adwan, Kamal Nasser, and Abu Yusuf Al-Najar."