PA leader Mahmoud Abbas (pictured above) tersely condemned the February 25th suicide bombing of a Tel Aviv night club in which five Israelis were killed, but his PA news media has been glorifying the memory of the bomber. A daily newspaper, for instance, called murderer Abdalla Badran a “shahid” - a martyr who has died for the highest ideals of Islam.



Abbas, like his mentor, the late Yasser Arafat, has been projecting a moderate and pragmatic image abroad, while but the PA's state-controlled media depicts the suicide bomber as a hero fighting for Allah.



The daily Al-Ayyam termed Badran’s family “the family of the Shahid." The paper also referred to the bomber as an “istish-shahid” - a shahid who sought death for Allah and succeeded.



The official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jedida printed a giant color photo of the terrorist on its front page, with a caption proudly calling him the “Executor of the Tel Aviv Operation.”



PA officials interviewed in Arabic expressed dissatisfaction over the attack - not because of its terrorist nature, but because the timing was bad.



Hasan Asfour, a member of the PA parliament, told PA television, “This is the first action that no one is happy about. Everyone felt that the timing was not [right] and there was absolutely no need for it... It is not because the resistance against the occupation is a mistake, but because the nature, location and timing of the action are a mistake."