The Palestinian Authority honored a female terrorist responsible for one of the worst terror attacks in Israel’s history, naming a youth camp starting this week in Jericho after Dalal Mughrabi, who took part in the Coastal Road Massacre.
On March 11, 1978, Mughrabi and several other Fatah terrorists landed on a beach near Tel Aviv, hijacked a bus on Israel’s Coastal Road and killed 38 civilians, 13 of them children, and wounded over 70.
Over the years the terrorists, who died in a firefight with Israeli security forces, have been repeatedly hailed as heroes by Fatah.
Palestinian Media Watch reported Sunday that the PA named the Jericho youth camp in her memory.
The “Brothers of Dalal” youth camp is a project of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, headed by Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub, it said.
The five day camp is to open on Tuesday, with “the participation of 45 young men and women,” including university students, PMW reported.
District Governor of Ramallah Laila Ghannam, a Palestinian Authority official “welcomed [the] efforts to hold a camp named after Martyr Dalal Mughrabi,” in a Facebook post. “She praised the creative initiative and its goals, and particularly everything connected to remembering the pure-hearted Martyrs,” according to a translation by PMW.
Last year on the anniversary of the attack, a Ramallah-area Al-Awael school for girls held the “Dalal Mughrabi Cup” in honor of the killer. The girls’ basketball tournament was also co-organized by the Al-Razi Cultural and Social Association, a Palestinian NGO that works with the Anna Lindh Foundation to promote “intercultural dialogue” and “build trust and improve mutual understanding.”
Mughrabi was also honored by Fatah in March two years ago when the party, addressing Israelis on its Facebook page, told them to collect the body parts of murdered Israelis and leave Israel.
“On this day, March 11, in 1978, Dalal Mughrabi and her companions declared the birth of the Palestinian Republic in the heart of the occupied territories. The enemy admitted the death of 30 Zionists in the operation, yet according to the reports the number exceeded 80 casualties… Retaliation after retaliation and the windstorms will not subside,” the Facebook post read.