The Palestinian Authority used International Women’s Day to glorify convicted female terrorists as role models, according to a translation published Monday by the monitor group Palestinian Media Watch.
In a broadcast on the official PA television network during International Women’s Day, four “role models of honorable and fighting women” were presented — a poet, a photographer, and terrorists Dalal Mughrabi and Fatima Bernawi.
Palestinian Media Watch, an independent Israeli watchdog that monitors official Palestinian outlets, translated and published a report about the broadcast on Monday.
The broadcast characterized Dalal Mughrabi, who took part in the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre, as a role model. Mughrabi and several other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 38 civilians, 13 of them children, and wounded over 70.
Fatima Bernawi, who was also hailed as a role model, is the daughter of a Nigerian father and Palestinian mother and has the dubious distinction of being the first female Palestinian arrested on terrorism charges.
As a member of Fatah, she planted a bomb in the Zion Theater in downtown Jerusalem in October 1967. Although it did not explode, she was sentenced to 30 years in prison, of which she served 10, before being released and deported.
According to the translation, the presenter explained the “achievements” of each woman. Mughrabi was referred to as “the Bride of Jaffa,” while Bernawi was named “one of the most veteran female Palestinian prisoners.”
Mughrabi’s attack was said to have occurred “in the heart of the occupied territories,” despite the fact that it took place north of Tel Aviv.
Although Bernawi’s bombing attempt failed, the TV report chose to illustrate her story with an image from a car bombing in 1948 in which 58 were murdered and 140 wounded, Palestinian Media Watch said.
Israeli officials have repeatedly blamed the PA for inciting and fueling terrorism against Israelis.