Palestinian Authority Names City Square In Honor Of Iraqi Suicide Bomber Who Murdered 4 Americans
March 31, 2003

New Prime Minister Continues
Old Policy of Glorifying Killers

NEW YORK- The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is urging the Bush administration to refrain from inviting the Palestinian Authority’s new prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), to the White House, in response to the PA’s decision to rename a city square in honor of the Iraqi suicide bomber who recently murdered four American soldiers.

The Israeli daily Ha’aretz (March 30, 2003), quoting Australian Television, reported that the PA has renamed the main square in the city of Jenin in honor of the Iraqi bomber, who murdered four American soldiers in a suicide car bomb attack on March 27, 2003.

It was the latest in a long series of actions by the PA to publicly glorify terrorists who have murdered Americans. For examples, see below.

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said: “President Bush said in his June 24, 2002 Mideast speech that the Palestinian Arabs must ‘elect new leaders, leaders not compromised by terror.’ Yet the Bush administration is praising the new PA prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, even though he clearly is ‘compromised by terror’ —he has publicly called for the murder of Israelis beyond the 1967 borders, he denies the Holocaust, and now his regime has named a city square in honor of the murderer of American soldiers. We call on the Bush administration to refuse to invite Mahmoud Abbas to the White House, just as it has refused to invite his boss and fellow-terrorist, Yasir Arafat, to the White House.”

* PA Glorifies Murderer of U.S. Senator’s Niece: On March 11, 1978, Palestinian Arab terrorists led by Dalal Mughrabi massacred 37 people in an attack along the Tel Aviv coastal highway. One of the victims was Gail Rubin of New York, a renowned nature photographer who was the niece of U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff (D-CT). (The terrorists came across Ms. Rubin photographing nature scenes along the beach; they shot her dead, then hijacked a passing bus and killed most of the passengers.)

On March 11, 2003, the official PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah published an article commemorating the 25th anniversary of the massacre. It stated: “On the morning of March 11, 1978, a woman Palestinian fighter, Dalal Mughrabi, created a legend that would be taught for many years, when she and her Fedayeen unit infiltrated the Palestinian coastal plain near Tel Aviv… Twenty-five years after this heroine’s death as a Shahida [Dying for Allah], many Palestinian women are following in her footsteps every day. Examples include Wafa Idris, [First woman suicide bomber] and Ayyat al-Akhras, [second woman suicide bomber] who performed acts of Shahada- Seeking during the blessed al-Aksa Intifada to protect the homeland. The Shahida Dalal Mughrabi shall remain one of the symbols of the Palestinian national struggle.” (Translation courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch.)

* In August 2002, a school in the PA-controlled town of Al-Shuyukh, near Hebron, was renamed “the Dalal Mugrahbi School.” The school receives U.S. funding through the ANERA organization, whose spokesman, Peter Gubser, claimed on August 11, 2002 that the school’s directors had agreed to revert to the school’s original name; yet on August 16, 2002, the official PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah again referred to it as “the Dalal Mugrahbi School in Al- Shuyukh.” (Palestinian Media Watch)

* There is a Dalal Mughrabi Girls High School (PA Television, March 31, 2000); a Dalal Mugrahbi Summer Camp in Rafiah (PA Television, August 9, 2001); a Dalal Mugrahbi Kindergarten in Dura (Al Ayyam, May 30, 2001); and a Dalal Mugrahbi Course in the Fatah Women’s Young Staff Preparatory Course (Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, Jan. 25, 2002)

* On March 9, 2000, the PA affiliated newspaper Al Ayyam called the Tel Aviv coastal massacre “one of the greatest successes of the struggle.”

* On August 30, 2000, an official PA Television broadcast asserted: “Dalal is a symbol for the Palestinian nation.”

* PA Names Soccer Tourney After Killer of American: The official PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah reported on January 21, 2003 that the PA-sponsored soccer tournament in the PA-ruled city of Tulkarm was named “the Tulkarm Shahids [Martyrs] Memorial soccer championship tournament of the Shahid Abd Al-Baset Odeh.” Odeh was the suicide bomber who attacked a Netanya hotel on Passover last year, massacring 30 people, including a 90 year-old U.S. citizen, Mrs. Hannah Rogen. (Translation courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch.)

* Public Square Named After Murderer of Americans: In February 1996, the PA named a public square in Jericho after Yiyhe Ayyash. The U.S. State Department has named him as a prime suspect in the August 21, 1995 Jerusalem bus bombing in which Connecticut schoolteacher Joan Davenny was murdered. (Peace Watch Annual Report 1996; N.Y. Daily News, April 22, 1998)

* Streets Named After Murderers of Americans: In December 1996, the PA named a street in the town of Beit Lahiya after Yiyhe Ayyash. (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 17, 1996) A street in PA-controlled Al-Bireh is named after Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf), a PLO leader involved in planning many attacks, including the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre, in which 12 people were murdered, including a U.S. citizen, David Berger of Cleveland, Ohio. A photo of the “Abu Iyad Street” sign appeared in the pro-PLO newspaper Jerusalem Times on September 25, 1998.

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