Abbas’ Fatah Party Celebrates Terrorist on 52nd Anniversary

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas gives a speech during a rally marking the 12th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat in Ramallah on November 10, 2016

The Palestinian Fatah movement is gearing up for the celebration of the 52th anniversary of the Palestinian revolution, a day that doubles as the official anniversary of the movement’s establishment. The build-up includes publishing propaganda materials some of which explicitly celebrate operatives who perpetrated terror attacks against Israeli targets.

One of the persons gracing the movement’s official Facebook page is Dalal Mughrabi, the leader of the Fatah cell who perpetrated what has gone down in Israel’s history as the Coastal Road massacre of 1978. According to Fatah co-founder and Yasser Arafat deputy Khalil al-Wazir, Mughrabi was planning to seize a Tel Aviv hotel and was forced to settle for killing the 38 passengers of a chartered bus, including 13 children in what was one of the most horrifying terror attacks Israel has ever known.

These days Mughrabi appears prominently in the faction’s propaganda, to show that Fatah, accused of security cooperation with Israel, is the leader in armed resistance against Israel.

Mughrabi’s picture appears in a post glorifying senior party operatives who sacrificed their lives for the Palestinian cause, captioned with “The martyr Dalal Al-Mughrabi, the Bride of Palestine.” In the comments, many offered prayers for her salvation and divine mercy, describing her as one of the indisputable heroes of the Palestinian resistance.

She appears in another post by the movement, where Fatah boasts that it consecrates the memory of not only its own “hero martyrs,” but the “martyrs” of other terrorist movements, such as the Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Abu Ali Mustafa, assassinated by Israel in 2001; Fathi Shaqaqi, the co-founder and Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement, who was killed by Israel in Malta in 1995; and Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, assassinated by Israel in 2004.