PA cancels ceremony honoring terrorist

Thursday, March 11, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday decided to call off a ceremony to name a Ramallah square after Dalal Mughrabi, the female terrorist who led the worst ever terrorist attack in Israel's history.

In 1978, Mughrabi and a team of Palestinian terrorists set out from Lebanon and infiltrated Israel via the Mediterranean Sea. They proceeded to hijack a bus on Israel's coastal highway and massacre 37 people before being stopped by a commando team led by now-Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Mughrabi continues to be held aloft as a national hero by the Palestinians, a fact that Israel points to as evidence that the Palestinians are not honoring their peace commitment discourage and combat violence against Jews.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday urged visiting US Vice President Joe Biden to intervene and get the Palestinians to calls off the ceremony honoring Mughrabi, or to at least publicly condemn it if the ceremony went forward.

Many Israelis were waiting to see what Biden would do considering that the same day he had very publicly blasted Israel for approving 1,600 more Jewish homes in Jerusalem against the protests of the Palestinians.

While the cancellations of Mughrabi's ceremony was not directly attributed to Biden, Palestinian sources said it came from "official channels."

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