Fatah, don’t forget, is the “moderate” Palestinian faction to which the U.S. and E.U. are giving money and support, dreamily hoping that it will establish a stable, secure Palestinian State that will live in peace side-by-side with Israel.
“Terrorists who killed 37 civilians applauded as heroes by Fatah leaders,” by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik for Palestinian Media Watch, August 5:
Fatah leaders responded with loud applause when two terrorists who committed the worst terror attack in Israel’s history were referred to as heroic Martyrs by former PA Prime Minister Abu Alaa, at the opening ceremony of Fatah’s Sixth General Conference:
“We have in our midst the hero Khaled Abu-Usbah, hero of the operation [terror attack] led by the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal Mughrabi [loud applause from the audience]. We salute him and welcome him. And [we salute] the hero, the Shahida (Martyr) Dalal. [He shouts:] All the glory! All the glory! All the glory! All the sisters here are Dalal’s sisters.” [PATV (Fatah), Aug. 4, 2009]
Dalal Mughrabi and Khaled Abu-Usbah are seen as Palestinian heroes for having carried out the bus hijacking in 1978 in which 37 Israeli civilians, 12 of them children, were murdered.
Former Prime Minister Abu Alaa (Ahmad Qurei), who read the statement, is the current Chairman of Fatah Department for Recruitment and Organization.