According to the Palestinian Authority and Fatah, Samir Kuntar and
Dalal Mughrabi epitomize the ideal heroic Palestinians.
Kuntar, who crushed the head of four-year-old Eynat Haran with his
rifle and was serving four life sentences for murder in an Israeli
prison, was freed yesterday in exchange for the bodies of Eldad Regev
and Ehud Goldwasser, Israeli soldiers kidnapped in 2006.
Dalal Mughrabi led a 1978 bus hijacking that was the worst terror
attack in Israel´s history. Thirty seven vacationers, including 12
children, were murdered. Her body was released to Lebanon as part of
PA TV and newspapers controlled by PA president Mahmoud Abbas have
had hours of broadcasting and songs in recent days, honoring the two
terrorists as heroes of the Palestinians. As reported both on PA TV
and in newspapers, Abbas "congratulated yesterday´s exchange of
prisoner and bodies of Martyrs. The president sent blessings to
Samir Kuntar´s family." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 17, 2008; PA TV,
July 17, 2008]
Besides bludgeoning Eynat Haran to death with rocks and his rifle,
Kuntar killed her father and was responsible for the death of her
infant sister. He also killed two policemen in the 1979 attack in
The following are examples from the PA press:
"(Official Fatah spokesman Ahmad Abdul Rahman) said that the Fatah
movement sends warm blessings to Hizbullah, to all the resistance
[terror forces - Ed.], and to the Lebanese nation, and the
Palestinians for their historic victory over the Israeli arrogance in
their victorious July War, [2006 Lebanese War].
"And on the return of the heroes of freedom, the heroes and the
Martyrs, headed by the great Samir Kuntar and the Martyr fighter
Dalal Mughrabi, who led the most glorified Sacrifice action in the
history of the Palestinian-Israeli struggle. [Editors´ note: Her bus
hijacking was the worst terror attack in Israel´s history. Thirty
seven Israeli vacationers, including 12 children, were murdered.]
"He emphasized that the Fatah party... vows to the Palestinian people
that Fatah will continue to struggle in the way of the pure Martyrs,
until the state is liberated and the Palestinian state is established
with Jerusalem as the capital. The Fatah movement turns on this day,
that abounds with sincere blessings to Hizbullah ...
"The battle against the theft of Palestine is the battle of all the
fighters and all the Arab nations. Blessings to the free heroes and
their head, the heroic fighter Samir Kuntar, and blessings to the
spirit of the heroic Dalal Mughrabi and to the friends of the
"President Mahmud Abbas congratulated yesterday´s exchange of
prisoners and bodies of Martyrs. The president sent blessings to
Samir Kuntar´s family."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 17, 2008]
PA TV host addressing brother of Kuntar: "First of all a thousand
blessings, on the release of the heroic leader Samir Kuntar."
[PATV, July 7, 2008]
Hani Al-Masri, writer and political commentator:
"This deal includes heroes, like Samir Kuntar, who committed heroic
acts, in which Jews and soldiers were killed."
[PATV, July 5, 2008]
PA TV has repeatedly shown this picture of Kuntar and the Palestinian
flag in recent days.Incitement of children to