The Palestinian Authority´s official television station last month
honored terrorists whose bodies were handed over in a goodwill
gesture by Israel.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) had held a special burial ceremony for
the suicide bombers, whose funeral was covered by PA TV (Fatah) on
Film clips of the event were monitored and translated by media
watchdog organization the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
A PA TV reporter described the funeral of two of the terrorists Ali
Ja´ara and Muhammad Za´ul, whose bodies were returned by Israel, as
"This is Palestine, which embraces its martyr sons, who are more
honored than all of us, and which sends a message to the whole world
that its martyrs are not numbers, but rather a candle that lights the
tunnel of liberty for the Palestinian people on the way to
Ali Ja´ara carried out a suicide bombing on a bus in Jerusalem in
January 2004, murdering 11 people.
Muhammad Za´ul carried out a suicide bombing on a bus in Jerusalem a
month later, killing eight others.
According to the Palestinian Authority´s official terminology guide,
as translated by the PMW, PA Arabs and media writers are instructed
never to use the term “suicide bomber.” The term is instead replaced
by “Martyrdom Seeker.”