Friday, July 11, 2008

Palestinians.. honouring their heros:

"We want to turn Dalal's funeral into a national wedding, a major celebration," the Fatah official said. "The operation she carried out off the shores of her hometown of Jaffa was heroic and exemplary. She will always be remembered as a symbol for the Palestinian women's struggle."
Even if Israel refuses to deliver her remains to the PA in Ramallah, Fatah officials said they were planning to hold big celebrations throughout the West Bank to coincide with her funeral in Lebanon.


Ahmed also praised Lebanese prisoner Samir Kuntar for carrying out another terror attack in Israel one year after the 1978 carnage. He described Kuntar as a "stubborn and firm fighter in the ranks of the Lebanese resistance who led a very courageous operation."

Who is Dalal Mughrabi? And what was her heroic deed for which she is feted?

On the morning of March 11, 1978, Mughrabi and her Palestinian Fedayeen unit of eleven members, including one other woman, landed on an Israeli beach, killed an American photographer named Gail Rubin and hijacked a bus along the coastal highway. The Israeli army pursued the bus until it was finally stopped. A long shooting battle between the Palestinians and the soldiers ensued. Eventually, Mughrabi blew up the bus which became a large deathtrap of fire. Most of the passengers were killed, a total of 36 Israelis. Mughrabi and the other attackers died. The attack became known as the Coastal Road Massacre. Israeli military forces launched Operation Litani against PLO bases in Lebanon three days later.

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Today, almost every Palestinian knows who Dalal was: a commando commander, the first famous female fighter, an icon of the Palestinian resistance. On that fateful mission in 1978, she led 11 other militants by boat from south Lebanon into northern Israel where they captured a bus and tried to drive it to Tel Aviv and ram it into the Israeli parliament. Trapped by an Israeli army unit led by the young Barak, Dalal declared an independent Palestinian state and fought for some dozen hours before destroying the bus and many of those inside. Dalal's attack killed some 70 Israelis -- including about 35 civilians of whom 13 were children -- and one American photographer who was taking pictures of wildlife.

Note please that the "the Fatah official said. "The operation she carried out off the shores of her hometown of Jaffa was heroic and exemplary."

Her hometown Jaffa? She was born in 1959, in Lebanon, 11 years at least after her parents fled from Jaffa.. How could Jaffa be her hometown?

Note, too, the heavy symbolism of her last gesture as a Palestinian aspiring for a Palestinian independent state:

Dalal declared an independent Palestinian state and fought for some dozen hours before destroying the bus and many of those inside.

Let that be a clue to all those who advocate the one-state solution as to what the real meaning of that aspiration is.

And now for the other murderer, whose deeds defy our the boundaries of human ability to imagine genuine evil.

Who is Samir Kuntar? What was his heroic deed?

After taking the hostages, Kuntar's group took Danny and Einat down to the beach, where a shootout with Israeli policemen and soldiers erupted. Samir Kuntar shot the father, Danny, at close range in the back, in front of his daughter, and drowned him in the sea to ensure he was dead. Next, he smashed the head of 4 year-old Einat on beach rocks and crushed her skull with the butt of his rifle.[1]

Back in the crawl space, two-year-old Yael Haran was accidentally suffocated to death by her mother's attempts to quiet her whimpering from revealing their hideout, so that they would not be found by Kuntar's group.[2]

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