In May 1992, four Palestinian terrorists swam from Jordan to Eilat, Israel’s southern resort city, and carried out a terror attack that killed one Israeli.
Two terrorists drowned, a third was killed by Israel, and terrorist Muayyad Hijja was captured and given two life sentences in prison. Palestinian Authority TV recently decided to honor Hijja by visiting his home and interviewing his relatives.
The following are some of the words and expressions of praise broadcast on official PA TV in honor of the terrorist:
- “Fighter” and “commander” – 6 times
- “Hero” and “heroic” – 6 times
- “One of the homeland’s beacons because of his valor and sacrifice”
- “Smart, wonderful. I am proud to have an uncle like you”
- “[He] is all honor, all power, all vigor… an example of sacrifice, an example of honor, and an example of struggle for the homeland”
- “We are proud of him. He has always made us proud.”
On Aug. 19, 2012, PA TV again honored him:
PA TV host: “I’m sending holiday greetings to my uncle, my brother, my beloved Muayyad Hijja, who is in the Gilboa jail. Allah willing, I hope that you will be freed soon along with all the heroic prisoners, who we are always proud of.”
The following is the transcript of the program broadcast on July 31 honoring terrorist Muayyad Hijja:
PA TV host: “Muayyad Hijja is in prison. He is a heroic fighter prisoner and has been in the occupation’s prisons since 1992. He is one of the homeland’s beacons because of his valor and sacrifice, of course.”
Text on screen: “Freedom for the fighter heroic prisoner, Muayyad Hijja. Given 2 life sentences… The commander who carried out the Eilat operation.”
Niece: “I am Maram, niece of the heroic fighter prisoner Muayyad Hijja. Uncle, it is true that I wasn’t even born when you entered prison and I don’t know you, but the picture in my mind is that you are a hero, a fighter, smart, wonderful. I am proud to have an uncle like you.
Sister: “Muayyad is the hero. Muayyad is all honor, all power, all vigor. Muayyad is an example of sacrifice, an example of honor, and an example of struggle for the homeland.”
Nephew: “I picture my uncle as a hero, a resistance fighter. We are proud of him. He has always made us proud.”
[PA TV (Fatah), July 31, 2012]
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