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Palestinian Authority official Jibril Rajoub defended his glorification of female mass murderers as “stars.”

By Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch

Top Palestinian Authority (PA) official Jibril Rajoub recently asserted that Fatah is a champion of equal rights for women.

The proof is that the PA/Fatah also sends women, just as it sends men, to carry out murderous terror attacks: “If we didn’t have a culture like this [of equal rights for women], would we have wanted Dalal Mughrabi to lead an operation like this (i.e., the most lethal attack in Israel’s history in which 37 Israelis were murdered) and Fatima Barnawi (i.e., who placed a bomb in a movie theatre)?”

Palestinian Media Watch recently reported that on International Women’s Day official PA TV News also singled out these same female terrorists as “role models of honorable and fighting women”.

In the same interview, Rajoub defended the PA’s policy of glorifying terrorists and murderers who have killed Israelis.

Rajoub’s defense was probably triggered by Palestinian Media Watch’s numerous exposures of PA and Fatah officials honoring terrorists and murderers. Rajoub indignantly opened his defense saying “Someone said: ‘They are praising the Martyrs.’”

Arguing for the legitimacy of this ideology, Rajoub explained, “Sure they should be honored.”

He then singled out for “praise” some of Fatah’s most notorious arch-terrorists: Abu Jihad who orchestrated attacks in which at least 125 Israelis were murdered; Abu Iyad who headed the terror organization Black September that carried out the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972; and Yasser Arafat, who – among other terror attacks – orchestrated the PA’s 4-year terror campaign “the Al-Aqsa Intifada” in which over 1,100 Israelis were murdered mostly by suicide bombers.

Rajoub further emphasized that today’s Palestinians are “their (i.e., the arch-terrorists) followers and soldiers” who were “educated in their schools,” posting the following comments to Facebook:

“Someone said [about us]: ‘They are praising the Martyrs.’ Okay, sure! We are their followers. We are their soldiers. We were educated in their schools… Sure, I praise Abu Jihad, Abu Iyad, Yasser Arafat, and all these stars who are the ones who destroyed all the obstacles, broke through all the barriers, and created Palestinian nationalism for us. Why should we not praise them? …

“We are the ones who gave the women their rights… Dalal Mughrabi (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37), Fatima Barnawi (i.e., terrorist who placed a bomb in a movie theater). If we didn’t have a culture like this, would we have wanted Dalal Mughrabi to lead an operation like this, and Fatima Barnawi?…

“The [Legislative] Council (i.e., the Palestinian Parliament) should be a beacon. A beacon for the entire world that will reflect the power of the Martyrs, prisoners, and all the fighters – and every Palestinian is a fighter.”

Rajoub also serves as Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

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