CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH - Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas approved the highest honor to two terrorists who helped murder Israelis before leaving on a trip to Russia.
The al Kuds Mark of Honor, the Palestinian Liberation Organization's (PLOhighest medal, will be awarded to two female terrorists.
The first recipient, Ahlam Tamimi, is serving 16 consecutive life sentences for driving Izz al-Din Shuheil al-Masri to the Sbarro pizza restaurant in the heart of Jerusalem on August 9, 2001, where he detonated his explosives belt, killing 15 people, seven of whom were children, and wounding 130.
Following her conviction, the 20-year-old university student, who disguised herself as a Jewish tourist for the drive, said she would never recognize Israel's right to exist. "I'm not sorry for what I did," she said.
The second recipient of the PLO's highest medal is Amra Muna, who conducted an Internet romance with an Israeli named Ofir Rahum to lure him to the PA-controlled city of Ramallah, where her friends murdered him.
Palestinian Minister for Prisoner Affairs Ashraf el Ajami told Israel Radio Wednesday that the PA president was given a comprehensive list of nominees for the award.
According to Ajami, the president's office staff recommended Tamimi and Muna, and Abbas, who has the final word, approved the two convicted terrorists.
Ajami said he couldn't confirm the honorees because he wouldn't want to spoil the surprise for their families at Thursday's ceremony.
In response, Member of Knesset (MK) Gideon Sa'ar said if the two female terrorists received the PLO's highest medal of honor Thursday, it would serve as further evidence of the PA president's speaking out of both sides of his mouth.
Like his mentor, the late PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, Abbas says one thing in Arabic and another in English.
Sa'ar pointed out a recent quote by the PA president in which he said that returning to the "armed struggle" might better serve the Palestinian people.
Source: The Jerusalem Post