EL-BIREH - Despite earlier announcements by the Palestinian Authority to postpone honoring a known terrorist by naming a square after her, the ceremony took place on Thursday evening.
Palestinians dedicated the square in El-Bireh to Dalal Mughrabi, the woman who led the 1978 bus hijacking on the Coastal Road that left 37 Israelis and one American dead and injured 71 others.
The terror attack, carried out by the PA's Fatah faction, was meant to end peace negotiations taking place between Israel and Egypt.
In addition to honoring Mughrabi as a shahid (Islamic martyr), the Palestinian Authority's Military Science Academy named a four-day seminar, which began on Sunday in Jericho, after her.
Entitled "Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Camp," seminar participants will discuss the Palestinian Authority election process.
According to Adnan Dumairi, a senior PA security officer, the decision to postpone the dedication had nothing to do with pressure from the U.S. or Israel. Dumairi said it was delayed for "technical reasons."
Another PA official said the ceremony was postponed "because they were afraid of [U.S. Vice President] Joe Biden."
"But the Palestinian leadership couldn't prevent Palestinian residents and Fatah from holding their own celebration to honor this great woman for her sacrifices and heroism," he said in an expression of his personal admiration.
To read more about the dedication, including an interview with the terrorist's sister by the Palestinian Media Watch, click here.
Source: The Jerusalem Post