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Thursday, March 25 2010

AP: Better Late Than Never

Dalal_mughrabi_squareI'm glad to see AP finally followed up with a proper story about the Palestinian Authority naming a public square in the town of Bireh after Dalal Mughrabi.

She was part of a group of terrorists who infiltrated Israel from Lebanon in 1978. They hijacked a bus, tossing grenades and firing on nearby cars. It was the deadliest terror attack in Israeli history: 38 civilians killed (including 13 children), 71 injured, and is known in Israel as the Coastal Road Massacre.

The NY Times and the Israeli media covered Bireh two weeks ago -- a long time in blog years. But it's still significant that AP nevertheless picked up on this. Here are three reasons why I say better late than never.

  1. The PA's glorification of terrorists and incitement against Israel's very legitimacy is very under-reported in the mainstream media.
  2. Israeli attitudes towards peace talks cannot be understood without an awareness of the Palestinian atmosphere.
  3. Associated Press content is probably the most widely distributed in the world.

In that light, now let's see if the MSM picks up on this new development: Mahmoud Abbas promoted imprisoned terrorist Mahmoud Damra to the rank of Major-General. As former commander of Force-17, Yasser Arafat's personal bodyguards, Damra has quite a rap sheet. 

Damra's connected to the murders of American citizens Benyamin and Talia Kahane, Esh Kadosh-Gilmore, plus a fatal shooting attack on Israeli soldiers near Neve Tzuf in 2000. Arafat reportedly appointed him to serve as Force-17's liason to Hezbollah and Iran; Damra was also one of the fugitives holed up with Arafat during the IDF's siege of the Muqata compound.

I'll check the wires in two weeks for more on Damra.



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I am very glad to see that my personal efforts have contributed to this AP´s awakening .

I forward to AP lots of articles on Israel and media bias on a daily basis.
Reuters rejects my articles instead .

Thank you for the good news.

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