Honor for a Terrorist Draws No Objection

Michael Medved

3/25/2010 4:36:20 PM - Michael Medved
During Joe Biden’s Middle East visit, American media focused on Israeli plans to build 1,600 housing units in a Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem but a simultaneous Palestinian provocation received no attention. In its administrative center of Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority dedicated a traffic circle, and promised an heroic statue, to honor Dalal Mughrabi—a notorious terrorist. In 1978, this nineteen-year-old militant led a gang of eleven in the “Coastal Road Massacre”—seizing two passenger buses and a taxi, and butchering 38 Israeli civilians, including 13 children. Mughrabi died in a gun battle with police, but she’s revered as a Palestinian heroine.

A decision by America’s ally to build new homes in its own capital city drew Washington’s condemnation, but Americans made little complaint about formal honors for a killer who slaughtered more than three dozen innocent Jews some thirty years ago.