Arch terrorist Imad Mughniyeh lauded in PA - Fatah paper
Samir Kuntar: I will continue down his path
Review of PA articles - one month after killing of Mughniyeh, by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook:
Senior Hezbollah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh has been placed on a pedestal of glory in various articles in the official Palestinian Authority Fatah daily. Western countries have expressed virtually unanimous relief that the terrorist, wanted by 42 countries and on the FBI's most wanted list, was killed by a car bomb in Damascus on February 12, 2008. The Palestinian Authority, on the other hand, has been using the media under its control to mourn his death.
One article by a senior Fatah leader describes Mughniyeh as an "extraordinary hero... unequaled Hezbollah commander ... a beacon of light." His killing is called a "murder in broad daylight... a tragedy that has hurt every Lebanese, every Palestinian, every Arab, and every free man on the face of this earth." The revenge for his death will be more terror and eventually Israel's destruction.
So wrote Fatah leader Ahmad Dahbur, until recently the undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture, in Al Hayat Al Jadida, the official PA daily controlled by Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction. His article, along with others paying lavish tribute to the dead terrorist, makes no mention of the fact that Mughniyeh was responsible for the murders of hundreds of civilians and soldiers in worldwide terror attacks. Among his many international terror attacks, Mughniyeh was responsible for the killing of 241 American soldiers of the peacekeeping force in Lebanon in 1983.
The Palestinian Authority has glorified his years of murder as heroic. It describes him repeatedly as a "Shahid" (Islamic Martyr), the highest Islamic status, and has run his photo with that caption. He is crowned the "Knight of Lebanese Resistance."
The PA newspaper, assuming it was Israel who killed him (Israel has denied involvement in the killing), refers to Israel as "the treacherous Zionist enemy," reiterates the PA's "rage and hatred" for Israel and promises more "resistance the PA euphemism for terror) ... the blow which will hand over death."
In another article, the daily describes how a lawyers' association in Gaza mourned his death, and called his killing "a crime of organized state terror."
The PA daily also published a letter to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah from Samir Kuntar, a Lebanese terrorist serving four life sentences in an Israeli prison for the murders of four Israelis, including a four-year-old girl whose skull he crushed with rocks and a rifle butt. The unrepentant Kuntar likewise glorifies his fellow terrorist Mughnyeh as one member of the "distinguished, glamorous convoys" of Shahids, and vows to follow in his footsteps.
Finally, a military wing of Fatah - the Ahmad Abu Al Rish Martyrs Brigades - has already carried out a terror attack in his honor.
The following are the articles from the PA daily Al Hayat Al Jadida lauding Imad Mugniyeh. Note: [Hajj Radwan was Mughniyeh's "nom de guerre"]
1- Hajj Radwan [Imad Mugniyeh] by Ahmad Dahbur, former undersecretary of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Culture, senior journalist for Fatah controlled Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, in his daily column.
"The treacherous Zionist enemy will never permit us to lessen our revenge towards him, or to stray from our confrontation against him, until he is wiped off this land, which is saturated with the blood of the Shahids (Islamic Martyrs). And what is the fall of the Knight of Lebanese Resistance, Hajj Imad Mugniyeh, if not one of the signs of the nation's Jihad - persistent and definitely unstoppable till the Zionist Project [Israel] will be defeated.
Did I say 'Lebanese resistance'? Certainly I did, and entirely with praise and pride. The history of Hajj Radwan - Imad Mugniyeh - will testify to this; a history which is part of the history of the Palestinian-Lebanese resistance. From the time he joined Fatah as a youth, and till he later became a unequalled Hezbollah commander, when his name became a beacon of light shining from The Lebanese July Victory [Second Lebanon War, 2006].
Hajj Radwan deserves all glory and praise for evoking confusion and alarm among the Zionists, whether he be alive or a Shahid [i.e, Islamic Martyr]. Such an extraordinary hero can cause the enemy to loose its wits. Evidence of this is that Olmert directly threatens to eliminate the leaders of the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance, and the Mossad commits a murder in broad daylight, while at the same time confused and conflicting Hebrew press releases declare that Olmert disassociates himself from the crime, for fear of the inevitable retaliation ... but also publish [Israeli MKs] Dani Yatom, Ephraim Sneh, and Arieh Eldad's gloating congratulatory messages to the Mossad which are drenched with poison.
It makes no difference whether the Zionist bat camouflages himself by hiding in the dark, or whether the crazy hyenas take pride in the crime, because the enemy announces his criminal presence with such language that it is as if he is caught with a smoking gun. The criminal's hands are still covered in blood, when he gives us more reasons to intensify our hate towards him, though we do not lack reasons for this [hate] in the first place. This rage and hatred will rage with even further resistance [euphemism for "terror"- editor] and with a blow of death...
Today the body of the Shahid Hajj Imad Mugniyeh will exit the "Sayyid al-Shuhada" mosque in a procession in which the brave Lebanese resistance [Hezbollah] will escort the body down the [wedding] aisle, and the sister [organizations of the] Palestinian resistance will congratulate it and the beloved faces of Shahids [former Islamic Martyrs] from all around the world will surround it [his body]...
...In the presence of the Shahada [Martyrdom] and blood which prevails over the Phantom [jet] and the Merkava [Israeli tank], our souls seek ... to stand at the head of the ranks when they offer their condolences to the Lebanese resistance movement lead by Hezbollah. Along with [Hezbollah Leader] Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, we will ask ourselves who is the one consoling and who is the one being consoled as this is a tragedy that has hurt every Lebanese, every Palestinian, every Arab, and every free man on the face of this earth. This is because every free man partakes in Hajj Radwan's (Mugniyeh's) glory...
Indeed the thing that consoles [us] is what we hear of the Mujahideen's [Jihad fighter's] pledge to the combatant Shahid [martyr], that they will avenge his blood... not out of a desire to die but out of an understanding of the meaning of resistance [terror], as either victory or Istishhad [Death as a Shahid].
If there is any reason to give the enemy [Israel] advice, we advise the pack of hyenas not to rejoice, because in war - the scale tips at times to one side and at times to the other. They are treacherous and they will retreat, and the resistance will retaliate and prevail.
An abundance of mercy is due to the Shahid - Hajj Rudwan Imad Mugniyeh. May his blood serve as the ink for a new document of fraternity, which will unite the Jihad's fighters, as they all join to escort one of their most noble symbols to his burial... The companions of the Shahid, his relatives and acquaintances, will be blessed with this radiant decoration which he has been honored with today, and with it he has become a crown for Arab Lebanon, precious, exalted and Jihad Fighter. And from Lebanon to all the Arabs - "Hail the victory of the Mujahidun! [Jihad Fighters!]"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, February 14, 2008]
2 - Heading: A delegation of the Lawyers Association arrived at the house of mourning for the Shahid Imad Mugniyeh.
"A delegation of close to 30 lawyers the Islamic Association of Lawyers paid a visit to the mourning house of the outstanding military commander of the Lebanese resistance, Imad Mugniyeh, which is being overseen by the National and Islamic Forces in Gaza City. In its speech, the delegation emphasized that the murder of Mugniyeh was a crime of organized state terror, which violates all international and human conventions and rules. The delegation added that Mugniyeh's Shahada [Islamic Martyrdom] will not break the strength of the resistance but will add to its spirit of resistance against the state [Israel] which oppresses everywhere.
The spokesperson for the Islamic Association of Lawyers, Professor Ayman Abu-Aysha, said that the visit to the house of mourning for the Shahid [Islamic Martyr] Mughniyeh was done in the framework of the association in order to support all forms of resistance of struggle against the Zionist occupation in all the Arab and Islamic lands."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, February 17, 2008, p. 2]
3 - Heading: A Letter from 'Al-Kuntar' to Nasrallah celebrating Mugniyeh's Death
"The lawyer of the prisoner Samir Kuntar has sent a letter from Kuntar [Lebanese terrorist who crushed the head of an Israeli child with his gun while murdering 4] to Hezbollah's secretary general, Hassan Nasrallah, in which he congratulates him and offers him his condolences on the death of the commander Imad Mughniyeh as a Shahid. Following is the content of the letter:
"My dear and honored commander and leader, The Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah,
Peace be unto you and our Shahids, and may Allah's mercy and blessing be upon you.
Peace be unto the men in the convoys of the righteous.
Peace be unto he who has [given and has] not taken anything other than the Shahadah (Martyrdom), the highest rank of honor before Allah.
Peace be unto the distinguished, glamorous convoys [of Shahids] who travel toward eternity, toward the men of glory, dignity and pride, toward those who have marked our path for hundreds of years.
Peace be unto the last to leave, the Hajj and the leader, Imad Mughniyeh.
Peace be unto him, as he passes the mission on to those who await his arrival, as he brings them news of the glory and victories, news of steadfastness and loyalty, news of the men of promise and sincerity, news of "those who still wait; but they have never changed (their determination) in the least. [Quote from Quran, Sura 33:23. Full quote: "Among the Believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah: of them some have completed their vow (to the extreme), and some (still) wait: but they have never changed (their determination) in the least:"
Peace be unto him, as he announces to the most honored among the believers that the anticipating convoys have chosen to draw their swords, and their swords are calling out: "Baseness will not reach us".
May peace be unto you, Hajj Imad. I pledge myself to you and hold myself committed to the promise that my place will only be in the frontier areas that have received your sweet effort and the blood of the most beloved men, and that I shall continue down the path, until complete victory.
I give to you, Sir Abu Hadi [name for Hassan Nasrallah], and to all the Mujahidin (Jihad Figthers), my congratulations and [my] renewed loyalty. "
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, February 19, 2008, p. 3]
PMW comment: It should be noted that the murderer Samir Kuntar, writer of this letter, is one of the terrorists Israel offered to exchange for information about imprisoned Israeli pilot Ran Arad, according to media sources.
4- "The Fatah's military wing - the Ahmud Abu Al Rish Martyrs Brigades - accepted responsibility yesterday for the attack on the Israeli military post... shooting 2 missiles... They announced that the action is in dedicated to the memory of the Martyr Imad Mughniyeh.
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, February 14, 2008]
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