JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinians held a ceremony near Ramallah honoring a terrorist involved in killing 37 Israelis.
The Palestinian Authority had canceled official ceremonies to name a town square in el-Bireh after Dalal Mughrabi, who was killed in a 1978 bus hijacking on Israel’s coastal road. But several senior Fatah officials participated in what was termed a "popular rally" at the square on March 11, the day that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden left the region and the 32nd anniversary of the deadly attack.
The Palestinian Authority now says that the square has been renamed and that it will place the official monument at a later date, according to Palestinian Media Watch. The Palestinian Authority had canceled the event scheduled for March 10 after pressure from U.S. peace envoy George Mitchell and Biden at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request.