According to Obama, Palestinian Authority leader Abbas “has consistently renounced violence”. Somewhat more consistently than that, Abbas’ government and political movement annually celebrate the murder of 12 Israeli children.
The dead included a 2-year-old girl, five year olds and six year olds. They also included Mathilda Askenazy-Daniel, a 68-year-old woman who died in the hospital after being burned over 90 percent of her body.
The coastal massacre began with the murder of an American photographer, Gail Rubin. One of the youngest victims was Ilan Hochman, a 3-year-old boy, seen above.
Ilan died along with his older brother, 6-year-old Roi and his mother, Rebecca Hochman. Their father lost his legs trying to stop the terrorists on the bus.
Abbas appointed Hussein Fayyad, one of the commanders of the terror group that carried out the 1978 Coastal Road massacre, as his adviser.
In keeping with their annual tradition, Fatah and the PA celebrated the anniversary of the most lethal terror attack against Israel. On Facebook, Fatah celebrated the anniversary of the massacre with several posts, referring to the terrorists as “stars” and “heroes”:
At an event, Fatah’s spokesman Ahmad Assaf praised terrorist Dalal Mughrabi as “an extraordinary example of struggle, whose headline is bravery, heroism, sacrifice and courage” and who “inspired her generation and the next generations.”
Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on NGOs Sultan Abu Al-Einein said at another event, “Yes, March is honored by this Palestinian blood… They [Israelis] are deluding themselves if they think the negotiations are our only choice. Let the young people hear me: Allah, honor us with Martyrdom (Shahada). Allah, give us the honor of being part of the procession of Martyrs.”
The violence has clearly been renounced.