Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas awarded the “highest order of the Star of Honor” to terrorist leader Nayef Hawatmeh, continuing a policy to honor terrorists who murder Israelis, Palestinian Media Watch said, in a statement.
PMW said Nayef Hawatmeh is the leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), which was responsible for several high-profile terror attacks, including the killing of 22 schoolchildren and 4 adults, after taking them hostage in Ma’alot; the killing of 9 children and 3 adults in an attack on a school bus; the killing of 7 in a Jerusalem bombing; the killing of 4 hostages in an apartment building in Beit Shean, all of which took place in the 1970’s. In addition, the DFLP has participated in and claimed responsibility for dozens of other terror attacks, including a suicide bombing near Tel Aviv that killed 4 in 2003.
Abbas personally signed the PA declaration decorating Hawatmeh with the Star of Honor, which praises Hawatmeh’s “efforts to raise the flag of Palestine since the launch of the Palestinian revolution.” The ceremony was broadcast on state television and posted on Abbas”s YouTube channel.
PMW said the decision is the continuation of Abbas’s policy to glorify terrorists, listed five similar awards presented by the Fatah leader over the past eight months and detailed the charges Israel holds against those being glorified.
Watch a video below of Abbas honoring terrorists on Palestinian TV.