Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas once again disproved international sources claiming he is a potential "peace partner" last Thursday, as he awarded a "Military Star of Honor" to a failed female terrorist who planted a bomb in a Jerusalem movie theater back in 1967.
In the ceremony, which was broadcast on official PA TV and translated by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Abbas stood beside the terrorist Fatima Barnawi, while the Secretary General of the Presidency Tayeb Abdel Rahim read aloud Abbas's Presidential Decree honoring her.
"Fighter Fatima Barnawi – the first female prisoner of the revolution of modern Palestine – is granted the Award of Military Star of Honor," read Rahim. He noted the award was "in appreciation for her pioneering role in the struggle, her sacrifice for her homeland and her people, and its revolution, and her willingness to give from the beginning until now."
Barnawi's attempt to murder countless civilians was foiled as the bomb was discovered, and her act earned her a life sentence – however, she was released in 1977 after serving a mere ten years of her jail term.
The failed terrorist was interviewed on official PA TV early last month, PMW revealed.
In the interview, Barnawi detailed her planned attack and claimed it wasn't a failure because it sowed "fear throughout the world," while the PA broadcaster concurred that the heightened security against terror attacks in Israel and abroad are a Palestinian Arab "success."
"All my life I had dreamed about it," Barnawi said. "We were supposed to place the explosives in the restroom or under one of the seats. I put them where we sat, near the middle (of the theater). …While we were leaving, the bomb was discovered. An American sitting behind us said: 'the ladies forgot their bag.' The usher came to take the bag and found a ticking clock. …They moved the people away and blew it up at the entrance."
"This is not a failure, because it generated fear throughout the world. Every woman who carries a bag needs to be checked before she enters the supermarket, any place, cinemas and pharmacies," she added, as the PA TV host agreed that the outcome of heightened security and fear was "a success."