As an 18-year-old Palestinian girl from Lebanon, she led a daring and bloody attack against Israel that still haunts the public imagination on both sides of the border 30 years later.Mughrabi hijacked one bus of civilians, 13 children were murdered by her gang that day. Macleod's pretending that the Palestinian Arab lies about the attack having the same credibility as Israel's is simply obscene. It is not as if the facts are hard to come by; the Guardian just disregards them.
In 1978, Mughrabi led a team of 13 Palestinian and Lebanese fighters who landed at Jaffa beach intent on attacking the ministry of defence in Tel Aviv. On the coastal highway, Mughrabi's team hijacked two buses full of Israeli soldiers. An intense 15-hour gun battle ensued with forces led by future Israeli prime minister, Ehud Barak. Mughrabi raised her national flag and declared the Palestinian state.One of the buses exploded, killing many inside. Israel says Mughrabi threw grenades into it; Palestinians maintain the bus was fired on from the air by Israeli helicopters. At least 37 Israelis (Palestinians claim 70) were killed, as well as 11 guerrillas. Mughrabi's body was dragged off the tarmac and shot several times by Barak in images captured by the media. (HM)
For the truth, read here.
UPDATE: Israeli media reports that her body was not returned to Hezbollah and that it was lost. Hezbollah claims that her body was returned. Either Hezbollah has a DNA lab or it is lying.
But it doesn't matter, because in the honor/shame society, appearances are all that matters, not facts.