From Palestinian Media Watch
A long-term supporter of Palestinian terror was awarded Philadelphia's "Liberty Bell" and "Citation of Honor" by Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria Sanchez.
The honors were given to the Palestinian District Governor of Ramallah, Laila Ghannam, by the American official "in recognition of the impact and her extraordinary actions for her nation and her cause," reported the official PA daily [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 31, 2015, see below].
Councilwoman Sanchez posted photos on Facebook of herself with Ghannam receiving the award, and tweeted the following statement: "I was honored to welcome the first woman Governor of the city of Ramallah, #Palestine, to Philadelphia Dr. Leila Ghannam. Women making moves." [Jan. 30, 2015]
Laila Ghannam's "actions for her nation" include ongoing promotion of terror by glorifying some of the most horrific Palestinian terrorist murderers, presenting them as heroes and role models, and promising to follow in their path, as documented by Palestinian Media Watch. Ghannam categorizes murderers of civilians, among others, as Shahids (Martyrs), the highest status in Islam, indicating she believes murder of Israeli civilians is an act sanctioned by Islam, promoted by Allah, and an act to be admired by Palestinians.
Ghannam honored Hamas bomb-builder for suicide terrorists Abdallah Barghouti, who is serving 67 life sentences for complicity in the murder of 67 civilians, by visiting his home and family.
At one official PA event, Ghannam promised to follow the path of arch-terrorists who murdered hundreds of civilians. The list included the infamous founder of Hamas, Ahmed Yassin, responsible for the deaths of hundreds in suicide bombings on busses and in cafes in Israel:
The list below documents an additional 25 of the Palestinian terrorists whom Laila Ghannam, the awardee of Philadelphia's Liberty Bell Award, has honored in speeches, by laying wreaths on their graves and/or with visits to their families. These terrorists listed below between them have killed hundreds ofIsraelis in suicide bombings, shooting attacks and stabbings:
Abdallah Barghouti, terrorist murderer, serving 67 life sentences. He prepared explosives for suicide bombings that killed 67 civilians:
Sbarro restaurant (15 killed, 2001), Sheffield Club (15 killed, 2002), Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall (11 killed, 2001), Moment Caf? (11 killed, 2002), Hebrew University (9 killed, 2002), bus bombing (6 killed, 2002).
Ayyat Al-Akhras, killed 2 Israelis in a suicide bombing near a Jerusalem supermarket in 2002.
Issa Abd Rabbo, murdered 2 Israeli university students who were hiking south of Jerusalem in 1984. He tied them up at gunpoint, put bags over their heads, and then shot and murdered both.
Abu Ali Mustafa, responsible for killing dozens of people in his capacity as Secretary-General for the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
Ghannam's honoring of terrorist Mustafa:
Ghannam laid a wreath on his grave on the anniversary of the founding of the PFLP. At the event, she called him a "Shahid" (Martyr), citing his "pioneering role," stating that "Martyr Abu Ali Mustafa... remains [with us] through his philosophy, history and admirable struggle." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 12, 2013]
Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir), responsible for the murders of 125 people in his capacity as head of the PLO terror organization's military wing. In one attack he planned, 37 civilians, 12 of them children, were killed in a bus hijacking in 1978.
Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf), one of the planners of the attack in which 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (1973).
Ramadan Yaqub, killed one person in a stabbing attack in 1993.
Ghannam's honoring of terrorist Yaqub:
Ghannam delivered a speech in PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' name at a PA ceremony honoring Yaqub and other terrorists who were released from prison. [Official PA TV, Jan. 8, 2014]
Jamal Abu Muhsin, killed one person in a stabbing attack in 1991.
Ghannam's honoring of terrorist Abu Muhsin:
Ghannam visited him and other terrorists on the occasion of their release from prison. During the visit, she called him "one of the giants of resolve." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 4, 2014]
Mukhlis Sawafta, killed one person in a stabbing attack in 1990.
Ghannam's honoring of terrorist Sawafta:
Ghannam visited him and other terrorists on the occasion of their release from prison. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 4, 2014]
Sa'id Tamimi, kidnapped and murdered one person in 1993.
Ghannam's honoring of terrorist Tamimi:
Ghannam visited him and other terrorists on the occasion of their release from prison. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 1, 2014]
Abd Al-Rahman Yusuf Mahmoud Al-Haj, killed one person in a stabbing attack in 1992.
Ghannam's honoring of terrorist Al-Haj:
Ghannam visited the terrorist after he was released from prison. [Official PA TV, Dec. 12, 2013]
Asrar Samrin, killed one person in 1991.
Ghannam's honoring of terrorist Samrin:
Ghannam spoke at an event celebrating his and other terrorists' release from prison. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 4, 2013]
Ziyad Mahmoud Ghneimat and Mustafa Ghneimat, killed one in a stabbing attack in 1985.
Ghannam's honoring of the terrorists:
At an event celebrating the terrorists' release from prison, Ghannam congratulated the terrorists on their release. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 4, 2013]
Muhammad Al-Tous, gave the orders to murder 3 people and was involved in the murders of an additional 2 people.
Ghannam's honoring of terrorist Al-Tous:
At an event celebrating his and other terrorists' release from prison, Ghannam called him "one of the giants of defiance." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 4, 2013]
Ramzi Khamis Barrash, killed one person in a stabbing attack in 2002.
Ghannam's honoring of terrorist Barrash:
Ghannam visited his family. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 11, 2013]