In a horrific act of terror, self-proclaimed al-Qaida militant Mohamed Merah embarked on a killing spree across Southern France earlier this week, claiming the seven lives, including three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers.
A French police sniper killed Merah Thursday after a 32-hour siege in Toulouse, the BBC reports.
"This terrorist crime is condemned in the strongest terms by the Palestinian people and our children, Fayyad said Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. "No Palestinian child can accept crimes against innocent people."
Fayyad also expressed his frustrations over radical Islamists' consistent use of the Palestinian plight to justify their terrorist actions.
"It is time for these criminals to stop exploiting the name of Palestine through their terrorist actions, and to stop pretending to stand up for Palestinian children, who only seek a decent life for themselves and for all children of the world," he said.
But Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) points out that Fayyad's exposes a serious inconsistency in the Palestinian Authority's glorifying terrorists.
PA leaders, spokesmen, government controlled media outlets, and the official Fatah Facebook page consistently glorify terrorists referring to them as "heroic fighters" and "role models," PMW reports.
They also constantly pay their respects to the families of suicide bombers with home visits, PMW details in a November report.
Most recently, PA officials honored terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, leader of the team that carried out the 1978 Coastal Road massacre claiming 37 lives. "The bride of the coast, Dalal Mughrabi, and other female fighters have roles of honor in the national struggle," Laila Ghannam, Governor of Ramallah and el-Bireh, said last week.
"Dalal was a model of a fighting Palestinian woman…who fulfilled her obligation towards her land and homeland," said PA Civil Defense Commissioner Abu Al-Sheikh on March 7.
The PA also named more than a dozen West Bank institutions after Mughrabi, including "The Dalal Mughrabi Girl's High School" in Hebron, where USAID funded renovations.
Even Fayyad honored Mughrabi, among other terrorists. At a July 2011 PA summer camp he sponsored, campers were divided into three groups named after terrorists Mughrabi, Salah Khalaf, and Abu Ali Mustafaa," PMW cited.
Last March, Fayyad honored terrorist bombers in his weekly radio address, sending his warm greetings to Palestinian mothers in honor of Mother's Day.
"On this occasion, I will not fail to mention with honor and admiration the resolve of the female prisoners, the fighters, and of all the prisoners of freedom who are imprisoned in the Israeli prisons, experiencing indescribable suffering…I make special mention of all the female prisoners who are mothers: Imam Ghazawai;…Wahira Al-Sa'adi; Irena Sarahneh; Latifa Abu Zara'a…," Fayyad said.
Al-Sa'adi and Sarahneh drove suicide bombers to their attacks killing five people. Ghazawi placed a bomb in the Tel Aviv bus station. Abu Zara'a was caught smuggling a bomb into Israel for attack, PMW noted.