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"We are proud of all the people who worked for the Palestinian cause."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chairs a session of the Palestinian cabinet in the West Bank city of Ramallah, July 28, 2013. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shuttled between Israeli and Palestinian leaders for months seeking a breakthrough and announced last week that the Palestinians and the Israelis were willing to meet to discuss renewing talks. The Palestinians long refused to return to the negotiating table unless Israel agreed to several preconditions. Credit: AP

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is praising the gunmen who killed 24 people when they attacked an Israeli airport in 1972.

Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and President of the Palestinian Authority addresses the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2012 in New York City. The 67th annual event gathers more than 100 heads of state and government for high level meetings on nuclear safety, regional conflicts, health and nutrition and environment issues. (Credit: Getty Images) Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and President of the Palestinian Authority addresses the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2012 in New York City. The 67th annual event gathers more than 100 heads of state and government for high level meetings on nuclear safety, regional conflicts, health and nutrition and environment issues. (Credit: Getty Images)

Three members of the Japanese Red Army recruited by a Palestinian militant group, opened fire and threw grenades, killing eight Israelis and 16 foreign tourists. The post on Fatah's official Facebook page Wednesday came ahead of the anniversary of the attack.

"A thousand greetings to the Japanese fighter and comrade Kozo Okamoto, the hero of the Lod airport operation," the post reads, accompanied by photos.

Munir Jaghob, a Fatah media official, said "We are proud of all the people who worked for the Palestinian cause."

Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli group, accused Fatah of having a policy of "glorifying terrorists on the date of their attacks."

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