US money for a Palestinian girls’ school, named for a terrorist who murdered 36 Israelis and an American (PMW-PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH) By Itamar Marcus 08/07/02)
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The Unites States has been attempting to bypass the Palestinian
Authority [PA] misuse of American financial aid by directly funding
specific projects. However, even in these projects, US money can be
used to promote terrorism in subtle but effective ways.
One of the ways a society teaches its children values is by
glorifying chosen individuals. The PA as policy continues to glorify
as heroes, terrorists who have killed the greatest number of
Israelis, especially in educational structures for children.
Dalal Mughrabi is the woman terrorist who participated in the murder
of 36 Israelis and an American nature photographer, Gail Ruban, in
1978. A girls’ high school named for the terrorist - “The Dalal
Mughrabi School” - is now being renovated with money from USAID -
through ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid). A school named after
a terrorist promotes murder and terrorism as positive values to
children in general, and especially to those children studying in
that school. US money is helping to support an educational structure
that is inherently promoting terrorism and glorifying the murderer of
This school’s name is not an exception. Numerous schools, summer
camps and sports teams are named for terrorist-murderers, including
Ayyat al-Akhras, the woman suicide bomber, and symbols of violence
continue to be used in educational and sport structures. The
background poster of a UNICEF funded summer camp includes a gun.
The following are a series of recent news items, as they appeared in
Palestinian sources, that demonstrate this Palestinian Authority
policy of glorifying terrorists and violence and demonstrates the use
of foreign money in some of these projects.
News Items on schools, summer camps, and sport team
1. Dalal Mughrabi - the terrorist who participated in the bus
hijacking and murder of 36 Israelis and American Gail Rubin, in 1978.
USAID is renovating the Dalal Al- Mughrabi school.
“Announcement: Palestinian National Authority Ministry of Schools
and Higher Education Hebron District”
“Building contract tender for the Dalal Mughrabi girls’ high school
[Al-Shuyukh village Hebron district…] With funding from the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID) through ANERA
(American Near East Refugee Aid)”
The ad has the logos of the USAID, the Palestinian Authority and
ANERA. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida July 30 2002]
2. Ayyat al-Akhras - The woman suicide bomber who killed a number of
Israelis as she blew herself up in a supermarket in Jerusalem. The
Palestinians named a children´s summer camp in her name:
“Today the activities begin in the tenth Scouts summer camp, the
Shahid -Seeker [suicide bomber]- Ayyat al-Akhras Camp, … The camp’s
activities will last one week.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 4, 2002]
3. Jihad al-Amarin - commander of “Al-Aqsa Martyrs” terror
organization, responsible for murder of numerous Israelis. The
Palestinians named a children´s summer camp in his name:
“Yesterday the first summer camp of the Fatah movement began its
activities… on the Gaza beach, with the participation of 150
children. The camp is named after the Shahid Jihad al-Amarein,
commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Gaza…” [Al-Quds July 29,
4. Baha Sa’id - Killed two Israeli soldiers in a terrorist attack.
The Palestinians named a football [soccer] team in his name .
“Two great victories to the Shahid Baha’ Sai’d team in the Deir al-
Balah Shahid football championship.” [Al-Ayam July 26 2002]
5. Fuad al-Shubaki is responsible for attempting to smuggle a weapons
ship with many tons of missiles and other illegal weapons from Iran
to the Palestinian Authority. He is now held in jail. Calling for his
freedom was chosen as the slogan for a summer camp.
“The Socialist Youth Group opened its third summer camp in Gaza…with
the slogan “Freedom…to the fighter Fuad al-Shubaki… The great
fighter.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida Aug. 4 2002]
6. The summer camp poster includes a gun in a UNICEF funded summer
“The scouts organization …held a ceremony marking the conclusion of
the summer camp.” [PA TV, July 29, 2002] On the TV screen in the
background is one sign: “Camp funded by UNICEF” and on another
are: “UNICEF”, a Palestinian flag, and a tree holding a rifle. [see
picture above] The UNICEF funded summer camp is likewise used to
incite Palestinian children to hatred against Israel as the speeches
broadcast from the camp ceremony were attacking Israel and did not
deal with normal summer camp activities - sports, culture etc.
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