Palestinian Authority forced by US to remove terrorist´s name from school, following PMW alert (PMW-PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH) 08/11/02)
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Last week, PMW published that US money was being used for a
Palestinians girls´ school, named for the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi.
The State Department immediately demanded that the Palestinian
Authority change the name of the school, which they did. The
following is today´s page 2 Jerusalem Post story:
"A Palestinian girls´ high school near Hebron nearly had its US
funding cut, after the State Department learned it had renamed itself
after a terrorist, sources said. The Haj Issa school had recently
decided to call itself the Dalal Mughrabi school. Mughrabi is a
female terrorist who took part in the killing of 36 Israelis and one
US citizen in 1978.
"The school is receiving thousands of dollars in funding for
renovation from the US Agency for International Development (USAID)
via ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid), a non-governmental
"Palestinian Media Watch first published an item about the name
change last week. The State Department, after being alerted to the
name change, promised to terminate aid to the school if it did not
change the name back, sources in Washington said.
"Neither USAID nor ANERA was informed after the school decided to
name itself after Mughrabi. An official at ANERA confirmed the name
had been changed back.
"They changed the name back. So there´s no issue anymore. The US
embassy has been made aware of it," Philip Davies, vice president of
ANERA said. One source in Washington said the State Department had
"What surprised me was how quickly they made a policy decision that
they were not going to do the funding," the source said."
(PMW.ORG.IL 08/11/02)Jerusalem Post Janine Zacharia
Sunday August 11, 2002
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