UNRWA responds to PMW report on sporting event named after suicide bomber Idris (PMW) Palestinian Media Watch) 03/08/11)
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UNRWA has responded to the PMW bulletin about the Palestinian
football tournament named after Wafa Idris, the first female suicide
bomber. UNRWA states that it is not involved in and accepts no
responsibility for the tournament named after the suicide bomber in
the Al-Amari youth center.
PMW cited the website which writes:
"Al-Amari youth center was established in 1953. Since its creation
the center has been a subsidiary to the UNRWA youth club centers
system. The center is located at Al-Amari refugee camp within
Ramallah & Al-Bireh Municipality area."
PMW showed the website logo:
The Al-Amari youth center´s logo includes the word "UNRWA" near the
top and center on the same page and just above the announcement where
the Wafa Idris tournament is announced.
UNRWA statement about this use of UNRWA´s name by the youth center:
Statement by UNRWA Spokesman, Chris Gunness
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA firmly rejects
allegations made by Palestinian Media Watch that an "UNRWA youth
center" named an event after a suicide bomber. The false accusation
comes in an article posted by Palestinian Media Watch director,
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik.
The allegation that an UNRWA youth center had named an event after a
suicide bomber is patently false as UNRWA has not run youth centers
in the West Bank for over ten years.
By phone UNRWA spokesman told PMW that the use of the name "UNRWA" by
the Al-Amari youth center in its logo was not authorized by UNRWA.
PMW response to UNRWA:
The Palestinian Authority has a long history of glorifying terrorists
and presenting them as role models for children. PMW has documented
this ongoing policy of the PA to name sporting events, summer camps,
buildings and more, after terrorists. This football tournament named
after suicide bomber Wafa Idris is just one more example.
PMW is very disappointed that UNRWA is condemning the messenger PMW
and not condemning the Al-Amari Youth Center. UNRWA should be
condemning the youth center, first and foremost, for sponsoring a
football tournament named after a suicide terrorist. This was not
mentioned in UNRWA´s announcement at all.
Second, UNRWA should condemn the youth center for unauthorized use of
the name UNRWA in their logo.
Third, UNRWA should condemn the youth center for publicizing on the
internet a connection to UNRWA that no longer exists.
PMW believes that it is important that UNRWA, which is so actively
involved in so many aspects of Palestinian life, take an active role
in fighting against this culture of hate and terror glorification
promoted by the PA. UNRWA acts irresponsibly when releasing the above
statement related to a football tournament named after a suicide
bomber to which UNRWA´s name was connected by the Palestinian center,
without a word of condemnation of the naming of the event after the
PMW is waiting for UNRWA to issue the appropriate condemnation of the
event as soon as possible.
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