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PMW report presented to members of United States Congress:
Alleges violations of US law in US funding of the PA
Congresswoman Nita Lowey:
"I am very disturbed by the findings of this report."
At a briefing to the Mid East Sub-Committee of the International
Committee in the US House of Representatives on Friday, Palestinian
Watch (PMW) Director Itamar Marcus released the organization´s new
that documents the fact that the US Agency for International
(USAID) is distributing millions of dollars to institutions and
in the Palestinian Authority that should be ineligible for funding by
Congresswoman Nita Lowey, of New York, told the NY Sun that USAID
respond to Palestinian Media Watch´s allegations. "I am very
the findings of this report, particularly the widespread nature of
alleged violations," she said. "I will ask USAID to provide Congress
detailed response to these findings immediately. This report cannot
unanswered by the leadership of USAID."
US law prohibits the funding of any governmental structure,
organization or company that sponsors or promotes terrorism. US money
likewise must not go to honoring terrorists. Yet the 22-page PMW
documents numerous problematic examples in US funding procedures. For
Palestinian universities continue to host branches of Hamas and
Jihad, and are should be ineligible for US aid. Yet USAID is
millions of dollars to these universities.
PA municipalities have changed street names to the names of
should therefore be ineligible for US aid, yet municipalities
receive money - even for municipal road works.
Last year PMW released a report to Congress entitled "Four Loopholes
Anti-Terror Funding Laws" which recommended six amendments to US law.
2005 Foreign Operations Bill, Congress adopted all six PMW
This PMW report documents what seem to be violations of these new US
Palestinian Media Watch
Special Report - June 24, 2005
US Funding in the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas
Violates 2005 Foreign Operations Bill:
Recipients support, legitimize and honor terrorists
By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
US law prohibits the funding of any governmental structure,
organization or company that sponsors or promotes terrorism.
Governmental and non-governmental organizations in the Palestinian
(PA) continue to receive hundreds of millions of dollars from the US
for International Development (USAID), some of which is going
frameworks that sponsor branches of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad
organizations, and to others that glorify terrorists and terrorism,
delegitimize Israel´s existence and promote hatred of the American
government and values.
This report documents these violations of US law.
Table of Contents
1.A. PA Legitimizing Terror and Honoring Terrorists
1.B. Frameworks Supporting and Honoring Terrorists
2. US Funding
3. Palestinian Authority Promotion of Hatred of America
Supporting, Legitimizing and Honoring Terrorists
The presentation of terrorism as legitimate "resistance," together
honoring of terrorists, both past and present, was a cornerstone of
Palestinian Authority (PA) ideology and society during the Arafat
continues today under the administration of Mahmoud Abbas.
All Palestinian universities continue to host branches of Hamas and
Jihad, yet receive millions of dollars in US aid. Numerous suicide
terrorists have come from these universities.
Sport remains a prime means of glorifying terror and honoring
Sporting events, teams and arenas for adults and children continue to
named in honor of terrorists.
Street names have been changed to names of terrorists by
including those where USAID funding has sponsored municipal road
continues to fund other infrastructure activities.
International Women´s Day, in March 2005, saw repeated PA promotion
ideal Palestinian woman as one who joyously sends her sons to die as
Shahids - Martyrs who die for Allah.
Israel´s existence continues to be presented as illegitimate. In
2005, a salaried PA cleric on PA TV promised Israel´s destruction
conquest, after a diplomatic process that would return Israel to the
borders. In May the same cleric preached that Islam would conquer the
other Christian countries while exterminating all Jews. Musical
involving children likewise continue to preach delegitimization of
and violence for children: "Though [conquering all of Jerusalem] is
dream, I can achieve it with my blood," says a child in a special
broadcast more than 15 times this past year, including twice in May
Current US funding of the PA is in violation of US Law
Funding of the Palestinian Authority, its municipalities and its
universities is in violation of the 2005 Foreign Operations Bill
559.b-c) which prohibits money for any "individual, private or
entity, or educational institution that the Secretary knows or has
believe advocates, plans, sponsors, engages in, or has engaged in,
activity..." In such a case, the Secretary "shall terminate
any individual, entity, or educational institution which he has
to be involved in or advocating terrorist activity. (c)... None of
... may be made available for the purpose of recognizing or otherwise
honoring individuals who commit, or have committed, acts of
Appendix for full text)
Congress enacted these amendments after a 2004 Palestinian Media
report documented the widespread use of sport and other social and
educational infrastructures to honor terrorists and thereby promote
terrorism. The objective of Congress was to prevent US money from
any of these frameworks, so that US foreign aid would promote and
healthy and non-violent PA society.
Today, US money continues to be used to directly and indirectly
honor terrorists. Under the leadership of Abbas, the PA continues to
many of the infrastructures that promote terror, and to fund PA
that actively support terror and honor terrorists.
For example, the PA sponsors sporting events that honor terrorists. A
February 2005 marathon, sponsored by Chairman Mahmoud Abbas himself,
by a 14-year-old from the "Shahid Salah Khalaf Center." [Al-Hayat
Al-Jadida, February 7, 2005] A Shahid is a ´Martyr of Allah´ and,
to Palestinian Authority terminology, includes suicide bombers.
Salah Khalaf - or "Abu Iyad" - was the head of the "Black September"
terrorist organization responsible for killing 11 Israeli athletes at
1972 Munich Olympics and two American diplomats in Sudan a year
Supporting an infrastructure that honors terrorists is a violation of
In May 2005, the PA Table Tennis Union sponsored a table tennis
honoring two heads of the Hamas terror organization, responsible for
hundreds of deaths of Israelis and Americans.
US money continues to promote and honor terrorists directly and
through the funding of PA municipalities that use their budgets to
terrorists. For example, Gaza has renamed 300 streets after Shahids,
including a street named for former Hamas leader Ahmad Yassin. The
Khan Yunis spent significant money to change "300 metal street
most of them to names of Shahids..." and named "the most important
the city after the Shahid Ahmad Yassin." (References below).
1.A. Legitimizing Terror and Honoring Terrorists
1.A.1. Reaction to the suicide terror attack of February 25, 2005:
Palestinian terror continues to be presented as legitimate. Although
leaders condemn terrorist attacks in the Western media and diplomatic
circles, the suicide terrorist who killed five Israelis at a Tel Aviv
nightclub in February 2005 - as well as every terrorist killed by
security forces and every suicide bomber up until publication of this
report - are labeled in the PA Arabic-language newspapers as Shahids -
Martyrs for Allah. By granting Shahid status to murderers, the PA
including the PA-owned Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, are portraying even
terrorism as a positive religious act - the supreme Islamic
Rather than condemned for being an act of murder, the February
terror attack was criticized as "poorly timed," "unnecessary" and
to the PA. The relationship between terror and the political process
defined as "sowing and harvesting."
1.A.1.1. The suicide terrorist was honored in all the PA dailies
"The executor of the Tel Aviv operation, the Shahid Abdullah Badran."
[Front-page caption in official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, February
2005 under large color photo of the terrorist.]
"The family of the Shahid..." [Al-Ayyam, February 27, 2005]
"The family of the Shahid Abdullah..."
".the Shahid´s two brothers."
".mourning tent in memory of the Shahid."[Al-Quds, February 27, 2005]
1.A.1.2. The timing and political damage was condemned
Hassan Asfour, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council:
"This is the first action that no one is happy about. Everyone felt
timing was not [right] and there was absolutely no need for it... It
because the resistance [the PA term for terror] against the
occupation is a
mistake, but because the nature, location and timing of the action
[PA TV, February 28, 2005]
"Presidential advisor Nabil Abu Rudaynah [said the PA] condemns this
operation, especially coming after the Hudna [temporary cease fire]
calming, which were achieved with the [terrorist] factions... The
opposes any action that targets civilians. This is a part of the
which was declared in Sharm Al-Sheik. We oppose any violation of this
He also clarified that this sort of action harms the supreme national
interests of the Palestinian people."[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, February
1.A.2. Terror bad because of the "balance of power"
Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority:
"We announced a ceasefire. In its essence, the Intifada was an
peace and popular. When it moved to shooting it caused us great
grievous tragedies. The balance of power is not equal and therefore
no choice but to stop it." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, February 17, 2005]
1.A.3. ´Warrior Rest´: Period of calm is to build up power for the
"They [Hamas, Islamic Jihad, etc.] responded to the language of
accepted the call for a "period of calm" by the President Mahmoud
They understood the need of time for the warrior rest. Our brothers,
warrior needs a rest... when the Prophet, rest his soul, fought his
he did not invade twice in one year. The first year he invaded Bader,
second he invaded Hajra... Our interest requires that we reserve our
and weapons so that we can cope with what is greater."
[Senior PA salaried religious leader, Ibrahim Mudayris, PA TV,
1.A.4. Samir Mash´harwi, Fatah Central Committee: "Rest of the
"Where do we and the factions (Hamas, etc) disagree?
"Regarding how to reach [the Palestinian goal]. Will we reach it
resistance [that is, terrorism] and resistance alone, or through
with all forms of Palestinian struggle: diplomatic activity, popular
intifada, armed resistance, achieving international support in the
"We in Fatah say we have to include it all - and to choose the
time for the rifle and the appropriate time for negotiations... We
period of negotiations as the ´rest of the fighters.´" [PA TV,
1.A.5. The High Commissioner of National Education:
"We expect to utilize all that we have sowed and sacrificed [and
that the political leadership, headed by our brother Abu Mazen, will
to begin the harvesting process..." [PA TV February 11, 2005]
1.B. Frameworks Supporting Terror and Honoring Terrorists
1.B.1. PA Ministry of Education and Higher Learning - Active
university-sponsored terrorist branches on campus
The PA Ministry of Education and Higher Learning actively funds
as every university in the Palestinian Authority has a branch of
Islamic Jihad - both of which are on the US list of terror
The Hamas and Islamic Jihad student branches at the PA universities
historically been a breeding ground for terrorists, as campus
used to promote murder and terror, and to recruit and plan terrorist
activities. Numerous terrorists, including suicide terrorists, have
recruited from these university terror organizations. The 21-year-old
terrorist caught on June 20, 2005 with 15 pounds of explosives hidden
underwear - on her way to a planned terror attack at an Israeli
was a student at Al-Quds Open University.
1.B.1.1. The following are examples from the PA media, documenting
existence of terrorist organizations in PA universities and various
1.B.1.1.1. Al-Najah University
"Al-Kutlah Al-Islamiyah [´The Islamic Bloc,´ Hamas´ student
the Faculty of Technology of Al-Najah National University yesterday
organized the ´Bridge of the Shahids´ exhibition... The exhibition
opened by the Faculty Dean, Dr. Samir Mayalah, and some lecturers and
representative of the Islamic Bloc [i.e. Hamas]. The exhibition is a
the activities marking Shahids´ Week." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 29,
"Al-Kutlah Al-Islamiyah [of Hamas] of Al-Najah National University
a mass assembly in which a member of the political bureau of the
Resistance Movement, "Hamas," in Nablus, Mahmoud Ghazal ...
movement shall not forget the great Shahids and the great leaders of
Palestinian nation, and foremost the Shahid, the Imam Ahmad Yassin,
Shahid Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Al-Rantisi..." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 10,
A month after 15 Israelis were murdered in the August 2001 Sbarro
bomb, Al-Kutlah Al-Islamiyah [Hamas] at the Al-Najah University
horrific celebration, by building a mock Sbarro pizza shop and
the walls and tables with images of pizza and body parts.
In spite of this open sponsorship of Hamas on campus and the active
branch, Al-Najah University is a recipient of USAID funding. See
1.B.1.1.2. Al-Quds Open University
"In Hebron an assembly was organized yesterday, marking the first
anniversary of the assassination of the Islamic Resistance Movement -
"Hamas" - founder, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, and of its leader, Dr. Abd Al-
Al-Rantisi. The assembly was organized by Al-Kutlah Al-Islamiyah [of
in the Al-Quds Open University... Taysir Abu Sakur, on behalf of the
university´s administration ... recalled the Shahids of our
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, 22/03/05]
"During a symposium organized by the Al-Quds Open University in
Gaza, ... a member of the political bureau of the Popular Front [for
Liberation of Palestine] said, ´Our duty is to turn the election
into a campaign against the Occupation and the American plan... The
States is interested in turning the elections to its favor, and
in reorganizing our people and institutions so it would fit the
States plans´." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 20, 2005. It should be
in the language of the terrorist groups and the Palestinian
term ´the Occupation´ refers to all of Israel, and not just the
In spite of this active terrorist branch, Al-Quds Open University is
recipient of USAID funding. See Section 2.1 below.
1.B.1.1.3. Al-Azhar University
"The council of students´ union at Al-Azhar University and the Fatah
Al-Shabiba Organization held a students´ mass meeting yesterday,
title ´Oath and Loyalty to the Shahids,´ marking the anniversary of
death as a Shahid of the Prince of the Shahids, Khalil Al-Wazir "Abu
Jihad..." The Gaza Al-Azhar University President, Dr. Hani Najem,
in his speech that our people will continue to be loyal to the blood
"Head of the Fatah Al-Shabiba Organization, Abd Al-Hakim Awd,
Al-Azhar University as the University of the Shahids." [Al-Hayat Al-
April 20, 2005]
In spite of this active terrorist branch, Al-Azhar University is a
of USAID funding. See Section 2.1 below.
1.B.1.1.4. Arab-American University
"Al-Kutlah Al-Islamiyah [of Hamas] of the Arab-American University in
Jenin..." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 1, 2005]
Headline: "An assembly of the parties running for elections of the
council at the Arab-American University..."
"These are the parties: The Islamic Loyalty Bloc, a coalition of Al-
Al-Islamiyah and Al-Jamaa´ Al-Islamiyah [Islamic Jihad]; the Al-Aqsa
Bloc, representing the Al-Shabibah Student Movement [of Fatah]; the
Students Bloc [of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of
[and] the Shahid Abu Ali Mustafa Bloc [of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine]."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 15, 2005]
In spite of these active terrorist Hamas and Islamic Jihad branches,
American University is a recipient of USAID funding. See Section 2.1
1.B.1.1.5. Islamic University
"Al-Kutlah Al-Islamiyah [of Hamas] won the elections for the male
council and for the female student council at the Islamic University."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 15, 2005]
"The senior [leader] in the Hamas, Sheik Isma´il Hania, spoke in
thousands of students ... in the Islamic University in Gaza ...
´the American and Zionist attempts will not succeed in dismantling
Resistance of its weapon. The Resistance will not desert its weapon
not hand it to anyone, because it is the weapon of Jihad, resistance,
nobility and a wing to hit the [Zionist] lie and defend the people".
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 4, 2005]
In spite of this open support of terrorists on campus and the active
branch, the Islamic University is a recipient of USAID funding. See
1.B.4.1.6. Bethlehem University
"The Unity Students Bloc at Bethlehem University ... [is]
36th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic Front for the
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 1, 2005]
In spite of this open support of terrorists on campus and the active
terrorist branch, Bethlehem University is a recipient of USAID
Section 2.1 below.
1.B.1.1.7. Bir Zeit University
"The Minister of Negotiations Dr. Sa´eb Erekat ... said in Bir Zeit
University, ´Israel was a functional state from the beginning, and
established for the sake of defending Western interests... Bush has
appointed himself as being responsible for and a negotiator on behalf
Palestinians, as he approved his unilateral separation plan on April
last year, but no one can negotiate on our behalf."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, February 7, 2005]
In spite of this open support of terrorists on campus and the active
branch - Bir Zeit University is a recipient of USAID funding. See
1.B.1.1.8. Hebron University
"...The university decided to grant scholarships named for the
Mazen Da´na." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 4, 2005. Mazen Da´na was a
cameraman shot by American forces in Iraq on August 17, 2003, as his
was suspected of being a grenade launcher]
In spite of this open support of terrorists on campus and the active
branch, Hebron University is a recipient of USAID funding. See
1.B.1.2. Terrorists who have come directly from PA university
Mahmoud Shuraytakh: Chairman of Al-Kutlah Al-Islamiyah of Hamas and
Student Council at Bir Zeit University. Planned a suicide attack on a
Tel Aviv September 19, 2002, in which six Israelis were murdered and
Ihab Abdul Qadir Mahmoud Abu Salim: Arab Language student and a
Al-Kutlah Al-Islamiyah at Bir Zeit University. Carried out a suicide
at Zerifin September 9, 2003, in which eight Israelis were murdered
about 20 injured.
Daya Muhammad Hussein Al-Tawil: Engineering student at Bir Zeit
and a member of Al-Kutlah Al-Islamiyah. Carried out a suicide attack
French Hill junction in Jerusalem March 27, 2001, in which 29
Ramiz Ubaid: Student and a member of Al-Jama´a Al-Islamiyah (Islamic
at Bir Zeit University. Carried out a suicide attack at Dizengoff
Tel Aviv March 3, 1996, in which 13 Israelis were murdered and 118
Hamid Abu Hajlah: Engineering student and a member of Al-Kutlah Al-
at Al-Najah University. Carried out a suicide attack in Netanya on
1, 2001, in which three Israelis were injured.
Ramiz Abu Salim: Hamas activist and a student at Al-Quds Open
branch in Al-Birah. Carried out a suicide attack at Cafe Hillel in
September 9, 2003, in which seven Israelis were murdered and about 20
Muhammad Al-Rul: Hamas activist and a student at Al-Najah University.
Carried out a suicide attack in Jerusalem June 18, 2002, in which 19
Israelis were murdered and 42 injured.
1.B.1.3. PA Deceives USAID regarding renaming of schools
In addition, many schools are named for terrorists - celebrating them
role models and heroes for children. In the lead-up to the recent PA
municipal elections, the December 14, 2004 Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
list of ballot box locations, which included 34 schools named for
One significant mention was the Dalal Al-Mughrabi High School for
the Shuyukh district, near Hebron. Al-Mughrabi was a woman terrorist
killed 36 people, including American nature photographer Gail Rubin
In August 2002, Palestinian Media Watch reported that USAID was
renovations in this school. The State Department immediately froze
funding to the school, conditioning a return of the funding to having
school´s name changed. Larry Garber, then-USAID Mission Director in
Bank and Gaza, told Reuters at the time that it was of "critical
that US funds were not associated with projects that
glorify "terrorism or
other forms of violence." The school promised USAID officials that it
changed the name and USAID was quick to reinstate the funding, which
been frozen for only 24 hours. Philip Davies, Vice-President of the
subcontracting NGO, ANERA, told The Jerusalem Post, "They changed the
back. So there´s no issue any more."
However, this appeared in a recent list of polling stations:
"...the Dalal Al-Mughrabi High School for Girls, in the election area
Shuyukh in the Hebron district."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, December 14, 2004]
It is clear that USAID was deceived, or failed to follow up on the
Either the PA never changed the name, or waited just long enough to
US money, then reverted to the name of the notorious female terrorist.
This lack of follow-up applies to other USAID-funded projects. In
a Palestinian Media Watch report on loopholes in US foreign aid
that some $410,000 in American aid had helped finance the Salah
Recreation and Sports Center near Nablus. Salah Khalaf, also known as
Iyad, was leader of the Palestinian Black September terror
was responsible for the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972
Olympics and the killing of two US diplomats in Sudan the following
Various references in honor of Salah Khalaf by the Palestinian
have been already been listed in this report.
Following the publication of the Palestinian Media Watch report,
the US Congress acted immediately to tighten US foreign aid
USAID´s Garber said the agency would demand that the name of the
changed. "We are having a dialogue with the appropriate Palestinian
officials on the subject," Garber told The Washington Times in June
year. However, Palestinian Media Watch has recently contacted the
municipality, and was informed that the stadium is still named after
terrorist Salah Khalaf.
1.B.2. Naming Sporting Events and Teams for Terrorists - 2005
The following are examples of the continued use of sporting events in
to honor and create role models of terrorists. These sports
are funded by the PA Ministry of Youth and Sport from the general PA
"The tournament ... for 17-year-old boys takes place at the Shahid
Sa´el Hall. The tournament is organized by the Ministry of Youth and
Sports... [The teams:] The Shahid Salah Khalaf team, the Shahid Nabil
team and the Shahid Atif Bsiso team." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January
Salah Khalef "Abu Iyad" (1930-1991) was a founder of the Fatah
organization and head of the "Black September" terrorist
Responsible for killing 11 Israeli Olympic and two American
Bsiso was Abu Iyad´s deputy. He was killed in Paris in 1992. Sa´ed
(1931-1982) was a senior Fatah man, Chief-of-Staff of the
Palestinian-Lebanese terrorist forces and Director of the PLO Anti-
operation center until 1982.]
"Al-Fallah Sports Center ... announced that it will hold a table-
tournament early next week ... [including the teams:] "The return"
team (Al-Auda) and the Shahid Imad Aqel team." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,
27, 2005. Imed Aqel was a senior Hamas terrorist before being killed
"The Shahid Khaled Abu Salmia Memorial Football Tournament, ... under
supervision of the Palestinian Football Association..." [Al-Hayat Al-
January 16, 2005. Khaled Abu Salmia was the field commander of the
Izz Al-Din Al-Kassam Brigades.]
"The team trained at the Shahid Salah Khalaf [Abu Iyad] Center..."
Al-Jadida, January 25, 2005]
"The Shahid Salah Khalaf Cultural Center, in cooperation with the
Rafik Al-Islami Hall, under the sponsorship of Amin Al-Hindi, the
of the general intelligence, have organized a football tournament ...
memory of the anniversary of the Shahada death of the three leaders,
Shahid Ha´el Abd Al-Hamid, the Shahid Fakhri Al-Umri, and the Shahid
Khalaf [Abu Iyad]. The tournament took place at the Shahid Sa´ed
Hall..." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 17, 2005. Ha´el Abd Al-
Al-Hul" was a founder of the Fatah terror organization, Sa´ed Sa´el
senior Fatah terrorist.]
"The Tulkarem Culture [Club] junior team ... won the tournament
tournament was organized by the Al-Quds Open University. The
teams: the Al-Quds Open University team, ... [and] the Shahid Fadi
team..." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 17, 2005. Fadi Bassam Mahmoud
was an Islamic Jihad leader in Nablus. He was an explosives expert,
charge of a bomb-building lab and was responsible for sending suicide
terrorists to Israel.]
"The marathon, organized by the National Association of Shahids´
Palestine, under the supervision of the Palestinian Athletics
and sponsored by the President of the Palestinian Authority "Abu
Mahmoud Abbas, has ended. It was held in honor of his victory in the
presidential elections... The three kilometer race for children under
years of age was won by Mahmoud Abu Kwik from the Shahid Salah Khalaf
center..." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, February 7, 2005]
Ahmed Al-Kidwa, chairman of the Palestinian Olympic committee:
"When we joined the Fatah movement, we joined as potential Shahids.
our brothers died as Shahids during our struggle." He
emphasized, "The main
aim is to reach one of the two positive goals: victory or Shahada.
person, who arrived as a potential Shahid, may not cease before he
one of these positive goals: either Shahada and joining his brothers
preceded him, or achieving the full victory which we desire for our
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 17, 2005]
1.B.2. Naming Streets for Terrorists
"Gaza City Council decided to name one of the streets in city after
Shahid, the distinguished Sheik [and former Hamas Leader] Ahmad
perpetuation and cherishing of his struggle and sacrifice. The
Spokesmen, Nassar Al-Suiwair ... said that since it began its term
ago, the city council has named over three hundred streets after a
group of Arab and Palestinian Shahids...
"The city council announced that the American Agency for Development
decided to grant the city council three hundred and eighty thousand
as a part of the ´Cash Transfer´ program, in cooperation with the
of Finance and the Ministry of Local Government, to cover some of the
of repairing the damages in the water and sewage systems in the Al-
neighborhood." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 24, 2004]
1.B.2.2. Khan Yunis
"Yesterday, the city council of Khan Yunis began a campaign to name
after Shahids and historical cities.
"Mayor Dr. Osama Al-Farah: "The city council will work ... to name
important street in the city after [the former Hamas Leader,]
"In addition [streets will be named for]... Haifa and Acco."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 31, 2004]
"The mayor of Khan-Yunis, Dr. Osama Al-Farah, said yesterday that the
council crews finished the project of naming the city streets during
some 300 metal signs were put on many streets. Most of [the streets]
the names of Shahids, commanders and Palestinian cities, which were
conquered by the Israeli Army during the period of 1948-1967.
"Al-Farah clarified that the city council initiated the project of
the street names ... in light of the importance of these names in
great historical events in the hearts and minds of the people,
among the younger generation, in order to engrave the Israeli crimes,
led to the robbery of our cities and villages, in their memory..."
Al-Jadida, June 28, 2004]
"Yesterday the Khan Yunis City Council named a main street after the
Amer Abu Sitta, the chief commander of the Ahmad Abu Al-Rish
"The city council agreed to name the street leading from the Shahid
Yassin Street to the Shahid Cemetery Street in the south, after the
Abu Sitta, in light of the Council´s belief in the importance of
in affixing great historical events in the hearts and minds of the
particularly among the younger generation..." [Al-Ayyam, August 10,
Amer Abu Sitta murdered Israeli citizen Uri Magidish in a terrorist
in the early ´90s. As the commander of the Abu Rish Brigades, Abu
responsible for many terrorist attacks. The terrorist attack against
American diplomatic convoy in October 2003 was related to the Abu
1.B.3. PA officials and PA TV - March 2005
Glorifying mothers who send sons to Shahada, or death for Allah
Background: Al Khansah archetypal mother of warrior
and Shahids - The ideal Palestinian Woman
Al-Khansah was a poet in the early Islamic period. Before her
Islam, her brothers died, and she grieved. Islamic historian Ibn
writes that after she converted to Islam, she encouraged her four
sons to go
into battle for Allah. When all four were killed, she wrote a poem of
rejoicing that Allah had honored her with the deaths of her sons.
Al-Khansah is considered the archetypal mother of Shahids, a woman
by Islam for encouraging her sons to kill and die for Allah, and
when they achieved their Shahada deaths.
Al-Khansah and the Palestinian Authority
From a very young age, Palestinian girls are taught to adopt Al-
Khansah as a
role model for her message of celebrating death in combat of Shahids.
Palestinian Authority has named at least five girls´ schools "the Al-
School for Girls," in:
Khan Yunis; and Rafah
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 9, 2005]
A music video for children, broadcast hundreds of times over three
PA TV, included the farewell letter of a child Shahid, including the
"Mother don´t cry for me, be joyous over my blood."
The following are the transcripts of these portrayals of the ideal
Palestinian woman as one who celebrates her son´s death.
1.B.3.1. Friday TV sermon, Sheik Yusuf Juma´ Salamah, Minister of the
in the presence of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and other senior PA
"Al-Khansah, this noble woman... The day she lost her brother Sakher
she adopted Islam] she began crying, shouting and feeling pain. She
poetry: "The sunrise reminds me of Sakher, and I remember him with
sunset, and had there not been around me all the mourners for their
brothers, I would have killed myself". This was during the Jahiliya
pre-Islamic period]. When Allah filled her heart with love for Islam,
became full of faith, things changed. She sent her four sons, her
to battle, to Qadisiya [near Iraq] as a service to this religion.
was notified that they had become Shahids, she said, ´Praise Allah,
granted me honor with their deaths. I pray that he will take me to
the place where His mercy dwells.´ This is the great woman. This is
noble woman. Have you seen how Islam changed her behavior, her
her poetry?" [Official Friday sermon, PA TV, March 11, 2005]
1.B.3.2. Educational TV program "My knowledge, your knowledge"
A young child asks his father: "My father, my father, who is this
Father: "This is the poet Tumarid, who is known by name Al-Khansah.
one of the prettiest women of her time..."
Female host: "When [before she adopted Islam] her brother Mu´awiya
after that her brother on her father´s side, Sakher, she became
mournful because of them."
Al-Khansah: "I was extremely saddened for Sakher, until my eyes
blind. In the Qadisiya battle, four sons of mine became Shahids."
Father: "When she was told of her four sons´ deaths, she pleaded to
Creator, to him be the glory and power, and said, "Praise Allah, who
me honor with their deaths."
[PA TV, March 13, 2005]
1.B.3.3. The Dean of Al-Aqsa University Faculty of Media, Dr Hussein
Shanab [on behalf of the University´s Dean]:
"The Palestinian woman - our hearts are full of respect and
her, as she is a unique woman for several reasons: she is the
mother; and she is the one who shouts for joy on the Day of the
she is the one who shouts for joy, while her son is a prisoner, and
the one who shouts for joy, when her son is arrested..." [PA TV,
1.B.5. PA Ministry of Health
Even the PA Ministry of Health, which is a recipient of USAID money,
hospitals named for Shahids, including the Shahid Kamal Adwan
Adwan was one of the commanders of "Black September," which was
for the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics,
as the murders of two American diplomats in Sudan.
USAID in the past funded the Shahid Kamal Adwan Hospital directly.
[Al-Ayyam, February 18, 2004].
USAID funds numerous projects of the PA Ministry of Health, which by
definition is honoring terrorists by having hospitals named for
and should therefore not be eligible for US foreign aid.
1.B.6. PA Ministry of Finance
"The Association of the Palestinian Youth [Community] Center
ceremony in honor of the Shahids of Al-Shaja´iya, and the
inauguration of a
memorial monument [in] "the Shahids´ Square in Al-Shaja´iya. The
inauguration was under the auspices of the Deputy Minister of
Osama Muhammad, and in the presence of parliament members...
"The Chairman of the Association´s Board of Directors, Sameh Al-
a speech, in which he emphasized the importance of the loyalty to the
Shahids and spoke of the anniversary of the Shahids Sallah Khalaf,
Al-Hamid and Fakhri Al-Omari, which took place on the day of the
inauguration of the Shahids´ memorial monument." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,
February 2, 2005. Abu Iyad, Abu Al-Hol and Abu Muhammad all played
roles in planning the murder of Israeli athletes at the Munich
1.B.7. Presenting the destruction of Israel as justice and the final
of the peace process, with the extermination of Jews as the final
A repeated message in the Palestinian media is that since Israel is
illegitimate, the Oslo agreement is the beginning of the process that
result in full justice: the destruction of Israel. The senior PA
religious leader, Ibrahim Mudayris, explained on PA TV that the goal
diplomatic process - the 1967 borders - was a temporary goal.
to Israeli cities "Haifa, Jaffa, Lod, Ramle, Netanya and Tel Aviv" is
postponed, until later "as Mohammad returned, as a conqueror."
"We tell you Palestine, we shall return to you... We might return to
1967 borders by diplomacy, but we won´t return to the 1948 borders
elimination of Israel] by diplomacy. The 1948 borders - no one on
recognizes as ours. Therefore, we shall return to the 1967 borders,
have not given up on [Israeli cities] Jerusalem, and Haifa, Jaffa,
Ramle, Netanya and Tel Aviv. Never. We shall return to every village
been expelled from, by Allah´s will. Why? All the international laws
the Palestinians their real borders. Our approval to return to the
borders is not a concession for our other rights. No...! This
might not achieve this stage, but generations will come, and the land
Palestine will demand the Palestinians return as Muhammad returned -
conqueror." [PA TV, February 4, 2005]
"The day will come and we shall rule America. The day will come and
rule Britain, we shall rule the entire world, except the Jews. The
not live under our rule agreeably permanently, since they have been
treacherous in nature throughout history. A day will come when all
rest from the Jews, even the tree and the stone, which have suffered
them. Listen to your Beloved [Muhammad], who tells you about the
termination of the Jews. The tree and the stone want the Muslim to
every Jew to his end. You all know the Hadith [anticipating the
extermination of the Jews]." [Ibrahim Mudayris, PA TV, May 13, 2005]
2. US Funding
Since the PA is honoring and promoting terrorists as Shahids - the
honor in PA Islamic teaching - the PA is, according to US law,
for direct US funding until it changes the names of all schools,
centers, sporting events and teams, hospitals, etc. that are named
terrorists. The PA-owned and controlled daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida´s
of the suicide terrorist of February 25, 2005, by defining him as a
and PA TV calls for the destruction of Israel ands extermination of
likewise render the PA ineligible for US funding. Many PA
ministries, including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Heath,
of Sport, Ministry of Finance and others are all ineligible for US
because they honor terrorists.
The following are more examples of USAID money illegally going to
Palestinian Authority ministries and infrastructures.
2.1. PA Ministry of Education and Higher Learning
All PA universities have active branches of Hamas and Islamic Jihad
campus, and the Ministry of Education has named numerous schools for
terrorists. The Ministry is ineligible for aid under the terms of the
Foreign Operations Bill, yet continues to receive money from the
USAID support to universities and PA higher education - $41 Million
Including specifically, Al-Quds, Bir Zeit, Al-Najah and Al-Azhar
"The Minister of Education and Higher Learning, Dr. Naim Abu Al-
yesterday with the Director of the US Agency for International
(USAID), James Bever...
"Bever confirmed that the agency continues to support the
sociological-psychological program for students and promised to
new program for higher education, which includes importing equipment
faculties and supplies of books and also study guides for the
libraries, and in boarding school programs grants for students... The
agreement was signed in collaboration with this institution ... for a
of 12 million dollars to aid in the construction of schools." [Al-
Al-Jadida, March 10, 2005]
"The Arkan Project, which is controlled by the United States, and the
faculties in Al-Najah University signed yesterday an
understanding ... that,
in its framework, establishes collaboration between the two sides for
sake of developing law studies...
"The Arkan Project contains two central axes: one is developing law
in Palestinian faculties for law ... in the Al-Quds, Bir Zeit, Al-
"The Arkan Project will sign, at the beginning of next week, an
understanding similar to Al-Quds University...
"The Project will be carried out by Kamonkas International ... with
complete financing of the US Agency for International Development
for a total of about four million dollars." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,
"The plan to strengthen the ´Arkan law,´ which is controlled by the
States, the understanding was signed with Bir Zeit University...
"The project was signed over the course of recent weeks in
similar to the law faculties in the Al-Azhar, Al-Quds and Al-Najah
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 2, 2005]
"This higher education program is part of an initiative of making
improvements at the cost of 41 million dollars, an initiative of the
Agency of International Development.
[The components of this program:]
"Three and a half million dollars on new equipment supplies for
technological colleges and vocational training...
"Two and a half million dollars for upgrading computer equipment and
developing programs in twenty colleges...
"The acquisition of books, study-guides, subscriptions for electronic
newspapers and basic data..." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 17, 2005]
2.2. Gaza Municipality Road Construction
"The Gaza Municipality began working on the [development] project of
[Jerusalem] Street, funded by the American Agency for Development
with the assistance of the Local Authority Ministry."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, December 29, 2004]
It should be noted that the Gaza Municipality spent significant funds
its budget for road works to rename streets for Shahids and
Section 1.B.2.1 above.
"The Minister for Local Government, Jamal Al-Shubaki, met yesterday
director of the American Agency for International Development (USAID)
West Bank and Gaza, Jim Beaver, and his delegation, and discussed the
of supplying aid for local committees and municipal elections... As
projects carried out by the American Agency for Development, Shubaki
out the success of these projects, specifically the road projects..."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 14, 2005]
It should be noted that the PA municipalities have invested from
budgets to rename roads for Shahids and terrorists. See Section
"Regarding the projects that were performed by the US Agency for
Development, Shubaki indicated the success of these projects,
the area of the roads." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 14, 2005]
2.3. Sports Centers
"The Khan Yunis municipality completed work in the district sports
"The cost of establishing the district sports center was more than
hundred thousand dollars, from financing by several donor
[including] the US Agency for International Development." [Al-Hayat
Al-Jadida, February 13, 2005]
3. Palestinian Authority promotion of hatred of America
Despite receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in USAID funding,
Palestinian Authority continues to actively disseminate anti-American
sentiment through its official media. Some recent examples follow.
"Where did Great Britain disappear? Where did the Czar´s Russia
... In Allah´s will, He will get rid of the USA like he got rid of
caused Russia to disappear within a day, and He is the one who can
the US and bring it down, and so He shall do it...
"We [Muslims] have ruled the world [in the past] and a day will come,
Allah, and we shall rule the world [again]. The day will come and we
rule America. The day will come and we shall rule Britain, we shall
entire world, except the Jews." [Ibrahim Mudayris, PA salaried Imam,
May 13, 2005]
"The proud Arab Iraqis are dealing with a barbarian invasion machine,
has targeted Iraq, the land of Iraq, the people of Iraq, the oil of
the will of the one and only united Arab Iraq...
"We are not terrorists... We are a people that love life and its
are not attacking anyone. We are a nation that seeks peace, goodness,
of life, justice and freedom, but nevertheless at the same time we
people that grasps its land and honor until death and beyond...
"Is there aggression against anyone in this? Is there any terrorism,
terrorists, cruel [people] and murderers?
"O you who made Arab and Muslim land into a no-man´s land, who burned
and the people of Iraq, who stole the oil of Iraq, its treasures and
archeological artifacts, who destroyed the museums of Iraq, its
culture and economy, who is the [real] terrorist? The Arab, who
existence and the livelihood of his children, or you, who destroys,
kills, terrorizes, and causes everything to become disenfranchised
"Be certain, that by your terror and aggression you will not make of
nation´s children anything but fighting leaders, and you will acquire
your sick souls nothing but shame, dishonor, and the curse of history
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 20, 2005]
"The American attack, whose target was the Arab nation living in
and Iraq, will be crushed on the rock of the firm stance of our
people, standing firmly and fighting the Jihad in Palestine, and on
of the strengthening and force of the national resistance in Iraq.
will rise after the darkness that was spread by the aggressive policy
skies of our Arab homeland.
"The Yankee enemy is treacherous, even if it pretends to be a seeker
peace. The occupation remains an occupation and the culture of the
resistance teaches me to resist it, even [if just] by writing of the
of the enemy."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 27, 2005]
"The United States and the Zionist Entity continue in their dark and
aggression toward the Arab and Islamic nation in order to eliminate
progressive, revolutionary and Jihadi faction within it and,
subdue it and steal its treasures." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 15,
"The Muslim remembers, how the Jews corrupted the land... O Muslims!
Jews are Jews. Their character and custom are the corruption and
of this land. We keep warning you: the Jews are a cancer that spreads
the body of the Islamic and Arab nation...
"They invest in the East Asian countries, which were destroyed [by
Tsunami] because of the Jewish and American corruption and
[Ibrahim Mudayris, PA TV, January 7, 2005]
"Our prisoners are subjected to the most criminal kinds of physical
They are tied with chains and trussed up with iron chains, and hung
feet from the ceiling, like animals are hung after slaughter for
of them lose consciousness. Our prisoners are exposed to beating,
electricity and fire tortures.
"The prisoners are exposed to conversion to Christianity, to
religion, [as it was] in the distant past and recently. Yes, our
are forced to curse Muhammad; our prisoners are forced to curse the
of Allah, our prisoners are forced to curse the essence of divinity.
"Haven´t you heard of our prisoners in Palestine, have you not heard
prisoners in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and all over the world, who are
and imprisoned, and are offered conversion to Christianity?
"This is an old - new infidel policy. Allah´s servant, Ibn Al-Hudhafa
Al-Sahmi, totally refused this. The [Christian] Caesar told him: ´We
dip you in boiling oil´. He answered: ´Do as you wish´. He arrived
Muslims and was dipped in boiling oil until his flesh separated from
bone. But what the Caesar did was not as bad as what his followers
missionaries of freedom and democracy of today. In the name of Allah,
Caesar did, dipping Muslims in boiling oil, was one hundred thousand
lighter than what their soldiers are doing today to our wives and
in Iraq, in Palestine, in Guantanamo and in Abu Ghraib.
"What Caesar did is not as bad as five American soldiers who meet to
one of our daughters, a girl who has the honor of a Muslim woman, in
to desecrate her honor at the Abu Ghraib prison." [Ibrahim Mudayris,
Imam, PA TV, April 15, 2005]
The irony of the PA taking US financial support with one hand while
promoting hatred of the US with the other was strikingly apparent on
this year. In the PA-owned official daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, a half-
advertisement was placed by USAID on the very same page that the PA
ran a viciously anti-American cartoon.
US 2005 Foreign Operations Bill
PROHIBITION ON ASSISTANCE TO THE PALESTINIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
SEC. 558. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available
this Act may be used to provide equipment, technical support,
services, or any other form of assistance to the Palestinian
WEST BANK AND GAZA PROGRAM
SEC. 559. (a) OVERSIGHT- For fiscal year 2005, 30 days prior to the
obligation of funds for the bilateral West Bank and Gaza Program, the
Secretary of State shall certify to the appropriate committees of
that procedures have been established to assure the Comptroller
the United States will have access to appropriate United States
information in order to review the uses of United States assistance
Program funded under the heading ´Economic Support Fund´ for the West
(b) VETTING- Prior to the obligation of funds appropriated by this
the heading ´Economic Support Fund´ for assistance for the West Bank
Gaza, the Secretary of State shall take all appropriate steps to
such assistance is not provided to or through any individual, private
government entity, or educational institution that the Secretary
has reason to believe advocates, plans, sponsors, engages in, or has
in, terrorist activity. The Secretary of State shall, as appropriate,
establish procedures specifying the steps to be taken in carrying out
subsection and shall terminate assistance to any individual, entity,
educational institution which he has determined to be involved in or
advocating terrorist activity.
(c) PROHIBITION- None of the funds appropriated by this Act for
under the West Bank and Gaza program may be made available for the
of recognizing or otherwise honoring individuals who commit, or have
committed, acts of terrorism.
(1) The Administrator of the United States Agency for International
Development shall ensure that Federal or non-Federal audits of all
contractors and grantees, and significant subcontractors and
under the West Bank and Gaza Program, are conducted at least on an
basis to ensure, among other things, compliance with this section.
(2) Of the funds appropriated by this Act under the heading ´Economic
Support Fund´ that are made available for assistance for the West
Gaza, up to $1,000,000 may be used by the Office of the Inspector
the United States Agency for International Development for audits,
inspections, and other activities in furtherance of the requirements
subsection. Such funds are in addition to funds otherwise available
purposes. (PMW.0RG.IL 06/24/05)
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