Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin
Wednesday August 7, 2002
PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH
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US money for a Palestinian girls' school, named for a terrorist who murdered
36 Israelis and an American
By Itamar Marcus
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 an American.
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 names
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, 2002]
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 camp.
"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.