Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin
January 18, 2004
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PA Uses Murderer of Infant as Role Model for Youth
by Itamar Marcus
The PA continues to use sports events to present terrorists as role models
for youth. This week the PA named a youth sport gathering after a former
leader of the terrorist Al-Aksa Brigades who was responsible for numerous
murders. The terrorist Marwan Zalum sent the sniper who killed the infant
Shalhevet Pass, while she was held in her father's arms, and later sent a
suicide bomber to Jerusalem in April 2002, killing six and injuring 85.
This week's youth gathering named for Zalum was under the auspices of
Yasser Arafat and the Ministry of Youth and Sport. Speakers included the
terrorist's widow and the Chairman of the PA Legislative Council, who
praised the terrorist. A film was shown about the terrorist's life.
All this was within the framework of a sports event for young people.
The following is from the article in the PA daily Al Quds:
"Under the auspicious of President Yasser Arafat, the Administration of
Youth and Sport and the Legislating Council, the conference [named] after
the Martyr Marwan Zalum opened in the presence of the Chairman of the
Legislative Council, Rafiq al-Natshe, the Minister Sulayman Abu Snina, the
wife of the Martyr, Governor of the Hebron District, Arif Al-Ja'bari, and
Deputy Chairman of the Palestinian soccer union, George Ghattas.
The first speaker was the wife of the Martyr, commander Marwan Zalum. She
"Marwan . loved this land. His only wish was to be a soldier, citizen and
commander to protect his country, his homeland, and nation".
A film was shown about the life of the Martyr Marwan Zalum the commander of
the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. Later on the chairman of the Legislative
Council spoke and gave his blessing and appreciation to the wife of the
Martyr Marwan Zalum ." [Al Quds, January 14, 2004]
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