An Australian Christian charity has funded the construction of a Palestinian Authority youth center named in memory of a terrorist – the Shahid (Martyr) Abu Jihad Youth Center. Abu Jihad, or Khalil al-Wazir, was a founder of the PA's Fatah faction and coordinated its terror activity, including the worst terror attack in Israel's history – the Coastal Road Massacre.
Representatives of World Vision Australia, which promotes itself as the country's largest charitable organization, allegedly met with representatives of the Jenin Youth and Sport Administration to plan the operation of the World Vision Stadium – Palestine/Qabatiya, located in the Shahid Abu Jihad Youth Center. Future cooperative efforts were reportedly also discussed, according to the March 14 edition of the official PA daily newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.
David Vivian, program coordinator for the Australian group, vowed to work together with the PA in “pursuing further projects throughout the homeland,” according to the article published in PA daily, and translated by media watchdog organization, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
USAID funded terrorist memorial
Among those at the meeting was a representative of the Shahid Salah Khalaf Center, named for Salah Khalaf, or Abu Iyad, a Fatah founder and head of the Black September terror group responsible for the murder of 11 Israeli athletes during the 1972 Munich Olympics. The Shahid Salah Khalaf Center was funded by the United States through its USAID program in 2004.
Jihad means holy war in Arabic – in this case, aimed at annihilation of the State of Israel and its Jewish residents. Abu Jihad, the terrorist for whom the newest center is named, was another of the founders of Fatah and oversaw its terrorist activities, including the worst terror attack in Israel's history, the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre. Abu Jihad masterminded that attack, led by Dalal Mughrabi, in which 37 civilians were murdered and 71 others were wounded, including more than a dozen children.
The PA has continued to actively pursue a policy of glorifying terrorists who murder Israelis by dedicating public institutions, landmarks, summer camps and special events in their names. The most recent example was the public dedication of a town square in memory of Dalal Mughrabi, on the last day of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Israel, despite having earlier declared that the ceremony was being cancelled.