PA’s Summer Camps Glorify Terrorists
Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), a research institute which monitors the Palestinian Authority-based media, reported on its website that a PA-sponsored children’s summer camp has divided its campers into three groups named after terrorists Dalal Mughrabi, Salah Khalaf and Abu Ali Mustafa.
Dalal Mughrabi carried out led the most lethal terror attack in Israelis history in 1978. 37 Israeli civilians were killed in that attack, among them 12 children.
Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) was the head of the Black September terror group and was involved in the murder of 11 Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympics in 1972 (an attack which was reportedly funded by current PA President Mahmoud Abbas).
Abu Ali Mustafa served as General Secretary of the terror organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). He planned numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians before being killed by the IDF in 2001.
A fourth group was named after former PA Chairman Yasser Arafat.
PMW noted that the summer camp was held under the auspices of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who visited the camp to participate in the closing ceremonies, which he also sponsored.
The PA daily Al-Ayyam reported about the summer camp, and PMW translated the report and presented it on its website:
“The head of the Public Relations Department of the Shahid Salah Khalaf Center, Nojoud Daraghmeh, announced the conclusion of the ‘Palestine in the Eyes of the Children of Martyrs (Shahids) Summer Camp’, which took place under the auspices of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and was organized by the National Association of Families of Palestine's Martyrs. [The summer camp was held] under the supervision of the National Committee of Summer Camps and with the participation of 70 boys and girls, the children and siblings of Martyrs from all [West] Bank districts. The summer camp included numerous activities and events," Al Ayam reported.
"Participants were divided into four groups, named after leaders and fighters: Martyr (Shahid) President Yasser Arafat, Martyr Commander Salah Khalaf, Martyr Abu Ali Mustafa, and Martyr Dalal Mughrabi. Several senior Palestinian Authority officials visited the summer camp, headed by [PM] Salam Fayyad and Fatah Central Committee members Jamal Muhaisen and Sultan Abu Al-Einein... A closing ceremony at the end of the summer camp was held under the auspices of Fayyad... who gave out awards [to officials involved in the summer camp]," the report added.
This summer camp is not the first one to bestow honors upon terrorists. Earlier this month, PMW reported about another camp, the “Lion Cubs and Flowers” summer camp, which named one group after Mughrabi, one group after the terrorist leader who masterminded Mughrabi’s attack, and one group after Arafat.
Abbas has personally been involved in the effort to transform Mughrabi into a role model for PA Arabs. Abbas funded a computer center in 2009 that was named for the terrorist, and in 2010 he sponsored an event to mark what would have been the murderer's 50th birthday.
In March 2010, even as the PA leader claimed he had cancelled a ceremony to name a public square after Mughrabi, scheduled to take place during a visit to Israel by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the celebration was held "unofficially" -- with members of the PA leadership standing in for Abbas instead.