Abu Jihad (left) with Yasser Arafat
Abu Jihad (left) with Yasser ArafatReuters

An organization funded by the Vatican recently held a tournament glorifying one of the most prolific terrorist murderers in Israeli history.

The Jerusalem Clubs Association sponsored the 28th Khalil Al-Wazir “Abu Jihad” Tournament for local Arab football teams, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported on Monday.

Named for the notorious PLO terrorist mastermind, Abu Jihad, the tournament brought together 14 football squads at the Burj Luq Luq Society.

A news brief in Sunday’s edition of the Al-Hayat Al-Jadida newspaper reported that the tournament was funded by the Vatican, via its support of the Jerusalem Clubs Association.

“[T]he tournament…was held under the auspices of the Jerusalem Clubs Association, in the framework of its program that is funded by the Pontifical Mission."

Abu Jihad, who was eliminated in an IDF operation in 1988, was responsible for the deaths of at least 125 Israelis during his decades-long affiliation with the PLO.

Born Khalil Al-Wazir, Abu Jihad planned the horrific 1978 Coastal Road Massacre, which left 39 Israelis murdered.

Abu Jihad is regularly honored by the Palestinian Authority.