A recently concluded soccer tournament in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Tulkarem, near Netanya, was named after a senior terrorist mastermind. The winning team was named for dead jihadists, as well. The tournament was held on the grounds of a PA school.
Da'as... planned a shooting attack on a girl's Bat Mitzvah reception.
According to Palestinian Media Watch, the tournament's outcome was reported in the PA-owned daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on August 15 under the headline: "The Team Named After the Martyrs of the Southern Quarter Wins the Tournament Cup Named After the Martyr Ziyad Da'as." The article said, "This tournament... commemorates one of the brave people of the Palestinian resistance, whom the Israeli occupation forces assassinated in cold blood...."
Da'as, a Fatah commander in Tulkarem, planned a shooting attack on a girl's Bat Mitzvah reception in Hadera on January 17, 2002. The terrorist, who also carried grenades, killed the security guard on duty at the hall where the reception was held, burst in on the 180 guests and opened fire with an automatic rifle. He succeeded in killing six people and injuring 25 before being pushed outside by determined guests. The Bat Mitzvah girl's step-grandfather, Edward Bakshayev, 48, was murdered in the attack.
Among other terrorist activities, Da'as was also involved in the kidnapping and murder of two restaurateurs, Etgar Zeitouni and Moti Dayan, in January of 2001. The pair were seized as they sat down for lunch in Tulkarem with an Israeli Arab associate.
Da'as was killed by IDF special forces in August 2002, when what he thought was a safe house was discovered by Israeli intelligence.
"At the end of the tournament," the Al-Hayat article concluded, "the [spectators] indicated that the tournament was on a level to suitably commemorate the brave shahid (martyr), the mercy of Allah be upon him, Ziyad Da'as, and that an annual tournament should take place on the anniversary of his death."
This was not the first time a PA sporting event was named after a well-known terrorist, as PMW has repeatedly noted. A 2003 PA soccer tournament was named for the suicide bomber responsible for the 2003 Passover massacre, in which 31 Israelis were killed at a communal holiday meal. In January of this year, the Tulkarem municipality announced that its youth center would be holding a soccer tournament
This was not the first time a PA sporting event was named after a well-known terrorist.
"named after the shahid and leader, Saddam Hussein." (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 10, 2007, as translated by PMW)
Earlier this week, the PA's educational values were once again called into question when animals were abused on a children's TV show, ostensibly in order to teach viewers what not to do. The show's central character, a man in a bee comstume, picked up and swung a cat by its tail and threw rocks at a caged lion, accompanied by the laughter of children. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an America-based organization, condemned the Hamas television station for the abuse.
Excerpts of the show, translated by Palestinian Media Watch, can be viewed at http://youtube.com/watch?v=o_zrpgl8O1U.
"It's shocking and sickening," said Martin Mersereau, of PETA. Saoud al-Shawa, a veterinarian at the Gaza Zoo, blamed Israeli and internecine Arab violence for aggression against animals among PA children.