Fayyad sponsors fencing tournament|
named after terrorist leader
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is sponsoring a fencing tournament for youth named after the terrorist leader Abu Jihad.
"The Baladna Club will hold the Shahid (Martyr) Abu Jihad Fencing Championship on [Palestinian] Prisoners' Day and under the auspices of the Prime Minister [Fayyad]... in the club's building located in the Shahid (Martyr) Yasser Arafat Center... The girls' groups are [divided according to] age 13 - 20 and boys' groups are from age 16."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 13, 2010]
Honoring terrorists by naming sports facilities, tournaments and summer camps for Palestinian youth after them, is a policy of the Palestinian Authority, and part of its program to turn terrorists who have killed Israelis into heroes and role models for children. Palestinian Media Watch has documented this PA glorification of terrorists.
For more examples of Fayyad and Abbas honoring terrorists, see below.
Abu Jihad, honored through Fayyad's sponsorship, was one of the founders of Fatah, and ran its terror activities starting in the mid-1960s. Second in command to Yasser Arafat, he headed the military wing of the PLO and served as deputy military commander of Fatah. Abu Jihad planned many major Fatah terror attacks, including the worst in Israel's history, in which 37 civilians were murdered in a bus hijacking led by Dalal Mughrabi in 1978.
The following are recent examples of PM Fayyad and Chairman Abbas honoring terrorists from PMW's website:
PM Fayyad honoring terrorists:
On December 26, 2009, Fayyad paid condolence calls to the homes of each of the three terrorists who murdered Israeli Rabbi Meir Avshalom Hai in a drive-by shooting.
On February 14, 2010,Fayyad paid a condolence call to the family of a terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier.
On March 30, 2010, Fayyad paid a condolence call to the family of Abdallah Daoud, one of the terrorist leaders of the first years of the Palestinian terror war (the "Intifada").
Chairman Abbas honoring terrorists:
On December 27, 2009, Abbas honored the three terrorists who murdered Israeli Rabbi Meir Avshalom Hai in a drive-by shooting, calling them "Shahids [Martyrs] of the Palestinian revolution..."
On December 29, 2009, Abbas honored the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi with a birthday party.
On January 17, 2010, Abbas defended naming a square after the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi.
On March 6, 2010, Abbas promoted imprisoned terrorist Mahmoud Damra to major-general.
On March 9, 2010, Abbas's representative honored the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi by calling her the "bridge over which we pass on the way to our freedom."
On March 27, 2010, Abbas honored Abdallah Daoud, one of the terrorist leaders of the first years of the Palestinian terror war (the "Intifada").