Palestinian Al-Quds University
funded by the UN and EU
honors last week's murderer of 2
The "Martyr Ibrahim Al-Akari Tournament"
honors terrorist who killed two and injured 13
by running them over with his car
University official says tournament was
"a national activity held in honor and appreciation
of the soul of the heroic Martyr Ibrahim Al-Akari"
University exhibition depicts terrorist murderers
as "defenders of Al-Aqsa"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Four days after Palestinian terrorist Ibrahim Al-Akari killed two and injured more than 13 Israelis in Jerusalem, the UN- and EU-funded Al-Quds University honored him by naming a tournament after him.
Dr. Ahmad Al-Khawaja, in charge of the Physical Education Faculty of the Al-Quds University, which organized the tournament, explained that:
"The Martyr (Shahid) Ibrahim Al-Akari Tournament... it was a national activity held in honor and appreciation of the soul of the heroic Martyr Ibrahim Al-Akari." [Al-Ayyam, Nov. 11, 2014]
In July 2013, the UN announced a donation of €2.4 million (close to 3 million US dollars) from the EU and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) to Al-Quds University, the aim of which would be to "contribute to the development and protection of Palestinian cultural heritage in the old city of Jerusalem." [UNDP website, July 2, 2013 and Al-Quds University website, accessed Nov. 12, 2014]
The Burj Luq Luq Social Centre Society, which helped organize the tournament honoring Al-Akari, is also funded by several Western donors. The Center's annual report for 2013 lists the following international donors: UNICEF, UNDP, European Union, French Consulate, British Consulate, Pontifical Mission, ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) and Terre des Hommes. [p. 56 in Annual Report 2013 of The Burj Luq Luq Social Centre Society http://www.burjalluqluq.org, accessed Nov. 13, 2014] The Center states on its website that its "message" is to "aspire to have a positive impact on the economical, cultural and social level for the local community."
Last week, Al-Quds University also allowed Islamic Bloc, Hamas' student association at the university, to set up an exhibition entitled "At Your Command, Jerusalem," which honored three terrorists who have murdered Israelis in the last few weeks:
"The exhibition included models of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [compound] and of ways of opposing the occupation, from stone [throwing] to car [attacks], stabbing and Martyrdom-seeking (Istish'had) operations. On the walls of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [compound] model, pictures of the Martyrs (Shahids) of the recent 'Al-Aqsa uprising'- [Ibrahim] Al-Akari, [Mutaz] Hijazi and [Abd Al-Rahman] Al-Shaloudi - were displayed. They were described as the 'defenders of Al-Aqsa'."
[Palestine Today news site, Nov. 11, 2014]
In 2012, Palestinian Media Watch documented that the UN-funded Burj Luq Luq Social Centre Society entertained Palestinian children with a puppet show that advocated replacing cigarettes with machine guns.
The following are the reports on the tournament and the exhibition glorifying the terrorist murderers:
"The Burj Luq Luq Social Centre Society organized the Martyr (Shahid) Ibrahim Al-Akari Tournament two days ago [Nov. 9, 2014] in cooperation with the Physical Education Faculty of Al-Quds University - the Burj Luq Luq campus. The tournament was held within the compound of the association with the participation of graduates of the University's Burj Luq Luq campus from the past three years, alongside a group of students from the Terra Santa School in the Old City of Jerusalem... Dr. Ahmad Al-Khawaja, the person responsible for the Physical Education Faculty at the Burj Luq Luq campus of the Al-Quds University, emphasized that this activity (the tournament) was the work of the physical education students at Burj Luq Luq, and that it was a national activity held in honor and appreciation of the soul of the heroic Martyr Ibrahim Al-Akari."
[Al-Ayyam, Nov. 11, 2014]
"The Islamic Bloc, the Hamas student association at Al-Quds University, opened its first artistic exhibition this year under the title "At Your Command, Jerusalem", at the entrance to the Science Department.
The exhibition included models of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [compound] and of ways of opposing the occupation, from stone [throwing] to car [attacks], stabbing and Martyrdom-seeking (Istish'had) operations. On the walls of the Al-Aqsa Mosque [compound] model, pictures of the Martyrs (Shahids) of the recent 'Al-Aqsa uprising'- [Ibrahim] Al-Akari, [Mutaz] Hijazi and [Abd Al-Rahman] Al-Shaloudi - were displayed. They were described as the 'defenders of Al-Aqsa'."
[Palestine Today news site, Nov. 11, 2014]
Ibrahim Al-Akari - Hamas terrorist from East Jerusalem who deliberately ran over people at a light-rail station in Jerusalem on Nov. 5, 2014, killing Jidan Assad, 38, and Shalom Aharon Badani, 17, and injuring at least 13 others. Al-Akari was shot and killed by Israeli police officers who arrived on the scene.
Abd Al-Rahman Al-Shaloudi - On Oct. 22, 2014, Al-Shaloudi deliberately ran over people waiting at a light-rail station in Jerusalem with his car, killing three-month-old Israeli-American Haya Zissel-Brown and Karen Mosquera, 22, of Ecuador, and injuring 7 others. He was shot by police while attempting to flee, and later died of his wounds.
Mutaz Hijazi - Islamic Jihad member and released prisoner who attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a prominent activist working to assure rights for Jews to visit and pray on the Temple Mount, on Oct. 29, 2014. The assassination attempt took place following a conference on establishing times and places for Jews to pray on the Temple Mount. Glick was seriously wounded in the attack; Hijazi was killed soon afterwards when he opened fire on an Israeli police force that was attempting to arrest him.