PA school honors two terrorist stabbers
with football tournament in their names
Tourney teams named after additional 4 terrorists
who attacked Israelis in Oct.-Nov. terror campaign,
among them one murderer
Senior Palestinian official Jibril Rajoub about
stabbing and shooting attacks:
“These are individual acts of bravery, and I am proud of them.
I congratulate everyone who carried them out...
the fighter, the prisoner, or the Martyr”
Terrorist-“hero’s will,” should be taught in PA schools
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Another Palestinian sports tournament for children has been named after terrorists. In keeping with PA policy of honoring terrorists and promoting them as heroes and role models, official PA school the Al-Rashideen High School for Boys, held a football tournament named after terrorists Basel and Farouq Sidr who recently attempted to murder Israelis. Several teams in the tournament were also named after terrorists who either murdered or attempted to murder Israelis in the last two months.
Basel Sidr, 19, tried to stab Israeli border policemen near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on Oct. 14, 2015 and was shot and killed by police while trying to escape. Farouq Sidr planned to stab Israeli soldiers in Hebron on Oct. 29, 2015, and soldiers saw him approaching with a knife in hand and shot and killed him.
The PA glorification of terrorist murderers as role models in PA schools is an essential component of PA educational policy. PMW has documented that the PA has named at least 25 schools after terrorists. Jibril Rajoub, Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs recently suggested that PA schools teach one terrorist’s “will,” that he published on his Facebook page before attacking Israelis and being killed. While expressing support for the current Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis, which have included murderous stabbings and shootings, Rajoub said:
"These are individual operations (i.e., terror attacks), however, they comprise bravery and composure. They contain a range of values that obligate the political elite and political and national Palestinian powers to see the will of that hero who wrote a blog. It can be a document they could teach in schools, on the meaning of Martyrdom-death... and the meaning of patriotism... These are individual acts of bravery, and I am proud of them. I congratulate everyone who carried them out... the fighter, the prisoner, or the Martyr, they are assets to the entire Palestinian people.”
[emphasis added, Official PA TV, Oct. 17, 2015]
Rajoub was apparently referring to terrorist Baha Alyan who carried out a shooting and stabbing attack on a Jerusalem bus, killing 3. Before his attack, Alyan wrote “10 commandments of every Martyr” on his Facebook page, phrased as a “will,” explaining how Palestinians should respond to his "Martyrdom." Fatah tweeted these instructions. (See below)
Several teams in this PA school’s football tournament were also named after terrorists who either stabbed, shot, or rammed their cars into Israelis during the current terror wave, killing or attempting to kill them. Among them murderer Ibrahim Samir Skafi, a 23-year-old Palestinian terrorist who rammed his car into 3 border policemen, killing one and wounding two, near Hebron on Nov. 4, 2015. Skafi was shot and killed by soldiers. Another terrorist who was also honored with having a team named after him was Alaa Al-Natsheh who in 2003 attempted to carry out a shooting attack in Kiryat Arba.
The following is a longer excerpt of Rajoub’s statements advocating the teaching of a murderer’s “will” in PA schools:
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Jibril Rajoub: "Clearly these are individual operations (i.e., terror attacks), however, they comprise bravery and composure. They contain a range of values that obligate the political elite and political and national Palestinian powers to see the will of that hero who wrote a blog. It can be a document they could teach in schools, on the meaning of Martyrdom-death -"
PA TV host: "Fadi Alloun (i.e., terrorist who stabbed one)."
Rajoub: "- and the meaning of patriotism... This is the Palestinian behavior in the field that comprises a high willingness to sacrifice. You see [an Israeli] soldier with a rifle fleeing [a Palestinian] with a knife or even one with nothing, or [an Israeli] scared in front of a Palestinian, only because he is Palestinian... These are individual acts of bravery, and I am proud of them. I congratulate everyone who carried them out. I say to you, we are proud of you... Whoever confronts, fights, dies as a Martyr, is arrested or injured - his identity is known. What I mean is that the fighter, the prisoner, or the Martyr, they are assets to the entire Palestinian people... The international community does not agree to a bus exploding in Tel Aviv. But the international community does not ask what happens to a settler or soldier in the occupied territories at the wrong time and in the wrong place. No one asks about him! Therefore, we want to fight in such a way that the world and the international community will remain by our side."
[Official PA TV, Oct. 17, 2015]
Rajoub’s referral to “the will of that hero,” that he thinks should be taught in PA schools, possibly refers to terrorist Baha Alyan who carried out a shooting and stabbing attack on bus 78 in Jerusalem, killing 3. Before his attack, Alyan wrote “10 commandments of every Martyr” on his Facebook page:
“1. I instruct the factions not to take responsibility for my Martyrdom-death, for my death was for the homeland and not for you.
2. I do not want any posters or T-shirts, as my memory will not only be a poster hanging on the walls.
3. I instruct you not to exhaust my mother with questions meant to win over the sentiments of the spectators and nothing more.
4. Do not sow hatred in my son’s heart. Let him discover his homeland and die for his homeland, and not in order to avenge my death.
5. If they [Israel] wish to demolish my home, let them do so, since the stone is not more precious than the soul created by my God.
6. Do not grieve over my Martyrdom-death, grieve over what will happen to you after I am gone.
7. Do not look for what I had written before my Martyrdom-death, look for what is the reason behind my Martyrdom-death.
8. Do not cry out in my funeral procession or push each other, but be only pure during the funeral prayer, nothing more.
9. Do not turn me into another number you count today and forget tomorrow.
10. I will see you in Paradise.”
[Fatah Twitter account, Oct. 13, 2015]
Jerusalem line 78 bus terror attack - On Oct. 13, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists, Baha Alyan (22) and Bilal Ghanem (23) boarded Israeli bus no. 78 in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood with a gun and a knife and attacked passengers, killing Israelis Haviv Haim (78) and Alon Govberg (51), and wounding 4 Israelis. Alyan was shot and killed by an Israeli security guard at the scene and Ghanem, a Hamas terrorist who served time in Israeli prison in 2013-2014, was wounded. Two weeks after the attack on Oct. 27, a 3rd victim in the attack, Richard Lakin (76), died from his wounds.
Terrorist Fadi Alloun who is mentioned by the PA TV host, stabbed one and expressed his wish to die as a Martyr on his Facebook page a few weeks before his stabbing attack: “Oh Allah, my goal is Martyrdom-death (Shahada) or victory for Allah... Allah is great.” [Middle East Broadcasting Center (part of independent Saudi media network), Oct. 9, 2015]
The following is a longer excerpt of the report on the tournament honoring terrorists and information about their attacks:
Headline: “The football tournament named after Martyrs [Basel and Farouq] Sidr has ended”
“On the Al-Rashideen School’s court the tournament named after Basel and Farouq Sidr has ended... Ten teams participated in the tournament [named after the following Martyrs]: Basel Sidr, Ayman Al-Muhtasib, Hamadeh Al-Ja'abari, Jaafar Awad, Islam Abido, Ibrahim Skafi, Farouq Sidr, Hamza Abu Ramouz, Tareq Al-Natsheh, and Alaa Al-Natsheh...
The purpose of this tournament was to commemorate all the Martyrs of the Palestinian people, and particularly the Martyrs of the present popular uprising.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 24, 2015]
Farouq Abd Al-Qader Sidr - 19-year-old Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab Israeli soldiers at Beit Hadassah in Hebron on Oct. 29, 2015. Soldiers saw him coming toward them with a drawn knife and shot and killed him.
Basel Sidr - A 19-year-old Palestinian terrorist who tried to stab Israeli border policemen near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on Oct. 14, 2015. Sidr was shot and killed by the police when he tried to escape.
Ibrahim Samir Skafi - 23-year-old Palestinian terrorist who rammed his car into 3 border policemen at the Halhoul junction near Hebron on Nov. 4, 2015, wounding them. Skafi was shot and killed by soldiers. Border Policeman Benjamin Yakubovich, 19, was mortally wounded in the attack, and died from his wounds on Nov. 8, 2015.
Tareq Al-Natsheh - 16-year-old Palestinian terrorist who stabbed an Israeli soldier in Hebron on Oct. 17, 2015. Al-Natsheh was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers.
Hamadeh Al-Ja'abari - Palestinian terrorist who stabbed and injured a policeman at an entrance to Kiryat Arba on Oct. 9, 2015. Another policeman shot and killed him.
Islam Abido - 23-year-old Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab Israeli soldiers in Hebron on Oct. 28, 2015. They shot and killed him.
Alaa Al-Natsheh - Palestinian terrorist who attempted to carry out a shooting attack in Kiryat Arba on April 5, 2003. Palestinians refer to Al-Natsheh as a "Martyr" but PMW has been unable to verify if and how he died.
Jaafar Awad - 23-year-old Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jail who was released due to fatal disease. He died of it on April 9, 2015.
Ayman Al-Muhtasib and Hamza Abu Ramouz - PMW has not been able to verify the circumstances of the death of these people.