Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Culture launches the National Reading Day events”
“On behalf of the [PA] Ministry of Culture, [PA] Minister [of Culture] Ehab Bessaiso yesterday [March 16, 2018] launched the National Reading Day events at Nelson Mandela Square in Ramallah…
In his speech, Bessaiso spoke about the story of National Reading Day and it being established on March 16 each year, and said: ‘Four years ago in the capital, Jerusalem, an initiative of young people began – the longest human reading chain around the walls of Jerusalem. It had many meanings and was meant to emphasize the significance of culture on the one hand, and the Arab identity of the capital in the face of the occupation’s policy on the other hand. Despite all of the limitations that the occupation attempted to impose in order to prevent arriving at the walls of Jerusalem, the human chain succeeded.’
He added: ‘There were children, young men, young women, men, and elderly who succeeded in arriving, and they formed the longest human reading chain around the walls of Jerusalem. This happened on March 16, 2014. Among those who initiated this chain were Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners. Therefore, and out of loyalty to their memory and the Palestinian national struggle, and out of our absolute belief that culture is resistance, we in the Ministry of Culture have decided… to declare March 16 each year National Reading Day in all the homeland’s districts. This is out of loyalty to the Martyrs and to everyone that believes that culture can remain one of the central pillars of the national resistance.’
Muhammad Alyan, the father of Martyr Baha Alyan (i.e., terrorist, murdered 3 together with an accomplice) - one of the most prominent of the initiators of the longest human reading chain around the walls of Jerusalem - said: ‘Martyr Baha came to me. If he was here for a moment, perhaps he would be happy and smile, but he would say that Palestine is reading, and when Palestine reads, victory is certainly near. This is Baha’s message and the message of the Martyrs.’ He thanked the Ministry [of Culture], the [Ramallah] Municipality, and everyone that contributed to the establishment and perpetuation of the initiative, which his son the Martyr and his comrade Martyrs and prisoners launched.”
A picture accompanying the article shows PA Minister of Culture Ehab Bessaiso in the center of a group of people, under the statue of Nelson Mandela in Ramallah, with his hands resting on the shoulders of Mahmoud Alyan, the father of terrorist murderer Baha Alyan.
Two pictures from the event were posted on the website sadaa.ps:
The first is a higher quality version of the picture that accompanies the official PA daily article.
The second picture shows PA Minister of Culture Ehab Bessaiso sitting next to children and holding a book.
Baha Alyan and Bilal Ghanem – 22 and 23-year-old Palestinian terrorists who on Oct. 13, 2015, boarded a bus in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood with a gun and a knife and attacked passengers, murdering Israelis Chaim Haviv (78), Alon Govberg (51), and Richard Lakin (76), and wounding 3 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. Ghanem is serving 3 life sentences and an additional 60 years for these murders.