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Nazareth municipality has school children honor murderer of 3 Israelis
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Nazareth municipality has school children
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  • Terrorist murderer Baha Alyan glorified with public readers' chain of Nazareth school children

    [Israeli-Arab website Arab 48, Dec. 10, 2016]
     
  • PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs honored terrorist murderer Baha Alyan with summer camp named after him: 
The summer camp Free Sons of Palestine 
Pioneers of the Martyr Baha Alyan 2016
 
Itamar Marcus
 
Last week, the municipality of Nazareth, a predominantly Arab town in Israel headed by Israeli-Arab Mayor Ali Salam, held an event that glorified terrorist murderer Baha Alyan who together with an accomplice murdered 3 Israelis on a bus in Jerusalem last year. "Hundreds of elementary and high school students and young men and women of all ages" participated in the event organized by Nazareth municipality and the Inma'a Association for Democracy and Capacity Building. [Al-Quds, Dec. 11, 2016]

At the event, the coordinator Saeb Masarwah stated that the chain was a "completion of the message of Martyr Baha Alyan" and that the "Nazareth municipality supported the project":

"'We saw fit to establish the largest and longest chain of readers in the city of Nazareth as a completion of the message of Martyr Baha Alyan who came out of Jerusalem. We are gathering here in order to emphasize our unity as Arabs everywhere, and we will complete the message in all of the Arab cities and villages.' Masarwah noted that the Nazareth municipality supported the project and welcomed the cultural idea."
[Israeli-Arab website Arab 48, Dec. 10, 2016,
Al-Quds, Dec. 11, 2016, emphasis added]
 
Before Baha Alyan's terror attack, in which he murdered 3 innocent Israeli civilians, he had once established a readers' chain in Jerusalem. It is under this pretext that Nazareth honored him. However, his public legacy is one of murder. 
 
On Oct. 13, 2015, Alyan and Bilal Ghanem boarded a bus in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood with a gun and a knife and attacked passengers, killing Israelis Haviv Haim (78), Alon Govberg (51), Richard Lakin (76), and wounding 3 other 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.

Ironically, the Israeli-Arab website Arab 48 and the Palestinian daily Al-Quds described the chain of readers as an attempt to "acquire knowledge in a city that every day tries to stand firm against the violence, intolerance, and sectarianism." (emphasis added.)

Palestinian Media Watch has documented that several Palestinian universities have honored murderer Baha Alyan, as has the Palestinian Scouts and Guides.  

Recently, the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, which has replaced the PA Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, posted "memories" on Facebook from a summer camp that also honored the murderer, announcing "the summer camp Free Sons of Palestine, Pioneers of the Martyr (Shahid) Baha Alyan 2016":
 
Text on sign:
"Under the supervision of the [PLO] Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs - Center [Branch] 
The Beit Anan Sports Club holds the first session 
of the summer camp Free Sons of Palestine
 Pioneers of the Martyr (Shahid) Baha Alyan 
2016"
[Facebook page of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, 
Nov. 11, 2016]

 
The following are longer excerpts of the reports on Nazareth's readers' chain and the PLO summer camp honoring murderer Baha Alyan:
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Headline: "Nazareth: Chain of readers in honor of the Martyr (Shahid) Baha Alyan"
"As a sign of honor for the soul of Jerusalem Martyr (Shahid) Baha Alyan (i.e., terrorist who murdered 3) who organized the longest chain of readers in 2014 that surrounded the walls of Jerusalem, the city of Nazareth followed in his path and organized the longest chain of readers, that stretched from the plaza of the Spring Square to within the old city and until the Church of the Annunciation, under the title Nazareth Reads. Hundreds of elementary and high school students and young men and women of all ages arranged themselves in rows yesterday morning [Dec. 10, 2016] and sat, sometimes in a crouch, or on the public benches in the city, while each held a book in his lap and delved into it in order to acquire knowledge in a city that every day tries to stand firm against the violence, intolerance, and sectarianism. This step was taken in cooperation between the Inma'a Association [for Democracy and Capacity Building] and the Nazareth municipality, and at its base was the idea raised by the young person from Nazareth, Saeb Masarwah, who spoke as coordinator of the project and said: 'We saw fit to establish the largest and longest chain of readers in the city of Nazareth as a completion of the message of Martyr Baha Alyan who came out of Jerusalem. We are gathering here in order to emphasize our unity as Arabs everywhere, and we will complete the message in all of the Arab cities and villages.' Masarwah noted that the Nazareth municipality supported the project and welcomed the cultural idea, and dealt with the cultural scene and the community of readers in Nazareth. Likewise, he said that this is one of the most positive steps that the city has taken, 'and I was happy today to see the small children, the young men and women reading, and this is the proof that the situation of our people is still good. Perhaps we think that we are a society that does not read, but this long chain proves that we still read.' ... In another interview with a volunteer of the Inma'a Association, Hanaa Farid Zaher, who participated in the organization of the project, she said that as a young person from Nazareth, she sees this chain as one of the most important activities that has been organized in the city, 'and we will organize this chain many times, and we will not be satisfied with one chain, in order to know the rate of our success as young people, students, the cultural institutions, and the municipality, in changing society.' Regarding the importance of the project, she noted that it constitutes a cultural awakening of Nazareth. When we awaken culturally and ideologically, we will become free and will free ourselves of mistaken habits and ideas that are found among us and that pass from generation to generation, as Martyr Juliano Mer-Khamis (Israeli actor, film maker, and peace activist assassinated by a Palestinian -Ed.) said: A rifle without culture behind it kills and does not free."
[Israeli-Arab website Arab 48, Dec. 10, 2016,
Al-Quds, Dec. 11, 2016]
 
Juliano Mer-Khamis - Israeli actor, film maker, and peace activist, with an Israeli Jewish mother and Arab Christian father. He was assassinated in Jenin on April 4, 2011, by a Palestinian.

Images and text posted on the Facebook page of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs
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Posted text:
"Memories from the 2016 summer camps for the pioneers (i.e., youth)
The Fortresses of Victory, the Seeds of Hope (i.e., name of a summer camp)
The first session of the camp Free Sons of Palestine - Beit Anan"
;
The image shows a sign on which is written:

 
"Under the supervision of the [PLO] Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs - Center [Branch]
The Beit Anan Sports Club holds the first session 
of the summer camp Free Sons of Palestine
Pioneers of the Martyr (Shahid) Baha Alyan
2016"
[Facebook page of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, 
Nov. 11, 2016]