Ceremony celebrating acceptance of Palestinian Scouts to World Scout Movement proves Jerusalem Scout Commission that held course named after terrorist is part of Palestinian Scout Association
Video from the ceremony in Ramallah, June 21, 2016, celebrating the full membership of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA) in the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).
"The Jerusalem Scout Commission presents":
“National Week of the Palestinian scouts
Palestinian Scout Association
The banner at the ceremony shows the Jerusalem Commission is part of the PSA: “Palestinian Scout Association (lit., Palestinian Scouts and Guides Association) – Jerusalem District Scouts and Guides Commission”
Chairman of the Jerusalem Scout Commission Maher Muhaisen, interviewed at the PSA ceremony, includes the Jerusalem Commission in PSA, referring to WOSM’s “recognition of us”
Chairman of the Jerusalem Scout Commission, Maher Muhaisen: "Of course, as we know, there was partial recognition of us [by WOSM], but it was revoked because we had problems with the Israelis. Praise Allah, we have succeeded in taking back the right... The Palestinian Scout [Association] has existed from 1912 and until today..."
PSA Executive Committee member and Baha Alyan Course instructor (August 2016), Mufid Al-Barq: "The Palestinian scout movement has great significance, as it is one of the oldest Palestinian youth movements, and it was established over 100 years ago. It is one of the pillars of the young Palestinians. When we say ‘‘recognition of the Palestinian Scout [Association],’’ we are not only talking about the scout movement, because this is part of the recognition of the [entire] Palestinian entity and the Palestinian youth. Honestly, we have been recognized [by WOSM] since the beginning of the 19th century, with the founding of the scout movement (sic.), but until now the situation was bad, because this recognition was revoked... But praise Allah, in recent days and months, thanks to the efforts of the Arab brothers, leaders, and colleagues, we have achieved full world recognition with the right to vote and nominate in the Arab and world [scout] organization [WOSM]..."
Gaza Scout Commission member, Faisal Abu Sakr: "This is a great honor for us. We are getting to know all the scouts - our boys, girls, our guides - all of the adult scouts in the West Bank. We are all one body, one homeland, and there is no difference between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank..."
PSA Secretary General Tawfeeq Salem: "We bless the entire Palestinian people and the Palestinian Scout [Association] on our full membership in the World Organization of the Scout Movement [WOSM]. This recognition was achieved following the effort of all of the Arab states and the scout leaders inside [the PA], the homeland, and the diaspora, the effort of the senior leaders, the effort of the Arab Scout Association led by [Director of the Arab Region of WOSM] Dr. Atif Abdelmageed and the World Scout Bureau [WSB]. [This recognition] was also achieved with the support and guidance of Jibril Rajoub - Chairman of the Supreme Council [for Sport and Youth Affairs], Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association."
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Note: Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association and Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee.
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