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UK government urged to take action on PA education, following release of PMW education report

Lee Harpin  |
UK government urged to take action on PA education,
following release of PMW education report

Labour dossier reveals
PA's school terror name shame
Terrorists and Nazi collaborators have been 'honoured' by having schools named after them in the West Bank.
The government has been urged to step up pressure on the Palestinian Authority over funding pledges after it emerged that more than 20 Palestinian schools receiving cash in the West Bank and Gaza are named after terrorists or Nazi collaborators.

A dossier prepared by Labour Friends of Israel in cooperation with Palestinian Media Watch reveals how three schools carry the name of Dalal Mughrabi — the terrorist who led an attack that left 38 civilians dead in Israel in 1978. [Note: This report has not been released to the public yet - Ed.]

Other schools are named after Shadia Abu Ghazaleh, the PFLP terrorist; Abu Jihad, the leader of the PLO’s military wing; and Nash’at Abu Jabara — the Hamas terrorist who built the suicide vests used in several attacks.

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin Al-Husseini, who was responsible for a Muslim SS division and was a Nazi collaborator, is honoured at one school, while another two schools are named after Hassan Salameh, who was trained as a paratrooper by the Nazis.

Joan Ryan, LFI chair, said: “The prime responsibility for this poisoning of young minds rests with the Palestinian Authority, but western governments — including our own — must bear responsibility too.

“As major donors, we passively write cheques to the PA (£125 million of taxpayers’ money has been pledged until 2021) without issuing any more than rote condemnations of its actions.”

Priti Patel, International Development Secretary, ordered her civil servants to “freeze” all aid to the PA last October over fears the money was being diverted to fund terrorism.

The move was widely welcomed by groups including the Board of Deputies, Conservative Friends of Israel and LFI.

Money for state employees in Gaza has reportedly been transferred to the PLO, while a Hamas bomber was allegedly given £100,000.

Other such “salaries” are reported to have been given to families of suicide bombers and teenagers attacking Israel.

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