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Israel Hayom report on new PMW report on PA schools named after terrorists

Efrat Forsher  |

Watchdog: PA still naming dozens of schools after terrorists

Palestinian Media Watch finds students who study in schools named after terrorists aspire to emulate them • Palestinian Authority's Education Ministry memorializes terrorists in murals, sporting events and by putting their pictures on school uniforms.

The Palestinian Authority is continuing its practice of naming schools after terrorists and Nazi collaborators, according to a new report by watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch.

In 2015, the Israeli research institute released a list of over 20 Palestinian schools named after terrorists. In the two years since that report, the Palestinian Education Ministry has continued to commemorate terrorists, naming dozens more schools after attackers. The report revealed that three schools were named for Nazi collaborators, including former Jerusalem Grand Mufti Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who collaborated with Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler and had a hand in the massacre of Serbs in World War II.

The Palestinian Education Ministry is directly responsible for naming the schools.

After closely following Palestinian media reports, Palestinian Media Watch found that students who study in these schools admire the terrorists and aspire to emulate them. In an interview on Palestinian television, students at the Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School for Girls, named after a terrorist who participated in the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre that killed 38 Israelis, including 13 children, said they identified with her actions.

The terrorists are memorialized within the schools in a number of ways, from pictures of terrorists on school uniforms, artwork, murals and even sporting events.

The Palestinian Authority recently named a boys' soccer tournament after Ahmed Manasra, the 13-year-old who carried out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Pisgat Zeev neighborhood in 2015 that killed one and critically wounded a 12-year-old boy.

Following the Palestinian Media Watch report, the Almagor Terror Victims Association demanded the government not be in talks with the Palestinian Authority unless the incitement stops.

According to the association, "The Palestinian Authority's mechanism of incitement is what causes more and more young people to perpetrate terrorist acts against Israel and it is not a partner for talks and certainly not for peace."