PA mocks Belgium: Names two more schools after terrorist murderer
By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
The Palestinian Authority continues to defy and mock its donors. Although donors have repeatedly condemned the PA's policy of naming schools and community centers after terrorists and murderers and have refused to fund them, the PA continues to name schools after terrorists. Occasionally the PA pretends to comply with donor demands to stop terror glorification. This is one of those cases.
This is how the PA deceives Europe and keeps the funding flowing:
- Sept. 27, 2017: PMW exposes that PA named a Belgium-funded school after a terrorist murderer: "The Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School"
- Oct. 9, 2017: Belgium freezes funding of PA schools and demands name change
- July 31, 2018: PMW notifies Belgium that the school is still named "The Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School"
- Aug. 10, 2018: Belgium reiterates that it "unequivocally condemns the glorification of terrorist attacks," through PA schools
- Two weeks later, Aug. 23, 2018: PA removes terrorist's name from school and renames it: "The Belgian School"
- Same day: Aug. 23, 2018: PA changes name of nearby school, The Beit Awwa Elementary School for Girls to The Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School
- Three days later, Aug. 26, 2018: PA adds insult to Belgium by naming a second school after the same terrorist murderer:
The Second Dalal Mughrabi Republic School
Summary of Belgium's sincere efforts:
The Belgian government apparently also passed on PMW's report and Belgium's "unequivocal condemnation" to the PA, because within two weeks, the PA suddenly changed the name to "The Belgian School - Tala'ei Al-Janoub" claiming it was done "as a sign of honor to the government of Belgium that built it," according to the official PA daily. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 27, 2018]
However, the PA leaders, who for years have refused donor demands to stop terror glorification, decided that since they were being coerced by the Belgian government, they would mock Belgium instead. On the very same day that they changed the school name to "The Belgian School," they transferred the name "Dalal Mughrabi" to a different school in the very same neighborhood. And to add insult to injury, the PA decided to build an additional school, and also name it after terrorist Mughrabi!
PMW has verified the transfer of the Dalal Mughrabi name to the other school in the same neighborhood. The pictures below show the Facebook profile pictures of the school with its original name and with its new name. On the left, the school has the name Beit Awwa Elementary School for Girls. On the right, it has the name The Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School. This picture was posted on Aug. 23, 2018, right after the PA transferred the terrorist's name from the Belgium-funded school to this school.
Old Facebook profile picture
Beit Awwa Elementary School for Girls
New Facebook picture posted Aug. 23, 2018
The Martyr Dalal Mughrabi
To summarize, the PA defeats Belgium's good intentions in two steps:
To please the Belgian government:
- The Belgium-funded school named after a terrorist murderer, The Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School, has a new name:
The Belgian School - Tala'ei Al-Janoub
- The nearby Beit Awwa Elementary School for Girls is now named: The Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School
- The PA has already laid the corner stone for building another school, which is also named after the terrorist murderer:
The Second Dalal Mughrabi Republic School
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 27, 2018]
At a ceremony, the principal of the school now called The Belgian School ensured that the name of terrorist murderer Mughrabi lives on in Beit Awwa and is not "lost":
Additionally, the PA has announced that the new school "will be funded from the state coffers." This is supposed to prevent donors from complaining that their money is funding schools named after terrorist murderers. However the real question is: Will Belgium and others who fund the PA Ministry of Education and the building of PA schools, such as Britain and the EU, as well as other countries who have condemned PA terror glorification, ignore this manipulation and mockery by the PA?
A second dilemma for Belgium: Funding the promotion of a world without Israel
In another act of defiance of its donor country Belgium, the PA Ministry of Education has created a new logo for The Belgian School that teaches children another PA educational message that European countries likewise reject.
Whereas the old school logo (left below) featured the face of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi over the map of "Palestine" that erased Israel, the new logo (right) shows the same PA map of "Palestine" that erases all of Israel, with the addition of the colors of the PA's flag. The message to Palestinian children is to envision a future world without Israel with Palestinian sovereignty over the entire area. (It is not mentioned if the face that is on the logo is intended to represent the terrorist.)
Will Belgium agree that the school which it funded and now bears its name "The Belgian School" now has a logo with the message to Palestinian children to envision a future world without Israel?
These are critical questions that Belgium must actively respond to. Since the establishment of the PA, donor countries have been irresponsible in their lack of supervision of what the PA has done with their money. The PA has used donor money to pay salaries to terrorists, produce children's programming on TV encouraging children to seek martyrdom, and build a Ministry of Education that poisons the minds of Palestinian children in numerous ways, among them, naming dozens of schools after terrorists and Nazi collaborators.
The following are examples of Norway, Denmark, the UN,Holland, Sweden, and Switzerland condemning the PA for naming education and cultural buildings that they had funded after terrorists.