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Palestinian student movement workshop named after terrorist teaches youth about the “ominous Balfour Promise”

“The Fatah Movement’s Qalqilya branch held a workshop yesterday [Oct. 25, 2018] for the [Fatah] Shabiba Student Movement and for the staff training and preparation committee regarding the history of Palestine, the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel), the displacement, and the establishment of the [Fatah] Movement, under the name ‘Martyr Abu Ali Iyad Workshop,’ at the branch’s official building in Qalqilya…
During the workshop the guides surveyed the history of the Palestinian cause, and particularly the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) in 1917, which led to the establishment of the Israeli entity on the land of Palestine and the expulsion of its [Arab] residents to exile.”

The article includes an image from the workshop. The poster on the wall behind the guides features a picture of former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat on the left, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on the right, and in the middle is the Fatah logo that includes a grenade, crossed rifles, and the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas.

Abu Ali Iyad was appointed head of Fatah military operations in 1966 and was responsible for several terror attacks. The attacks included a bombing in the town of Beit Yosef in northern Israel on April 25, 1966 (injuring 3 people), and placing bombs in the town of Margaliot in northern Israel on July 19, 1966. He was killed in 1971 in Jordan by the Jordanian army when it forced Fatah members out of the country.

The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild stating that “His Majesty's government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” In 1922, the League of Nations adopted this and made the British Mandate “responsible for putting into effect the declaration,” which led to the UN vote in 1947 and the establishment of the State of Israel.