PLO summer camp slogan 2023 highlights dead terrorists as “Moons” in the skies of Palestine
Fatah-run Awdah TV host: “We are talking about these important summer camps… There is a very large number of young people, and every year there is a certain slogan… This year it is ‘Moons and Not Numbers.’ …”
Director-General of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports’ General Administration of Youth Affairs Muhammad Sbeihat: “It is always the [PLO] Supreme Commission for Youth and Sports’ instructions that there be a national aspect, whether it’s the slogan or even the content of the summer camps... This year … it is the bodies of the Martyrs (i.e., dead terrorists) that are being held by the Israeli occupation... [Israel calls them] “the Martyrs of the numbered cemeteries”, so we thought the slogan this year should be a slogan that has a connection to these Martyrs: “Moons and Not Numbers.” “Moons” as you know, and especially in this period, symbolize the Martyrs. The Martyrs whose bodies are being held will be part of the program that will be utilized during this [summer’s camp] program.”
[Fatah-run Awdah TV, Facebook page, March 14, 2023]
The sentence “‘Moons’ as you know, and especially in this period, symbolize the Martyrs” refers to an upsurge in Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis in the preceding months. Many of the terrorists who were killed during their attacks – so-called “Martyrs” - have been praised as “moons” by the PA and Fatah.
The Cemeteries for Enemy Casualties (numbered cemeteries) are two burial sites maintained by the Israeli army for burying the bodies of enemy soldiers during wartime as well as terrorists. They are fenced and well-marked. Graves have markers instead of gravestones. Burial is temporary, as the bodies are eventually returned to their countries of origin. No ceremony is held. The bodies are buried in numbered caskets after their identities are documented.