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Fatah officials attend closing ceremony for camp named after terrorist Abu Iyad

    "Yesterday a concluding ceremony was held at Al-Istiqlal University [in Jericho] for participants in the first Martyr Salah Khalaf Abu Iyad Winter Camp, held at the university over three days, in cooperation with the Student Union Council and [Fatah’s] Student’s Shabiba movement from the Palestine Polytechnic University [in Hebron]. Present at the participants' concluding ceremony were member of the Fatah Central Committee and Chairman of the Al-Istiqlal University Board, Tawfiq Tirawi; member of the Fatah Central Committee Jamal Muhaisen; member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, Bakr Abu Bakr; and Deputy President of the university for military affairs, Younes Al-As. In his speech at the concluding ceremony, [Dr. Jamal] Muhaisen spoke about the 'quality of the organizational activity and its importance in all the fields – it [leads to] unity in thought and harmony in action, under one leadership, and to full utilization of the capabilities and talents…'
[Fatah Revolutionary Council member] Bakr Abu Bakr spoke about several of the positions that express the depth of the affiliation with the Fatah Movement, and spoke about the lives of several Palestinian leadership members who had large roles in the history of the Palestinian people's struggle, such as Martyr (Shahid) leader Yasser Arafat, Khaled Al-Hassan, Abu Iyad, Abu Jihad, and others in the procession of Martyrs. At the end of the ceremony, certificates and plaques of honor were distributed to the graduates and those responsible for the camp."

Khaled Al-Hassan (Abu Said) - was a co-founder of Fatah and a close adviser to Yasser Arafat. Al-Hassan served as a PLO Executive Committee member and later as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Palestinian National Council. Al-Hassan died of cancer on Oct. 8, 1994.

Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) - One of the founders of Fatah and head of the terror organization Black September. Attacks he planned include the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972) and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (March 1, 1973). It is commonly assumed that his assassin, a former Fatah bodyguard, was sent by the Abu Nidal Organization, a rival Palestinian faction.

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.

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