Abbas advisor: Every Palestinian child must remember terrorist Abu Iyad
PA TV program Palestine This Morning about the 41st anniversary of the Martyr (Shahid) death of leader Mamdouh Sabri Saidam.
Studio guest: Dr. Sabri Saidam, son of Mamdouh Sabri Saidam, and Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and President Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor for communications and information technology:
Saidam: "These [school] curricula are what embed [the memory of the past] in the [younger] generation, in the imagination and minds of our children. They always buttress this memory. There must be preparation in our schools, our institutions, our streets, our neighborhoods, our books, our curricula. They must implant and support Palestinian memory and sustain [our] collective ideology… However, there are Martyrs who have no children; Martyrs who have no [physical] presence. Abu Ali Iyad exists in our conscience and in our history and in our future, but he has no children. Does Abu Ali Iyad need children – his own children – in order to be remembered? No. Every young lion cub (i.e., Palestinian child) must [know Abu Ali Iyad's heritage]. Today, [through] social networks, [for example]."
Note: Abu Ali Iyad was appointed head of Fatah military operations in 1966, and was responsible for several terror attacks. In a filler, official PA TV wrote the following:
"He was appointed [by Fatah] to set up military operations on the occupied lands [Israel] in 1966. He led the attack on the Beit Yosef colony [Israeli town], one of the fiercest [attacks] on Israeli colonies until then. He also led a number of operations, including the attacks on the colonies [Israeli towns] Margaliot, Manara and Kfar Giladi. When in Jordan, he carried out various military operations against the occupation’s army camps and colonies [in Israel]. He died as a Shahid (Martyr) in 1971."