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Schoolgirls visit prisoners’ families

Zayzafuna, a PA-funded youth magazine, published a report on the visit of schoolgirls to the home of a veteran prisoner.

Headline: “Visit to [home of] the village’s most veteran prisoner - schoolgirls from the Deir Qaddis Elementary School - Ramallah”

“To mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, the Deir Qaddis Elementary School for Girls arranged a field trip to the home of the village’s most veteran prisoner, Muhammad Issa Steih. School Principal Ms. Suad Nasser endorsed the visit. It should be noted that the prisoner was sentenced to life imprisonment over 12 years ago.

These activities, which form part of a program planned by the school administration, aim at strengthening the ties between the school and the local community by visiting the homes of village’s prisoners and forming a bond with them.

During the visit, one of the girls made a speech to the prisoner’s mother.”

Muhammad Issa Steih - Information about this individual is scant. According to the Israeli Ynet news source, in 2001, a man named Muhammad Issa Jaber from the village of Deir Qaddis was arrested on charges of participating in the lynching of two Israeli army soldiers in Ramallah; Sateih and Jaber are probably the same person.

Zayzafuna is a PLO magazine for children funded by the PA. The magazine, which includes material written by both the magazine’s staff and child readers, represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the Palestinian children submitting material to the magazine. PMW’s book Deception includes a chapter on Zayzafuna. Following PMW’s exposure of Hitler glorification in the February 2011 issue, UNESCO halted its funding of the magazine. View UNESCO’s statement and PMW's bulletin on the December 2011 issue of the magazine.