Abu Mazen’s Palestinian Authority Names Another Summer Camp After A Suicide Bomber
July 23, 2003

Funding the Camp

NEW YORK- Instead of dismantling terrorist groups as the Bush Road Map requires, the Palestinian Authority, under Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is glorifying terrorists by naming yet another summer camp after a suicide bomber—an UNICEF is helping to finance the camp.

Palestinian Media Watch reports (July 20, 2003) that according to the PA-sponsored newspaper Al Ayyam (July 18, 2003), a girls summer camp run by the PA Ministry of Youth and Sports, in the city of Kalkilya, is “named after the Shahida [martyr] Wafa Idris … about 100 girls participated [this summer] … [At the closing ceremonies thanks were given including] to UNICEF for its support of the camps.”

Idris was the first woman suicide bomber. Her attack in Jerusalem on Jan. 27, 2002, murdered one person and wounded over 150.

There is also an officially-approved student organization named after Idris at the PA’s Al Quds Open University, in the town of Tubass.

Morton A. Klein, National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), said: “We urge UNICEF to suspend all funds to summer camps or other children’s programs that are named after terrorists. Do American parents who send their children to trick-or-treat on Halloween and collect pennies for UNICEF really want to see that money going to finance summer camps named after suicide bombers?”

Examples of streets and other public sites in
PA-controlled areas that are named after terrorists:

* A street in the PA-ruled town of Beit Lahiya, and a public square in the PA-ruled city of Jericho, are named after Yiyhe Ayyash. Ayyash, who died in 1996, was named by the State Department as a prime suspect in the August 21, 1995 Jerusalem bus bombing in which Connecticut schoolteacher Joan Davenny was murdered.

* A street in the PA-ruled town of Al-Bireh is named after Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf), a PLO leader involved in planning many attacks, including the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre, in which 12 people were murdered, including a U.S. citizen, David Berger of Cleveland, Ohio.

* There are PA summer camps named after Jihad Al-Amarin, a Fatah terror leader who died in 2002; suicide bomber Ayyat al-Akhras, who murdered two Israelis in a Jerusalem supermarket bombing on March 29, 2002; and Dalal Mughrabi, who helped carry out the 1978 Tel Aviv Highway Massacre of 38 people (including Gail Rubin, niece of U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff).

There is also a school in the PA-ruled town of Al-Shuyukh, a kindergarten in the PA-ruled town of Dura, and a Fatah Women’s Young Staff Preparatory Course, all named after Mughrabi.

* A square in the PA-ruled city of Jenin is named after the Iraqi bomber who murdered four American soldiers in a suicide carbomb attack on March 27, 2003.

* A soccer tournament in PA-ruled Tulkarm in January 2003 was named after suicide bomber Abd Al-Baset Odeh, who massacred 30 people in a Netanya hotel on Passover eve in 2002, including a 90 year-old U.S. citizen, Mrs. Hannah Rogen.

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