A tennis tournament organised by a Palestinian Authority (PA) school was named after two terrorists who recently attempted to murder Israelis in stabbing attacks.
Basel Sidr, 19, tried to stab Israeli border policemen near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on 14 October and was shot and killed by police while trying to escape. Farouq Sidr planned to stab Israeli soldiers in Hebron on 29 October and soldiers saw him approaching with a knife in hand and shot and killed him.
Several teams in the tournament by the Al-Rashideen High School for Boys were also named after terrorists who either murdered or attempted to murder Israelis in the last two months, according to Palestinian Media Watch (PMA), an Israel-based NGO media watchdog.
PMA exposed last week that another Palestinian school honoured another terrorist stabber, naming a football tournament after him, in line with the Palestinian Authority’s policy of honouring terrorists and promoting them as heroes and role models,
The glorification of terrorist murderers as role models in PA schools is an essential component of its educational policy.
PMW has documented that the PA has named at least 25 schools after terrorists.
Jibril Rajoub, Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs in the PA and Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, recently suggested that PA schools teach one terrorist’s “will,” that he published on his Facebook page before attacking Israelis and being killed.
While expressing support for the current Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis, which have included murderous stabbings and shootings, Rajoub said on the official PA tv: “These are individual operations (i.e., terror attacks), however, they comprise bravery and composure. They contain a range of values that obligate the political elite and political and national Palestinian powers to see the will of that hero who wrote a blog. It can be a document they could teach in schools, on the meaning of Martyrdom-death… and the meaning of patriotism… These are individual acts of bravery, and I am proud of them. I congratulate everyone who carried them out… the fighter, the prisoner, or the Martyr, they are assets to the entire Palestinian people.”
Rajoub was apparently referring to terrorist Baha Alyan who carried out a shooting and stabbing attack on a Jerusalem bus, killing 3 people. Before his attack, Alyan wrote “10 commandments of every Martyr” on his Facebook page, phrased as a “will,” explaining how Palestinians should respond to his “Martyrdom.” Fatah tweeted these instructions.