Labour dossier re­veals PA’s school ter­ror name shame

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

THE GOV­ERN­MENT has been urged to step up pres­sure on the Pales­tinian Author­ity over fund­ing pledges af­ter it emerged that more than 20 Pales­tinian schools re­ceiv­ing cash in the West Bank and Gaza are named af­ter ter­ror­ists or Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tors.

A dossier pre­pared by Labour Friends of Is­rael this week re­veals how three schools carry the name of Dalal Mughrabi — the ter­ror­ist who led an at­tack that left 38 civil­ians dead in Is­rael in 1978.

Other schools are named af­ter Sha­dia Abu Ghaz­a­leh, the PFLP ter­ror­ist; Abu Ji­had, the leader of the PLO’s mil­i­tary wing; and Nash’at Abu Jabara — the Ha­mas ter­ror­ist who built the sui­cide vests used in sev­eral at­tacks.

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin Al-Hus­seini, who was re­spon­si­ble for a Mus­lim SS di­vi­sion and was a Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tor, is hon­oured at one school, while an­other two schools are named af­ter Has­san Salameh, who was trained as a para­trooper by the Nazis.

Joan Ryan, LFI chair, said: “The prime re­spon­si­bil­ity for this poi­son­ing of young minds rests with the Pales­tinian Author­ity, but western gov­ern­ments — in­clud­ing our own — must bear re­spon­si­bil­ity too.

“As ma­jor donors, we pas­sively write cheques to the PA (£125 mil­lion of tax­pay­ers’ money has been pledged un­til 2021) with­out is­su­ing any more than rote con­dem­na­tions of its ac­tions.”

Priti Pa­tel, In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary, or­dered her civil ser­vants to “freeze” all aid to the PA last Oc­to­ber over fears the money was be­ing di­verted to fund ter­ror­ism.

The move was widely wel­comed by groups in­clud­ing the Board of Deputies, Con­ser­va­tive Friends of Is­rael and LFI.

Money for state em­ploy­ees in Gaza has re­port­edly been trans­ferred to the PLO, while a Ha­mas bomber was al­legedly given £100,000.

Other such “salaries” are re­ported to have been given to fam­i­lies of sui­cide bombers and teenagers at­tack­ing Is­rael.

The LFI re­port echoes con­cerns raised by Jerusalem-based re­search in­sti­tute NGO Mon­i­tor.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Itai Reu­veni said: “In re­cent years, Euro­pean tax­payer monies have been used to pay the salaries of con­victed ter­ror­ists and their fam­i­lies, un­der the guise of ‘salaries’ for Pales­tinian Author­ity em­ploy­ees.

“They have also funded so-called ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams where ‘cur­ricu­lum’ in­cludes in­cite­ment to vi­o­lence against Jews and cul­tural events that of­ten turn into fes­ti­vals of hate.”

The gov­ern­ment said in De­cem­ber that fu­ture aid to the PA would fo­cus “solely on vi­tal health and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices”.

The Amin alHus­seini school on the West Bank, named af­ter the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who was a Nazi sym­pa­thiser

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