- Jerusalem camp named after murderer of 3, Baha Alyan
- Bethlehem camp named after 16-year-old stabber Mamoun Ra'ed Muhammad Al-Khatib
- Camps held “under the auspices of the PLO Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs” and “in partnership with” the PA Ministry of Education’s Jerusalem Education Directorate
The camp was arranged “under the supervision of the [PLO] Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs” - which is headed by Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub - and “in partnership with the Jerusalem Suburbs Education Directorate,” which is under the PA Ministry of Education. [Donia Al-Watan, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 14, 2016; official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 16, 2016]
Children from the Bethlehem district were able to join the “Martyr Mamoun Al-Khatib Camp.” Al-Khatib was a 16-year-old terrorist who tried to stab an Israeli civilian on Dec.1, 2015.
Text on banner: “Under the auspices of the [PLO] Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Al-Dawha Sport Club, and Al-Dawha branch of Fatah are holding the Mamoun Al-Khatib Summer Camp for children for 2016 between Aug. 13-22, 2016” [Facebook page of the Al-Dawha branch of Fatah,
accessed Sept. 18, 2016]
At the camp named after murderer Alyan, the 11 to 17-year-old participants were to receive “informational visits” by the PLO’s Palestinian Political Guidance Authority and the PA Police, among others. The fact that these official institutions agreed to send speakers to the camp named after a murderer indicates their endorsement of this practice of turning murderers into role models for children.
Palestinian Media Watch recently published a report documenting statements by senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub, glorifying terror and inciting to murder. Rajoub heads the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, which organized the summer camps.
PMW has reported on a scouts' course named after murderer Alyan held by the Palestinian Scout Association and the glorification of the murderer by one of its instructors. Jibril Rajoub is also the chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association. Likewise, events at Palestinian universities have honored Alyan.
Earlier this year, Fatah held a summer camp named after terrorist Muhammad Al-Shubaki, who stabbed and wounded an Israel soldier in November 2015. One of the camp activities was a play in which the children played “Zionist jailers” executing Palestinian “heroic prisoners.”
The following are longer excerpts of the reports on the summer camps:
Baha Alyan and Bilal Ghanem - 22 and 23-year-old Palestinian terrorists who on Oct. 13, 2015, boarded a bus in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood with a gun and a knife and attacked passengers, killing Israelis Haviv Haim (78) and Alon Govberg (51), and Richard Lakin (76), and wounding 3 Israelis. Alyan was shot and killed by an Israeli security guard at the scene and Ghanem, a Hamas terrorist who served time in Israeli prison in 2013-2014, was wounded. Ghanem is serving 3 life sentences and an additional 60 years for these murders.