Australian Christian charity funds
terrorist "Abu Jihad Youth Center"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
The Australian Christian charity World Vision Australia, which according to its website is "Australia's largest charitable group," is reported to have financed a youth center named after the Palestinian terrorist Abu Jihad. The official Palestinian Authority daily reported that representatives of World Vision Australia met with Palestinian representatives from the Jenin Youth and Sport Administration to plan the operation of the "World Vision Stadium - Palestine / Qabatiya," which is in the "Shahid (Martyr) Abu Jihad Youth Center", and to discuss future cooperation. According to the newspaper, World Vision supplied the seed money to build the sport center named after the terrorist Abu Jihad and at the recent meeting the youth center thanked "the heads of World Vision... mentioning that the organization had provided the seed financing of the Shahid (Martyr) Abu Jihad Youth Center."
Dedicating sports facilities, tournaments and summer camps for Palestinian youth to terrorists who have killed Israelis is a policy of the Palestinian Authority and part of its program to turn terrorists into heroes and role models for children. Palestinian Media Watch has documented this Palestinian Authority's glorification of terrorists.
Abu Jihad, who the center is named after, was one of the founders of Fatah and ran its terror activities from the mid-1960's. Second to Arafat, he headed the military wing of PLO and served as deputy military commander of Fatah. Abu Jihad planned many of the major Fatah terror attacks, including the worst in Israel's history, in which 37 civilians were murdered in a bus hijacking led by Dalal Mughrabi in 1978.
The following is the transcript from the PA daily:
"David Vivian, program coordinator for World Vision Australia, together with Nujud Sa'da, the [World Vision] organization's program director, along with Ashraf Iseed, Fanda Yunan, Sonya Ghanem, from World Vision institute, held a meeting with Marwan Al-Washahi, executive director of the Shahid (Martyr) Salah Khalaf Center and Sa'id Hamdan, head of the Jenin Youth and Sport Administration, to discuss cooperation and future programs of the Youth and Sport Administration and the World Vision organization, and to discuss procedures for operating the World Vision-Palestine stadium in Qabatiya, which has been built at the Shahid (Martyr) Abu Jihad Youth Center...
Marwan Al-Washahi spoke on behalf of Musa Abu Zaid, executive director of the Youth and Sport Administration, thanking the heads of World Vision... and mentioning that the organization had provided the seed financing of the Shahid (Martyr) Abu Jihad Youth Center...
It should be emphasized that the cooperation between the Youth and Sport Administration and World Vision will not end with this project; it will progress to full cooperation in most spheres, both in matters of infrastructure and projects for training, sports, youth, and summer camps.
Afterwards, those present visited the new stadium [named]- "World Vision Stadium - Palestine / Qabatiya". [David] Vivian thanked the Ministry of Youth and Sports, for it's cooperation in the project. He promised that they will work together for ongoing cooperation with the Ministry, in pursuing further projects throughout the homeland."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 14, 2010]
Note: The above article mentions that also present at the meeting was a representative of the Shahid (Martyr) Salah Khalaf Center. Terrorist Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) was one of the founders of the Fatah organization. He was head of the Black September branch, whose terrorist attacks included the murder of 11 Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympics in 1972.
The Shahid Salah Khalaf Center was financed by USAID in 2004.
About World Vision Australia from its website:
"World Vision seeks to make known God's offer of renewal and reconciliation through Jesus Christ, and to encourage people to respond. This part of our holistic approach is just as important as the physical, social, economic and political aspects of our work."
"World Vision is Australia's largest charitable group. More Australians entrust more money to World Vision than any other charity in the country. World Vision helps over 20 million people every year, thanks to the support of more than 400,000 Australians."
"Across the globe, each World Vision office is autonomous, but offices work together under the auspices of World Vision International."