named after terrorist Abu Jihad - a tournament that has been held for 24 years. This year, Israel banned the tournament in Jerusalem. As a result, the Palestinians postponed and moved "the 24th Prince of Martyrs Khalil Al-Wazir Abu Jihad Championship" to Qalandiya in the West Bank. [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 8, 2018]
The following are excerpts of the reports on the Abu Jihad championships mentioned above:
Posted text: "From the Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir [Abu Jihad] and Loyalty to the Bethlehem District Prisoners [Futsal] Championship, which was organized by the Fatah Movement's Bethlehem branch. During it, family members of the prisoners from the district who are serving life sentences were honored."
[Official Fatah Facebook page, May 1, 2018]
Posted text: "Today, Tuesday, May 1, 2018, the Fatah Movement's Bethlehem branch organized the Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir [Abu Jihad] and Loyalty to the [Bethlehem District] Prisoners [Futsal] Championship, with the participation of 28 [Fatah] sub-branches in the Bethlehem district and in the presence of families members of Martyrs and prisoners from the district... At the end, family members of the prisoners from the Bethlehem district who are serving life sentences were honored."
Text on poster: "The Palestinian National Liberation Movement 'Fatah' -
Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir 'Abu Jihad' and Loyalty to the [Bethlehem District] Prisoners [Futsal] Championship
Tuesday, May 1, 2018"
[Facebook page of the independent Palestinian news agency Al-Hadath,
May 1, 2018]
Headline: "The occupation banned the holding of a football championship in Jerusalem named after Martyr Abu Jihad"
"The Israeli occupation authorities today, Thursday [May 3, 2018], published an order signed by the occupation's [Israeli] Minister of Public Security extremist Gilad Erdan, that bans the holding of a football championship in Jerusalem named after Martyr (Shahid) 'Abu Jihad' [Khalil] Al-Wazir (i.e., terrorist responsible for murder of 125).
It should be noted that this championship has been held in the city every year for the last 24 years, and it was supposed to take place tomorrow, Friday, at the sports field of the Silwan school in the Ras Al-Amud neighborhood, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque."
[WAFA, official PA news agency, May 3, 2018]
Headline: "Repeat raffle for the 24th Prince of Martyrs Khalil Al-Wazir Abu Jihad Championship"
"Yesterday (Monday) [May 7, 2018], a repeat raffle was held for the 24th Prince of Martyrs (Shahids) Khalil Al-Wazir Abu Jihad Football Championship (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125), which has been organized by the Jerusalem Al-Ansar Club since 1995...
This was after it was decided to transfer the championship to a playing field in Qalandiya due to the arbitrary decision of Israeli Minister of Public Security [Gilad Erdan], who banned holding the championship last Friday at the playing field of the Silwan Junior High School or any playing field within what is called 'the Jerusalem Municipality borders'...
The matches of groups one and three will be held at 8:00 a.m., and the matches in groups two and four will begin immediately after Friday prayers."
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 8, 2018]
Headline: "A central ceremony in Qalqilya on Prisoner's Day and the anniversary of the death as a Martyr of the Prince of Martyrs"
"The Qalqilya branch of the Fatah Movement, the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs, and the [PA-funded] Prisoners' Club held a ceremony for Palestinian Prisoner's Day and the anniversary of the death as a Martyr (Shahid) of Prince of Martyrs [Khalil Al-Wazir] Abu Jihad (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125) under the title The First Bullet and the First Stone, which was held in the hall of the Fatah branch office in Qalqilya.
[Qalqilya] District Governor Rafe' Rawajbeh, Head of the [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners' Affairs Issa Karake, Chairman of the Prisoners' Club Qadura Fares, [Fatah] Revolutionary Council member Iyad Al-Aqra, Fatah Movement [Qalqilya Branch] Secretary Mahmoud Walwil, and members of the branch participated in the ceremony....
The district governor emphasized the centrality of the prisoners' cause for the Palestinian people, and praised their resolve and willpower that produce victory and defiance against the impossible. He also noted that the just prisoners' cause is the central matter on our Palestinian leadership's agenda, due to its sanctity and honor. In addition, he said: 'The fact that Prisoner's Day is on April 17, together with the anniversary of the death as a Martyr of Prince of Martyrs Khalil Al-Wazir, has added an additional national dimension to this pure cause.' ...
At the end of the ceremony, tribute was paid to the prisoners from the district who are serving life sentences, as well as the prisoners of the [PA] security establishment."
[Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 27, 2018]