Palestinian News Item
Abbas appoints Antisemitic Islamic preacher as head of schools
Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency - Oct. 25, 2016
Abbas’ official appointment of Hamato
Headline: "[PA] presidential decision: Sheikh Hamato was appointed dean of the Al-Azhar institutes"
"[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decision regarding the appointment of preacher Sheikh Dr. Imad Yaqub Hamato as dean of the Al-Azhar institutes in Palestine."
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The Al-Azhar institutes are schools that prepare students for studies at the Al-Azhar University, which was established in Gaza by a decree of Yasser Arafat in 1991. The institutes follow the curriculum of the Al-Azhar Institute in Egypt rather than the PA curriculum. Al-Azhar University’s website describes it as independent, but the PA has some control as shown by the fact that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas appointed Imad Hamato as dean of the institutes.
PMW has documented many antisemitic statements by Hamato. Click link to bulletin (above) for details