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Names of schools in the PA
The Palestinian Authority transmits ideological messages through the names it gives to ‎its schools. ‎

PMW has found dozens of PA Ministry of Education schools named after terrorists, ‎thereby presenting murderers who targeted civilians as role models for Palestinian ‎children. Three schools are named after the terrorist who led the most lethal terror ‎attack in Israel’s history in which 12 children and 25 adults were murdered. Names of ‎other schools glorify Martyrdom, and even one is named after a notorious Hitler ‎associate and Nazi war criminal responsible for the deaths of thousands. Children in ‎such schools interviewed on PA TV have explained that studying in schools named ‎after terrorists turned the terrorists into role models for the students who want to “reach ‎the level” of the terrorist their school is named after. ‎[Official PA TV, March 27, 2014]‎

The most common school name PMW has found is the name Al-Khansa – with at least ‎‎8 schools given her name. Al-Khansa is the honored mother of Islamic tradition ‎because she expressed joy over the Shahada (Martyrdom) deaths of her four children.‎ A PA schoolbook for Grade 8, explains her importance this way:
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‎“Al-Khansa witnessed the Battle of Al-Qadisiyah with her four sons. She urged them to ‎fight… They fought until all of them fell as Shahids. When the news reached her she ‎said, ‘Praise Allah who has honored me by their Shahada.’”
‎[Reading and Texts Part II, Grade 8, p. 13]‎

Al-Khansa’s celebration of her four sons' deaths makes her a perfect role model for ‎Palestinian girls, as Palestinian society has chosen to teach that death is a greater ‎value than life.‎

One example of this teaching is in Palestinian Authority schoolbook for 13 year-olds ‎that teach children:
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‎“Your enemies seek life while you seek death.”
‎[Reading and Texts Part II, Grade 8, p. 16]‎
 
Read PMW's report on Palestinian Authority schools named after terrorists and Nazi collaborators‎ here.

Lastly, many schools are named after Israeli cities. The PA frequently presents Israeli ‎cities as if they are Palestinian cities.

The following are some examples of schools named after terrorists, Martyrs, and Israeli ‎cities:‎
PA Ministry of Education names new school and kindergarten after Dalal Mughrabi, terrorist responsible for death of 37 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 27, 2018
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Education and the Beit Awwa Municipality lay the cornerstone of the Dalal Mughrabi School”
      “Yesterday [Aug. 26, 2018], Mayor of Beit Awwa Younes Freijat and Director of the Southern Hebron Education Directorate (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Education) Khaled Abu Sharar laid the cornerstone for the construction of The Second Dalal Mughrabi Republic School (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children) in Beit Awwa with official and popular attendance by a group of the municipality's school principals and teachers. The event was held in the presence of Fatah Branch Secretary in Southern Hebron Yasser Doudin, Commander of [PA] Intelligence in Dura Colonel Saed Al-Kamel, and the Teachers and Pensioners Club. Freijat explained that the Beit Awwa Municipality is in need of new schools and that this school will be funded from the state coffers... It should be noted that the Dalal Mughrabi School’s name was changed to The Belgian School – Tala’ei Al-Janoub in honor of the Belgium government that built it..."

The article includes a picture from the laying of the cornerstone of the Second Dalal Mughrabi School. Text on cornerstone: “The Second Dalal Mughrabi School and Kindergarten”


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Belgian funded PA school named after terrorist transfers name to two other nearby schools: “Beit Awwa did not lose the name Dalal Mughrabi”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 30, 2018
      “The Southern Hebron Education Directorate (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Education) began the school year yesterday [Aug. 29, 2018] in The [Belgian] School – Tala’ei Al-Janoub (i.e., Belgium-funded school whose name was recently changed from Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Coed Elementary School after PMW exposed it was named after a terrorist) and the Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School for Girls (i.e., school that was renamed after the terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children after the Belgium-funded school had its name changed)… The principal of The [Belgian] School – Tala’ei [Al-Janoub], Badria Al-Sweiti, emphasized that Beit Awwa did not lose the name Dalal Mughrabi, but rather the name was transferred to The Beit Awwa Elementary School for Girls. She added that the [PA] government has laid the cornerstone for a second school named after Dalal in Beit Awwa (i.e., The Second Dalal Mughrabi Republic School).”
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PA school in Beit Awwa renamed as “The Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School for Girls” 
Source: Facebook page of the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School for Girls, Aug. 23, 2018

Picture posted on the Facebook page of the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School for Girls

The picture is the new cover and profile picture of the Facebook page of the Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School for Girls (i.e., terrorist who led murder of 37, 12 of them children), and shows a sign with the following text, proving the school's name was changed from the Beit Awwa Elementary School for Girls:
"The State of Palestine
[PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education
Education and Higher Education Directorate (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Education) - Southern Hebron
Martyr Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School for Girls "
 
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Belgian funded PA school formerly named after terrorist murderer Dalal Mughrabi changes name to “The Belgian School” 
Source: Facebook page of the Dalal Mughrabi Beit Awwa Coed Elementary School, Aug. 25, 2018

 
Picture posted on the Facebook page of the Dalal Mughrabi Coed School in Beit Awwa

The name of the Facebook page has not been changed even though the school was officially renamed The Belgian School – Tala’ei Al-Janoub instead of the Dalal Mughrabi Coed School in August 2018. The Facebook page still features the name of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the murder of 37, 12 of them children.

The picture shows a sign on the building with the following text:
"The State of Palestine
[PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education
Education Directorate (i.e., branch of the PA Ministry of Education) – Southern Hebron
The Belgian Coed Elementary School
Tala’ei Al-Janoub"

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Belgium funded school formerly named after terrorist murderer Dalal Mughrabi changes name and logo – logo now includes PA map presenting all of Israel as “Palestine”  
Source: Facebook page of the Dalal Mughrabi Beit Awwa Coed Elementary School, Aug. 25, 2018

Logo posted on the Facebook page of the Dalal Mughrabi Coed School

The name of the Facebook page has not been changed even though the school was officially renamed The Belgian School – Tala’ei Al-Janoub instead of the Dalal Mughrabi Coed School in August 2018. The Facebook page still features the name of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the murder of 37, 12 of them children.

The school's new logo (above right) contains the PA map of "Palestine" that presents all of Israel as "Palestine" together with the PA areas, covered by a Palestinian flag, an open book at the bottom of the map, and to its right, a face with a keffiya (Arab headdress) around it. At the top is the new name of the school: "The Belgian School – Tala’ei Al-Janoub." The school's previous logo (above left), containing a picture of terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, still appears in the photo album associated with the Facebook page as of Aug. 29, 2018.
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PA Education Minister: Israel is carrying out “brutal incitement campaign” against the PA curriculum; puts pressure [led by PMW] on donors regarding changing names of schools named after terrorists 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 20, 2018
Headline: "The [PA] Ministry of Education and the Accountability for Violence Against Children Association completed [the project] For a Secure Palestinian Childhood"
        "[PA Minister of Education and Higher Education and Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary Sabri] Saidam emphasized the significance of this project, which is taking place at the same time as the incessant Israeli attack against [Palestinian] education in general, and against the Palestinian curricula in particular. He emphasized that the one that should be held responsible is the occupation, which has murdered hundreds of children and students… Yesterday, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education… [also] honored a group of male and female principals of schools that take initiative and excel, with the participation of Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam… Saidam spoke about the brutal incitement campaign that the occupation is leading against the education sector, and particularly about the targeting of the Palestinian curricula. He noted the pressures that the occupation is attempting to exert on the donors, especially in the matter of changing the names of the [PA] schools."

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PA Ministry of Education awards plaque with map of “Palestine” to principal of school named after terror leader  
Source: Official Facebook page of the PA Ministry of Education, Jan. 10, 2018

Image and text posted on the Facebook page of the PA Ministry of Education

Posted text: “The [PA] Ministry [of Education] honored Principal of the Faisal Al-Husseini Junior High School for Girls Samar Samarah for her contribution to the success of the Intilaqa Table Tennis Championship, which the ministry held last week.”

The image shows the principal being presented with an honorary plaque featuring the PA map of “Palestine” that presents all of Israel as “Palestine” together with the PA areas. The word “Palestine” is written in English on the plaque, and it likewise shows the Palestinian flag, the Dome of the Rock, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
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Faisal Al-Husseini who the school is named after was a senior Fatah and PLO terror leader in the 1970s.

Intilaqa - "the Launch" refers to the beginning of Fatah on Jan. 1, 1965, when it carried out its first terror attack against Israel, attempting to blow up Israel's National Water Carrier.
PA school named Dalal Mughrabi funded by Belgium 
Source: Facebook page of the Dalal Mughrabi Beit Awwa Coed Elementary School, Sept. 18, 2017
A school named after Dalal Mughrabi, a terrorist who led the murder of 37 civilians, was built using money from the Belgium government. Initially it was named "The Beit Awaa School," and subsequently was renamed the "Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School." The plaque citing Belgium’s funding on the wall of the Dalal Mughrabi School reads in English and Arabic:

"Through a fund from the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium
and through the Belgian Development Agency BTC,
constructed and furnished, Beit Awaa Basic Girls School"

The first screenshot shows the school logo in the profile photo of the school’s Facebook page and the plaque from Belgium. Below it on the left is the school logo enlarged showing the face of terrorist Mughrabi and the text: "The Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School." To the right of it enlarged is the plaque about Belgium’s funding.


 
Note: PMW exposed that the Dalal Mughrabi Beit Awwa Elementary School was funded by Belgium. Following PMW's report, Belgium announced that it was temporarily halting all contruction projects with PA schools.
School named after Dalal Mugrabi debates changing name following erupt of controversy 
Source: Facebook page of the Dalal Mughrabi Beit Awwa Coed Elementary School, Oct. 6, 2017
 
Text and images posted on the Facebook page of the Dalal Mugrabi Beit Awwa Elementary School. The pictures show the meeting that was convened at the Dalal Mugrabi Beit Awwa Elementary School, named after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who led the murder of 37, 12 of them children.

Posted text: "The second meeting [that was convened] in order to assemble the parents' committee and discuss several topics regarding the school and the town in general. During [the meeting], the matter of changing the school's name was raised."
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Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, murdering 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
School named after Dalal Mugrabi writes Facebook post that glorifies Dalal 
Source: Facebook page of the Dalal Mughrabi Beit Awwa Coed Elementary School, Oct. 4, 2017
Text posted on the Facebook page of the Dalal Mughrabi Beit Awwa Elementary School

Posted text: "Good morning from the Dalal Mughrabi School, from the name that glitters full of love to all of the children of Palestine, to its elderly, to its young, and to all the Martyrs (Shahids) of the homeland. The name Dalal will remain engraved in our hearts and minds."
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Dalal Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, murdering 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70.
PMW exposed that the Dalal Mughrabi Beit Awwa Elementary School was funded by Belgium. Following PMW's report, Belgium announced that it was temporarily halting all contruction projects with PA schools.
School named after Dalal Mughrabi posts poem glorifying Dalal  
Source: Facebook page of the Dalal Mughrabi Beit Awwa Coed Elementary School, Oct. 4, 2017
Text and image posted on the Facebook page of the Dalal Mughrabi Beit Awwa Elementary School

Posted text:
"Following the expropriation of the right and will of the Palestinian people to name its institutions, and following the decision to change the name of the Dalal Mughrabi School to another name, the honorable homeroom teacher Maysoun Al-Sweit wrote a poem that expresses the degree of sadness that affected all of the residents of the region, and especially the educational staff and students of the school ?? Hold on and ask Allah for help."
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Fatah on Israel’s removal of terrorist monument, Hamas’ change of school name: Hamas and Israel work for same goal, erasing Palestinian memory 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, June 30, 2017
Image and text posted on the official Fatah Facebook page


Posted text: “#Share_and_spread
This is how Hamas is completing the occupation’s role in Gaza, by fighting the names of the leaders and Martyrs (Shahids)
Hamas changed the name of Khalil Al-Wazir [Abu Jihad] High School in Gaza (i.e., terrorist, responsible for murder of 125) to Hassan Al-Harazin School (apparently a private donor to the school –Ed.), as part of its chain of ongoing attacks on the schools bearing the names of the fighters and Martyrs of the Palestinian revolution (i.e., from Fatah).
Memory is the main enemy of Israel and Hamas.”
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Boys' elementary school in Al-Yamoun named after planner of Munich Olympics massacre  
Source: Facebook page of the Martyr Salah Khalaf Elementary School for Boys in Al-Yamoun, Dec. 20, 2016

Image posted as profile picture of the Facebook page of the Martyr Salah Khalaf Elementary School for Boys in Al-Yamoun

Text in image: “State of Palestine
Ministry of Education
Jenin Education Directorate
Martyr Salah Khalaf Elementary [School for Boys]”

Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) - One of the founders of Fatah and head of the terror organization Black September. Attacks he planned include the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972) and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (March 1, 1973). It is commonly assumed that his assassin, a former Fatah bodyguard, was sent by the Abu Nidal Organization, a rival Palestinian faction.
Boys' elementary school named after Al-Qaeda co-founder 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 1, 2015
Headline: “Jenin: Festival to mark Land Day at the Abdullah Azzam School for Boys”
     “Martyr (Shahid) Abdullah Azzam (i.e., Palestinian co-founder of Al-Qaeda) Elementary School for Boys held a sports and arts festival under the title ‘Homeland,’ under the auspices of [Jenin] District Governor Ibrahim Ramadan and Jenin’s Education Department Director Salam Al-Taher for the eternal Land Day.”

Land Day – an annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and settlement purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.

Abdullah Azzam - Palestinian co-founder of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization and the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist organization in Pakistan. Azzam was a proponent of global Jihad and the establishment of an Islamic state. Azzam fled the West Bank in 1967 and reached Saudi Arabia in the 1970s, where he taught Osama bin Laden at King Abdul Aziz University. In 1979 Azzam moved to northern Pakistan where he took an active role leading the fight against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, enlisting bin Laden in the effort as well. Azzam intended to attack Israel and Europe after the Soviet-Afghan War. It remains unclear who was responsible for Azzam's assassination with a bomb in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Nov. 24, 1989.
Boys' high school in Jenin named after mastermind of Munich Olympics massacre 
Source: Facebook page of the Martyr Abu Jihad High School for Boys, Oct. 25, 2016

Picture posted on the Facebook page of the Martyr Abu Jihad High School for Boys. The picture shows the Martyr Abu Jihad High School in Jenin, the West Bank.

Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. He headed the PLO terror organization's military wing and also planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks in the 1960’s - 1980’s. These attacks, which killed a total of 125 Israelis, included the most lethal in Israeli history - the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Junior high school in Gaza named after Abu Iyad, Munich Olympics massacre planner 
Source: Website of Fatah’s Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners’ Commission in the Gaza Strip, Oct. 20, 2016
 

Picture posted on the website of Fatah’s Prisoners’ and Released Prisoners’ Commission in the Gaza Strip. The picture shows girls at the Salah Khalaf Junior High School in Gaza.

Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) - Founder of Fatah and head of the terrorist organization Black September. Attacks he planned included the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972) and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (March 1, 1973).
Elementary school for girls in Gaza named after Abu Iyad, planner of Munich Olympics massacre 
Source: Facebook page of the Salah Khalaf Elementary School for Girls, Oct. 19, 2016

Picture posted on the Facebook page of the Salah Khalaf Elementary School for Girls
The picture shows a girl speaking at the Salah Khalaf Elementary School for Girls in Gaza.

Abu Iyad (Salah Khalaf) - Founder of Fatah and head of the terrorist organization Black September. Attacks he planned included the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972) and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (March 1, 1973).
PA school named for Abu Iyad, mastermind of Munich Olympics massacre 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 24, 2016
Headline: "Tulkarem District Governor lays the cornerstone of the first stage of the school named after Martyr Salah Khalaf"
    "Tulkarem District Governor Issam Abu Bakr laid the cornerstone of the first stage of construction of the school named after Martyr (Shahid) Salah Khalaf [Abu Iyad] (i.e., terrorist responsible for murder of more than 11 Israelis) in the eastern neighborhood of Tulkarem. This was with funding from the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development in Kuwait, and with the participation of [Tulkarem] Mayor Iyad Al-Jallad and Head of the [Tulkarem] Education Directorate (i.e., under the PA Ministry of Education) Salam Al-Taher...
Abu Bakr emphasized the importance of the project of the construction of the school named after Martyr Salah Khalaf, in order to commemorate the memory of this great national fighter."
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Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad) - One of the founders of Fatah and head of the terror organization Black September. Attacks he planned include the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics (Sept. 5, 1972) and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan (March 1, 1973). It is commonly assumed that his assassin, a former Fatah bodyguard, was sent by the Abu Nidal Organization, a rival Palestinian faction.
PA Ministry of Education opposes changing name of school named after terrorist 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Aug. 26, 2015
Headline: "Saidam: 'Kanafani is a national figure, and the affront to prominent people and symbols is offensive"
        "Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam emphasized that national symbols must not be denigrated in any way, and that the naming of schools and changes are the responsibility of the Minister of Education, by a direct decision of the Ministry or the Name Committee. Saidam stated today [Aug. 26, 2015] in an interview with Radio 'Mawtini' (radio station of Fatah's Information and Culture Commission -Ed.): 'It is regretful that Hamas changed the name of the Rafah school that was named after Ghassan Kanafani. A notice was published in Gaza, according to which this didn't happen, however published documents clarify that this indeed did happen...'
Saidam stated: 'The Fatah movement opposes the change [of name] of the street named after Martyr (Shahid) Ahmed Yassin, as our ethics and principles do not allow us [to do this], for how can a Palestinian harm national figures of prominence and Martyr leaders?'"
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Ghassan Kanafani - was a leader and spokesman of the terror organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Sheikh Ahmed Yassin - Founder and former head of the terrorist organization Hamas. The Hamas movement is responsible for numerous terror attacks and the deaths of hundreds of Israeli civilians.

PA Ministry of Education, responsible for school names, refuses to change name of school named after terrorist 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, Aug. 25, 2015
Headline: "The Ministry of Education and Higher Education: 'Naming or changing the names of schools is under the authority of the Minister'"
     "The [PA] Ministry of Education and Higher Education emphasized that naming state schools is under the authority of the Minister alone, and he does not know of any name change in any of his schools in the Gaza Strip.
In a press release this evening (Tuesday) [Aug. 25, 2015] it said: 'The Ministry, which names its schools after one of the Martyrs (Shahids) at the beginning of the school year, did not and will not agree to change the name of a school named after a Martyr as prominent as Ghassan Kanafani."
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Ghassan Kanafani - was a leader and spokesman of the terror organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

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