TEL AVIV – The Palestinian Authority sponsored a sports tournament at a stadium named after a terrorist.
The event featured four teams that also were named after prominent Palestinian terrorists and terror supporters.
The competition came days after President Obama ended a six-month freeze on aid to the PA. The U.S. released $147 million reportedly to cover the costs of infrastructure, education, humanitarian aid and health projects for the Palestinians.
The PA recently negotiated a unity deal with the Hamas terrorist organization.
The official PA newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, reported on the sporting event, which was held by the physical education department at Al-Quds University for its scouts program.
Reported the PA newspaper: “[The event] was held in cooperation with the university, and under the auspices and with the support of the [PLO’s] Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, at the Martyr Salah Khalaf Center in Al-Fari’a, for 40 male and female scouts.”
Khalaf was a founder of the Black September terrorist group responsible for scores of deadly anti-Western and anti-Israel attacks, including the kidnapping and murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Black September also allegedly was behind the murder of two American diplomats in Khartoum in 1973.
The Al-Hayat Al-Jadida report continued: “Participants were divided into four small groups, named for Martyrs: the Martyr Izz a-Din Al-Qassam group; the Martyr Abd Al-Rahim Mahmoud group; the Martyr Bajes Abu Atwan group; and the Martyr Dalal Mughrabi group.”
The report was translated from Arabic into English by Palestinian Media Watch.
Al-Qassam was a Muslim preacher who led attacks against British, French and Zionist organizations in the 1920s and 1930s. Hamas’ so-called military wing is notoriously named after him.
Mahmoud was a poet who composed the “Song of the Martyr.”
Mughrabi led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978 when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Atwan was killed fighting Israel in the 1970s.
Scores of official PA institutions, including schools, roads and sports teams, are named after Muhgrabi.
The Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, which sponsored the tournament, is an official PLO body whose members were approved last year by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Media Watch reported.