Last week, the Clinton Global Initiative honored Hanan al Hroub with a speaking slot at its annual meeting. She is the wife of a Palestinian Arab terrorist, Omar, who served 10 years in an Israeli prison for supplying chemicals used in a deadly bombing attack in Hebron that killed six Israelis in 1980. The attack took place as the victims were walking home from Friday night Sabbath prayers. Omar went on to serve as a deputy Cabinet minister in the Palestinian Authority (PA). It may appear odious to decent folks, but in the PA terrorists enjoy the highest possible status. In fact, the PA pays them thousands of dollars each month, even guaranteeing them a job when they get out of prison.
The terrorist's wife, Hanan, who is a teacher, received the U.K.-based Varkey Foundation's Global Teacher Prize in March for a curriculum she called "No to Violence." It is bizarre, yet very symbolic of the Orwellian times we live in, that a teacher from the PA, out of a field of 8,000 candidates from all over the world, should win any teacher's prize. The schools and kindergartens of the PA excel in the preaching of violence and are notorious for brainwashing children into believing that they should all become martyrs for Allah by killing Jews.
Dozens of PA schools are named after terrorists, school curricula deny Israel's right to exist and present war against Israel as an eternal religious battle for Islam. School activities include visiting the homes of terrorists. In April, a school play at the Al-Surra Elementary School for Boys and Girls, performed by young Palestinian Arab children, had the children "executing" an Israeli soldier. A photo from the exhibition showed a Palestinian boy wearing a ribbon with the word "Palestine" on it preparing to "execute" another child dressed as an Israeli soldier. A second photo showed "the Israeli soldier" lying on the ground after being "executed" by the smiling Palestinian child.
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There is a photo of Hanan al Hroub posing in her classroom with her teacher's prize, surrounded by her pupils. In the background, there is a map of "Palestine." It encompasses all of Israel. Teaching your students that Israel should be obliterated seems rather incongruent with a curriculum called "No to Violence." Nevertheless, this is what the Clintons found worthy of honoring at the Clinton Global Initiative event.
As Prime Minister Netanyahu told the U.N. last week, the indoctrination of Palestinian Arab children continues even after school hours. Children's football teams are named after terrorists such as Dalal Mughrabi, who murdered 37 Israelis in 1978, in what is known as the Coastal Road massacre, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus on Israel's Coastal Highway, killing 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounding over 70. As recently as January 2015, PA TV celebrated her birth date with young women interviewed paying homage to her as an "inspiring role model."
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Streets are adorned with statues honoring terrorists, such as the one erected just a few weeks ago by the PA to honor Abu Sukar, who detonated a bomb in the center of Jerusalem, killing 15 Israelis. On TV, children's programs preach the murder of Jews, and the president of the PA himself, Mahmoud Abbas, can be seen telling the viewers that he welcomes "every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem."
The international community – or what passes for an international community these days – deliberately refuses to acknowledge the endemic violence and Jew-hatred in the Palestinian Authority. In fact, it pays for it and even promotes it. The U.N., for example, which for decades has made "Palestine" its main cause, through its United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, better known as UNRWA, is directly responsible for much of the incitement against Israel in the PA, as UNRWA is in charge of running many schools there. In his speech to the U.N., Netanyahu said, "The U.N., begun as a moral force, has become a moral farce." That is a diplomatic understatement.
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By honoring Hanan al Hroub, the wife of a terrorist and a teacher who takes pride in deceiving the world into believing that peace, not hate, is taught in her classroom, which features the map of an obliterated Israel, the Clintons have shown their true colors. It constitutes yet another example of the startling difference between what the Clintons preach and what the Clintons practice.