Suicide Bomber Terrorist 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
A Fatah-affiliated youth center in the Ama’ari refugee camp south of Ramallah
has named a sports event after female suicide bomber Wafa Idris.
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announcing the event, the youth center used the acronym for the United Nations
Relief and Works Agency, but not its logo.
According to UNRWA, the
organization has no connection to the youth center or the
Idris was the first Palestinian woman to carry out a suicide
bombing. In the attack outside a shoe store on the capital’s Jaffa Road on
January 27, 2002, an 81- year-old man was killed and 150 people were
Idris’s attack was later endorsed by Fatah’s armed wing, the
Aksa Martyrs Brigades.
This is not the first time that a youth center has
named a tournament after a “martyr.”
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The information about the tournament
was first publicized by Palestinian Media Watch. It said that an UNRWA youth
center had named the soccer tournament after Idris.
denied the allegation.
Its spokesman, Chris Gunness, said Palestinian
Media Watch should have noted the absence of the UNRWA logo from the flyer for
The author of the flyer had placed UNRWA’s acronym on it
without authorization and the absence of the logo was a testament to that fact,
UNRWA has since spoken with the youth center and asked that
the acronym be removed from the flyer, he said.
“The allegation that an
UNRWA youth center had named an event after a suicide bomber is patently false,
as UNRWA has not run youth centers in the West Bank for over 10 years,” Gunness
“UNRWA calls on Palestinian Media Watch to check such allegations
before publishing them.
“This is the second time that Palestinian Media
Watch has made baseless and damaging allegations against UNRWA over the naming
of a sporting event.
A similar accusation was made about a year ago when,
after an UNRWA investigation, it was demonstrated that the Palestinian Media
Watch allegations were completely without foundation and Palestinian Media Watch
was forced to remove the allegations from its website,” he said.
Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, said, “The Palestinian Authority
has a long history of glorifying terrorists and presenting them as role models
for children. PMW has documented this ongoing policy of the PA to name sporting
events, summer camps, buildings and more after terrorists.
tournament named after suicide bomber Wafa Idris is just one more
“PMW is very disappointed that UNRWA is condemning the
messenger, PMW, and not condemning the Al- Am’ari Youth Center.
should be condemning the youth center, first and foremost, for sponsoring a
soccer tournament named after a suicide terrorist,” Marcus said.
believes that it is important that UNRWA, which is so actively involved in so
many aspects of Palestinian life, take an active role in fighting against this
culture of hate and terror glorification promoted by the PA,” he said.
added that his organization was waiting for UNRWA to condemn the event.
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