As the Obama administration continues to side with the Arabs and drive our relationship with Israel into the ground, an interesting story has come to light. I came across this over at WeaselZippers:
If you think naming U.S. schools and highways after Confederate war heroes is controversial, then check out these places in the Palestinian territories:
• The Dalal Mughrabi Girls’ High School, named for a 19-year-old woman who carried out the deadliest terrorist attack in Israeli history.
• Yihyeh Ayyash Street, the address of the future Palestinian presidential compound, named for the terrorist dubbed the “engineer” for a series of bombings that includes a bus attack in Tel Aviv that killed 20 people.
• The new Fathi Shaqaqi Gymnasium in Gaza, inaugurated two weeks ago in honor of the founder of Islamic Jihad, which has carried out more than 1,000 attacks that have killed and wounded more than 1,000 people.
And then there are the schools, streets, government offices and even a football tournament named for Saddam Hussein.
A report released this week by an Israeli watchdog group, Palestinian Media Watch, presents a litany of public Palestinian places that Israeli and U.S. officials say glorifies murderers and incites hatred, making it more difficult to restart peace talks between the perennially warring sides in the Middle East conflict.
“Terror glorification is highly visible in Palestinian society,” the report said. “A Palestinian child can walk to school along a street named after the terrorist Abu Jihad, who planned a bus hijacking that killed 37, spend the day learning in a school named after Hamas founder Ahmad Yassin, in the afternoon play football in a tournament named after suicide terrorist Abd Al-Baset Odeh who killed 31, and end his day at a youth center named after terrorist Abu Iyad, responsible for killing the 11 Olympic athletes in Munich.”
The group’s director, Itamar Marcus, briefed members of Congress on Thursday. The message he brought to Capitol Hill: The Palestinian Authority may be publicly committed to fighting violence, but its message “can only be seen as insincere by their own people, when numerous terrorists who murdered Israelis are repeatedly glorified” by leaders.
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