Jerusalem, 27 January 2002

PA Soccer Tournament Named After Terrorists
(Communicated by Israeli security sources)

A Palestinian soccer tournament is being held at a Palestinian Authority school in Tulkarm. The teams participating in the tournament have been named after Palestinian terrorists, and the tournament itself was named after Abd al-Basset Oudeh, the terrorist who carried out the Passover Eve Massacre at the Park Hotel in Netanya.

The tournament is being conducted under the auspices of official PA educators, among them the school principle and the PA’s regional superintendent of education. The event was reported (21 January) in the Palestinian daily, al-Hayat al-Jedida, the official organ of the Palestinian Authority (PA) published under the auspices of Yasser Arafat.

By organizing a soccer tournament to immortalize murderers, the Palestinian Authority school is not only educating Palestinian children to view the terrorists as "martyrs" – they are also being held up by the school as models to be emulated. In this way, the Palestinian Authority is helping to nurture a new generation of suicide bombers – children whose ambition to murder Israelis is part and parcel of their childhood.

Details of the shahids (martyrs) from Tulkarm after whom the tournament and teams were named:

1. Abd al-Basset Oudeh – Carried out the massacre at the Park Hotel in Netanya on Passover eve, March 27, 2002, in which 29 people were killed, and 64 people injured. The terrorist attack was carried out by the Hamas organization.

2. Taher Kaneb – Killed in the course of disturbances in the Tulkarm district, in October 2002.

3. Raed Carmi – One of the Fatah-Tanzim commanders who was killed during an operation, in January 2002. Carmi was responsible for the following terrorist attacks:

  • Numerous terrorist shootings at IDF bases in the Tulkarm district since the eruption of the Palestinian wave of terrorism.
  • December 7, 2000: A shooting at an Israeli vehicle next to the village of Burka. Two IDF soldiers and an Israeli civilian were wounded.
  • January 23, 2001: The abduction and murder of two restaurateurs from Tel Aviv who visited Tulkarm.
  • May 31, 2001: The shooting attack at an Israeli vehicle in Baka al-Sharkiya in which an Israeli civilian was killed.
  • June 18, 2001: A shooting attack at an Israeli civilian in the community of Einav in which an Israeli civilian was killed and another person wounded.
  • July 4, 2001: The killing of an Israeli civilian in the area of Shuweikeh.
  • July 30, 2001: A shooting attack close to the village of Bir Sicca, in which three border policemen were wounded, one seriously.
  • August 26, 2001: The killing of an Israeli citizen close to the village of Zaita.
  • September 6, 2001: A shooting attack at an Israeli vehicle close to the village of Bir Sicca, in which an IDF officer was killed and another female soldier was wounded.
  • October 28, 2001: A shooting attack near Kibbutz Metzer in which an IDF soldier was killed.
  • November 19, 2001: A shooting at a taxi by the Shavei Shomron Junction, in which three Israeli civilians were wounded, one seriously.
  • November 28, 2001: An attempt to smuggle two suicide bombers from Tulkarm into Israel in order to carry out an attack. The terrorist attack was foiled as a result of a massive deployment of security forces along the green line, in the Tulkarm district.

4. Wajdi al-Hatab – He was killed in November 2000, in the course of clashes with IDF soldiers.

5. Tarek Abu Safaka – He carried out the attack on the community of Hermesh on October 29, 2002, in which three Israeli civilians were killed, and a soldier was wounded. The terrorist attack was carried out by the Fatah-Tanzim organization in Tulkarm.

6. Tarek al-Qato – He was killed in a clash with IDF soldiers close to the Geshuri plant, on December 31, 2000.

7. Husam al-Hamshari – He was killed in October 2000, during clashes with IDF soldiers in the Tulkarm district.

8. Mahmud Marmash – He carried out the suicide bombing at the Sharon Mall in Netanya, on May 18, 2001, in which five Israeli civilians were killed and 74 others were wounded. The attack was carried out by the Hamas organization.

   

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