Four Palestinian soccer teams over the course of two recent tournaments were named after terrorists, Palestinian Media Watch reported.
For a tournament at Al-Quds University, teams were named after Yahya Ayyash, who is considered the first Palestinian suicide bomber; Dalal Mughrabi, who in 1978 led a bus attack in which 37 Israeli civilians were killed; and Ghassan Kanafani, a leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist group. In another tournament, a team was named after Ziyad Da’as, who planned an attack on a January 2002 bat mitzvah party in Hadera in which six Israelis were fatally shot. Muhammad Tamouni, the brother of Da’as, said the tournament would “continue to take place annually in order to remember the heroes whom we will never forget,” according to Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, the official Palestinian Authority newspaper.
“There is no worse incitement to murder than to say that a terrorist who has murdered is a hero,” Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, told JNS.org.