BELGIUM - Palestinian School Loses Support Over Terror Glorification

Arno Froese

The Belgian Foreign Ministry announced that it is removing its financial support for a Palestinian school in the Southern Hebron hills after discovering that the school had changed its name to the Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School. Dalal Mughrabi was one of the terrorists that carried out the Coastal Road massacre in 1978 in which 38 Israelis including 13 children were murdered and 71 injured.

“The Belgian government has supported the construction of a school building in the south of Hebron in 2012-2013. When the school building was handed over to the local community in 2013 it was called ‘Beit Awwa Basic Girls School.’ This name was later changed to the Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School. The Belgian government was unaware of this name change.”

“The Belgian government unequivocally condemns the glorification of terrorist attacks. Belgium will not allow itself to be associated with the names of terrorists in any way. Our country has immediately raised this issue with the Palestinian Authority and is awaiting a formal response.”

Belgium has also put on hold aid worth €3.3 million for two projects related to the construction of Palestinian schools.

It has taken a long time for the Belgians to act on this issue. The Israeli media reported about the name change back in 2014 and research institutes monitoring Palestinian affairs have also reported the matter.

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem believes that this is another indication of a new trend in Western Europe against anything that smacks of encouraging Palestinian terror.

-www.jpost.com, 10 October 2017

Arno's commentary

We commend Belgium’s politicians for their courageous step in withholding assistance for school construction by those who have no shame or dignity to name schools, sometimes streets and buildings, after terrorists who kill Jews, just for the sake of killing.

When one reads such articles, it becomes crystal clear that the leaders of the Arab-Palestinian people have no interest in establishing their own identity politically, but continue to instill hatred of Jews deep in the hearts of children.

The prophet Ezekiel, who proclaims the return of the Jews to their land, fittingly writes: “Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey” (Ezekiel 36:5).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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