ISRAEL - Murderer Honored with Plaque at Bethlehem School

Arno Froese

A Palestinian teenage suicide bomber has had a plaque in her honor placed at a school in Bethlehem.

17-year-old Ayyat al-Akras murdered two Israelis and injured 28 others when she blew herself up near a supermarket in Jerusalem on March 29, 2002. One of her victims was also a teenage girl and the other was a 55-year-old security guard who prevented al-Akras from entering the supermarket, saving many lives.

Now she has been commemorated as a role model for children at the Bethlehem High School for Girls, with a plaque in her honor placed at the entrance to the school, a recent Facebook post by the school has revealed.

According to Palestinian Media Watch, the text on the plaque reads: “This memorial was established in cooperation between the Education Directorate [a branch of the PA Ministry of Education] and the Fatah Shabiba [Youth Movement] organization, in order to commemorate the Martyrs of the Al-Aqsa Intifada at the Bethlehem High School for Girls for the anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian revolution.”

The entrance on which the plaque is placed is flanked to the left by a drawing of Yasser Arafat, while to the right is the logo of the Fatah Shabiba Youth Movement, which includes a map of 'Palestine' covering the whole of what is currently Israel with the colors of the Palestinian flag.

Palestinian Media Watch, a non-profit Israeli research center which reports on Palestinian matters, noted that promoting violent jihad to children is not uncommon in Palestinian-authority run schools.

“Telling teenage girls that a suicide bomber of their age is an honored ‘Martyr’ on a prominent plaque they see daily at the entrance to their school, sends two morally deplorable messages: First, that murdering Israelis is not only acceptable but honorable and second, that killing oneself in order to kill Israelis is likewise heroic,” they commented., 11 December 2019

Arno's commentary

The unthinkable is still accepted, encouraged, and even honored—namely, the indiscriminate murder of civilians.

Much can be said about the conflict in the land of Israel between the defeated Arab Palestinians and the Jews, but one thing is crystal clear: no civilized government, society, or other group of people would openly and publically demonstrate cold-blooded murder as heroism.

Such and many other reports are rarely published by the global media. Why not? Because it would legitimize Israel’s insistence to increasingly take possession of the Promised Land.

“And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south” (Obadiah 20).

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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