Monday, November 20, 2017

Belgium participates in the inauguration of a new Palestinian school despite announcement it was freezing all projects

Is Belgium misleading the international community, continuing to support PA schools?

Via European Jewish Press:
The Belgian government recently announced that it would put on hold any projects related to the construction or equipment of Palestinian schools following after learning that financial aid it gave for the construction of a school after was renamed after a notorious Palestinian terrorist. 
The Beit Awaa Elementary Girls School, located in southern West Bank’s Hebron region, was built with Belgian government funds and through the Belgian Development Agency in 2012-2013. The plaque mentioning Belgium's funding on the wall of the Dalal Mughrabi School reads in English and Arabic: "Through a fund from the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium and through the Belgian Development Agency BTC constructed and furnished, Beit Awaa Basic Girls School." 
The school was later renamed the Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School by the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Education. Dalal Mughrabi took part in the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre, in which she and several other Palestinian terrorists landed on a beach near Tel Aviv, hijacked a bus on Israel’s coastal road and killed 38 civilians, 13 of them children, and wounded over 70. 
However, according to Donia Al-Watan, an independent Palestinian news agency, one week after the announcement by Belgium, Eric De Muynck, a representative of the Belgian Development Cooperation Institution participated in the inauguration of a new PA school. 
PMW said the Belgian Embassy in Israel didn’t respond to repeated requests for clarification of the issue. 
In September, PMW was the first to expose that a PA school built using money from the Belgium government was named after Dalal Mughrabi. 
Shortly after,  Didier Vanderhasselt, a spokesperson for the Belgian foreign ministry, responded that Belgium "unequivocally condemns the glorification of terrorist attacks," and "will not allow itself to be associated with the names of terrorists in any way." 
He added that "in the meantime Belgium will put on hold any projects related to the construction or equipment of Palestinian schools."
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