Belgium halts projects in W. Bank because of school’s name

School funds on hold

The Belgian government has suspended funding for two school construction projects in the occupied Palestinian territories after it found out that a school it backed was later renamed after a woman who committed “a terror act” from its viewpoint.

Belgium said it financed building a school in the south of al-Khalil in 2013 only to find out later that local authorities changed its name to “Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School.” Its foreign ministry said that Mughrabi led a 1978 deadly attack against Israel.

According to a statement by the ministry, two school projects totaling $3.9 million have been put on hold.

In response, Palestinian education minister Sabri Saydam said in a statement that he regretted the Belgian action and invited the Belgian consul general to meet and discuss the matter.

Mughrabi is considered by many Palestinians to be a heroic resistance fighter. She was a member of the Fatah faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and participated in the 1978 coastal road attack in Israel. The attack resulted in the death of 38 Israelis.

(Source / 11.10.2017)

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