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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Saddam Hussein Soccer Tournament for youth in the Palestinian Authority

Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin - Jan. 11, 2007

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The first Saddam Hussein Soccer Tournament for youth in the Palestinian

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook

A soccer tournament for Palestinian youth has been named after Saddam
Hussein, the official newspaper of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Al-Hayat
Al-Jadida, reported. The Palestinians have fervently supported Iraq and the
terror against US soldiers, and in the past have honored Iraqis for killing
Americans. A region of the Jenin refugee camp was named after the first
suicide terrorist in Iraq who killed four American soldiers, Ali Al-Na'amani.
[Al-Quds, April 2, 2003]

The PA routinely names youth sporting events after terrorists, including a
soccer tournament the PA named for the Passover eve suicide terrorist who
killed 31 Israelis, and summer camps for girls were named after Wafa Idris,
the first woman suicide terrorist, and Ayaat al Akhras a 17 year old, the
youngest girl suicide terrorist. [Al Hayat Al Jadida, Jan. 21, 2003;
Al-Ayyam, July 18, 2003; Al Quds, Aug. 14, 2003]

In addition, Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement announced that a double memorial
stone has been erected honoring both Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat. The
glorification of Saddam as a Shahid [Martyr for Allah] follows years of
mutual support between Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat.

The following are the new articles:

"The sports department in the youth community center in Tulkarm is
organizing the first soccer tournament named after the Shahid [Martyr] and
leader, Saddam Hussein."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 10, 2007]

"The Fatah movement in the Deheishe camp south of Bethlehem erected
yesterday two memorial stones in the memory of two shahids, Yasser Arafat
and Saddam Hussein. This took place during a ceremony of the movement for
the commemoration of 42 years to its establishment, with the presence of the
delegate of the Fatah movement, Muhammad Al-Laham. Al-Laham:'The erecting of
the two memorial stones comes from a positive recognition of the immense
sacrifice that the two shahids realized for the sake of their nation. Both
went without renouncing their national principles.'"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 8, 2007]

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