UN sponsors "terrorist tournament"

The United Nations Development Programme has reportedly backed an event named after Palestinian terrorist "Abu Jihad"

by The Commentator on 2 May 2013 15:11

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has sponsored an event named after a Palestinian terrorist who was responsible for the deaths of 125 people.

The event, a football tournament, was financially supported by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and sponsored by the United Nations agency. Palestinian news outlets reported, "The draw for the 19th Prince of Martyrs Khalil Al-Wazir Abu Jihad Football Tournament for youth born in 1996, took place in the Al-Ansar Club offices in Jerusalem. The tournament is organized by the Ansar Al-Quds Club, sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme and funded by the Islamic Development Bank."

After the conclusion of the tournament in late April 2013, the Palestinian news agency Ma'an repeated that the claim of sponsorship by the UNDP it, publishing a picture from the tournament showing the UNDP's logo.

Abu Jihad, otherwise known as Khalil Al-Wazir, was known for the planning of various attacks against civilians, notably the Coastal Road Massacre in 1978 which was led by terrorist Dalal Mughrabi. Terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, among them 12 children.

Among the military operations planned by Abu Jihad are the explosion at the Zohar reservoir in 1955; the operation to blow up the Israeli National Water Carrier in 1965; the operation at the Savoy Hotel in Tel Aviv, which killed 10 Israelis, in 1975; the blowing up of a truck bomb in Jerusalem in 1975; the killing of Albert Levi and his assistant in Nablus in 1976; the Dalal Mughrabi operation (i.e. bus hijacking), in which more than 37 Israelis were killed in 1978; the shelling of the Eilat Port in 1979; the Katyusha fire on the northern settlements [in Israel] in 1981

The Palestinian Authority, supposedly Israel's 'partner for peace', has referred to Abu Jihad as a "great and humble leader" and praising his operations. One member of the PLO Executive Committee, Saleh Rafat, "directed a salutation of honor and pride to the soul of Martyr Abu Jihad," as reported by the official Palestinian Authority newspaper.

Jihad is widely believed to have been assassinated by Israeli commandos at his home in Tunis in 1988. The extent to which the UNDP was involved in the football tournament named after Jihad is yet to be revealed.

The UNDP describes itself as a United Nations organisation tasked with, "helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively."

UPDATE: The UNDP has sought to distance itself from the event, claiming it had "no role" in the tournament. See the full statement here.

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