Palestinian girls pose in front of their school in Bethlehem on Nov. 19, 2019. Visible on the wall by the school entrance is a plaque honoring Ayat al-Akhras, an 17-year-old suicide bomber that killed two Israelis in 2002. Photo Credit: Palestinian Media Watch
Just as the city of Bethlehem should be getting ready for Christmas, it instead honored a young female terrorist who blew herself up in Jerusalem, killing two and injuring 28, near a Jerusalem supermarket in March 2002.
Ayyat al-Akras was just 17 when she went on her murderous mission. Now she has a plaque dedicated to her honor at a girls’ school in Bethlehem.
Bethlehem High School for Girls posted the news on its Facebook page. Of course, they thought they could hide their hatred by posting it in Arabic. But Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) found their damning words and publicized them.
“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 post said according to a translation by Palestinian Media Watch, a non-profit Israeli research center which reports on Palestinian matters.
Palestinian schools are infamous for promoting violent jihad and encouraging students to “join the resistance.”
“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,” PMW said.