By Mark Ellis
Students in the West Bank city of Tulkarem will be reminded every day that killing Jews is heroic when they attend the Martyr Salah Khalaf School, named after the founder of the Black September terror organization.
Khalaf, also known as Abu Iyad, is the alleged mastermind of the murder of 11 Israelis at the 1972 Munich Olympics and the murder of two American diplomats in Sudan the following year, according to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
The Palestinian Authority laid the cornerstone for the new school a few weeks ago, with a spokesperson saying it would “commemorate the memory of this great national fighter.”
This is the fourth time the Palestinian Authority has chosen to name a school after Khalaf, one of 25 schools named after terrorists, according to PMW.
Khalaf was deputy chief and head of intelligence for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and the second most senior official of Fatah after Yasser Arafat.
He was born in Jaffa in 1933. His father ran a grocery store and half his customers were Jewish. One of his uncles was married to a Jew.
His first feelings of hatred towards Jews began when he was mocked by Jewish boys who smashed his bicycle. An accusation was made that he knifed Jews in response to the bike incident. He was arrested at 11-years-old by British police, beaten, and sentenced to a year of house arrest, according to Elizabeth Thompson’s book Justice Interrupted.
Khalaf moved to Cairo as a college student in the early 1950s, and the following year became a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.